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Ben Ingersoll

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Former Sailors basketball star Vandahl to run youth rec league

Former Steamboat Springs High School basketball star Mike Vandahl is expanding his coaching venture into the youth realm, taking the reins of the new city youth recreational league this spring.

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Rams girls basketball staying true to family foundation

The Soroco High School girls basketball team is all about keeping things in perspective. This weekend is huge on the court, but it's the things off the court that are far more important to the Rams.

High school sports weekend preview for Jan. 30 and 31

Steamboat Springs basketball gets back-to-back home games while the Sailors' hockey team closes out its home schedule. Hayden boys and girls basketball hosts De Beque then heads to Vail Christian. Steamboat and Soroco wrestling is a long way from home at the Valley Classic.

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Top 4 performances of the weekend in Routt County high school sports

Steamboat's Garrett Bye nears triple-double, McKenzie Millard shines for Sailors skiing and area wrestlers look strong in tournaments in this weekend's high school sports weekend roundup.

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Steamboat Nordic ski team full of eager new faces

One-third of the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic ski team is brand new to the sport. They are learning under a first-year coach that was in their same shoes more than 10 years ago.

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7 podium finishes give Sailors wrestling home tourney victory

The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team again took the Carl Ramunno Invitational at home, using gold-medal performances from Hayden Johnson, Matthew Hansen, Colton Pasternak and Dylan Wallace.

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Summit closes the door on Steamboat girls basketball

The Sailors girls basketball team slumped to 4-9 overall after falling late to Summit on Friday night at home.

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Bye and Powers explode to aide Sailors boys basketball past Summit

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team used a combined 42 points out of captains Garrett Bye and Robi Powers to down the visiting Summit Tigers, 49-36.

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Millard, Grabb strong in Sailor Alpine team's lone home race

A handful of Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls Alpine skiers qualified for the state championship slalom in their lone home event of the season on Friday at Howelsen Hill.

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Oak Creek swears in new police chief, looks to fill out full-time patrol

The town of Oak Creek has its new police chief after Ralph Maher was sworn in prior to Thursday night's Town Board meeting.

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Game of the Week: Sailors Alpine skiers looking forward to 1st and only home race

The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine ski team is hosting its only home race of the season on Friday, and the Sailors are hoping a little home-course magic gives them a leg up at Howelsen Hill.

High school sports weekend preview for Jan. 23 and 24

Steamboat Springs basketball and hockey are again at home this weekend while Soroco and Hayden basketball hit the road. Steamboat wrestling hosts its annual Carl Ramunno Invitational and Sailors Nordic skiing will be in Minturn for the Maloit Park Invite.

Pasternak again paces Steamboat wrestlers in Evergreen Tourney

Sailors wrestlers took on high-quality competition on the Front Range, Hayden High School wrestlers won all but one dual in Saturday's Highland Dual and Soroco's pair of athletes each saw the podium at Rangely.

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

Soroco basketball scores a pair of wins, Steamboat boys lose late to Glenwood and Sailors girls show some fight in this weekend's basketball-heavy prep sports roundup.

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Rowdy Cowboy Downhill back at ski area for 41st running

The annual Cowboy Downhill event at Steamboat Ski Area is back for its 41st running, a party event that brings together champion-level cowboys and skiing in one rowdy package.

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New peer mentoring programs in Hayden, South Routt designed to bridge gaps

Partners launches new programs in Hayden, South Routt

Partners in Routt County staff is implementing a new peer-mentor program at Hayden and South Routt designed to create leaders and bridge the gap between upperclassmen and younger students at both schools.

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Demons girls power by Steamboat basketball in sloppy contest

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team saw plenty of improvements from last weekend's rough performances, but the Sailors ran into a powerhouse on Saturday against Glenwood Springs.

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Glenwood boys basketball uses late push to knock off Steamboat

The Glenwood Springs High School boys basketball team came into Steamboat Springs' gym for the first time in more than two years and knocked off the Sailors in a game that wasn't decided until the final few minutes.

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Sailors boys basketball finally gets its shot at Glenwood at home

Steamboat Springs-Glenwood Springs boys basketball Round 1 is on Saturday. At stake is a chance to take the 4A Western Slope League lead, and the rivalry game will be in the Sailors' gym for the first time in more than two years.

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Aspen hockey gets the best of Steamboat in renewed rivalry

Aspen High School senior Tyler Tick poured in a hat trick Wednesday night at Howelsen Ice Arena, subsequently downing the Steamboat Springs Sailors hockey team, 3-1.

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Sailors wrestlers edge Rifle, fall to Palisade

Steamboat Springs High School wrestling took down Rifle but couldn't out-grapple Palisade Tuesday in a three-way meet.

Steamboat girls Nordic team takes 3rd at Eldora, boys 8th

The Steamboat Springs High School girls Nordic team once again showed well, this time getting third at Eldora. The boys improved one place and took eighth.

Hayden wrestling scores pair of podium finishes at tough Utah tournament

A pair of Hayden High School wrestlers showed well at the Tournament of Champions in Utah, and Steamboat Springs wrestling grabbed third as a team at Eagle Valley.

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Top 4 performances of the weekend in Routt County high school sports

Steamboat Springs hockey picked up its first win, Hayden wrestling pair shows well at big tourney and Sailors boys basketball takes care of business on the road in the weekend roundup.

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Gassed Hayden boys can't keep pace with visiting Vail Christian

The Hayden High School boys basketball team struggled to keep up with visiting Vail Christian and the Saints' stud senior Saturday night, losing by 24 points.

