■ Thursday at Rifle Cross Country Invitational
The Steamboat Springs High School cross-country team always finds itself in a unique situation. The Sailors usually drop more time than other teams because they don’t run as much in the summer. This will be the first real look the team gets at regional competition. With the regional meet a week away, this should be a good indicator of where the team stands.
■ Today through Saturday at state meet in Pueblo
The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team saw Aspen put an end to Steamboat’s string of 14 straight regional titles during the weekend by a mere six points. But the silver lining is Steamboat did qualify all 11 players for the state tournament. The tournament begins Thursday in Pueblo and runs until Saturday.
Steamboat soccer (7-5)
■ Thursday: 6 p.m. vs. Moffat County (4-6)
■ Saturday: 11 a.m. vs. Delta (2-9)
The official march to the playoffs probably won’t figure itself out until next week with games against Glenwood and Summit. But with two very winnable games against Moffat and Delta, Steamboat needs to get three points in each and continue the momentum it has going.
Steamboat volleyball (7-8)
■ Friday: 6 p.m. at Palisade (9-5)
■ Saturday: 11:30 a.m. at Delta (9-7)
■ Saturday: 6 p.m. at Rifle (5-9)
With hopes of making the district playoffs slowly evaporating, Steamboat is in a must win situation this weekend. The team is in fifth place in the league, with the top three teams likely to make the district tournament. Wins against Palisade and Delta will be a tall chore, but are needed should the Sailors want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Steamboat football (3-3)
■ Friday: 7 p.m. vs. Palisade (5-1)
Steamboat, winners of two games straight, faces its toughest test of the season. Palisade is coming off a 30-3 loss to No. 1 Rifle and is sure to play fast and mad. Steamboat could prove it’s back by putting up a fight and at least making it respectable, but the Sailors three wins have come against teams with a combined 2-16 record.
Hayden volleyball (3-13)
■ Saturday: 2 p.m. vs. West Grand (7-7)
Hayden is in a position to make the district playoffs but has battled inconsistency all year long. Hayden previously lost to West Grand in three games. Depending on which Hayden team shows up, this could be an interesting match.
Hayden football (4-2)
■ Saturday: 1 p.m. at South Park (0-3)
Hayden will look to rebound after a tough 32-28 loss to West Grand. South Park should be the right cure. The Burros have struggled in league play. Hayden needs a win to set up a showdown with Vail Christian next week to lock up second place in the league and a home playoff game.
Soroco football (4-2)
■ Friday: 7 p.m. at Rangely (3-3)
This is a pivotal game in the 8-man East Central league. The winner will have a leg up on the fourth and final spot in the leagues playoff teams. Rangely, after two league losses, delivered Vail Christian its first loss of the season last week. The team beat Vail Christian, 30-6. Earlier in the year, Vail Christian beat Soroco, 26-6.
Soroco volleyball (3-11)
■ Saturday: 3 p.m. vs. Meeker (11-3)
It’s been a forgettable season for the Rams. Too often the team has played like a roller coaster. With four games remaining, the Rams need to pick up some wins to try to find any semblance of momentum moving towards the district playoffs.