Hayden High School’s Taylor Lewis and Steamboat Springs High School’s Dylan Wallace wrestle Saturday in the Carl Ramunno Invitational in Steamboat. The Sailors return to the mat at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against rival Moffat County.

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Hayden High School’s Taylor Lewis and Steamboat Springs High School’s Dylan Wallace wrestle Saturday in the Carl Ramunno Invitational in Steamboat. The Sailors return to the mat at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against rival Moffat County.

Routt County teams ready for weekend action

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Steamboat wrestling

5:30 p.m. Thursday: Steamboat at Moffat County

9 a.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Thomas Jefferson Tournament

Amid resurgence in the program, Steamboat will be tested Thursday in Craig. The team will wrestle rival Moffat and powerhouse Coal Ridge in duals. The meet should be a good test for a Steamboat team that is looking like it could have a few state-worthy wrestlers. The team continues Saturday with a tournament at Thomas Jefferson.

Steamboat Alpine

8 a.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Loveland

The Steamboat Alpine team has been on a roll this season. The girls have won three times and the boys twice. With every team in the state expected to be in Loveland, however, the meet should give a better glimpse whether Steamboat is the class of Alpine teams.

Steamboat Nordic

11:30 a.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Steamboat Ski Touring Center

The race originally was scheduled for Leadville but was moved because of a lack of snow. The classic course at the Ski Touring Center should set up well. Although Steamboat has struggled some in earlier races, the team will be in the comforts of its venue for the second time this season.

Steamboat hockey

5:45 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (6-7-1) at Regis Jesuit (11-0-2)

6:15 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Dakota Ridge (4-10)

The roller-coaster ride continues. After winning three straight, Steamboat lost two in a row last weekend. As the season hits the home stretch, where playoff seeding will be determined, it’s imperative Steamboat starts picking up some Foothills Conference wins. Friday will be tough going against Regis, making Saturday’s game at Dakota Ridge a must-win.

Steamboat girls basketball

6 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (6-7) vs. Summit (1-14)

4 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Rifle (7-5)

Steamboat finds itself in the precarious position of playing catch-up in the league standings. After struggling through the first half of the league schedule, Steamboat gets a fresh start. The team easily handled Summit earlier this year before losing to Rifle. To conceivably get back into the standings, Steamboat needs a 2-0 weekend.

Steamboat boys basketball

7:30 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (7-6) vs. Summit (3-12)

5:30 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Rifle (4-8)

The Steamboat boys are reeling. The team has won one of its past five games and has struggled to find offensive consistency. Steamboat already has beaten Summit and Rifle earlier this year and needs a pair of wins to put itself in position to have a chance at a top-three seed in the year-end district tournament.

Soroco girls basketball

6 p.m. Friday: Soroco (9-3) vs. Meeker (12-1)

2:30 p.m. Saturday: Soroco at Rangely (8-5)

It’s becoming clearer that the Rams’ early run this season came against lesser competition. Against the top teams in the league, Soroco is 0-2 and has been beaten easily. Soroco gets another chance to prove it belongs against a darn good Meeker team and a Rangely team that is just behind it in the league standings.

Soroco boys basketball

7:30 p.m. Friday: Soroco (6-6) vs. Meeker (9-3)

4 p.m. Saturday: Soroco at Rangely (5-7)

Soroco still is missing a marquee win on its schedule but will have a pair of chances this weekend. It plays two of the undefeated teams in the league and could establish itself as a dark-horse league contender with wins. Soroco certainly is good, evidenced by a slim 51-45 loss to Vail Christian. The team just needs to prove it when it counts.

Soroco and Hayden wrestling

5:30 p.m. Thursday: Soroco at Hayden Triangular

9 a.m. Saturday: at Center Classic

It will be a throwback of sorts. In addition to Hayden and Soroco, Meeker will join the fray, returning to old-school wrestling. Whereas wrestling in the area used to feature plenty of duals and triangulars, now it’s more about tournaments. It also will provide a brief glimpse at three teams that will make up parts of the regional bracket. The event should be packed with three schools rich in wrestling tradition. Soroco and Hayden also will wrestle at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Center Classic.

Hayden girls basketball

7 p.m. Friday: Hayden (2-10) vs. Rangely (8-5)

1:30 p.m. Saturday: Hayden at Meeker (12-1)

It doesn’t get any easier for a young Hayden team. The Tigers play two of the top teams in the league. The goal should be to play well. Wins, at least at this point, seem like a stretch this weekend.

Hayden boys basketball

8:30 p.m. Friday: Hayden (10-2) vs. Rangely (5-7)

3 p.m. Saturday: Hayden at Meeker (9-3)

It’s separation week — again — for Hayden. The Tigers appear to be the class of the league but will get tested this weekend. The team plays the other two undefeated league teams in Rangely and Meeker. Saturday’s showdown at the Cowboys ranks as the premier game in the league thus far.

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

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