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Ben Ingersoll

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Club junior Alpine ski racers wrapping up seasons with strong results

It's been a big last couple of weeks for Winter Sports Club junior Alpine ski racers. U14 and U12 racers wrapped up their divisional championships, and U16er Cole Puckett is readying for nationals.

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Sailors girls soccer hammers Glenwood behind Floyd's hat trick

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team cruised by Glenwood Springs Thursday night, 5-1, marking the Sailors' biggest victory so far this season.

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Soroco's Rossi named to all-state basketball game, commits to college

In the matter of one week, Soroco senior basketball player Jessica Rossi found out her high school hoops career isn't quite over and that her college career is a lot clearer.

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High school sports weekend preview for March 19 to 21

This weekend, Steamboat girls soccer will try to right the ship, girls lacrosse has a chance at its first win, Sailors baseball will get tested and Steamboat and Soroco track test their legs in their second meet.

Sailors baseball splits doubleheader with Rifle

The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team won a 10-inning thriller at Rifle Saturday then surrendered a nine-run lead in the second half of the doubleheader, splitting the series with the Bears.

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Gunning for the top

Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse senior Willy Gunn is pursuing huge goals this spring

Steamboat Springs High School senior Willy Gunn has lofty lacrosse goals. He also has the drive to make them a reality this spring.

Soroco's Constine, Hayden's Redmond show out in Rifle track meet

The high school track and field season began Friday in Rifle, and some local athletes picked up where they left off last spring.

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

Steamboat Springs girls soccer is off to a fantastic start, Sailors boys lacrosse dominates opener and freshman tennis sensation Tatum Burger makes her presence felt in this week's preps sports roundup.

Dank Frank's approved in Oak Creek, parking still in question

The long-proposed marijuana grow facility/retail storefront hybrid Dank Frank's in Oak Creek received Town Board Thursday.

South Routt schools create new honor to encourage district engagement

The South Routt School District has been rewarding its students, staff and community members a little differently this year. It's part of a larger goal to get more people engaged in important district happenings.

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Sailors boys lacrosse looks to keep program momentum going

Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse has the tall task of trying to replicate the enormous success the Sailors have had the past two seasons. They'll have to do it this spring with a young squad.

A few more marijuana items on Oak Creek Town Board's Thursday agenda

The Oak Creek Town Board will again work through a marijuana-heavy agenda during its regular board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

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Steamboat Pentathlon hits 24th year on course

More than 40 individual racers and over 30 short- and long-course teams took on the 24th annual Steamboat Pentathlon, where racers are tested on their all-around winter sports talent.

Soroco girls' stellar season comes to a close in loss to Paonia

The day after the Paonia boys basketball team ended the Soroco boys' season, the Eagles doubled it up and closed out the Rams girls' season with a 56-38 win in the 2A regional title game.

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Steamboat's Puckett overcomes painful slalom to finish 6th

The U16 Rocky Mountain/Central Division Alpine Championships concluded with Saturday's slalom at Howelsen Hill. Steamboat's Cole Puckett and Amber Elliott each reached the awards stage.

Title-caliber Paonia ends Soroco boys' season

The Soroco High School boys basketball team's season came to an end Friday night in the regional tournament. The Rams fell to a strong Paonia Eagles team, 55-35

Soroco girls blow by Mancos to reach regional title game

The Soroco High School girls basketball team took care of business Friday afternoon in its regional opener, downing Mancos by 16 to advance to Saturday's finals.

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Winter Sports Club U16 skiers climb up a bit at championships

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Mary Kate Hackworthy scored the club's best finish thus far in the U16 Alpine championships during Friday's girls giant slalom.

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Steamboat's Madden scores thrilling win at Nordic Combined Junior Nationals

Opening competition of the 2015 Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Junior Nationals at Howelsen Hill didn't disappoint with a thrilling, near photo finish in the final event.

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Soroco girls hoping frenetic pace helps them slide into regional finals

The Soroco boys and girls basketball teams are prepping for the regional tournament in Grand Junction, where two wins equals a berth in the 2A state championship bracket.

High school sports weekend preview for March 5 to 7

Nearly all Steamboat Springs High School springs sports open this weekend and the Sailors' girls soccer, girls lacrosse, boys baseball and boys lacrosse will each be on the road.

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Steamboat hosting championship week for junior Nordic and Alpine skiers

Steamboat Springs is playing host to two big junior championships this week in the special jumping and Nordic combined 2015 Nationals as well as the U16 Alpine championships.

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Playing the Game: The ups and downs of collegiate sports careers

With more high schoolers committing to play NCAA sports than ever before, the trend to become one of the roughly 460,000 collegiate student-athletes nationwide is being felt right in Steamboat Springs.

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Doak Walker Legends Award reunites old friends in Dallas

Annual Doak Walker Legends Award ceremony reunites old friends

This weekend's Doak Walker Legends Award presentation in Dallas was a trip down memory lane for Steamboat Springs residents Rod Hanna and Dean Vogelaar.

Fletchers pair finishes 9th in final World Championships event

Despite recording the day's fifth-best cross country time, the Steamboat Springs duo of Bryan and Taylor Fletcher slipped to ninth overall in the final Nordic combined team competition at the World Championships in Sweden.

