Local high school winter sports teams are into the meat of their seasons, meaning now's the time to pick up those wins and climb the league standings.
They knew going in it was likely to be the toughest tournament on the schedule, and for the Steamboat Springs and Hayden high school wrestling teams, the Tournament of Champions in Vernal, Utah did not disappoint.
The Hayden High School girls basketball team again found itself fending off a surging opponent on Saturday, and just like it did the day before, the Tigers held on.
The Hayden boys basketball team welcomed back two key players and was competitive early with West Grand. The Mustangs wore them out, however, on the way to a 62-40 victory.
The Hayden girls basketball team was up and down Friday night but pulled out a 41-32 win against West Grand.
The Bulldogs and Tigers squared off Thursday in Craig, with Hayden pulling off a 32-30 win.
All the local high school sports teams will be back in action this weekend.
Routt County high school wrestlers took on their final invitational before the holiday break. Then, the heart of each team's schedule ramps up in January.
For the first time in many, many years, Soroco High School boys basketball has won a pair of games against cross-county rival Hayden. But Rams coach Jake Eskridge said his team can't afford to be satisfied with a 4-1 start.
Soroco High School girls basketball dominated its cross-county rival Hayden on Friday night, but both squads are facing long layoffs over the holiday break.
Area wrestlers competed in tournaments on the Front Range and in Oak Creek on Saturday, snagging some wins and making some noise on the state level in the process.
The Soroco boys basketball team snapped a long losing streak against Hayden on Saturday, blasting the Tigers in the Meeker Cowboy Shoot-Out.
The Soroco and Hayden boys basketball teams are scheduled to meet on Friday, but they'll get a chance at one another tomorrow first, in the final round of the Meeker Cowboy Shoot-Out tournament.
The Soroco High School wrestling program will play host to nine teams Saturday, an important tournament for wrestling in the region, according to Rams coach Jay Whaley.
The Hayden High School girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season.