First spring weekend busy for Sailors

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— All Steamboat Springs High School spring sports teams play this weekend, including girls lacrosse and girls tennis, who play at home. Here's a look at each team.

Girls Tennis

With limited knowledge of Saturday's opponent, Glenwood Springs, Steamboat girls tennis coach John Aragon said the 10 a.m. match at The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs will be more about his team getting better.

"Our girls have to go out there and be ready to play a full match," Aragon said. "We can't have any letdowns."

Although Aragon will have to make some adjustments to his roster because several girls will be missing, he said he's excited to see how some of his younger players perform.

"We'll take it as a match, get out there and leave it all on the court," Aragon said.

Girls Lacrosse

The Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team is hungry to pick up its first win - or two - of the year.

Playing at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at home against Pine Creek and Summit, Steamboat coach Jenn Kirkpatrick said she expects two wins this weekend.

"Last weekend, they were disappointed," said Kirkpatrick, whose team dropped a trio of games last weekend. "Hopefully they feel some fire and play hard this weekend."

Kirkpatrick said the key to the games will be having enough stamina for a doubleheader and coming prepared to not just compete, but to win.

"They have to be determined and have the confidence," Kirkpatrick said. "It's got to be 100 percent intensity."

Girls Soccer

The Steamboat Springs girls soccer team could establish itself as one of the teams to beat in the Western Slope League in this weekend's action.

Steamboat (2-1) plays at league opponents Delta and Palisade. The Sailors play the Panthers at 4 p.m. Friday and the Bulldogs at 11 a.m. Saturday.

"Every point is important in regards to how the league is determined. It's three points for a win and one point for a tie," Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said. "We're going in and trying to come away with a six-point week. Being able to do that on back-to-back games on the road will be huge."

Baseball

The Steamboat Springs baseball team opens up league play with a doubleheader at 11 a.m. Saturday in Glenwood Springs.

Despite a 1-4 start for the Sailors, Steamboat manager Dave Roy said he's ambitious about Saturday's games.

"If they go out and play the game they're capable of playing, we'll be fine," Roy said.

Although Roy doesn't know a lot about Glenwood, he said with another week of practice he's confident Steamboat will be competitive in both games.

"I think it's an opportunity for us to get a W or two," Roy said. "The guys are really looking forward to it. They're ready to be competitive."

Boys Lacrosse

The Steamboat boys lacrosse team takes a two-game winning streak into a 4:30 p.m. showdown today at Englewood.

Fresh off a 13-1 win at Conifer on Tuesday, Steamboat will be looking to even its record at 3-3. Steamboat is currently eighth in the Foothills Conference, while Englewood (0-4) is 13th. Steamboat's next home game is at 4 p.m. Wednesday against Summit.

"I don't think they are as strong as some of the teams we've been playing, but those are the scary games," Steamboat coach Bob Hiester said. "It'll be the ground balls again. In the game of lacrosse that's a huge point at any level. We've played some pretty good possession offense, and we need to continue that."

Track

The Steamboat track and field team will get its first look of the year at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction where the regional meet will be held in May.

Competing in the Mickey Dunn Invitational, Steamboat also should get a good look at a majority of its regional competition.

Last weekend in Delta, the Sailors 3,200-meter relay team ran away from the competition and junior Brittany Long came away with a first-place finish in the two-mile and second-place finish in the mile.

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