Steamboat girls swimming
11 a.m. Saturday: Steamboat, 0-0, at Moffat County
It’s difficult to imagine there’s a rivalry between the Steamboat and Moffat swimming programs when Steamboat’s will be competing in its first-ever event on Saturday. It’s just as difficult to imagine there’s not a rivalry between these two neighbors. Here’s guessing Saturday’s showdown is the first in a long line of bitter battles between the two schools.
Steamboat girls basketball
6 p.m. Friday: Steamboat, 1-0, vs. Roaring Fork at Brenda Patch Tournament
3 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat vs. Basalt at Brenda Patch Tournament
The Sailors picked up a pair of wins in Roaring Fork’s Brenda Patch Tournament a year ago. That was the start of an up-and-down season, but one that extended all the way to the second round of the state playoffs in March. Steamboat will be hoping for another such springboard this weekend in the two-day tournament.
Steamboat boys basketball
8 p.m. Friday: Steamboat, 1-0, vs. Roaring Fork at Brenda Patch Tournament
5 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat vs. Basalt at Brenda Patch Tournament
The Sailors got their season started right with a gritty win Monday in Grand Junction. Now, they’ll have the chance to expand on that without another tough road trip.
Hayden girls basketball
4:30 p.m. Thursday: Hayden (0-0) at North Park (0-0)
It isn’t very fair to judge any team by its first game, but tonight’s against North Park could say plenty about the Hayden girls team. The Tigers are coming off a 4-15 campaign and were swept in two close games a year ago by the Wildcats. A win here would be a big statement from Hayden. Of course, remember, it’s not very fair to judge any team by its first game.
Hayden boys basketball
7 p.m. Friday: Hayden (0-0) vs. Saratoga, Wyo. (0-0)
The injuries have already come quickly for a team that, on paper, doesn’t seem able to sustain them. The team Hayden gets out on the court Friday to open its season may not resemble the one taking the floor in January or February. Then again, maybe it will. There’s plenty of opportunity to be seized by young players on the Tigers’ roster, and early this season, there will be ample opportunity to do that seizing.
Soroco girls basketball
6 p.m. Thursday: Soroco (0-0) vs. Nucla (0-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday: Soroco vs. Meeker (0-0)
The Rams will open their play in Meeker’s Cowboy Shoot-out tonight against Nucla, then, win or lose, play at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Class 2A No. 10 Meeker. There’s high hopes for this team in Oak Creek, but that’s two tough challenges right out of the gate, and Soroco will be shorthanded to start the season, thanks to an injury for one player and a school commitment for another.
“We will see where we’re at,” coach David Bruner said. “The girls have been working hard, and I’m pleased with the way they’ve been picking things up. This is just a preseason tournament to see where we’re at. We have a lot of things to work on.”
Steamboat, Soroco and Hayden wrestling
9 a.m. Saturday: at Middle Park Tournament
Plenty of athletes are still trying to cut weight. Freshmen are still getting up to speed, and upperclassmen are still getting into wrestling shape. So, the results from Saturday's tournament — the season opener for Soroco and Hayden — may not be indicative of who's suiting up at the state championships in February. Still, the meet will be stacked with talent from around the region, and it would be a fine time for local wrestlers to shine and establish themselves as the kids to beat this season.