Summit girls win 3 straight to take District title
Faced with elimination after an early round loss to league champ Nezperce, the Summit Patriots put together a string of three straight wins in district competition to qualify for the third year in a row for state 1A-Division II competition.Brooke Schumacher hit several big outside shots in the Friday night win over Nezperce.
Playing at Nezperce Wednesday, Feb. 9, the Patriots took on Timberline for the second time at District, winning by a margin of 60-42. The score was relatively close in the first half with a quarter score of 17-13 and a halftime lead of 31-25. Summit pulled steadily ahead in the second half, outscoring the Spartans 16-10 in the third period and 13-7 in the fourth.
Scoring and rebounding for the Patriots: Jamie Chmelik 11 and 4, Nicole Frei 6 and 2, Kayla Duclos 0 and 1, Rachael Frei 0 and 2, Sarah Chmelik 0 and 2, Rachel Wemhoff 12 and 4, Nicole Wemhoff 3 and 1, Cassidy Stubbers 0 and 0, Abi Chmelik 0 and 0, Brooke Schumacher 8 and 4, Savanah Prigge 20 and 19, and Megan Rehder 0 and 0. Prigge and Rachel Wemhoff led in the assist area with 3 and 2, while Jamie Chmelik recorded 7 steals. Rachel Wemhoff had 6 steals and a block, Schumacher had 4 steals and Prigge added 2 and a block. Nicole Wemhoff also added 3 steals and an assists.
The win eliminated the Spartans and put the Patriots into another session with the Indians from Nezperce on Friday, Feb. 11.
In that game Summit outscored Nezperce 8-3 over the final 2 minutes to pull out a 44-38 win and stave off elimination.
Nezperce jumped out to a 6-9 lead in the first quarter but Rachel Wemhoff closed the first quarter with a basket to cut the lead to 8-9. Summit then scored the first 8 points of the second quarter to take a 16-9 lead. Brooke Schumacher did most of the damage in that run, hitting 3 shots from the perimeter. She wound up with 10 of Summitís 18 first half points.
Outside of Schumacher there was a lot of horrid shooting on both sides in the first half as Nezperce was 5 for 30 and Summit was 9 for 35, 4 for 24 if you take out Schumacherís shooting.
Summit led 18-12 at the halftime break.
Nezperce came out inspired in the second half and scored the first 7 points to take an 18-19 lead but the Patriots weathered the storm and were able to take a 30-28 lead into the fourth quarter as Savanah Prigge scored 6 points and Nicole Frei 4 in the quarter.
Nezperce again started a quarter strong as they scored the first 5 points of the fourth quarter to take back the lead at 30-33.
Rachel Wemhoff drives the baseline in Friday night's game.From that point on Nezperceís shooting failed them, due in large part to tough defense by the Patriots as the Indians scored just 5 points over the final 5 minutes while the Patriots were scoring 14.
After Nezperce took the 30-33 lead, Schumacher scored 6 straight points to put Summit back into the lead for good.
Schumacher wound up with 16 points to lead Summit with Rachel Wemhoff and Savanah Prigge each scoring 10, Nicole Frei 6 and Jamie Chmelik 2.
Prigge had 16 rebounds while Schumacher had 9, Nicole Frei 8 and Chmelik 6.
Prigge and Chmelik each had 2 steals and Rachel Wemhoff had 8 assists.
Michelle Seitz led Nezperce with 17 points but Summitís triangle and 2 defense made her work hard for her points as cousins Schumacher and Rachel Wemhoff chased her everywhere she went.
