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Holiday Classic Alpine skiing back at Howelsen this weekend

The annual Holiday Classic Alpine ski races are back at Howelsen Hill this weekend, featuring some top-level local, collegiate, national and international talent.

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High school sports weekend preview for Dec. 19 and 20

Steamboat hockey will make its home debut, Sailors boys and girls hoops continue league play, Soroco boys and girls basketball teams play host to South Park and Routt County wrestlers will be at West Grand.

Sailors wrestlers grapple their way to 5th at Delta tournament

The Steamboat Springs High School wrestling team took fifth at a the tough Panther Invitational in Delta over the weekend, competing against some small-school powerhouses.

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Steamboat U14 girls hockey snags 2nd place at annual Adele Dombrowski tourney

The Steamboat Springs U14 girls hockey team's run toward a championship at the annual Adele Dombrowski Tournament was cut just short Sunday against West Elk.

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

Steamboat boys basketball player Robi Powers has a big weekend and some area hoops teams bounced back in Saturday games.

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The story never ends: Yurich dedicated to preserving Oak Creek history

Since he was a little boy, Oak Creek’s Mike Yurich has dedicated most his life to preserving the town’s history. Inside the rickety building restored to become the Tracks & Trails Museum along downtown’s main drag, Yurich’s life work is on display. But at 80 years old, he fears his days as Oak Creek’s unofficial historian may be numbered. He’s on a mission to make sure even if he’s forgotten years down the road, the town’s history isn’t.

The story never ends: Mike Yurich’s significant moments in South Routt history

In 1914, the now-ghost town of Ludlow was undergoing a massive strike among its miners, one that culminated in an attack of more than a thousand workers.

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The story never ends: Tracks & Trails Museum’s foundation

When the Tracks & Trails Museum finally got a home in 2007 to house the town’s century-long history, there was a reason the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg dedicated it to Mike Yurich.

Sailors hockey falls again, looks toward 1st home game

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team lost big to state power Regis Jesuit Saturday evening, 6-2. The Sailors will make their home debut on Friday against Chatfield.

Hayden girls bounce back in big win against Dubois

The Hayden High School girls basketball team righted the ship in a big way Saturday afternoon, snapping a big two-game losing streak to knock off Dubois, of Wyoming, 45-28.

Tigers remain winless after loss to Caprock Academy

Hayden High School boys basketball remained winless on Saturday, losing to Caprock Academy while playing without its top-two players.

Rams boys team beats Moffat County junior varsity by 7

The Soroco High School boys basketball team closed the Meeker Shootout on a high note with a 55-48 win over Moffat County's junior varsity.

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4 golds, 4 silvers push Hayden wrestlers to Soroco Invite victory

Though smaller in size than usual, the Soroco Wrestling Invitational brought in some quality competition and some tight finals matches. Hayden won the tournament, and Soroco finished fifth.

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Defending Shoot-Out champs blow by Steamboat girls

With its best player out, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team suffered another bid defeat at the Shoot-Out, this time to defending tourney champion Elizabeth, 61-24.

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Energized Northridge outpaces Steamboat boys

Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball ran into an energized Northridge squad Friday night in Day 2 of the Steamboat Shoot-Out. The Sailors lost, 55-43, to drop to 3-2 on the season.

Hayden Tigers boys basketball falls big to No. 8-ranked Meeker

Hayden High School boys basketball lost its fourth straight game, but next up for the Tigers is their cross-county rival Soroco in the Meeker Shootout's second round.

Soroco boys hoops no match for hot-shooting Fruita Monument JV

Soroco High School boys basketball slumped to 1-2 after an 89-49 loss to Class 5A Fruita Monument's junior varsity squad to start the Meeker Shootout tournament.

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Balanced Steamboat boys hoops attack downs Roosevelt in Shoot-Out opener

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team used a big second half to down Roosevelt, 67-52, on Day 1 on the Steamboat Shoot-Out on Thursday night.

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Quality competition comes in for new format Steamboat Shoot-Out tournament

The annual Steamboat Shoot-Out boys and girls basketball tournament is back on at the Steamboat Springs High School campus this week with a new format and a load of quality teams.

Oak Creek Holly Festival kicks off with Friday tree lighting

The annual Oak Creek Holly Festival is back in town this weekend with two days packed full of Christmas activities include Friday night's tree lighting and Saturday's ice skating with Santa.

Oak Creek Town Board to vote on $2.35 million budget for 2015

The Oak Creek Town Board will vote to approve its $2,357,688 budget for 2015 at Thursday night's meeting.

Bryan Fletcher shines while Adam Loomis records career best in Norway

Steamboat Springs' Bryan Fletcher had his best World Cup finish since early January this weekend, while teammate Adam Loomis recorded a World Cup career mark in Lillehammer, Norway.

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Ben Berend back on skis after offseason ankle surgery

After a nagging ankle injury resulted in surgery, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club-bred Ben Berend wondered if he'd ever return to peak Nordic combined form. After missing roughly 150 training hours, Berend is back on skis with his eyes set on the Junior World Championships.

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Racers test their legs in Nordic combined season's 1st competition at Howelsen

Nordic combined and special ski jumping winter action kicked off Saturday at Howelsen Hill for the Rocky Mountain Division Winter Start.

No. 2 Ignacio makes quick work of Hayden boys basketball

Class 2A preseason No. 2 Ignacio ran past Hayden High School boys basketball Saturday at the Mountain Top Classic, downing the Tigers big, 91-20.

