It wasn’t a win, not quite, but the way things have been going, Hayden High School girls coach Michelle Wilkie said she was happy to have it.
Both the Hayden and Soroco high school wrestling teams have strong wrestlers, but the two teams’ Thursday night clash in a triangular didn’t yield much of a matchup. The two teams matched up at just a single weight class. Fortunately for the gathered fans, it was a good one.
The weekend gets going Thursday when Hayden wrestling hosts Soroco and West Grand for a triangular. All six Routt County basketball teams also have home games either Friday or Saturday.
The potential is there for the Hayden High School girls’ basketball team, and according to coach Michelle Wilkie, reaching it is just a matter of the players putting it all together at the same time.
The Tigers lost 53-19, improving the Saints to 9-4 overall. Hayden, led by six points from Ethan Kern, fell to 0-10 with the loss.
Hayden High School junior Grace Wilkie is mature enough to know the verbal lashing the girls’ basketball team received from her mother, coach Michelle Wilkie, after the first quarter of Friday’s game against De Beque was more than fair.
Both teams entered the contest looking for the first victory of the season, and it was De Beque, now 1-12, that came away with the 52-35 win in Hayden.
Action gets underway Thursday with the Soroco basketball teams hosting Vail Christian. The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine and wrestling teams also compete Thursday, on the road.
The tournament included some of the top ranked teams in the state.
There were moments, most coming in the first quarter of Friday’s game against visiting West Grand, in which the Hayden High School boys’ basketball team didn’t look like itself.
With the return of a few key players, including junior Darian Murphy, the Tigers not only kept the Mustangs from running all over them, but they remained in contention to pull the upset until late into the fourth quarter.
Low numbers hurt Hayden score, but Tigers still provide fight
In a sport where the objective is to force your opponent into submission, Moffat County High School wrestlers were top dogs in more ways than one Thursday night. A triangular event in Craig earned two team victories for MCHS as the Bulldogs went back to back against Basalt and Hayden.
Soroco and Hayden basketball both host home games this weekend, while Steamboat hockey looks to rebound with a game at Kent Denver on Saturday.
Steamboat Springs took fourth in Evergreen, Hayden won its dual tournament in Highland and Soroco was strong in Rangely.
It still wasn’t a win, but it was better, Hayden High School boys basketball coach Gerard Geis said Saturday after his team’s 54-31 loss on the road at North Park.