Routt County preps sports preview for the week of March 11

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Steamboat Springs girls tennis, 1 p.m. Thursday at Durango

The Sailors didn’t get the chance to open their season at home last weekend as they had hoped, because predicted weather conditions resulted in the cancelation of a pair of duals. Now Steamboat will have to hit the road to start things off, playing first against Durango. That’s also how the team opened last season, when it got a 5-2 win in the series.

Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse, 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Liberty; 5:30 p.m. Friday at Pine Creek; 4 p.m. Monday at Aspen

The Steamboat girls lacrosse team had a 2-0 lead early but couldn’t hang on and lost 15-6 to Aspen in its opening game of the season. Now the Sailors will try to capitalize on what was an offseason filled with progress with a long road stretch, starting Thursday at Liberty. The team also will head to Pine Creek before getting a rematch Monday on the road at Aspen.

Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse, 5:30 p.m. Friday at home versus Eagle Valley; 3:30 p.m. Saturday against Green Mountain

The boys lacrosse team will open its season with a big homestand, packing two games into the weekend. The Sailors will look to prove they still have it after they dominated mountain competition last season and won a game in the state playoffs.

Steamboat opens against Eagle Valley, which it beat 18-2 a year ago. On Saturday, the Sailors have Green Mountain, which is coming off a 10-5 season but a 11-9 loss in its season opener.

Steamboat Springs girls soccer, 11 a.m. Saturday against Palisade

There’s always something a bit scary about early season soccer, no matter the opponent. Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann told his team as much before last week’s season opener against Summit, advising, “You can’t play this game again.”

Steamboat didn’t need to, winning 4-0. The team can’t afford to snooze through this week’s game, either. It lost a game a year ago to Palisade, 3-0, but bounced back to win by the exact same score several weeks later.

Hayden and Steamboat Springs track and field, Saturday at Delta

Track and field in the mountains in March is always an interesting affair, but waiting isn’t an option. The Sailors will launch this season’s efforts Saturday with a trip to Delta. They should be powered again — as they have been in recent seasons — by a strong group of middle-distance runners.

Hayden also will attend. The Tigers should be led by Jorge Valdez, who placed fourth at state a year ago in the high jump, and Savannah Williams, by this point a well-established veteran of the state track meet with appearances in both the 3,200-meter run and the 1,600.

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