Sports briefs for Jan. 12

Steamboat's Lezin captures juniors title

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Soroco wrestling, 2008-09

  • Dec. 6 at Middle Park
  • Dec. 13 at Delta
  • Dec. 19 at Hayden
  • Dec. 20 at West Grand
  • 9 a.m. Jan. 10 at Paonia
  • Jan. 17 at Rangely
  • Jan. 24 at League Tournament at West Grand
  • Feb. 13-14 at Regional at Grand Junction
  • Feb. 19-20 at State Denver

— The girls high school tennis season still is several months away, but Steamboat Springs junior Valerie Lezin proved Sunday she's already in top form.

Lezin won the girls advanced singles division of the Junior and Mixed City Championships at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, capping off her strong run Sunday with a pair of two-set victories.

"That's one of the best matches I've played this tournament," Lezin said moments after finishing her final match in the round robin tournament, a 6-0, 6-0 win against Christi Valicenti. "I tried to keep my emotions in, and I didn't let up at all."

Lezin said she hasn't stopped working on her game since qualifying for last year's state tennis tournament. She hopes to turn all that experience first into a powerful season this spring, and eventually into much more.

"This was good practice," she said. "I'm trying to build up for the girls season, but I'm also trying to play tennis in college. This is all building toward that."

Keegan Burger won the boys advanced singles while Jack Pietig won the intermediate-advanced singles. Tamy Katthain won the beginner-intermediate singles.

William and Carolyn Krueger combined to win the mixed 8.0 doubles division. William Krueger also competed in the Mixed 9.0 doubles division, winning it with Patricia Kruetz.

Marie Matrka and Louis Nijsten took the mixed 9.5 doubles division.

US Ski Team struggles in Val di Fiemme event

The Americans struggled on the jumps Sunday in a DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Steamboat Springs skier Johnny Spillane had the second fastest cross-country time to finish ninth, after coming in 21st in jumping, to lead the U.S. Norway's Magnus Moan picked up the win to sweep both events in Val di Fiemme.

Bill Demong, who has trained with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, was 14th, and Steamboat's Bryan Fletcher scored again, finishing 26th.

Straits lead Soroco at Eagle Valley tournament

Soroco sophomores Ben and David Strait each finished fourth in their weight divisions Saturday at a wrestling tournament at Eagle Valley. Freshman Lauryn Bruggink finished one win away from placing.

"We are wrestling well, but we're still letting silly mistakes beat us," Soroco coach Jay Whaley said. "It was good for the first week back after break. You can see the kids are making progress."

Steamboat girls alpine team places 1st at Aspen

The Steamboat Springs High School girls alpine team won a Saturday competition at Aspen. The team was buoyed by three finishers placing in the top four.

Chrissy Ford finished second, ahead of Sarah White in third and Cassady Daley in fourth.

Their strong skiing gave Steamboat the edge against Aspen High School, which was led by individual champion JoAnna Coffey. Coffey's strong second run helped her pull out a 0.69 second victory.

The boys team, led by Nelson Kane's eighth-place showing, finished third, behind champions Aspen and second-place Battle Mountain.

- To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253 or e-mail jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com

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