Routt County sports teams prepare for busy weekend

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Soroco, Hayden and Steamboat wrestling

9 a.m. Saturday: Steamboat Ramunno Invitational

It’s been a long time since the Steamboat Springs wrestling team has hosted a tournament. The last time Steamboat hosted was in 2007, when the program included only a pair of wrestlers. Now the program has grown, looks to have a stable of wrestlers with chances to qualify for state and will host a 10-team tournament Saturday. Both of the other Routt County schools are expected to attend.

Soroco girls basketball

6:30 p.m. Thursday: Soroco (7-3) vs. Hayden (1-9)

4 p.m. Saturday: Soroco at Vail Christian (6-3)

The Soroco girls basketball team came back to earth last week with a pair of blowout losses. Going into the weekend, the Rams had won seven consecutive games. Soroco should have a chance to get back to winning with a visit from cross-county rival Hayden on Thursday. Saturday’s game against Vail Christian looks like a tough one, but it's a winnable game.

Soroco boys basketball

6 p.m. Friday: Soroco (5-5) vs. Vail Mountain (1-6)

5:30 p.m. Saturday: Soroco at Vail Christian (7-2)

After a nail-biting weekend during which the Rams went 1-1, they take on a pair of league opponents. On paper, Soroco should beat Vail Mountain but will encounter a darn good team in Vail Christian on Saturday. The Rams should go at least 1-1 and could establish themselves as a league player with a win at Vail Christian.

Hayden girls basketball

6:30 p.m. Thursday: Hayden (1-9) at Soroco (7-3)

7 p.m. Friday: Hayden vs. Vail Christian (6-3)

It’s been tough going for Hayden this year. With an inexperienced team, the Tigers have struggled to find any consistency. It doesn’t get much easier this weekend as Hayden plays two of the top teams in the league.

Hayden boys basketball

8:30 p.m. Friday: Hayden (8-2) vs. Vail Christian (7-2)

1 p.m. Saturday: Hayden vs. Vail Mountain (1-6)

In one of the marquee matchups of the weekend, Hayden welcomes Vail Christian on Friday. The two teams are undefeated in league play, so the winner of Friday’s game certainly will establish itself as one of the league favorites. On Saturday, Hayden should have little trouble with Vail Mountain.

Steamboat girls basketball

12:30 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat (6-6) at Glenwood Springs (7-3)

The Steamboat girls team has been as inconsistent as it comes this year. The team looked like it would be a player in the Western Slope League race earlier this season but has struggled to get going. Glenwood’s three losses have come against league opponents. Steamboat, at 2-5 in league play, needs a win to get back into things.

Steamboat boys basketball

2 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat (7-5) at Glenwood Springs (3-8)

Should the Steamboat boys want to keep pace in the Western Slope League, Saturday’s tilt at Glenwood becomes almost a necessity. The league hasn’t developed a favorite this year and is jumbled at the top of the standings. The Sailors and Demons are in the middle of the pack. The winner has the upper hand in moving up in the standings.

Steamboat Alpine

9 a.m. Friday: Steamboat at Aspen

The boys team has won two of three meets this year. It will get a better look at the rest of the state when all the ski teams from Colorado meet in Aspen. The girls team has won all three of its meets this year. Wins for the boys and girls teams Friday would make Steamboat the class of Alpine skiing in Colorado.

Steamboat Nordic

10 a.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Summit

The Nordic team hasn’t put up any outstanding results to date. With a competition in Summit, the Sailors will look to get back on track. Considering how well the Alpine team is performing, it will come down to how well the Nordic team does at the state meet next month. The state champion in skiing is determined by a collaboration of how well each discipline does.

Steamboat hockey

3:30 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (6-5-1) at Mullen (5-7-0)

5:15 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Standley Lake (6-3-1)

It’s a pivotal weekend for the Steamboat hockey team. The Sailors, after losing four straight, are on a three-game winning streak. The Sailors are in the seventh playoff spot in the Foothills Conference. Mullen is just behind them, and Standley Lake is just in front of them. Should the Sailors be able to win a pair of games, it would go a long way in helping their playoff chances.

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

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