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Joel Reichenberger

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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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Haymaker Golf Course set to open for season

The phone rings every day until the callers finally get what they want, Tom Taylor explained. This week, the head Haymaker Golf Course pro was finally able to give them the answer they wanted. The course opens for the season bright and early Friday.

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Sailors down, not out at state tennis

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team wasn’t able to make enough good things happen Thursday, and now, the squad will have to wait for Friday to see if something good will happen to it.

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Reiter drops IOC lawsuit

Steamboat Springs Alpine snowboarder Justin Reiter has dropped his lawsuit against the International Olympic Committee. He had hoped to force the organization to reverse its decision to remove parallel slalom from the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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Seven Sailors set for state tennis

It’s been that kind of season for the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team, so of course, as the team was preparing to leave for the Class 4A state tennis tournament in Pueblo, something went wrong.

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Steamboat's golden voice: Lundquist honored with lifetime achievement Emmy

For all he has said in his career and all he hasn’t, Steamboat Springs resident sportscaster Verne Lundquist was awarded Tuesday with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports at the 37th annual Sports Emmy Awards.

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Four-goal streak ends Sailors' season

Boys lacrosse team falls in first round of playoffs

The Sailors lost Tuesday in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs, the No. 10 seed falling on the road against No. 7 Golden, 8-7.

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Steamboat boys lacrosse draws No. 10 seed

Sailors will play at Golden on Tuesday

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team will open tournament play on the road, playing at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Golden High School.

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Sailors slip in regular season finale

It was down, up and, finally, down Saturday. The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team is hoping it can find one more up as it heads into the Class 4A state playoffs, the seeding of which will be announced Sunday.

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Sailors make it a dozen, win regional title

It was one of the closest calls the team has had, but Friday, the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis players managed to pull it off, winning their 12th consecutive regional championship.

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Winter Sports Club hires new Alpine director

Adam Chadbourne may not have won an Olympic medal, but he's helped plenty of others to that achievement, and he hopes to continue that string of success as he takes over the Alpine program at Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

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Sailors put five in regional title matches

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team advanced five of its seven regional tournament entries to the championship matches of their respective brackets Thursday, but the team will have to log another strong day Friday if it’s to extend its regional title streak to 12.

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Streak on the line as Sailors chase No. 12

Steamboat girls haven't lost regional title since 2004

There have been years it was close and years it was seemingly predestined, but for 11 consecutive years, there's been one constant with the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team. They've been regional champions. That streak is anything but assured to continue, however, as the team sets out to try to win No. 12.

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Steamboat hockey officials eager to take the ice

“Hockey Town USA” is a term already spoken for, but organizers explained at a Tuesday news conference how they hope to turn Steamboat Springs into a hockey town anyway. A day after an announcement that a junior hockey team would make its home in Steamboat, officials from that team were in town to begin putting down roots.

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Pitch perfect! Sailors league champs after 3-0 victory

Steamboat scored three second-half goals Monday to beat rival Battle Mountain, securing the Sailors' first league championship in 10 years.

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New hockey team headed to Howelsen

Junior hockey team to begin play in October

Steamboat Springs is home to plenty of athletes who dream big and dedicate themselves to their sports. It’s about to become home to at least 25 more. A junior hockey team will begin play in town this fall.

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Boys lacrosse falls in top-10 matchup

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team, ranked No. 6 in the state, lost Saturday on the road against another top-10 team, Valor Christian, No. 7.

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Baseball fundraiser set for Tuesday

Baseball season is well underway around the country and even for a few Steamboat Springs teams. The season is coming hard for Steamboat itself, too, and Tuesday, the local youth league organization, Yampa Valley Youth Baseball, will host a fundraiser to help prepare.

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Girls lacrosse loses on the road

The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team lost Friday, falling 20-5 on the road against Grand Junction.

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Win keeps Sailors in Slope lead

The Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team didn’t get a ton of chances Friday afternoon, but it took advantage of enough of them, then again leaned on a strong defensive effort and on a few outstanding plays from goalie Ocoee Wilson.

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From sun to fun: Sailors fight through nasty mid-game storm, lose 12-7

Sailors battle through nasty mid-game storm, lose 12-7

Mother Nature did about all she could to end Thursday's high school girls lacrosse game between Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain. But an army of shovel-wielding parents, a determined coach and an athletic director with a snow-plow equipped pickup didn't let a nasty mid-game storm cancel the game.