Sailors hockey sees victory slip away late at Denver East

Steamboat Springs High School hockey saw its 2-1 lead over Denver East evaporate down the stretch as the Sailors lost a tight one, 3-2, on Saturday.

Sailors boys hold off late comeback effort to win by 3

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team held off a huge fourth-quarter comeback from Grand Junction Central to win, 58-55, Saturday at the Warrior Challenge.

Sailors girls defense again comes up huge in win against Roaring Fork

Steamboat Springs High School girls hoops picked up win No. 2 Saturday over Roaring Fork, forcing the Rams into 19 turnovers in the 53-37 win.

High Altitude Basketball to now run city rec league

High Altitude Basketball — Steamboat's non-profit club hoops program — is taking over the recreational development league that was formerly run by the City of Steamboat Springs.

Powers' big night can't rally Steamboat boys to victory against Grand Junction

Steamboat Springs HIgh School boys basketball suffered its first loss of the young season Friday night at the Warrior Challenge, falling by 12 points to last season's 5A Southwestern League champion Grand Junction.

Red-hot shooting downs Hayden boys to 0-2

Hayden High School boys basketball made some positive strides on Friday night, but ultimately fell big again to Centauri at the Mountain Top Classic.

Solid defense, patient offense earn Sailors girls basketball 1st win

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team blew out Aspen Friday at the Brenda Patch Tournament hosted by Roaring Fork, giving the Sailors their first win of the 2014-15 season.

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Small team won't faze Soroco wrestling this season

Soroco High School wrestling once again is thin in numbers this season, but that doesn't have coach Jay Whaley worried. The ones he does have will get extra one-on-one attention, and he believes they all are capable of making state tournament runs.

Steamboat wrestlers set the bar high in season's 1st action

Steamboat Springs High School wrestling opened the season with big wins over Western Slope foes Summit and Battle Mountain in a triangular meet on Thursday to start the 2014-15 season on a high note.

Glenwood Springs rolls through Hayden boys hoops

Hayden High School boys basketball was handled by Class 4A Glenwood Springs in the Tigers' season opener Thursday night, 60-13.

Steamboat boys hang on to snag season-opening win against Fruita Monument

Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball opened the 2014-15 season with a thrilling two-point win over Fruita Monument at the Warrior Challenge in Grand Junction.

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Hayden boys hoops still rebuilding, this time with new coach

Hayden High School boys basketball still is rebuilding after a 21-win season in 2012-13. This winter, the Tigers will have to take the next step with a brand-new coach and patches of experience.

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South Routt 3rd-grader goes the extra mile to help beat cancer

South Routt Elementary School third-grader Lexi Vandenburg learned the perils of cancer at a very young age. Lexi took an ordinary school project and turned it into something much more in an effort to honor a stricken family member.

Fletcher brothers show well in cross country portion of season's 1st World Cup event

Steamboat Springs native brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher used bit cross country skiing days on Saturday to make their way back to fair finishes in the first World Cup Nordic combined action of the season in Finland.

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Hayden wrestling leaders aiming to finish what they started

The Hayden High School wrestling team is by far the deepest squad in Routt County this winter, and the Tigers have a singular goal of finishing what they couldn't in last year's postseason.

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New Sailors wrestling coach hoping rebuilding year spells future success

The 2014-15 wrestling season is expected to be a rebuilding year for Steamboat Springs High School and new coach Travis Bryant. But Bryant insists the young squad is full of hard workers, and future success is imminent.

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Steamboat grad finding new life in skydiving career

Zachary R. Sabel, a 1995 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, has spent the last seven years of his life redirecting his career goals toward skydiving. Last week, he and 51 others set a jumping world record in Arizona.

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Plenty of holiday cheer at annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

Thankful? There certainly wasn't any shortness of thanks to be given Thursday morning at the annual Steamboat Springs Turkey Trot.

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Steamboat girls basketball calling on juniors to step up

If the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team is going to get back into the 4A state playoffs, they'll have to shock everyone with a junior-laden squad.

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Sailors boys basketball counting on experience to drive them in 2014-15

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team is rife with seniors this year, but the task of again reaching the 4A state playoffs won't be an easy one after losing its team captains from the 2013-14 season.

4 Sailors golfers named to fall all-league teams

The four Steamboat Springs High School golfers who qualified for the 2014 state championships collected some all-league honors this month, including senior Brandon Martin's first-team nod.

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New Soroco boys hoops coach getting youthful squad up to speed

The Soroco High School basketball team will have a new coach in 2014-15 but a lot of familiar faces. What it won't have is much size on the roster, so coach Shawn Hayes is working quickly to get the Rams' up-tempo identity going.

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Steamboat hockey breaking in new-look team after graduating 10 seniors

Steamboat Springs High School hockey is in a bit of a rebuilding stage after graduating 10 seniors from the 2013-14 team. If the Sailors are going to make it back to the state playoffs, they'll have to do it with a young squad and a new coach.

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Warren Miller's 'No Turning Back' making Steamboat stop

Popular ski and snowboard filmmaker Warren Miller Entertainment produced its 65th film "No Turning Back" this season and will be shown in Steamboat Springs for the first time Friday and Saturday at the Chief Theater.

Proposed retail marijuana shop passes through Oak Creek Planning Commission

Stagestop 1 LLC, a proposed retail marijuana business in Oak Creek, swiftly passed through the Planning Commission at Wednesday night's meeting and is one Town Board approval away from being the first of its kind in town.