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Joel Reichenberger

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Hayden brothers hanging on to their dreams

Life as a rodeo cowboy comes with its up and downs, and a pair of Hayden-based brothers are trying to make the most of it this summer in the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo series.

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Steamboat squad advancing in Triple Crown

So far, so good for the Northwest Colorado Storm 14U team in the Triple Crown World Series this weekend in Steamboat Springs. The team has won twice and now has a big game Saturday.

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Spring Creek Memorial still gnarly after all these years

A change to the Spring Creek Memorial Run course went over well last year, and now organizers are hoping for another big crowd at one of the Steamboat Springs Running Series' most unique races.

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Williams, Bingham rank among best at mountain bike nationals

Hannah Williams placed 10th in the 2016 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Nationals cross-country race, and this week, she did pause and marvel at her achievement. Then, one breath later, she began plotting how she could do even better.

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Men's club still teeing off after 50 years

The Steamboat Golf Club's men’s club has been teeing it up since the mid-1960s, and today’s members are intent on keeping the weekly golfing club rolling.

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Covering new terrain and expecting more riders, Tour de Steamboat returns Saturday

It won't be just another year as the ever-growing Tour de Steamboat cycling ride returns Saturday with some major changes.

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Racing and campfires fuel locals in national mountain bike series

Two local riders are at or near the top of the standings in the National Ultra Endurance mountain bike race series, but their participation in the event has proven to be about more than winning races.

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Steamboat Lake tri moves up and on

It’s not easy to move a race that’s become embedded in Steamboat Springs’ summer schedule, and it's even more complicated when your calendar is as complex as that of Without Limits Productions.

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City turns toward flag football in 5th, 6th grades

The city of Steamboat Springs is getting out of the tackle football business.

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Storm takes first game in playoffs

Dalton Smith came through with a complete game pitching Tuesday to help lift the Steamboat Storm collegiate summer baseball team to a 5-3 playoff victory Tuesday afternoon in Gypsum.

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Town Challenge returns Wednesday

The bi-weekly Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series returns Wednesday with a race on Emerald Mountain in Steamboat Springs.

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Pugh, Clark enjoy Storm-y Steamboat summer

One of two local players on the team, Jesse Pugh, a 2015 graduate from Steamboat Springs High School, said he’s embraced his role as local concierge for the Steamboat Springs Storm summer baseball team. He’s embraced his role splitting time at third base for the squad.

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Cowpie tourney returns Saturday

The Cowpie Classic is back, not necessarily bigger than before but, according to the coach of Steamboat’s side, Julian Bristow, better than it’s ever been.

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Boniface lights up Breck Firecracker

Kelly Boniface is beyond the days of intense focus on mountain bike racing, beyond any sort of organized training and beyond careful planning about race strategy and training schemes. She still rides plenty fast, however, and that led her to yet another podium finish in the Firecracker 50 — a 50-mile mountain bike race in Breckenridge on Monday.

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Swimmers score big in competitions

The Steamboat Springs Swim Team didn’t take a huge allotment of athletes to the Grand Junction Invitational late last month. The squad only took eight swimmers to a meet stacked with 31 teams and some of the best swimmers in the region.

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Suited in pink, Fletcher eyes future

Everything can make a difference at the top level of an Olympic sport, even, Bryan Fletcher insists, the color of the competition suit.

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Crowd packs beneath Howelsen for Fourth

It’s not such a novelty anymore when Decker Dean wins a ski jumping event. 
Dean shone brightly three years ago at the annual Fourth of July Jumpin’ and Jammin’ summer ski jumping and Nordic combined event in Steamboat Springs.

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Waiting the game in Nordic combined

Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier Ben Berend fought his way onto the World Cup circuit for 10 races last winter. The gruelling nature of endurance sports mean he could still be years away from reaching the top, however.

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Bill's back: Demong leading USA Nordic

Bill Demong enjoyed unparalleled success leading his country in Nordic combined. This spring, he took on a new role in the country's Nordic efforts, and from there, he hopes to pass his success along.

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A decade down, jumping a tradition

It’s as much of a Steamboat Springs summer tradition as tubing the Yampa and almost as much of a Fourth of July event as fireworks, and it takes center stage in Steamboat Springs this weekend. Summer ski jumping and Nordic combined competitions return to Steamboat Sunday and Monday.

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With the right words ready, rodeo set to ride through Fourth

Few consider events like the Super Bowl or the World Series — or even the average NFL or MLB game, for that matter — to be lacking in patriotism. Rodeo, however, is a bit different, John Shipley explained, and he's always looking for the right words for the moment.

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Boyle's no-no lifts Steamboat Legion squad

A no-hitter from pitcher Jack Boyle set the stage for a big weekend of baseball for the Steamboat Springs American Legion team.

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With round and round instead of up and down, Town Challenge to mix it up

Steamboat's Town Challenge mountain bike series doesn't usually tinker with the formula. That changes this week as the Wednesday race will adopt a new format.

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Tri the Boat sweeps South Routt

For many racers, the most disheartening moment of Sunday’s Tri the Boat half-Ironman distance triathlon didn’t come sloshing through the cold water early in the morning or climbing toward the race’s highest point in the afternoon.

