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Joel Reichenberger

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One long day: for Steamboat’s Doug Tumminello in Antarctica

960 hours, 730 miles, 50 Snickers bars, two skis

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Season to start with daunting jump for U.S. Nordic combined team

The U.S. Nordic combined Team will compete in Finland this weekend, starting the winter's World Cup competition.

Drop to 2A possible for Steamboat football

Big changes could be in store for all three local high school football teams, and local coaches from Steamboat, Hayden and Soroco aren't complaining.

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Trot, then turkey on Thursday

The annual Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Day running race returns at 9 a.m. on Thursday with a slightly shorter course of 5 kilometers.

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With love and ski wax, Blair family still racing

For 14-year old Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ski racer Alex Blair, skiing is an escape from the more than two years of stress and tears that have endured since her father, Scott Blair, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

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What a save: Local kayaker's feat goes viral

Lucas Strickland didn't even know a video was being taken when he dove into a raging river to rescue a kayaker at a race in North Carolina earlier this month.

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Hockey teams shine in trio of tourneys

Hockey is well underway for local youth teams, many of which kicked off their seasons with the start of league play last weekend. Even with a whole season still to unfold, however, the local program may be awfully lucky if it enjoys another weekend like it did Nov. 6 to 8.

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Girls take to the run Saturday

None ran alone, instead tagging along with parents and teachers, or holding hands with friends and classmates as they trod the 3.1 miles, one massive train comprised of hundreds of smaller groups that made up the annual Girls on the Run event that once again swept across the roads in Strawberry Park.

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Epic night of bike racing thrills locals

Steamboat Springs riders fared well at the 24 Hours in Frog's Hollow, the last hurrah for mountain bikers in 2015.

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Relentless work paves way to college for Labor

Steamboat Springs High School senior Maddie Labor has been unyielding in her training to be a volleyball player. That no-day-off attitude helped her reach a goal she'd always dreamed off: a college scholarship.

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Terranova selects sunny San Diego

Swimmer signs with California university

Samantha Terranova signed Wednesday to compete next year in swimming for University of San Diego.

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On the snow, here we go: Season starting for local athletes

It wasn't always pretty, but it was always joyful Tuesday when Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle snowboarders got back on snow for the first time, joining many skiers and snowboarders in the area in starting the season.

Joel Reichenberger: Steamboat's special class

Plenty of seniors lament the end of their sports' season, and every coach hates to say goodbye to a senior class. There was something special about this year's Steamboat volleyball team, however. Every so often a special group comes along, and these girls definitely qualify.

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Heartbreaker: Sailors' season ends with devastating regional tourney loss

Sailors' season ends with devastating regional tourney loss

Silver Creek's tenacity proved too much for the Steamboat volleyball team Saturday as the Raptors upset the Sailors in the regional tournament to end Steamboat's season.

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Twin Powers: Wiedel sisters helping power Sailors to regionals

Steamboat sisters set up squad for regionals

Twin sisters Maritza and Abigail Wiedel share virtually everything, from their hobbies to their classes, their love of volleyball to, of course, their looks. The sisters will try to help their team through the regional tournament Saturday in Steamboat Springs.

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Saturday showdown set for Steamboat

The Steamboat volleyball team will showdown against Erie and Silver Creek on Saturday at home, all three teams playing for the chance to advance to the state tournament.

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Sharing a Royals moment far from home

With the Kansas City Royals in the World Series, I could only hope for a "moment." I found one far from where I expected to.

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Sailors set to serve at home

Volleyball team earns No. 8 seed in tournament

A week ago they did what they had to do, and Monday the Steamboat Springs volleyball team received it’s most tangible reward: the Sailors were selected to play host to one of a dozen three-team regionals to start the Class 4A volleyball tournament.

Best WIngs: The Tap House

Pressed for how many chicken wings The Tap House Sports Grill in Steamboat Springs might go through in a year, owner Melissa Baker hammers at an adding machine, adding up pounds by the day, the week and the month.

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Best in the West: Sailors take league championship

Steamboat blasts Battle Mountain to take Western Slope title

There was no controlling the emotion Thursday as the Steamboat Springs volleyball team won its first league championship in 13 years.

Runners prepare for state title race

The Steamboat Springs High School girls cross country team is sending seven runners to Saturday's state meet while Soroco is sending two athletes.

High school sports weekend preview for Oct. 28 to Oct. 31

There are big games everywhere a fan can look this weekend as it's that time of the year. It's crunch time for the Steamboat volleyball squad, playing Thursday for a league title. Friday presents a big opportunity for the Steamboat football team. Hayden and Soroco will clash in football Friday, as well, and that's always interesting. On top of all that, the Soroco volleyball team plays Friday in the district tournament.

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Hitting on all cylinders, Sailors eye league title

Senior night win sets up league title tilt

Steamboat was on point, in gear, tuned up and turned on Tuesday as it blasted Summit in three sets, setting up a huge showdown Thursday at Battle Mountain.

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Joel Reichenberger: Brothers share the pitch

Stepbrothers Ben James and Cruz Archuleta have both managed to help the Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team reach the postseason, which begins today. They've done so in entirely different ways.