Summit hit 18 of 60 shots, 30%, and 8 of 13 free throws, 62%. Nezperce was 14 for 72 from the field, 19% and 11 for 19 at the line, 58%. Nezperce hit just 3 of 22 shots in the decisive fourth quarter, 14%.
With the win, Summitís first over Nezperce after 3 straight losses, the Patriots forced a winner-take-all championship game on Saturday, Feb. 12 with the winner being the Districtís lone representative to the State A-1 Division II Tournament.
The game turned out to be a tense one from start to finish as Summit prevailed in overtime 51-48.
Nezperce built an 8-10 lead by the end of the first quarter and made it 17-23 by halftime.
Jerrica Leitch did much of the damage in the first half for the Indians as she canned 4 treys and 3 of 4 free throws. Seitz added the other 8 points despite Summit repeating the triangle and 2 defense from the night before.
The third period proved to be a turn-around quarter for Summit as they shut down Seitz and Leitch completely, allowing only 8 points, 2 each by Kelsie Seitz and Alli Kuther and 4 by Britni Miller. Meanwhile Summit scored 17 to take a 34-31 lead into the fourth quarter. Significant in the Summit effort was frosh sub Rachael Frei, who came in the last minute of the quarter to spell a starter and who then, finding herself wide open, coolly canned a three at the end of the quarter to give Summit their 3 point lead.
With Leitch hitting 2 more threes in the fourth quarter the lead changed several times, with Rachel Wemhoff dropping a 2, Jamie Chmelik adding a needed free throw, Brooke Schumacher a goal and a free throw to counter Leitchís treys, a 2-pointer by Kelsie Seitz, 1 by Miller and a 3-point effort by Alli Kuther that had the Indians up by 3 with a minute to go.
With the clock winding down, Prigge was fouled while scoring on a short jumper. She coolly dropped in the free throw to tie the game and send it into overtime.
In the overtime, Summit struggled at the line, as Nezperce fouled regularly attempting to get the ball back and put them in the lead. Ex-Summit player Savanah Kuther supplied the only firepower Nezperce could generate in the period as her two field goals proved all the Indians could come up with. Meanwhile Rachel Wemhoff did manage to hit 3 free throws and Prigge added another to counter Kutherís 4 points. The clincher came from Jamie Chmelik as she got loose for a lay-up, then connected later on a free throw to provide the final 3-point margin.
A well-rounded scoring effort by the Patriots resulted in Jamie Chmelik netting 8 points, Nicole Frei 2, Rachael Frei 3, Wemhoff 16, Schumacher 11 and Prigge 11. Prigge had 13 rebounds to lead the effort on the boards with Chmelik adding 5 and Wemhoff 4. Wemhoff and Prigge dished out 3 assists each with Schumacher adding 2 and Chmelik 1. Steals were rare in the game as Chmelik led with 2 while Wemhoff had 1 and a block.
Summit was able to connected on 16 of 48 shots from the floor for 33% and managed 16 of 32 free throws, 50%.
Very significant in the game was the defensive effort, particularly of Schumacher who led the primary effort on Michelle Seitz, who was held scoreless in the second half. Wemhoff and Chmelik alternated on Leitch with Wemhoff pairing up with Schumacher anytime Seitz made a vigorous effort to the basket.
With their 3 straight wins, Summit takes a 17-8 record into the state tournament. Their first round game will be against Dietrich Thursday, Feb. 17 at 12:15 p.m. PST. Their games will be at Nampa High School, the same site they were at the past two years.

