High school winter sports start Saturday

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Soroco winter practices

- Boys basketball - 4 p.m. on Monday in the high school gymnasium. The team opens up on Nov. 29 at the Meeker Tournament.

- Girls basketball - 4 p.m. Monday in the high school gymnasium.The team opens up on Nov. 29 at the Meeker Tournament.

- Wrestling - 4 p.m. Monday in the high school wrestling room. The first meet is the Dec. 1 Middle Park Invitational.

Soroco winter practices

- Girls basketball - "Midnight Madness" starting at 12:01 a.m. At the high school gymnasium. Season begins on Nov. 30 in De Beque.

- Boys basketball - 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the high school gymnasium. Season begins on Nov. 30 in De Beque.

- Wrestling - 3:50 p.m. Thursday in the high school wrestling room. The first meet is the Carl Ramunno Invatational, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 1.

Steamboat winter practices

- Boys Basketball - 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday at the Kelly Meek Gymnasium. The first game is 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at Roaring Fork.

- Girls Basketball - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kelly Meek Gymnasium. First game is 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Roaring Fork.

- Hockey - 2:30 p.m. Monday at Howelsen Ice Arena. First game is 4:45 p.m. Nov. 30 at Summit.

- Wrestling - 10 a.m. Saturday in the wrestling room. First meet is Steamboat's Carl Ramunno Invitational, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 1.

- Alpine and Nordic skiing - Practices take place starting at 3:45 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Those interested should meet in the high school gym or weight room. The first Alpine event (giant slalom) is Dec. 14 at Copper Mountain. The first Nordic event is Dec. 15 at Vail.

— Saturday marks the first day winter sports teams throughout Colorado can officially begin practice, according to Colorado High School Activities Association guidelines.

With the exception of its hockey team, all Steamboat Springs High School winter sports teams will begin practice Saturday. The Sailors hockey team begins tryouts at 2:30 p.m. Monday, at Howelsen Ice Arena.

The Nordic and Alpine ski teams have been hosting dry-land training practices since the third week of September.

"Skiing is one of the only sports with a flexible starting date," Steamboat Alpine ski coach Chad Bowdre said. He kicked off the dry-land training sessions in September to ensure his athletes have amassed the required number of practices before the teams' first competitions, Dec. 14 and 15.

Danelle Rivera will give her Soroco Rams girls basketball team an earlier jump than any other team in the county, when the girls start practice at midnight Saturday, the first minute it's allowed.

"We'll practice from 12 to 6 a.m. and do some team building stuff in between," said Rivera, whose team has been doing a preseason camp the past five days. "The girls are excited - they've been working hard, and we've had good attendance."

Most of the other Steamboat teams will wait for the sun to rise Saturday to start, and Hayden will wait until Monday to tip off its winter sports practices.

All students interested in taking part in a winter sport must have a physical, sign an athletics contract, and sign a travel waiver if they plan to play a non-funded school sport.

Athletic contracts and travel waivers for Steamboat students can be picked up at Steamboat Springs High School.

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