Routt County sports teams get back to action after holidays

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Steamboat Alpine skiing

10:30 a.m. Friday: Steamboat at Howelsen Hill

The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine team hosts a dual slalom event Friday at Howelsen Hill. The event is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. with a girls race. Boys race at 12:30 p.m. The format is dual slalom.

Steamboat is coming off an impressive start to its season last weekend in Beaver Creek. The girls and boys teams each won the event with six top-10 finishes.

The event still is looking for volunteers to help with the event. Those interested should be available from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

To volunteer, email Alpine coach Jim Winn at jim@jimwinn.com or click here to sign up.

Steamboat Nordic skiing

12:30 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Howelsen Hill

After seeing varying results in its opener, the Steamboat Nordic team returns home to host a pair of 5-kilometer races. It will be a big day at Howelsen as the collegiate racers will compete in the morning, followed by middle school and high school action. Steamboat should expect better results as the team will be skiing a familiar course.

Steamboat wrestling

9 a.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Eagle Valley

Steamboat showed in the early part of the season that the team was deeper and more talented than in years past. With a meet at Eagle Valley, the team likely will see a good contingent of regional teams.

Steamboat girls basketball

6 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (5-3) vs. Palisade (3-5)

2:30 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat vs. Delta (3-3)

With the Western Slope League race still in its infancy, Steamboat is right in the thick of things. The Sailors had a subpar beginning, losing a pair of league games it had a shot to win. The team could establish itself as a contender with a pair of wins against tough league foes.

Steamboat boys basketball

7:30 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (6-2) vs. Palisade (5-3)

4 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat vs. Delta (3-3)

It’s safe to say this is the first separation weekend in the Western Slope League. Palisade and Delta entered the season as arguable favorites in the league. With Steamboat, it’s tough to tell which team will show up. The Sailors are young and have played that way at times. But Steamboat has won ugly and has a chance to exhibit itself as a league contender come Saturday night.

Steamboat hockey

6 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat (3-4-1) at Cherry Creek (2-5-1)

The Sailors have struggled coming out of the break. With several players missing for various reasons, the team has had to juggle its lines. It has been apparent as the team dropped its first two games coming off the holidays. Steamboat needs to beat a Cherry Creek team that is resuming play after a long absence in Colorado high school hockey.

Soroco wrestling

9 a.m. Saturday: Soroco at Lake County

Soroco opened the season with some impressive results. The small team will have a decent look at its regional competition in Leadville. With weights starting to get defined, Soroco will use the Lake County meet as a barometer of where it stands coming out of the holidays.

Soroco boys basketball

5 p.m. Friday: Soroco (1-4) at Vail Mountain (0-3)

4 p.m. Saturday: Soroco vs. West Grand (3-2)

The Soroco boys come out of the holiday break with some momentum. In its last game of preholiday season, Soroco won its first game of the season against North Park. The team finally had a full squad and got balanced scoring from senior Nic Paxton and junior Ryan Jeep. That will have to continue for the Rams to turn things around post holiday.

Soroco girls basketball

2:30 p.m. Saturday: Soroco (5-1) vs. West Grand (3-2),

The surprise of the early season. Soroco lost 67 percent of its scoring from last year’s team, but that hasn’t hurt the Rams. The team is off to its best start, thanks in part to what coach David Bruner calls his hardest-working team. It will be interesting to see whether the Rams can continue the momentum from before the break.

Hayden wrestling

Friday and Saturday: Hayden at Vernal Tournament of Champions

The push to the state championships at the Pepsi Center starts now. Wrestlers have cut to the appropriate weight they likely will wrestle at for the rest of the season. Hayden has made a habit of heading to Vernal, Utah, where the competition always is tough. The tournament draws teams from Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. It should be a good test for a young Tigers team.

Hayden boys basketball

8:30 p.m. Friday: Hayden (4-2) at West Grand (3-2)

1 p.m. Saturday: Hayden vs. Vail Mountain (0-3)

The Hayden boys basketball team had a banner preholiday schedule. For a team with big aspirations, a second-place finish at the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out drew headlines. Now the Tigers have to prove they’re the class of the league. It starts Friday against old nemesis West Grand.

Hayden girls basketball

7 p.m. Friday: Hayden (1-6) at West Grand (3-2)

A young Hayden girls basketball team took its lumps in the early part of the season. The Tigers struggled to score the basketball, averaging just 25 points per game. But with the league season starting, there is hope Hayden will be better. Getting a look at West Grand should let the team know exactly where it stands.

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

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