Tears of joy were shed after Summitís girls were awarded the District Championship Trophy. Photo by Steve Wherry
The Summit Academy team with a lot of young fans after winning the District title at Nezperce Saturday. Savanah Prigge is kneeling third from right in front. Other players from left are Megan Rehder, Brooke Schumacher, Rachael Frei, Kayla Duclos, Cassidee Stubbers, Rachel Wemhoff, Sarah Chmelik, Jamie Chmelik,  Abi Chmelik, Nicole Wemhoff and Nicole Frei. In back are coaches Alexia Prigge and Pete Prigge. Photo supplied by Summit Academy.
The Summit Academy team with a lot of young fans after winning the District title at Nezperce Saturday. Savanah Prigge is kneeling third from right in front. Other players from left are Megan Rehder, Brooke Schumacher, Rachael Frei, Kayla Duclos, Cassidee Stubbers, Rachel Wemhoff, Sarah Chmelik, Jamie Chmelik,  Abi Chmelik, Nicole Wemhoff and Nicole Frei. In back are coaches Alexia Prigge and Pete Prigge. Photo supplied by Summit Academy.

Shown is the 1A, Division 2 state bracket. All times shown are MST.

Summit boys lose season finale
Playing one of their better games of the season last week, Summitís boys nevertheless endured another loss to finish their current season with a record of 2 and 18, putting them in fourth position in Division II District competition.
Their 49-58 loss to Deary at Highlandís gym left the Patriots with a White Pine record of 0-11, and their six losses to Nezperce, Highland and Timberline pairs them with Division II league champ Nezperce next Monday afternoon at the LCSC Activity Center.
In the Deary game, the Patriots canned five of their first quarter shots taken to move out to a 16-12 lead at the end of the period. The second quarter however, proved to be a complete turnaround as only 1 of 16 shots fell for the local boys, putting them behind 19-30 at the halftime break. The second half proved to be a bit kinder for Summit however, as they outscored the visiting Mustangs 30-28 over the last half of the game.
Scoring and rebounding for the Patriots: Derek Nuxoll 4 and 11, Shane Stubbers 9 and 7, Dan Wemhoff 0 and 0, Austin Chmelik 24 and 4, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range, David Waters 3 and 8, brother Michael Waters 9 and 5 and Matthew Schwartz 0 and 2. Chmelik handed out 3 assists during the game and recorded 2 steals, while Stubbers with 4 led the Patriots in the theft department. For the game the Patriots hit 15 of 46 attempts from the field for 33%, but could net only 7 of 19 at the line, a lowly 37% in that area. David Waters added one more three to the Summit total, leaving the team with a 29% effort from there on 4 of 14 shooting.
With the exception of the second quarter, the Patriots actually outscored the Tigers in three of the other quarters played, but the 3 to 18 deficit which occurred in the second stanza proved to be too much to overcome.

Summit 3rd-4th to make care packages for soldiers
Deodorant, shampoo, gum and granola bars. These may not be the traditional Valentineís Day items you would give to the ones you love. To the 3rd and 4th grade students at Summit Academy, these are the gifts they will be giving this Valentineís Day. Last week, these students kicked off their fundraiser and collection of items for soldiers serving overseas. The students are gathering a variety of supplies to fill care packages which will be sent to soldiers who are currently deployed. 
The 3rd and 4th grade students created this project as a way to help the men and women who are sacrificing their lives to protect our freedom. When asked why she is bringing in items, third grade student Jessie Sonnen replied ďWe are sending care packages so we can help the soldiers like they have helped usĒ. The 3rd and 4th grade students have asked the staff and student body at Summit Academy to help with their project, and would also like to ask the communityís support in their efforts. If you would like to help out with this project, items and cards will be collected until April 22; donations can be dropped off at the Summit Academy office. A list of needed items can be found below. Homemade cards or letters expressing your gratitude are greatly appreciated as well. 
Care Packages for Soldiers: Items Needed
Food: Powdered drink mixes, Cookies, crackers, pretzels (snack size), Tuna in a pouch, Beef, chicken or turkey jerky, Cheese spread (no aerosol cans), Ramen noodles, Snack cakes, Gum, Nuts, Granola bars, Pop tarts, Dried fruit, Trail mix, Red licorice twists, Tootsie rolls, Wheat thins, Canned meats (no pork products), Hard candy (individually wrapped)
Hygiene Items: Lip balm, T-shirts- solid grey or black (L or XL), Lotion, Bug repellent, Shampoo, Soap, Slippers

Miss Crocker and her 3rd/4th graders, holding their boxes for our troops.

Summit Academy Basketball Schedule 2010-2011
Feb. 17-19-State 1-A Division II Tournament at Nampa High School, Summit to play Dietrich at 12:15 p.m. PST.
Feb. 21-Summit boys vs. Nezperce at District at LCSC, 3:30 p.m.
Feb. 22, 24, 25-Boys district continues

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