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Sailors' Wharton named CHSAA boys lacrosse player of the year

Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse star Ben Wharton was named the CHSAA 4A player of the year on Wednesday. Also, Sailors girls soccer senior Alice Holmquist was named to the honorable mention all-state team.

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SSHS graduates collect big dollars toward college expenses

Steamboat Springs High School's class of 2014 earned $200,000 more in scholarships this spring. Around 90 percent of Steamboat graduates plan to attend college.

AAU junior fundamentals hoops camp aims to build program, player skills

Steamboat's lone AAU program High Altitude Basketball is getting to host the next round of young players at its annual summer fundamentals camp, June 16 to 19.

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Steamboat Springs School Board President Rebecca Williams will resign her post

Steamboat Springs School Board members again find themselves faced with filling a vacant board seat following Board President Rebecca Williams' announcement that she'll be resigning from her post at the end of last week's meeting.

2015-16 Steamboat district academic calendar drawing questions before vote

The Steamboat Springs School Board was set to adopt a 2015-16 calendar on Monday, but enough concern was raised about the proposed option for the members to table it until possibly June 16.

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Soroco students and graduates build on school's deep FFA legacy

Soroco High School added to its deep tradition in FFA last week at the annual Colorado convention, where eight students were awarded their state degrees.

Steamboat hockey hires familiar coach to lead Sailors

Steamboat Springs High School hockey will have a new but familiar face coaching the Sailors on the ice next season.

School board adopts $31.1 million total budget for 2014-15

The Steamboat Springs School Board discussed a variety of things in its second-to-last meeting of the 2013-14 year. The board adopted its 2014-15 budget, discussed administration contracts and gave a world languages update.

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Switzerland-native CU skier sprints to Steamboat Marathon 10K win

It was a fitting finish in Ski Town USA as a University of Colorado ski team Nordic racer snagged a big lead and the win in the Steamboat Marathon 10K on Sunday morning.

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Longtime Steamboat School District bus driver turning in his keys after 2 decades

Steamboat Springs School District bus driver Clair Erickson is hanging up his bus keys after 19 years of transporting students to and from school in the area.

Steamboat U14 baseball team erases slow start with strong Denver tourney

The Steamboat U14 select baseball team erased the memory of a slow start after reeling off a string of wins in Denver in mid-May.

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Pro kayakers use festival freestyle competition as tune-up for Vail

Big-time kayakers and technical tricks balanced out the laid-back nature of this year's Yampa River Festival, as a group of river goers took to Charlie's Hole for a freestyle competition Saturday night.

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Yampa River Festival kicks off with race along Fish Creek's raging waters

High and fast waters along Fish Creek on Friday night couldn't stop the annual Paddling LIfe Fish Creek Race from kicking off this year's Yampa River Festival.

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9 Routt County mountain bikers take on grueling pair of Gunnison races

Nine Routt County men and women riders took on Gunnison's Original Growler mountain bike races last weekend, a two-race event that presented a variety of grueling challenges.

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Yampa Valley male athlete of the year: Steamboat's Ben Wharton a rare breed of Sailor

Steamboat Springs senior Ben Wharton is about as rare of a breed as Sailors athletes come. Very few varsity athletes can claim they are three-sport athletes — boy or girl. Wharton can, but he isn’t just another name on the roster, someone who scores a goal here and there, or wins a match a few times a season.

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Steamboat female athlete of the year: Natalie Bohlmann thrives in team, individual settings

Natalie Bohlmann knows her way around Nordic skiing and soccer, notching one of the top years a Steamboat Springs High School girl had in 2013-14, making her shine as the Sailors’ female athlete of the year.

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Hayden male athlete of the year: Tigers’ Dan Engle a leader in tough times

When Hayden High School boys basketball needed it most, Dan Engle was there. Injuries piled up before the 2013-14 season even began, but as the bench started to thin out, Engle did all he could to keep a once-dominant Tigers program competitive.

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Front Range, Utah players dominate annual U12 tennis tournament

The 21st annual Intermountain 12 and Under Tennis Championship wrapped up Memorial Day morning, with mostly out-of-town players dominating tournament play.

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Steamboat Springs School District educator of the year longs to change YVHS reputation

More than anything else, Yampa Valley High School teacher Chuck Rosemond — the 2013-14 district educator of the year — wants his students to feel like the real high-schoolers they are.

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Steamboat American Legion squad rolls up visiting Coal Ridge

Steamboat's American Legion summer league team rolled to a pair of blowout wins at home on Memorial Day against visiting Coal Ridge, including a team no-hitter in Game 2.

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'Global citizenship' the goal for Lowell Whiteman GIS students

The Lowell Whiteman School's Global Immersion Studies students made their way back to campus earlier this month after trips to Peru, Ecuador, Vietnam-Cambodia and Tanzania.

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18 Soroco High School students graduate during Saturday commencement

Soroco High School graduated 18 students in its class of 2014, 14 of whom plan to attend college in the fall.

School board pleased with new points-based administration salary system

At Monday's Steamboat Springs School Board meeting, the board unanimously approved a new points-based administrative salary schedule, the first of its kind in Superintendent Brad Meeks' tenure.

