District play gets underway Thursday for the Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls basketball teams, with both teams playing at Palisade. Soroco also wraps up its regular season Thursday at Rangely before 2A districts begin early next week.
Steamboat Springs High School wrestling coach Travis Bryant has been raving about 160-pound sophomore Hayden Johnson for some time now. So, Bryant wasn’t surprised when Johnson made easy work of his opponents en route to a regional championship Saturday in Montrose.
The Hayden girls basketball team beat De Beque 42-17 Saturday to end its regular season at 5-12 overall. Next, the Tigers will host Hotchkiss 3-13 a week from Monday in their district pigtail game. The winner will go to the district tournament in Paonia.
The beat marches on for the Soroco High School girls’ basketball team. With the Western Slope league title already locked up for the second straight season, the Rams made easy work of Hayden Friday on senior night, winning 64-35 in Oak Creek.
As the season has progressed, it’s become abundantly clear the Soroco High School boys’ basketball team has evolved beyond what it once was.
Wrestling teams hope to prove regional ready
Local high school wrestling teams are headed for the regional tournament, while Steamboat and Soroco basketball teams will play their final home games of the regular season this weekend, saying farewell to some very successful senior classes.
Hayden and Soroco both go to Grand Junction for their regional, while Steamboat heads to Montrose. Regional action gets underway late Friday afternoon and will conclude Saturday.
Steamboat’s league will look a lot different from recent years, but with some familiarity as well. Currently dubbed “Conference F,” the Sailors will play in a league with Aspen, Basalt, Coal Ridge, Roaring Fork and Moffat County.
It wasn’t that it was bad, Hayden High School girls basketball coach Michelle Wilkie said Saturday. It was just that, in a road game at West Grand, her team didn’t play as well as it had the night prior.
The Hayden High School boys basketball team continues to fall short in games, but coach Gerard Geis said his boys continue to impress him.
The Hayden High School boys basketball team lost Friday night, 44-28, at home against North Park.
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.