Spring puts damper on sports

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Inclement weather and poor field conditions have prevented all but one Steamboat Springs athletic team from hosting a game this season.

The girls tennis team welcomed five teams to town last month but played all their matches on indoor clay courts. It wouldn't have been possible to play outdoors.

With spring break quickly approaching, it is questionable how many, if any, home games Steamboat's teams can fit in before they break for a week.

Monday's boys lacrosse game has been postponed because of weather. The team also has another home game scheduled later in the week. The baseball team has two home games planned, and the soccer team has three home games on the slate. In years past, Steamboat teams have used fields in Craig to stage their home games when fields aren't available here, and Moffat County's fields may be used again next week.

Thus far, five games have been either postponed or moved to another location because of weather or field conditions. The latest casualty is the Steamboat girls soccer game against Eagle Valley.

The game was scheduled for today in Steamboat. Now, the teams will meet at 11 a.m. today at Eagle Valley High School. The Sailors will host the Devils on April 29 instead.

Soccer coach Rob Bohlmann figured Dudley Field, home of Steamboat's soccer teams, likely will be the last field ready for district use. Every day, he said, coaches are out checking the football field to see if it's ready for play and practice.

The boys and girls lacrosse teams, the baseball team and the soccer team have been confined to gyms or parking lots for spring practice. The track and field team has visited the pool, as well, in effort to get training in during the wet spring.

Hayden coach Kevin Kleckler said his team has enjoyed good training weather for the most part. The Tigers have been able to run outdoors to condition and go to the Moffat County High School for on-track training. Soroco, which uses Steamboat's track once a week, hasn't had as much luck with weather.

Despite limited sprint workouts, the Rams are posting impressive times, leaving coach Gary Heide optimistic about the meat of the schedule, which looms later this month and into early May.

The Hayden and Soroco track teams will be at Eagle Valley today for an all-day meet in Gypsum. The Hayden boys are ranked seventh in the latest Rocky Mountain News standings. The Soroco boys are ranked second.

Steamboat's track team will be at the Palisade Invitational today. The News has the Steamboat girls ranked fifth in Class 4A.

Steamboat's soccer team, fresh off wins against Lewis-Palmer and Rifle, is holding firm to the sixth spot in the News and the Denver Post rankings.

The lacrosse teams played Friday night and will resume play today. The girls are visiting Colorado Academy in a make-up game, which was scheduled for here. That game is at 1 p.m. in Denver. The boys will be playing Green Mountain at 11 a.m. at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.

The tennis team is playing Aspen and Durango today in Grand Junction. Those times are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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