No surprises here. Summit High School is once again after the Colorado girls’ state championship. The Tigers are an undisputed dynasty in Colorado, and finals’ opponent Castle Rock has a nearly impossible task in front of it.
Summit went 8-0 in league play, scoring an obscene 513 points and allowing only five. As the #1 seed heading into playoffs, the Tigers dispatched Regis 57-0 in the semifinals. Speedy wing Maddy Hunt-Snyder ran in three tries, while fullback Robyn Kresge, wing Meg Weldon, lock Vollya Sergeeva, flyhalf and captain Emy Griffith, center Kelly Joyce, and No. 8 Chelsea Christianson all added five pointers. Scrumhalf Haley Anderson slotted six of seven conversions.
“We beat Regis solidly,” Summit coach Karl Barth said after last week’s win. “They’re good but the problem is that they play the same style we play, and we’re better at it. Regis plays the game out wide, while the other teams are more physical and play a more northern hemisphere style.”
Barth rested a few players against Regis, allowing some injuries an extra week of recovery. The squad is incredibly deep – in fact the JV team has been filling in as the B side’s opposition, since most teams have failed to supply competition. Barth’s only lament was the loss of Rita Foth, a dynamic inside center who was injured earlier in the season.
“She’s an amazingly good player, and in a year or two, she’ll be seen by [USA U20 coach] Bryn Chivers,” Barth said. “She has that rare combination of being big and shifty. She’s been hard to replace.”
Castle Rock (6-2) had a good league season, surrendering its two losses (46-5 and 31-0) to Summit and accounting for the lone try scored against the Tigers all season. Castle Rock advanced to the final after holding onto a 22-21 semifinal win over SWARM.
The championship game takes place tomorrow in Glendale, Colo., inside Infinity Park.