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Top 3 performances of the weekend in Routt County high school sports

By the numbers

5 — Total set defeats the Eagle Valley High School volleyball team has delivered Steamboat Springs in 2014. Outside Eagle Valley, the Sailors have dropped just four combined sets all season. On Saturday, Steamboat won the first set and opened up a 2-1 lead on the Devils, but Eagle Valley won the final two for the 3-2 win.

26 — Minutes it took the Steamboat Springs High School soccer team to score four goals on its way to a 4-0 shutout against Palisade on Saturday afternoon at Gardner Field. The two schools battled to a 0-0 stalemate in the first 49 minutes, but goals by four Sailors kept Steamboat’s late-season playoff push alive. Steamboat now reverts its attention to a road game at Eagle Valley on Tuesday, then Moffat County two days later. If Steamboat is able to win, coach Rob Bohlmann thinks his squad has built a good-enough resume to slip into the 4A state playoffs.

8 — Rushing yards managed by the Steamboat Springs High School football team after quarterback/linebacker Zach Holm went down to injury with about 5 minutes left in the third quarter Friday night against Eagle Valley. It was perhaps the most telling stat line in a game that simply got away from the Sailors in the second half. Eagle Valley scored 19 unanswered points after Holm’s injury and racked up 357 offensive yards to Steamboat’s 113.

71 — Combined points in Hayden High School football’s shootout at Plateau Valley on Saturday. The 8-man playoffs are likely out of reach for the Tigers, but Hayden’s first varsity win since Sept. 19 had to feel good. Plateau Valley made Hayden earn it, though. The Tigers raced out to a commanding 26-6 lead, which dissipated in a hurry. Hayden trailed at one point, 27-26, but the Tigers used some big and timely plays to edge the Cowboys, 38-33.

Weekend scores

Thursday

VOLLEYBALL: Steamboat 3, Summit 0

VOLLEYBALL: Vail Christian 3, Soroco 0

Friday

FOOTBALL: Eagle Valley 25, Steamboat 3

Saturday

FOOTBALL: Hayden 38, Plateau Valley 33

VOLLEYBALL: Eagle Valley 3, Steamboat 2

VOLLEYBALL: West Grand 3, Soroco 0

VOLLEYBALL: North Park 3, Hayden 1

SOCCER: Steamboat 4, Palisade 0

Notable league standings

A-8 Western Slope (8-man) football standings:

1 Norwood, 3-0

2 Hayden, 1-1

3 Soroco, 1-1

4 Rangely, 1-2

5 Plateau Valley, 0-2

4A Western Slope volleyball standings:

1 No. 10 Battle Mountain, 9-0

2 Steamboat Springs, 8-2

2 Eagle Valley, 7-2

4 Delta, 5-4

5 Glenwood Springs, 4-6

6 Palisade, 3-6

7 Summit, 1-9

8 Rifle, 1-9

4A Western Slope soccer standings:

1 Summit, 10-0-1

2 Battle Mountain, 8-3

3 Steamboat Springs, 7-3-1

4 Eagle Valley, 4-5-1

5 Delta, 3-6-1

6 Glenwood Springs, 3-7

7 Palisade, 0-11

1. Steamboat boys soccer scores big win on Senior Day

Knowing it would be their final home game of their careers, the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer seniors went out as big-time winners Saturday. And in helping their team to a 4-0 win, a couple of upperclassmen standouts found the back of the net, and a senior who decided to jump back into the sport delivered a pair of assists. Brody King, a starter on the Sailors' basketball team but not a varsity soccer player until this year, delivered a pair of helpers. On the receiving end of one was Hector Lopez, who knocked in a header goal. Senior Nathan DePuy also delivered a score, his seventh of the year.

2. Eagle Valley-Steamboat volleyball lives up to billing

Sailors fan or not, the Eagle Valley-Steamboat Springs volleyball matchup in 2014 didn't disappoint one bit. Steamboat got the better of the first matchup, downing the Devils in their gym in a five-set thriller. Saturday was a bit of a role reversal. The Sailors took a two-sets-to-one advantage, but Eagle Valley roared back, winning the fourth set, 25-19, and finishing the deal in the fifth, 15-7. Steamboat's loss shook up the 4A Western Slope League standings a bit, with the Sailors and Devils now tied for second with two losses apiece. Battle Mountain sits firmly in first and comes to Steamboat on Tuesday.

3. Hayden football gets up big, holds on

Hayden High School football escaped a late scare from the winless Plateau Valley Cowboys on Saturday. The Cowboys picked on reserve cornerback Garrett St. Clair a bit, coming back from 20 points down to steal a 27-26 lead. But it was St. Clair who was able to bury the previous three quarters and vault Hayden to victory, intercepting the Cowboys' quarterback on the final drive to help his team to a 38-33 win. Hayden senior Jack Redmond was the game's workhorse, carrying the ball 32 times for 189 yards and three touchdowns.

Quote of the week

Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer coach Rob Bohlmann on his team’s chances to get a 4A state playoffs spot alongside conference foes Battle Mountain and Summit:

"We feel within our camp and within the league that this has been one of the more competitive leagues we've seen,” Bohlmann said.

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