State championship wrestling ramps up Thursday and will run through Saturday at Denver's Pepsi Center, where the lights are bright and the stakes are as high as ever.
Regionals are all wrapped up and eight Routt County wrestlers are heading to the state championships this week in Denver. Steamboat Springs qualified three athletes in Class 3A, and Hayden qualified five in Class 2A.
Hayden and Soroco girls battle in a surprisingly close game, Sailors hockey closes the season with a shutout win, and Steamboat boys hoops suffers big loss with league title on the line in this weekend's preps roundup.
The final game of the regular season was a chance to empty the bench for the Hayden High School girls basketball team, which won at De Beque Saturday, 59-21.
Soroco romped over its rival, 57-36. Combined with a West Grand loss Friday night against Vail Christian, the win locks the Rams into second place in the league.
The upstart Tigers gave the reigning Rams everything they wanted, but it wasn’t quite enough as Soroco held on, 53-49.
Regional wrestling tourneys a chance for local athletes to get to state
The Colorado high school wrestling regional tournaments kick off this weekend, offering a chance for Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco athletes to punch their tickets to the state championships at Denver's Pepsi Center.
The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team faces league-title implications this weekend. The Sailors hockey squad takes on its final opponent, and the Soroco-Hayden rivalry heads to the Tigers' gym.
Both Steamboat Springs and Hayden wrestling teams walked away from weekend dual-style tournaments with winning records, the Sailors at Meeker and the Tigers in Southeast Wyoming.
Brody King sparked the Steamboat boys, Hayden and Soroco hoops teams had a successful weekend, and a Sailors girls basketball player nearly snagged a triple-double.
The Hayden boys lost at home Saturday against West Grand.
The Hayden girls basketball team lost Saturday, 44-43, against West Grand.
The Tigers won on the road to beat North Park, 48-41. Last month, Hayden lost at home against the Wildcats by double digits.
The Hayden girls basketball team North Park on Friday night, 48-36.
It was a good night, as simple as that, Hayden High School wrestling coach Chad Jones said.