Routt County teams prepare for weekend action

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Steamboat Alpine

9:30 a.m. Thursday: giant slalom at state championship meet in Winter Park

9:30 a.m. Friday: slalom at state championship meet in Winter Park

The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine team has to be considered a big favorite to win the boys and girls Alpine events. The team has had a banner year with the girls and boys teams picking up multiple wins. Although the state championship is determined by a composite score of Alpine and Nordic teams, look for Steamboat to have a strong showing on the Alpine side, with the possibility of a few individual state champions. Alpine athletes who have qualified include Suzanne Lyon, Ali Pougiales, Marie Buckley, McKenzie Millard, Maria Hoots, Anna Woodfield, Andreas Foulk, Danny Kramer, Riley Brodie, Rick Walters, Peter White, Dane Dixson and Matthew White.

Steamboat Nordic

3:30 p.m. Thursday: freestyle individual start at state championship meet at Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center

3:30 p.m. Friday: classic mass start at state championship meet at Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center

The Steamboat Springs Nordic team has had an up-and-down year but finished the season strong, especially on the girls side. The boys team struggled but showed signs that it was turning the corner toward the end of the season. How well the Nordic team does likely will determine how well Steamboat does as a team. Athletes who have qualified for state and are expected to compete include Meg O’Connell, Gabriel Bohlmann, Sabina Berend, Lesley Myller, Lindsey Adler, Olivia Rose, Ali Pougiales, Peter White, Dane Dixson, Matt White, Tait Dixson, Tristan Fischer and Tristan Arnis.

Steamboat wrestling

Friday and Saturday: regional tournament in Montrose

It all comes down to this. Steamboat wrestling has seen a revitalization in the program and enters the regional tournament in Montrose with a shot to send multiple wrestlers to the state tournament. Steamboat doesn’t have the toughest region but should be tested throughout.

Steamboat girls basketball

6 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (8-9) vs. Battle Mountain (2-15)

2 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Eagle Valley (11-6)

The Steamboat girls basketball team is coming off its most complete road trip of the season. The team beat Palisade before narrowly losing to league-leading Delta. Friday’s game against Battle Mountain should be a win, but Saturday’s game at Eagle Valley will be interesting. If the Sailors win that one, they will be considered a contender at the district tournament despite their record.

Steamboat boys basketball

7:30 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (10-7) vs. Battle Mountain (7-10)

3:30 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Eagle Valley (13-4)

Steamboat announced to the rest of the league it would be a major player in the district tournament by beating league-leading Palisade and third-place Delta on the road during the weekend. It doesn’t get a whole lot easier for Steamboat as the Sailors play a couple of teams battling for playoff seeding. With two wins, Steamboat has the opportunity to move into third place.

Steamboat hockey

7:30 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (7-8-2) vs. Summit (6-12)

3 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat vs. Ralston Valley (14-2-1)

It’s judgement weekend for Steamboat hockey. The team is in 13th place in the Foothills Conference as the season enters the final weekend. The top eight teams from the conference make the playoffs. Simply put, Steamboat needs two wins and some help. It starts Friday against Summit in what is essentially a playoff elimination game. Steamboat won a previous contest, 4-2, in the second game of the season. Get past Summit, and Steamboat will have its hands full with Ralston Valley, currently second in the conference.

Soroco girls basketball

2:30 p.m. Saturday: Soroco (12-5) vs. Plateau Valley (4-9)

The Rams have won three straight and will look to close out the season with a pair of wins. Saturday’s game marks the home finale for the Rams. The team finishes the season Feb. 22 at Hayden. Soroco has played well for most of the year and appears to be a dangerous team heading into the district tournament.

Soroco boys basketball

7 p.m. Friday: Soroco (7-9) at De Beque (0-14)

4 p.m. Saturday: Soroco vs. Plateau Valley (4-10)

The Rams have a great opportunity to pick up a pair of league wins this weekend and move up in the league standings. Soroco plays two of the worst teams in the league. A couple of wins would set up a huge showdown Feb. 22 in the season finale in Hayden.

Soroco and Hayden wrestling

Friday and Saturday: regional tournament in Grand Junction

The two Routt County teams have one of the tougher regions in Class 2A featuring powerhouses Dove Creek, Norwood, Paonia and Nucla. With both teams featuring mostly young rosters, the goal is the same. Each team should have a good shot of qualifying several wrestlers for the state meet.

Hayden girls basketball

5:30 p.m. Friday: Hayden (4-12) at Plateau Valley (4-9)

Hayden should have a good opportunity to pick up another win. The Tigers have played markedly better in recent weeks and look to finally be finding their stride. As the team enters the final weeks of the regular season, Hayden looks to be rounding into form at just the right time.

Hayden boys basketball

7 p.m. Friday: Hayden (14-2) at Plateau Valley (4-10)

2:30 p.m. Saturday: Hayden vs. De Beque (0-14)

Barring an improbably late season collapse, the Hayden Tigers will run away with the league crown. The Tigers have three league games left against three of the bottom teams of the league. Hayden should be 17-2 entering the district tournament.

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

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