Sports briefs: Tibbetts lifts Soroco to win

Rams overcome 1st-half deficit to beat Eagles


Hayden wrestling, 2008-09

Soroco boys basketball, 2008-09

The Soroco boys basketball team encountered a hot-shooting and determined opponent Saturday as it traveled to Paonia.

It only became clear the Rams would win when they found their own hot hand.

Senior Ryan Tibbetts poured in 36 points Saturday to left Soroco to a 79-66 victory.

He hit six 3-point shots, including four in the first half that helped stabilize the Rams as the Eagles took the lead.

Soroco trailed, 44-40, at halftime but scored 23 points in the third quarter, easily outpacing Paonia's seven points.

"He played extremely well," Soroco boys coach Sam McLeod said. "He can be a little hot and cold, but when he's hot, he's the best player in the league by far."

Soroco also got a strong performance from senior Cody Miles, who had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and from Alex Estes and Matt Watwood, who each had 11 points.

Soroco improved to 12-3. The team returns to action Friday as it hosts Hayden.

Dixson leads Steamboat Springs Nordic skiers

The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skiing team was led Saturday by Sarah Dixson.

The senior gave her skimeister aspirations a serious bump with a 12th place finish in the team's competition at Devil's Thumb.

"She just skied great," Steamboat coach Chrissy Lynch said. "It was a difficult technical sport, and she skied awesome."

Dixson's classmate Cassady Daley was 15th in the race.

"She hasn't been able to make all the races, so a 15th-place finish is incredible," Lynch said.

Eva Lambek was 24th and Alana White was 41st.

Jasper Gantick led the boys team with a 19th-place finish.

Zabel happy with Hayden's tournament performance

The Hayden High School wrestling squad lost three of its five duals in Saturday's tournament at Eaton, but Tigers' coach Ty Zabel said he was happy with the performance.

Because it has several open weight classes, Hayden had to give up 24 points automatically every dual.

Still, it beat Lyons and Erie high schools.

"I was really pleased with our head to head results," Zabel said.

Zabel said the team got strong performances from Mitch VeDepo and Scott Armbutster. Coy Letlow and Mitch Doolin each only dropped one match, as well.

Steamboat freestyle skier places 3rd in Aspen race

Steamboat freestyle skier Gina Gmeiner said she couldn't even watch as the rest of her competition came down the superpipe Friday at the Aspen-Snowmass Open.

"I just needed to stop worrying about what other people were doing, focus on what I'm doing and have fun with it," she said.

She found a way to have fun Friday. She finished third on the pipe Aspen first built for last month's X Games competition.

"I liked some 540s and did a couple switch tricks," she said. "I was the only female in the finals to lay down both of my runs.

"It was a pretty good event."


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