Meghan Rabbitt pounds the ball over a net during a volleyball conditioning camp last week at Steamboat Springs High School. More than 40 players showed up for the voluntary camp. Official high school practice begins Monday across the state.

Photo by John F. Russell

Meghan Rabbitt pounds the ball over a net during a volleyball conditioning camp last week at Steamboat Springs High School. More than 40 players showed up for the voluntary camp. Official high school practice begins Monday across the state.

High school fall sports start Monday across Routt County

Teams head back to fields, courts, gridirons, tracks and greens

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— Soccer coach Rob Bohlmann looks forward to the opening day of high school sports throughout the year.

“The first day of the season is like Christ­mas,” Bohlmann said last week.

Bohlmann said when he shows up for the boys soccer team’s first practice at 8 a.m. Mon­day at Steam­boat Springs Hi­gh Sc­ho­­ol, anything is possible, and that during the next few weeks, the team will begin to define itself and define the season.

It happens every year in late August.

“We lost a good group of seniors to graduation last spring,” Bohlmann said. “But there is a talented group coming back. This is their chance to create … define what they will be. As a coach, it’s an exciting time of year.”

Monday will mark the start of a new football and volleyball season at Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco high schools. The season also will open in soccer, cross-country, boys tennis and cheerleading at Steamboat Springs High School. Boys golf opened last week in Steamboat, and the golf team will travel to its first tournament of the season Monday at the Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction.

Football

Monday will mark the start of a busy week for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School football team. The squad’s first meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon Monday and will be followed by equipment checkout. The team will return to Gardner Field from 6 to 8 p.m. The busy schedule will continue Tuesday through Thursday with 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. practices. There will be an additional practice from 8 to 9 p.m. for older players. Freshmen can attend that practice but are not required to. All practices will be at Gardner Field.

Shawn Baumgartner said Hayden football also would be busy as it prepares for the start of a new season. The squad will meet from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and from 4 to 6:30 p.m. during the first week. In Soroco, the football team will meet from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday next week. The team will meet from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Thursday and Friday. The team will continue to meet in the mornings through Aug. 25 and then move to a regular school schedule with practices in the afternoon.

Volleyball

Sailors volleyball coach Wendy Hall was thrilled this week when 40 players showed up for a voluntary conditioning camp at the high school. The coach expects that excitement and enthusiasm to carry over when regular practices begin Monday. The opening week will be a tryout for sophomores, juniors and seniors with practice running from 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The practice schedule will shift to 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, the team will meet from 3 to 6 p.m., and there will be individual conferences from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Freshman players will practice from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Aug. 21, there will be a Gold Card blitz for players in every grade.

In Hayden, volleyball practice will run from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the first week.

“It’s always exciting to start a new season,” Hayden coach Greg Johnson said. “It’s exciting to get back in the gym, to have a new group of players and to see what could be.”

Soroco Athletics Director Andy John­son said the Rams volleyball practices would take place from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. through Wednesday at the high school.

Soccer

Bohlmann will open the season with two-a-day practices. The first week’s practices will run from 8 to 10 a.m. with a second in the afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m.

Cross-country

The Steamboat Springs team will meet at 6 p.m. Monday for the first practice of the season. Practices will continue from 6 to 7:30 p.m. through Friday.

Tennis

The high school boys tennis team will meet at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. next week. Coach John Aragon said players also will meet outside of practice to play challenge matches. The team’s first competition of the season will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, when Steamboat Springs hosts Aspen. The Sailors also are scheduled to host Evergreen at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 21. The coach said times for the matches were tentative.

Cheer

The Steamboat Springs cheerleaders will practice at 9 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday next week. The team also will practice at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. The next week, the team will have practices at 8 and 11:30 a.m. Aug. 23 and 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 24. The team will shift to an early evening practice once classes resume.

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