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Cyclists ride to fifth at state

Steamboat Springs’s high school mountain biking team wrapped up its season with another strong ride, cruising to a fifth-place finish at the state championship on Sunday in Eagle despite racing without a handful of its top riders.

Goals, title grow closer for SSHS volleyball team

The Steamboat volleyball team won easily Saturday in Rifle, adding even greater weight to two huge matches that will close the regular season. The first is Tuesday at home against Summit.

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Local runners earn trip to state

Steamboat Springs is sending seven and the Soroco team two as Routt County’s high school cross county teams shined bright enough Friday at the regional cross country meet in Delta to qualify nine local athletes to next weekend’s state championship cross country meet.

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Rams hope to piece puzzle together

Soroco seniors set on enjoying final ride

After losing at home to Rangely in three sets, the Soroco volleyball's class of five seniors is focused on putting it all together in the season's final stretch.

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Swimmers score big in Aspen

The Steamboat Springs swim team came away from a fall meet in Aspen with a pile of top results, earning an overall fourth-place finish at the event.

High school sports weekend preview for Oct. 22 to Oct. 24

The Steamboat volleyball team plays on the road Thursday night against Eagle Valley, one of the marquee games in what is one of the last weekends of fall regular season high school sports action.

Soroco volleyball team picks up key win

It wasn’t pretty, but Soroco High School volleyball coach Jeannie Jo Logan said it didn’t have to be Tuesday night as the Rams beat Vail Mountain in four sets.

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Manic Training expansion continues

Front Range gym set to open this month

After building a strong operation in Steamboat Springs and successfully establishing two locations on the East Coast, Manic Training is poised to hit the Front Range this month with a Highlands Ranch location.

Joel Reichenberger: By the numbers, Sailors had epic tennis weekend

Steamboat Springs tennis players Matt White and Joe Borgerding may not have achieved what they wanted at the state tennis tournament, but they did achieve something interesting: they played more actual tennis than nearly any other singles player our doubles team.

Sailors' doubles team finishes 4th at state

As it turned out, the highlight for the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team came the day before the final day of the state tournament, rather than on it.

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Delta stumps Sailors at home

The Steamboat volleyball team entered Saturday alone atop the Western Slope League, but Delta threw all that into disarray with a 25-19, 25-20, 25-23 victory.

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Sailors hang on for home win

The Steamboat volleyball team held off a gritty Palisade squad at home in four sets Friday, setting up another big home match Saturday.

Connell, Fox-Welch lead Sailors at state tennis

They lost an epic match Thursday night on the first day of the Class 4A state tennis tournament, but Steamboat Springs High Schools’ No. 3 doubles team of Nolan Connell and River Fox-Welch turned the tables Friday, winning twice in the consolation bracket.

Rams hang tough in loss

It will go down as another loss, but Soroco High School volleyball coach Jeannie Jo Logan said though the Rams fell in four sets Thursday night on the road at Vail Christian, the team played one of its best matches of the season.

Tennis sends one to state semis

The Sailors advanced one entry to today’s state semifinals, the No. 1 doubles team with Matt White and Joe Borgerding, but it came oh-so-close to sending a second as Nolan Connell and River Fox-Welch lost a heartbreaker in the quarterfinals to Kent Denver.

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Club skiers shine in New York

Coach Karl Denney said the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ski jumpers and Nordic combined racers finished their summer season on a high note last weekend at an event in Lake Placid, New York.

High school sports weekend preview for Oct. 15 to Oct. 17

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team will have two key matches this weekend, including one that could help the Sailors secure their lead in the Western Slope League. That's just some of the action local teams will see this weekend in high school sports.

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What's in a name?

Some of the stories are funny and some are tragic. Some stories are obvious and some inexplicable. No matter which way a name falls, one thing is sure: everything in Routt County has a name, and every name has a story. Reporter Joel Reichenberger will dig into the myths behind many of the unique names for towns, streets, streams and mountains in Routt County.

Tigers can't hang at home

The Hayden High School football team turned the ball over on the opening kickoff, and after West Grand scored and kicked the ball back to the Tigers, the pattern repeated itself, with another turnover and score.

Sailors back on top at regional tennis

After three years finishing second to rival Aspen, Steamboat climbed back to that top step, Friday, going head to head with Aspen to win regionals once again.

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Sailors soar in rivalry match

The Sailors played their most complete match of the season Thursday, bashing Battle Mountain, 25-23, 25-14, 25-17.

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Building blocks key for Sailors

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team plays at home at 6:30 p.m. Thursday against rival Battle Mountain.

Steamboat knocks off Summit, 1-0

The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team went on the road Tuesday night to pick up a big league win, beating Summit, 1-0.

Soroco just misses at North Park

It wasn’t the result they wanted, Soroco High School girls volleyball coach Jeannie Jo Logan said Tuesday night, but it was a good night nonetheless as her team lost a tight one on the road in North Park, falling in five sets.

Sailors short at state golf

A rough first day of the Class 4A state golf championships ruined most of the chances the Steamboat Springs High School players had to challenge to win, but coach Andrew Donner said the team bounced back with a strong performance Tuesday to finish the tournament and the season on a high note.

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Frick hopes to grow lacrosse tourney

Steamboat girls lacrosse coach Betsy Frick hopes the annual Chumash lacrosse tournament she's helped host the last several years can take off in the future.