Soroco High School guard Hayley Johnson drives to the basket Tuesday. The Soroco girls, after seven straight wins, face their toughest weekend of the year starting Friday at home against Paonia.

Photo by Luke Graham

Soroco High School guard Hayley Johnson drives to the basket Tuesday. The Soroco girls, after seven straight wins, face their toughest weekend of the year starting Friday at home against Paonia.

Routt County prep teams ready for weekend action

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Soroco girls basketball

6 p.m. Friday: Soroco (7-1) vs. Paonia (4-3)

2:30 p.m. Saturday: Soroco at Hotchkiss (7-2)

The Soroco girls basketball team has been the darling story of the early season. The Rams, who were not expected to be this competitive, have not lost since November. Now the real challenge comes: Paonia is ranked No. 7 in Class 2A and Hotchkiss recently dropped down from Class 3A. Soroco’s early schedule was fairly easy. How real the Rams are will be defined after Saturday.

Soroco boys basketball

7:30 p.m. Friday: Soroco (4-4) vs. Paonia (2-5)

4 p.m. Saturday: at Hotchkiss (6-3)

After a sluggish start to the season, Soroco appears to have found its groove. The Rams have won four straight games. Soroco finally is healthy and getting contributions from all across the court. With teams focusing on forward Ryan Jeep, guards Matt Regan, AJ Anderson and Nic Paxton have found room to work. The Rams should have a shot to go 2-0 this weekend as they enter league play.

Soroco and Hayden wrestling

9 a.m. Saturday: Leadville tournament

Both teams struggled during the weekend with inexperienced wrestlers. Hayden will hope to have its team back healthy. Cody Constine paced the Rams with a fourth-place finish last weekend.

Hayden girls basketball

6 p.m. Friday: Hayden (1-7) at Hotchkiss (7-2)

1:30 p.m. Saturday: Hayden at Paonia (4-3)

The young Hayden team has struggled in the early going. The inexperience of the team is showing, and it doesn’t get much easier with a long trip to Hotchkiss and Paonia. Coach Michelle Wilkie has said the team gets better with every game. Entering the league schedule, the Tigers will have to in order to compete.

Hayden boys basketball

7:30 p.m. Friday: Hayden (6-2) at Paonia (2-5)

3 p.m. Saturday: Hayden at Hotchkiss (6-3)

It’s all cylinders go for Hayden. The Tigers came out of the break with two easy wins. Hayden is the class of the league. Should the team get through the weekend unscathed, there isn’t a game left on the schedule where it will be the underdog.

Steamboat girls basketball

6 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (5-5) vs. Eagle Valley (7-3)

2 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Battle Mountain (2-9)

After a promising start, the Steamboat girls basketball team has struggled. The team is just 1-4 in its past five games and is in danger of falling out of the league race. Getting Eagle Valley at home and a struggling Battle Mountain team means Steamboat needs to get a couple of wins if it wants to compete in the league and think about the playoffs. The Sailors have struggled to pin down a lineup that worked in two recent losses.

Steamboat boys basketball

7:30 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (6-4) vs. Eagle Valley (8-2)

3:30 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Battle Mountain (7-4)

The Steamboat boys opened the new year with a pair of tough losses. With an inexperienced team, there has been plenty of good and plenty of bad. But with the first go-round of league opponents, it’s imperative Steamboat picks up some wins. It will face a tough task against two good teams. Really, it depends which Steamboat team shows up. Is it the composed team that plays well or the bunch that easily can get frazzled?

Steamboat hockey

6 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (4-5-1) at Battle Mountain (3-4-1)

3 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat vs. Kent Denver (2-6)

After limping out of the holiday break with four losses, Steamboat righted things with a 4-2 win against Cherry Creek. On paper, the Sailors should get rolling again this weekend with two winnable games. The team beat Battle Mountain, 8-2, in the first game of the season. Two wins, at this point, almost are necessary to get back into the playoff talk.

Steamboat wrestling

4 p.m. Friday: Rangely tournament

9 a.m. Saturday: Rangely tournament

Coming off a good tournament in Eagle Valley, the Steamboat wrestlers have a busy week with a pair of duals and a tournament in Rangely. Brandon Yeager, Nathan Parks and Cole Sittig had good finishes in Eagle and will look to continue that.

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

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