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Yampa Valley High School uses Fridays to get out of the classroom

Fridays aren't your normal school day at Yampa Valley High School. The alternative school's teachers pull students from the classroom and have them hit the trail, forging friendships along the way.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse all-state selections highlight spring all-league honors

Steamboat Springs High School spring sports all-conference teams were announced over the last few weeks. The Sailors were well represented on first and second teams, as well as honorable mention and state awards.

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Steamboat's DeWolfe elected as Western Slope League's new president

Steamboat Springs High School Athletic Director and head boys basketball coach Luke DeWolfe will take over as the Western Slope League's president starting next school year.

Modular classrooms likely on the way to Soda Creek Elementary

The Steamboat Springs School District is exploring modular options to help spell the rapidly rising enrollment at Soda Creek Elementary School.

2 Soroco Middle School history students set to compete on national stage

A pair of Soroco Middle School students have worked their way to the National History Day nationwide competition next month for their documentary on the Wilderness Act of 1964.

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Hayden High School graduates 28 in Class of 2014

Hayden High School handed out diplomas to its 28 graduates at Sunday's commencement ceremony, held at the campus's gymnasium.

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Karate legend makes annual visit to Steamboat martial arts students

Rocky Mountain Karate Academy celebrated 15 years of instruction last month, and on Saturday it hosted Sensei Teruo Chinen of Spokane, Wash., a world-renowned martial artist under the Goju Ryu discipline.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse once again turned away in Final Four

Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse was once again eliminated in the semifinal round of the 4A state playoffs, this time at Ponderosa, 17-13.

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Hayden, South Routt students get their say in snacks offered in 2014-15 and beyond

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is enforcing its strictest regulations on snacks sold in schools in more than 30 years. Health and wellness coordinator Kristi Brown is doing her part to make sure Hayden and South Routt students aren't blindsided by the change.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse 1 win away from advancing to state title game

Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse is one win away from playing in the 4A state championship. The Sailors travel to Parker to take on No. 2-seed Ponderosa at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Longtime Northwest Colorado resident to get razzed by friends at community roast

Longtime Northwest Colorado resident Sam Haslem will be roasted by his friends Wednesday night at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Parents, administration more comfortable with Steamboat Springs Middle School advanced education change

Change is on the horizon for students receiving advanced education at Steamboat Springs MIddle School. After months of reviewing the current program and restructuring it, administrators and parents are feeling much more comfortable with the change than they did a few months ago.

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Steamboat lacrosse gets revenge with Valor, advances to Final Four

Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse is headed to the 4A Final Four after a 14-8 win at Valor Christian on Friday night. It's the Sailors' second-straight season in the semifinals.

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Sailors lacrosse heads to Valor with Final Four berth on the line

Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse has a Final Four berth on the line Friday night at Valor Christian. Faceoff in the quarterfinals is at 6 p.m.

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Sailors boys lacrosse opens state playoff quest by hosting Conifer

It's playoff time once again for the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team. The Sailors will host 7-7 Conifer Tuesday night at Gardner Field.

Steamboat School Board to analyze 2014-15 budget at Monday meeting

The Steamboat Springs School Board will review and discuss the proposed 2014-15 budget. The board is expected to finalize and adopt the budget the first week of June.

Strawberry Park Elementary adopts Filipino school torn by November typhoon

Strawberry Park Elementary school adopted a Sister School from the Philippines ravaged by a mid-November typhoon that left thousands dead and an elementary campus torn.

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Aspen again handles Steamboat boys lacrosse, forces 3-way conference title

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team lost just its second-ever Mountain Conference game Saturday, a 16-13 defeat at the hands of Aspen that forced a three-way tie atop the league standings.

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Sailors-Skiers boys lacrosse 'for all the marbles'

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team will play a de facto Mountain Conference championship Saturday against Aspen at home.

Steamboat Springs High School ranked among state's elite

Steamboat Springs High School was again recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of Colorado's best.

Steamboat girls tennis dominating at regional championships

Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis is dominating at the regional tournament in Grand Junction, advancing three individuals and three doubles teams to Friday's finals.

Steamboat boys lacrosse cruises to victory to set up Saturday showdown

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team handled its business Thursday night at Summit, winning, 13-2, to set up a showdown Saturday at home against Aspen.

1st Hayden wayfinding signage meeting to be held Wednesday

Business owners, town leaders and community members will take part in Hayden's wayfinding signage kickoff meeting Wednesday to discuss potential improvements to downtown and its historic preservation.

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Routt County Roots strives to engage in sustainable food economy

Routt County Roots started at a Yampa Valley ranching couple's dinner table but sparked a series of episode-based short documentaries on the importance of engaging in a sustainable local food economy.

Hayden School Board hires new Tigers varsity volleyball coach

The Hayden School Board hired new varsity volleyball coach Dana Hunter on April 16. Hunter will take over for departing Tigers coach, Christene Planansky.

Hayden's Redmond, Soroco's Constine shine at Clint Wells Invite

Personal records — and even a school record — were set by Soroco and Hayden high schools' track and field teams in Friday's Clint Wells Invitational at Moffat County High School.

Soroco athletics to add cross-country in the fall

At Wednesday's regular meeting, the Soroco School Board approved the addition of implementing a high school boys and girls cross-country team to be its eighth and ninth Colorado High School Activities Association-sanctioned sport.