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Joel Reichenberger

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Free from her dreams, Hayden senior soars

Loving basketball turned out to be more painful than Grace Wilkie ever expected.

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Hockey, boys hoops earn home playoff games

Steamboat Springs High School sports fans better clear their calendar for Wednesday. Both the hockey and the boys basketball teams will start their playoff schedule at home Wednesday evening.

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Kauf lands first World Cup win

Two Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers made the podium in a women’s dual moguls World Cup event in Tazawako, Japan, on Sunday.

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Dreams denied: Local wrestlers come up just short at state tournament

They came close, oh so close, but Saturday night's championship finals at the state wrestling tournament in Denver's Pepsi Center proved to be magical for someone else.

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Steamboat hockey waits on playoff bracket

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team wrapped up its regular season with a big win Friday night, knocking off Summit, 5-0, at home in Howelsen Ice Arena. Now, it awaits its playoff assignment.

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3 to tangle for titles at state wrestling

Three county athletes tangle for titles at state wrestling tournament.

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6 local wrestlers advance at state

Soroco, Hayden 4-0, Steamboat 2-3 in opening round

Six local high school wrestlers won their opening round matches Thursday at the state wrestling tournament in Denver.

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Meet Routt County's state wrestlers

Nine wrestlers from Steamboat Springs, Soroco and Hayden high schools are headed to Denver for the state wrestling tournament.

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Heartbroken a year ago, Tigers' senior hopes to make hay at state wrestling

Heartbroken a year ago, Tigers' senior hopes to make hay at state

Hayden's Christian Carson had plans to wrestle for the state title last year but lost in the semifinals. He didn't recover quickly and lost his next two consolation matches, as well. He said he's a better wrestler this year, and he's more prepared for the bumps that may come his way at the state tournament. He's one of nine local wrestlers headed to Denver for the championships.

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Sailors set to play for 1st place

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team could have fallen to fourth in the Western Slope League if things had gone awry during a Tuesday home game against Rifle. Instead, the team took care of business and will play at home Thursday for a share of the league title.

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Athletes set to hit Bashor halfpipe

There almost wasn't going to be a halfpipe this winter, but a summer decision ensured there would be one, and now, that pipe will play host to skiers and riders from around the region for an event this weekend.

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Steamboat boys slow down, jump into 1st

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball has bounced back into the Western Slope League hunt thanks to a big increase in scoring, but Tuesday the Sailors picked a big win in that league thanks to their ability to play slowed down.

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Steamboat girls shoot to avoid winless season in final game

It would seem like there wouldn't be much left to say with the end of the season approaching and the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball still sitting winless at 0-21, but late last week, Sailors coach George Iberra saw a need.

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Steamboat hockey eyes home playoff game

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team easily rolled to two victories during the weekend, and coach Ernie Theil said the squad is prepping itself for the looming postseason tournament.

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Steamboat Nordic team adds 1 more to state-qualifier list

The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skiing team raced its way to strong results Saturday in Frisco.

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With ramped up offense, Hayden looks for W

They haven’t picked up their first win of the season, but coach Gerard Geis said his Hayden High School boys basketball team has continued to take major steps.

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Hayden girls come together at home

Things could have gone better this season for the Hayden High School girls basketball team, but Saturday things came together the way coach Michelle Wilkie had been hoping all season they could.

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9 Routt wrestlers make state

A total of nine wrestlers from Routt County high schools emerged from a thrilled two days of regional tournament wrestling to advance to the state tournament set to begin Thursday in Denver.

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Rams shake off start, blast Lake County

The Rams, in their coach's words, "played down to the competition," shook it off at halftime and went on to win easily.

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Slow start sinks Steamboat girls

A slow start kept the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team from being competitive Saturday at home against Palisade.

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Sailors scoring big in 4-game streak

Offensive improvements lifting Steamboat boys

With plenty of passing and a bit of trust, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team has dramatically increased its offensive output.

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Soroco girls pick up road win

The Soroco girls weren’t exactly sharp Friday night, but they were plenty effective enough to win another league game. The Rams beat Plateau Valley 66-37 crawling one step closer to locking up a No. 2 seed in the Class 2A District 5 tournament.

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Steamboat High skiers bump state-qualified numbers

The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skiing team bumped its list of state-qualified athletes to 17 last weekend after an event at Maloit Park in Minturn.

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Youth dominates on Nordic combined World Champs team

The U.S. Nordic combined team is in the midst of a youth movement, and that more than anything is reflected in the five skiers the team is taking to Lahti, Finland, later this month for the 2017 World Nordic Championships.

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Steamboat girls fall to Demons

Thursday wasn’t the day for the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team.

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Steamboat boys basketball sails through turnaround

A month ago, it simply wasn’t working for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team. That's changed in a big way, however, and Thursday, the team showed as much with a big victory.

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Sky's the limit for Soroco's 6-foot-4 wrestler

Former basketball player, Sky Carlson, thriving on the mats

Soroco High School junior Schuyler Carlson knows how he’s identified by others at wrestling meets. “They say I’m the basketball player who wrestles,” he said. Now, he's trying to be the wrestling basketball player who made it to state.