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Vail Christian beats Hayden girls at home for 1st time in Saints history

The Vail Christian High School girls basketball team got its first win at Hayden on Saturday afternoon, outlasting the Tigers, 40-25.

Sluggish night hands Steamboat girls hoops loss No. 6

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team got overwhelmed Friday at Palisade, losing by 36 points.

Sailors boys basketball starts 2015 with win at Palisade

Steamboat Springs High School junior Robi Powers scored a team-high 18 points and locked down Palisade's best player in the Sailors' important road win over the Bulldogs.

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Steamboat hockey's strong effort dashed by final-period goals

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team couldn't snag its first win Friday night at home against Battle Mountain, falling in a final-period heartbreaker.

Plenty of Steamboat swimmers qualify for state-level meets

Fourteen-year-old Avery Harrington paced all Steamboat Springs Swim Team swimmers at last weekend's MACS Winter Invitational with six first-place finishes.

Stagestop 1 gets the go-ahead to lease building as Oak Creek's 1st retail marijuana store

Stagestop 1 LLC, the owner of the building at 100 W. Main St. in downtown Oak Creek, got Town Board approval Thursday night to lease out its small storefront as a recreational marijuana retail shop. It will be Oak Creek's first retail marijuana store.

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Former Steamboat youth hockey player is seeing playing career come full circle

Former Steamboat Springs youth hockey player Andrew Farny has spent nearly his entire life chasing a hockey career. These days, he's playing in the British Columbia Hockey League and will be an Air Force Falcon soon.

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Tigers basketball looking to unseat surging Soroco in rivalry

Hayden and Soroco High School boys and girls basketball will renew their annual league rivalry on Friday night in Oak Creek in our game of the week.

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Royal Hotel in Yampa burns to the ground

Yampa's historic 109-year-old Royal Hotel caught fire late Saturday night and burned to the ground by Sunday morning. Firefighters still were on scene Sunday working to extinguish the blaze that may have been caused by a malfunctioning coal stoker.

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2014 Year in Review: Top 10 sports stories

Year 2014 saw several Steamboat athletes head to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and had the town already looking toward the USA Pro Challenge in August 2015 when Steamboat was announced as the host of the first two stages of the race. Here are the Steamboat Pilot & Today's top 10 sports stories of 2014.

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Winter Sports Club athletes start strong at freestyle competition opener

The Ski Town USA Freestyle competition kicked off on Saturday with the first of two singles moguls events. All but one Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athlete advanced to the afternoon finals.

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Freestyle skiing competition gets the green light this weekend at Steamboat Ski Area

It took some extra man hours to prep the course through sub-zero temperatures this week, but the Ski Town USA Freestyle skiing competition at the ski area's Voo Doo run is finally a full go for this weekend.

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Local fishing still kicking through the wintry weather

Looking for a quick break from the cold days on the slopes? Yampa Valley fishing doesn't get lost after the summer season. Colder winter water makes local species lethargic, and your biggest catch yet could come in the next few months.

South Routt School District thanks its residents with new open-gym calendar

The South Routt School District is saying "thank you" to its residents for renewing more than $350,000 annually in property taxes on the November ballot that go directly to schools and students.

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STARS development racing team showing steady growth

The Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports development racing team is in its second season, but this year has been a big growth spurt for the program, jumping from five skiers last year to 10 this winter with more growth on the way.

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Steamboat Cup Alpine racing series opener gives young skiers 1st giant slalom taste

The annual Steamboat Cup Alpine ski racing series kicked off Saturday with a giant slalom on Steamboat Ski Area's Sitz-See Me course. It was the first taste of Alpine racing for many youngsters.

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Soroco Rams' Briana Peterson back on court full speed after pair of knee surgeries

Soroco High School junior Briana Peterson has had her right knee surgically repaired twice before she even stepped onto the basketball hardwood this winter. Peterson is back now, and she's stronger than ever, she said.

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Quiet confidence: Powers' emergence sparking Sailors basketball

Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball player Robi Powers has gone from splitting time as a junior varsity player last year to the Sailor varsity's go-to threat this winter. It's an ascent that was forged by hard work in the gym, on the court and in Costa Rica, of all places.

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Holiday Classic under the lights crowns winners, creates camaraderie

The annual Holiday Classic ski race under Howelsen Hill's lights is an Alpine race with two winners crowned, but that's on the surface. In a deeper look, it's a family event, one that brings together top collegiate skiers with up-and-coming talent, with everyone in between.

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Top 4 performances of the weekend in Routt County high school sports

Soroco boys and girls basketball go undefeated over the weekend, 10 Steamboat skiers heading to state and Hayden wrestlers take West Grand tourney.

Soroco freshman beats out more than 3,000 Colorado students in stock market competition

Soroco High School freshman Jonah Jonas took first place at the statewide Stock Market Exchange challenge, and a five-student team at Soroco finished in third place.

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Soroco boys hoops' defense steps up in 14-point win versus South Park

The Soroco High School boys basketball team is 5-2 this season after a 14-point victory versus winless South Park on Saturday evening.

Hayden, Steamboat finish 1 and 2 at West Grand wrestling tourney

Hayden High School wrestling just barely beat out Steamboat Springs for first place at Saturday's West Grand Tournament in Kremmling.

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Soroco girls basketball cruises by visiting South Park in record-breaking performance

Soroco High School girls basketball overwhelmed visiting South Park in the final 24 minutes in the Rams' home-opening victory. Soroco also set a new single-game school scoring record along the way.

Soroco boys basketball overcomes late deficit to beat Rangely

Soroco High School boys basketball overcame a sluggish first half to come from behind and beat Rangely at the Panthers' house Friday night.