Luke Graham

Luke Graham

Luke Graham: Just wait for spring sports to start

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Luke Graham

Luke Graham's column appears periodically in the Steamboat Today. Contact him at 970-871-4229 or lgraham@SteamboatToday.com.

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— Wash your car. Sacrifice something. Do a snow dance. Pray to Ullr.

Whatever people may or may not have done, the snow is finally here. But here’s another way to get snow to come.

Just wait for spring sports to start.

While most people talked about face shots, fresh lines and waist-deep powder, Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer coach Rob Bohlmann just smiled Thursday afternoon.

He’s done this before. Heck, all of spring sports have done this before.

It just seems that when spring sports started a couple of weeks ago so did this year’s batch of snow.

As Bohlmann walked around the outside of the gym Thursday at the high school, he couldn’t do anything but laugh.

He’s entering his 18th year coaching girls soccer. He knows what a headache scheduling can become. He knows there will be cancellations and postponements later in the season.

He knows his team probably will have a stretch later this season where they play four or five games in a week — potentially all on the road.

Welcome to spring sports in Steamboat.

It has to be one of the toughest places in the state to try to field a competitive team.

Just the visual of a spreadsheet for gym time is enough to make one’s head spin. Girls and boys lacrosse, soccer, baseball and track have to find a way to practice. The gym becomes a hub right after school and well into the night.

Although Gardner Field is plowed, getting field time becomes the biggest issue in the spring.

It’s tough to get on any field when there are feet of snow.

Heck, the baseball team hasn’t played in Steamboat in three seasons. It had only two games in Craig last season. It’s the definition of a road warrior team.

Somehow, though, spring teams remain competitive.

The girls soccer team competes for a Western Slope League championship every year. The baseball team remains in the middle of the pack each year and the boys lacrosse team has won every conference game it has played.

So while you’re basking in the fluffy snow and talking about epic days on the mountain, send some good juju the way of spring sports teams.

They need it just as bad as we once needed snow.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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