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Banked slalom proves to be a hit in year 2

The now-annual Slash and Burn Banked Slalom at Howelsen Hill drew a larger crowd and a larger pool of contestants to hit the nearly three-times bigger course from its inaugural year.

Rams girls again edge Vail Christian in district 3rd-place game

Another close win over Vail Christian earned the Soroco High School girls basketball team third place at the 2A District 5 tournament, and now the Rams wait for their regional pairing.

Vail Christian hits 2 big free throws late to down Soroco boys

The Soroco High School boys basketball team held a slim lead late against Vail Christian in the district third-place game, but the Rams couldn't hang on in a 42-41 heartbreaking loss.

Rams boys can't score upset over Meeker at districts

Some mental lapses on offense doomed the Soroco High School boys basketball team against 2A state power Meeker in Friday's district opener.

Rough start downs Soroco girls in district opener

The Soroco High School girls basketball team lost just its third game of the season Friday night, this time to state-ranked Paonia in the district tournament opener.

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Overall champs crowned as telemark championships come to close

Overall champions and classic race medalists were honored Friday as the 2015 FIS Telemark World Championships came to a close at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Dank Frank's fighting to get its chance at business

It's been a long road for Dank Frank's in Oak Creek. Although multiple marijuana businesses have been approved in the last few months, its application to open for business remains on the table.

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Small town, big marijuana business

After the use and sale of recreational marijuana was legalized Jan. 1, 2014, Oak Creek quickly became Routt County's most sought-after place to set up a pot business.

Bryan Fletcher nearly gets on podium at World Championships

Steamboat Springs' Bryan Fletcher surged near the Nordic combined podium Thursday with the final days of the 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden, looming.

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

State wrestlers grab some wins in the Pepsi Center, Soroco girls basketball keeps the win streak going and the Sailors boys basketball squad goes down in heartbreaking fashion in the final preps roundup of the winter.

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Steamboat playing host to World Telemark Championships for 1st time

For the first time in more than a decade, the United State is hosting the FIS World Telemark Skiing Championships. And for the first time ever, Steamboat Springs is playing host to the biennial event.

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Lewis, Carson bounced from state wrestling in emotional finales

Hayden Tigers Taylor Lewis and Christian Carson — the only Routt County contenders remaining at the state wrestling tournament — were eliminated in emotional finishes on Saturday.

Sailors boys and girls skiers each finish 9th at state

The Colorado high school state skiing championships wrapped up Saturday, and the Sailors girls nearly swept the annual Skimeister competition. Both teams finished ninth overall.

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Hayden's Lewis guts out 182-pound victory, stays alive for state wrestling medal

Steamboat Sailors, Moffat Bulldogs exit competition

Friday didn't go according to plan for much of Routt County's wrestlers at the 2A and 3A state championships, but two Hayden Tigers remain in contention for medals.

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3 Tigers march toward championship rounds at state wrestling

Day one of state championship wrestling wrapped up with three Hayden and two Moffat County athletes advancing to their respective championship quarterfinals Friday at Denver's Pepsi Center.

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Steamboat, Hayden wrestlers set for big stage at state

State championship wrestling ramps up Thursday and will run through Saturday at Denver's Pepsi Center, where the lights are bright and the stakes are as high as ever.

With regionals complete, wrestlers eye state championship brackets

Regionals are all wrapped up and eight Routt County wrestlers are heading to the state championships this week in Denver. Steamboat Springs qualified three athletes in Class 3A, and Hayden qualified five in Class 2A.

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McElhiney, Steamboat skiers shine at home USASA slopestyle event

It's rare that Steamboat Springs freeskiers get a chance to showcase their talent at home. They got that opportunity Sunday during USASA's competition at Steamboat Ski Area's Mavericks Terrain Park.

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

Hayden and Soroco girls battle in a surprisingly close game, Sailors hockey closes the season with a shutout win, and Steamboat boys hoops suffers big loss with league title on the line in this weekend's preps roundup.

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Ski jumping and Nordic combined Junior National team named and ready

Steamboat set to host Junior Nationals for 1st time since 2010

The second and final Rocky Mountain Division/Intermountain Division Junior National Qualifier is wrapped up, and the Junior National ski jumping/Nordic combined team is set for March 3 to 7 in Steamboat Springs.

Sailors hockey closes season with shutout win at Mullen

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team closed its season on a very high note, grabbing a 2-0 shutout win at Mullen on Friday night.

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Sailors boys basketball itching for a piece of the league title

The Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs boys basketball teams will meet on the Demons' floor Saturday afternoon with league titles on the line. If the Demons win, they take everything. If the Sailors win, they get their share, too.

Marijuana cultivation business gets Oak Creek approval, Dank Frank's gets closer

One proposed marijuana cultivation facility got Oak Creek Town Board approval to begin construction, while a long-standing proposal for Dank Frank's retail marijuana shop inched a bit closer to its own approval at Thursday's board meeting.

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It's do or die for Steamboat, Hayden and Soroco wrestlers at regionals

Regional wrestling tourneys a chance for local athletes to get to state

The Colorado high school wrestling regional tournaments kick off this weekend, offering a chance for Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco athletes to punch their tickets to the state championships at Denver's Pepsi Center.

High school sports weekend preview for Feb. 12-14

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team faces league-title implications this weekend. The Sailors hockey squad takes on its final opponent, and the Soroco-Hayden rivalry heads to the Tigers' gym.