Steamboat teams have busy weekend ahead

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— Weather permitting, all six Steamboat Springs High School spring sports teams are in action this weekend. Here's a look at each team.

Baseball

At this point in the season, with limited practice time outside, coach Dave Roy knows it's just about getting better.

Roy said as his team approaches the Hotchkiss tournament this weekend, he's not necessarily looking for wins as much as improvement.

"That's the important thing," said Roy, whose team dropped a doubleheader to Denver East last weekend. "We got a lot of young guys in starting positions. My hope is they continue to experience good competition. It's important, in turn, that they respond to that good competition."

Steamboat plays Paonia at 3 p.m. today. The team then plays Hotchkiss at 11 a.m. and Cedaredge at 3 p.m. Saturday.

"It'll be a good test for us," Roy said. "It'll put us in a better position to take on our first league game next weekend."

Girls lacrosse

It'll certainly be learning by fire for the Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team.

With only one outdoor practice, coach Jenn Kirkpatrick said she's not quite sure what to expect as Steamboat prepares for three games this weekend.

Steamboat plays at 6:30 p.m. today at Lewis-Palmer. The team then plays at 10 a.m. against Rampart and 4 p.m. at Grandview on Saturday.

Despite the limited time, Kirkpatrick makes no qualms about what she expects.

"Our goal is to win," she said. "I think we're ready. They're all really excited."

Girls soccer

Steamboat's seen one end of the spectrum. Now the Sailors must prepare for the other end.

Steamboat is set to play at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gardner Field against Battle Mountain. Last year, the Huskies were the Western Slope League champions. Steamboat enters the game with a 1-0 record after easily beating rival Moffat County, 9-0, on Tuesday.

Boys lacrosse

The Steamboat lacrosse team can set the foundation for a run to the playoffs starting today.

Steamboat hosts two Western Slope League opponents this weekend, facing Monarch at 4 p.m. today and Evergreen at 2 p.m. Saturday. After losing on the road twice last weekend, Steamboat (0-2) is looking to get into the win column.

Track and field

Steamboat Springs track and field coach Luke DeWolfe won't be the only one making a debut this weekend.

With limited time sprinting, jumping and throwing, most of the Steamboat Springs athletes will be outside for the first time competing at Delta on Saturday.

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