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LuvBoat tourney draws crowd

Points hard and fast whizzed by, and battles large and small raged on Saturday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, midway through the 2016 LoveBoat Junior and MXD Tennis Championships.

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Puckett recognized as 1 of Colorado's best

Cole Puckett is well aware there are expectations hanging out there. With his family ski racing genes, how could there not be?

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Valicenti treasures final swings

Steamboat Springs High School grad Christi Valicenti didn't get a Disney-approved ending to her collegiate tennis career, but that did little to tarnish her four years as a college athlete.

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Storm to battle for 2nd place Thursday

Things continue to split for the Steamboat Storm collegiate summer baseball team. The squad went 1-1 in each of its last two doubleheaders and sits at 7-7 on the season.

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A picture's worth: Kim Hess climbed Mount Everest and came back with more than her photo

It can be surprisingly difficult to take a picture at the summit of Mount Everest, and it’s surprisingly important to do so. Steamboat climber Kim Hess had traveled a long way to get that photo, and she wasn't about to leave without it.

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Pipe problems: Despite changing habits, Steamboat's half-pipe will return in the fall

Rumors swirled in the spring that when Steamboat Ski Area closed, so would the life of Steamboat's large 18-foot half-pipe in Bashor Bowl. Turns out, the pipe will return, but questions about half-pipe role in an evolving snowsports world remain.

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With balance and mallets, bike polo thrills

Saturday, about 30 other riders tried both their balance and their patience in a bike polo tournament on Yampa Street, the unofficial continuation of one of Steamboat Springs’ most unofficial sports.

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Swimmers make a splash in Aspen

Saige Lottes and Riq Rogers helped lead the way for the Steamboat Springs Swim Team last weekend at a big event in Aspen.

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Steamboat Storm looking to improve after 10 games

One-third of the way through the season, the Steamboat Storm baseball team is all even.

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Baseball team places third

A team of Steamboat Springs baseball players went 2-2 through the weekend at a tournament in Glenwood Springs, placing third.

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Trails lead running store to added location

Twisted Trails Running Company, the running store started in Steamboat Springs in late 2014, is expanding.

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Storm baseball team set for home opener

In his first year serving as a manager for the Steamboat Storm summer college baseball team, Matt Ellinghuysen said he had one big takeaway.

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Old snow out, new season in at Steamboat Bike Park

New season set to begin at Steamboat Bike Park

New trails are on tap this summer in Steamboat Bike Park at Steamboat Ski Area, which is set to open Thursday with Routt County Riders Sponsorship Day.

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Routt County high school athletes of the year

Awards include teams and coach of the year for 2015-16

Soroco High School took home both male and female athlete of the year honors for Routt County.

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Junior hockey team ropes itself a name

A Steamboat Springs-based junior hockey team opted to go Western, and Wednesday, the squad took one big step closer to the season by settling on a name.

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Basketball camps on tap in June

New camp available for 1st, 2nd graders

Basketball players may play in the winter, Steamboat Springs High School boys hoops coach Michael Vandahl said, but they are made in the summer, and he’s hoping to make some players this summer.

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Steamboat soccer reigns at tourney

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team enjoyed one of its best seasons in 20 years this spring. The good times kept rolling this weekend for the Steamboat Springs Youth Soccer Association, which won championships in two divisions at the Real Colorado Cup soccer tournament on the Front Range.

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Sailor grads shine on college lax stage

Two earn All-America honors playing for CU

A pair of Steamboat Springs graduates playing on the University of Colorado men's club lacrosse team earned All-America honors from the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association.

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Kim Hess, Chhiring Dorje Sherpa reach Everest summit

Steamboat Springs mountain climber Kim Hess reached the summit of Mount Everest on Sunday morning. Chhiring Dorje Sherpa made it Thursday.

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On again, off again: Schwartz, Steamboat athletes strive for U.S. team

This month's U.S. team announcements meant great news for some local skiers and snowboarders and bad news for some others. Moguls skier Sophia Schwartz was on the bad news side, but she said she's intent on continuing her career.

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Fletcher, foundation thriving after USSA award

Skiing helped Bryan Fletcher as he bounced back from leukemia, which he was originally diagnosed with at the age of 3. Now, he wants to help other children bounce back, as well, and the foundation he helped found for that purpose, ccThrive, netted a big award last week from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

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End of the road: Sailors fall in state quarterfinals

The best season of Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer in the past 15 years came to an end Thursday night, the Sailors shedding tears and sharing hugs with teammates, friends and family as the sun set at Lewis-Palmer High School.

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Sailors hope to party like it's 1999

Seventeen years ago, the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team met Lewis-Palmer in the state quarterfinals game that shares eerie similarities with the task the team faces Thursday. The Sailors hope the similarities prove more than superficial.

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Plans aplenty for graduating athletes

It wasn’t a case of a dream lost for Steamboat Springs High School senior Finn O’Connell. It was more a case of a dream swapped.

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Club considered the "gold" standard

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is certified golden, at least in the eyes of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.

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Sailors finished at state tennis

The season ended Friday for the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team, a day short of a medal at the Class 4A state tennis tournament in Pueblo.

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