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Hansen hopes he's about to rock

Steamboat senior unplugs AC/DC while aiming for state tourney

After missing state as a junior, Steamboat senior Matthew Hansen is eager to get back to the big tournament.

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County wrestlers set for regionals

After a thrilling quadrangular in Oak Creek on Thursday and tough, but productive, tournaments Saturday, the Hayden and Soroco high school wrestling teams head into this week’s regional tournaments with plenty of confidence.

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Winter Carnival 2017: Upstairs and downstairs, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club offers lessons

It was the competitive side of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club that first drew Todd Wilson into its orbit, the “Olympian Hall” side, if you will.

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Gebhardt breaks through in World Juniors

Wyatt Gebhardt didn’t head into the World Junior Nordic Championships last week in Park City, Utah, with any outsized plans. His performance delivered outsized results, however, and after his final race Sunday, he was simply thrilled with what he’d been able to accomplish in his three races.

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Kauf grabs World Cup podium

Steamboat Springs moguls skier Jaelin Kauf grabbed the first World Cup podium of her season and the second of her career with a big performance Saturday in Utah.

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Soroco boys hold off Hayden

The Hayden High School boys basketball team had a lead in the second half, but it wasn’t the only team desperate for a win Saturday.

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Rams running toward 2 seed

Soroco blows by West Grand, Hayden with lopsided wins

The Soroco High School girls basketball team racked up two big wins during the weekend, leaving one big hurdle between the Rams and a No. 2 seed in the district tournament.

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Winter Carnival 2017: Ingenuity, skill and guts rule in dual bike slalom

Of course, Duct tape is involved. With something as original and demanding of both talent and ingenuity, how could it not be?

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Steamboat boys bounce back with big win

It hasn't been an easy stretch for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team, but that only made Friday's win against Eagle Valley all the sweeter.

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Sailors find love of game, despite 0-19

Steamboat girls celebrate victories as they look for wins

Like anyone who's grown up in the past 20 years, Steamboat Springs High School senior Raya Duryea has been reminded relentlessly that “winning isn’t the only thing." She never really understood until this season, playing with the Sailors' girls basketball team.

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Andrews chasing goals at World Juniors

Grant Andrews graduated high school early to chase his dream of making the U.S. Nordic combined ski team. Things haven't gone exactly as he's planned since, but he's hoping to cap what's been a strong winter with one huge race Saturday.

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Sailors soar in home triangular, eye regional tourney

Steamboat Springs High School senior Colton Pasternak waited a long time to wrestle at home on senior night. He’s been working the mats of Steamboat Springs since he was 4 years old, for 14 years. When the time finally came, he surely didn't wrestle very long.

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Olympics loom as 1st qualifier begins

Baden advances to slopestyle finals

The Opening Ceremonies won’t begin for more than a year, but the 2018 Winter Olympic clock started ticking for at least one Steamboat Springs athlete Wednesday at Mammoth Mountain Resort in California. It's so far, so good for slopestyle snowboarder Nik Baden.

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Nordic skiers shine on home snow

Plenty of dirt work on Emerald Mountain and Howelsen Hill last fall paid off during the weekend as the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club played host to a Nordic junior nationals qualifier on its newest trails.

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Rivalry boils over as Wranglers grab 2nd

The Steamboat Wranglers' rivalry with Aspen was intense both on and off the ice. Steamboat won twice on the ice in games that featured 44 penalties. Off of the ice, a frustrated Aspen player damaged his team's Howelsen Ice Arena locker room.

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Tough tourneys test wrestlers

Sailors, Rams, Tigers all wrestle in Routt on Thursday

Eighth place isn’t always something to brag about, but Steamboat Springs High School wrestling coach Travis Bryant said the tournament at which his team achieved that place, the Valley Viking Invitational in Gilcrest, made the achivement notable.

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Up then down, Gold ready to move on

Saturday’s X Games women’s snowboard superpipe finals had Steamboat Springs rider Arielle Gold feeling positively mixed up after her runs.

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Hight soars, finally, at X Games

Tahoe snowboarder Elena Hight has had plenty of success in the halfpipe, expanding the sport with style and tricks. In 14 trips to X Games, she hadn't ever come back with a gold medal, until Saturday, anyway.

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French woman snaps skier pipe streak

Marie Martinod, a 32-year old French freestyle skier, laid down a high-flying, fast-spinning first run, and for the first time since 2012, someone other than Maddie Bowman walked away with X Games gold in the women’s skier superpipe.

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Club Nordic skiers rack up wins

It wasn’t that they won once. It was that they had to win over and over again. And it wasn’t that only one won, it was that so many did.

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County wrestling teams eye season's swan song

The Soroco, Hayden and Steamboat wrestling teams are striving to be in their best form as the regional tournaments approach.

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Medal haul: Steamboat scores twice at X Games

Ladley, Gold earn podium spots in superpipe

Steamboat Springs snowboarders Matt Ladley and Taylor Gold have long been friends, traveling the world together to competitions. On Thursday, they rode to two huge results at X Games in Aspen.

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Riding the heal side: Taylor Gold back in action after rough injury

Taylor Gold’s been able to impress his will on so much of the snowboarding world in the past four years that it came as a shock to him when he encountered a situation where will wasn’t enough.

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