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Second-half lapse sinks Sailors

Girls lacrosse team falls 9-7 versus Summit

It was cool Tuesday afternoon at Gardner Field in Steamboat Springs, and the precipitation wavered between cold rain, light snow and heavier snow. The mood of the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team after their game against Summit reflected that gloomy weather.

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After a day looking back, Kennedy moves forward

Twenty years after a serious skiing accident, Craig Kennedy occasionally looks back but keeps moving forward.

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Diving in, Dierdorff chases his dreams

Steamboat snowboard racer hopes to capitalize on strong season

Coming off a strong season, snowboard cross racer Mick Dierdorff is more determined than ever to realize his Olympic dreams.

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Steamboat Golf Club tees up for 2016

It’s still plenty early in the spring season for the Rocky Mountains, but it’s late for the Steamboat Golf Club. The course will welcome its first golfers of 2016, club members and their guests, on Friday, then will open to the public on Saturday.

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Brant's breakthrough: Steamboat ski cross racer hopes to build on 2015-16

Crossan enjoys best season of career

After years toiling on the lesser ski cross circuits or at the very bottom of the World Cup world, Steamboat's Brant Crossan, now 24 years old, said the 2015-16 winter was his best yet.

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The day the mountain moved: Four locals survived Nepal's devastating 2015 earthquake

Four Steamboat locals were on or near Mount Everest when the earth began to shake

Steamboat Springs mountain climber Kim Hess had envisioned her return to base camp at Mount Everest similarly to the way she envisioned reaching the summit. Those two moments live in her dreams, one just as important as the other, because, as she’d already learned through one excruciating accident, a climb isn’t over until you’ve gone all the way up, then come all the way back down.

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Skiers score well in season finale

The end of the season brought a few more strong results from Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freeskiers. The athletes wrapped up their spring with a trip to the USA Snowboard and Freeski Association championships in Winter Park.

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One last flip for Steamboat's Gibbs

Gymnastics dates back further in Cole Gibbs’s life than nearly anything else, including his memory.

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Steamboat soccer wins again, 3-1

Victory sets up Battle Mountain showdown

The score was the same Tuesday, 3-1, as the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team beat Glenwood Springs by that same tally for the second consecutive game.

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Tennis team swept against Fossil Ridge

It was a lopsided final score Saturday for the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team, but coach John Aragon said he was proud of how his team hung with a strong Class 5A squad.

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Girls lacrosse team loses at Aspen

The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team couldn’t get a win Saturday playing at Aspen, but coach Betsy Frick said she liked some of what her team was dishing out.

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Winters shines in dual disciplines

It’s been years since Billy Winters made the “big decision” in his snowboarding career, or, at least the first big decision.

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Steamboat tennis picks up win

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team had no trouble Friday with Thompson Valley.

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Steamboat, Moffat soccer game rescheduled

The girls soccer game between Steamboat Springs and Moffat County high schools has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. April 27 in Craig.

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Sailors win, stay perfect in league

After a heartbreaking loss Saturday, the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team got back to winning when it traveled Tuesday night to play at Glenwood Springs.

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More than 200 up for Challenge

Cody's Challenge again set attendance records, attracting more than 200 skiers and snowboarders to Saturday's mountaineering race at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Sailors earn split on Grand Junction courts

Balancing a roster thrown into flux by injuries and the sheer fact it hadn’t played in nearly three weeks, the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team earned a split Friday during a trip to play two matches at Grand Junction.

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Nordic racing again in Steamboat's spring

Nice spring weather and a long, beautiful course will be the main draws Sunday for the inaugural Rabbit Ears Marathon, a cross country ski race near Steamboat springs.

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Freestyle skiers finish season strong

Steamboat’s U13 and U15 moguls skiers finished their season early this month with a promising performance at Purgatory Resort for the USSA RQS and Devo Championships.

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Skiers shine against international competition

A pair of Steamboat Springs Alpine ski racers fought through nasty weather to earn big finishes at an event in Sugarloaf, Maine, last week.

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Temple flies high in big mountain event

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers went big when they had the opportunity last week at a big mountain ski event, the Breckenridge Go Pro Big Mountain Challenge.

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