Steamboat Springs Soroco opens its volleyball schedule tonight, while Hayden takes to the road for the Moffat County Tournament this weekend, as both programs begin the 2002 season with hopes of postseason play.
The Rams will host West Grand this evening beginning with a C Team game at 5 p.m. followed by the junior varsity and varsity games at 6 and 7 p.m. All three games will be held at the new gym at the high school in Oak Creek.
Tonight's game against the Mustangs won't count toward the league record, although West Grand is one of the Rams' league opponents.
The SorocoWest Grand meeting Oct. 12 will mark the official league meeting between the schools.
The Tigers, meanwhile, will head to Craig for Saturday's Moffat County Tournament. Hayden coach Kipp Rillos said the Tigers would take the court at 9 a.m.
Some teams at the tournament other than Moffat County include Delta, Hotchkiss and Vail Mountain.
To prepare for the regular season, the Rams and Tigers held a Wednesday evening scrimmage in Oak Creek to break in the new gym. No scores were kept, but Rillos said both teams played well.
"We had some really good exchanges," Rillos said. "There were some points that looked terrific. Overall, I was really, really happy with our play.
"The girls are used to playing each other, and it's not a tense environment. More than anything, it's a good way for the girls to get the nerves out and work through the bugs."
After scrimmaging in Meeker last weekend, Steamboat's volleyball team will return to the home of the Cowboys for another Saturday scrimmage before opening league play against Moffat County at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 in Craig.
The Sailors boys soccer team also opens its season today.
The Sailors will be participants in the three-day Alexander Dawson Tournament.
Steamboat's boys golf and tennis teams have the Labor Day weekend off from competitive play.
The golf team will resume action Sept. 3 at the Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig, while the tennis team takes to the courts Sept. 5 in Loveland.
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