Routt County sports teams prepare for weekend

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Steamboat football

7 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (0-1) vs. Summit (1-0)

Steamboat will continue its efforts to get a win, and there may be no better opportunity than against Summit. Steamboat looked much better in the second half last week against Eagle Valley, using a short passing game to score 21 points after being shut out in the first half. Summit is coming off a 21-7 win against Battle Mountain.

Steamboat volleyball

Friday and Saturday: Steamboat (2-2) at Moffat County Tournament

Steamboat showed its inexperience in its opening tournament of the season. The team saw some good play, going 2-0 on the first day, before getting swept on the second day. The Sailors likely will mix up lineups throughout to try and find the right combination before league play opens.

Steamboat tennis

Friday and Saturday: Steamboat (1-4) at Western Slope Open in Grand Junction

The Steamboat tennis team will look to shake off an early-season rut with one of the toughest tournaments. Steamboat will see plenty of top-tiered players but will need a bunch of breaks to advance any of its singles players or doubles teams.

Steamboat cross-country

Saturday: Steamboat at Battle Mountain

Steamboat runners got a taste of action last weekend at the competitive Cheyenne Mountain Stampede. Tyler Scott led Steamboat with a 97th-place finish. Meg O’Connell was 49th on the girls side. The team won’t see quite the same level of competition but likely will see more teams from its region this weekend.

Steamboat soccer

11 a.m. Saturday: Steamboat (2-0) vs. Rifle (1-0)

Steamboat has shown well in its previous two games, playing its traditional possession style. Steamboat’s defense and midfield again look to be strengths along with experience in net. Get through this game and it sets up a very intriguing game with Battle Mountain on Tuesday.

Soroco football

7 p.m. Friday: Soroco (1-0) vs. Justice (0-0)

Soroco looked tremendous in a Week 1 shutout of Gilpin County. Quarterback Nic Paxton was dominant totaling seven touchdowns in the victory. Against Justice, Soroco again will spread the field and play fast. Last week, a majority of the first-half snaps were run with an empty backfield and in the hurry up. Last season, Soroco beat Justice, 45-8.

Soroco volleyball

6 p.m. Friday: Soroco (1-0) at Vail Mountain

Soroco unveiled a surprisingly deep lineup in its opener against Beth Eden Baptist. The team proved to have at least five capable hitters. Now, the league portion comes fast, with the Rams having a chance to prove themselves as one of the upper-echelon teams.

Hayden volleyball

Friday and Saturday: Hayden (0-0) at Moffat County Tournament

The Hayden volleyball team opens up the 2012 season with Olathe and Aspen at the Moffat County Tournament. The team must replace a considerable amount of size from last season’s team.

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

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