Postseason pictures are beginning to come into focus for Routt County high school sports teams. Check out a roundup of what happened this weekend, and what looms in the days ahead:
What happened: Palisade battered Steamboat with running back Dalton Hannigan, especially in the second half when the Bulldogs pulled away. The Sailors got a first-half touchdown from Mitch McCannon. Hannigan finished with 239 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Palisade ran more than twice as many offensive plays as Steamboat did.
What does it mean: The final score was lopsided, but Steamboat hung tough in the first half. The game dropped the Sailors back below .500 and was the first in a tough four-game stretch to finish the season.
What’s next: Steamboat plays at Rifle at 7 p.m. Friday.
What happened: The Rams turned the ball over three times in the first quarter and Rangely took advantage. The Panthers led 42-7 at the end of the first half.
What does it mean: Soroco’s postseason hopes went up in smoke in that first quarter. The Rams had to win to finish in the top four in the division. The loss eliminates them from the week 9 cross-divisional game and from any chance at the playoffs.
What’s next: Soroco closes out its season Friday at West Grand.
What happened: The Sailors got a big win in dramatic fashion Saturday night against Rifle. Senior star Alex Feeley missed the middle sets with an ankle injury, but her teammates didn’t let up and when she came back for the fourth set, she was able to help the Sailors wrap up the victory.
What does it mean: The Rifle win was a nice bump after a rocky weekend that included two lopsided losses. It may be just the kind of bump that allows the team to finish the season strong.
What’s next: Steamboat plays at 6 p.m. today at home against Middle Park
What happened: Steamboat went big on offense, scoring eight goals in two games. Peyton Trask and Peter White each scored one goal against Glenwood, and Mac Noel scored twice.
What does it mean: The Sailors would do well to avenge a 1-0 loss to Summit from earlier this season when the two teams meet again at Summit on Thursday. That game will wrap up the regular season, and it could wrap up a playoff spot for Steamboat.
What’s next: Steamboat plays at Summit on Thursday.
What happened: The Sailors had all seven entries qualify for the state tournament. They managed to pick up a few wins but didn’t score any medals at the Pueblo event.
What does it mean: It was a rebuilding season for Steamboat, and coach Don Toy said the experience the squad picked up at the tournament was invaluable. He said they’ll be back for those medals next season.
What’s next: The season is over
What happened: Hayden couldn’t hang with the Mustangs and never threatened late in any of the three sets.
What does it mean: The Tigers are running out of time to sort out their problems. They have a chance to pick up at least one win next weekend as they close out the regular season schedule on the road against Vail Mountain and Vail Christian.
What’s next: Hayden plays Friday at Vail Mountain.
Soroco volleyball (2-12) lost to Meeker, 3-0
What happened: Coach Kim Reeves said the first two sets were close, but that the Rams couldn’t pull one off.
What does it mean: Soroco is at the bottom of the Western Slope League standings, but it could climb a spot and gain some priceless momentum this week with a win against Hotchkiss, which also is near the bottom.
What’s next: The Rams play on the road Friday at Hotchkiss.