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Joel Reichenberger

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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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Sailors skiers racking up state-worthy finishes

Mike Farny said he almost didn’t realize what he was walking in on when he took over as the head coach of the Steamboat Springs High School Alpine skiing team a year ago.

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A night to remember: Ladley reflects on 1 X Games gold, sets sights on another

The details remain with Matt Ladley, colorful and bright on a day when the visibility was measured in feet and when confusion reigned. His dreams came true when he won the X Games superpipe event. A year later, he's ready to strap in to defend his title.

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Rating Steamboat

Local businesses adapt to world in which everyone is a reviewer

A few words and a handful of low ratings from dissatisfied customers can mean big problems.

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Tigers aiming higher after lopsided win

The Hayden High School girls basketball team won a game it should have Friday. The Tigers left the court hoping they'd shown a little something extra, however.

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Steamboat's Radway flips to 2 firsts in Aspen

It's not easy adding a trick to your run if you're a competitive moguls skier. It takes lots of work in the summer and a test on the snow before you're allowed to use it in an event. That work paid off last weekend for Steamboat skier Kenzie Radway.

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U.S. Nordic combined skiers jump to high finishes

The story for at least four years now with U.S. Nordic combined athletes has been that when their jumping is there, the potential for high finishes is, as well. Competitions last weekend proved that again, with U.S. skiers on both the Continental Cup and World Cup levels.

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Injuries slow Sailor grapplers

The most frustrating part of wrestling meets these days for Steamboat Springs High School coach Travis Bryant is the fact that they’re only about half what he thinks they should be for his team.

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Winters storms to 2nd in Race to the Cup snowboarding

Steamboat teen earns World Juniors chance with best-ever finish

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Cody Winters couldn't stay disappointed long after losing his last race Sunday at the Race to the Cup event at Steamboat Ski Area.

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2nd-period surge lifts Sailors Saturday

Things didn’t start great, but they certainly ended that way Saturday for the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team.

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Skiing Steamboat siblings share dreams, thus a rivalry

Elijah Vargas didn’t decline the chance to answer. He simply paused for a second and let his older brother go first in a moment perhaps showing wisdom beyond his years.

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Tigers proud despite close loss

The Hayden High School girls basketball team couldn’t quite pull off the upset Friday against Vail Christian, but coach Michelle Wilkie said the team’s near miss was one its best performances in years.

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Soroco girls edged in Paonia

The Rams led at half and were tied heading into the fourth quarter but couldn’t slip by Paonia, the No. 1 ranked Class 2A team in the state.

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Riding on: After tumult, Reiter still chasing Olympic dreams

A big part of winning is feeling good, Steamboat Springs Alpine snowboarder Justin Reiter said, and Friday afternoon, Reiter may have looked good and mostly sounded good, but he still didn’t quite feel good.

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Steamboat, Glenwood swap basketball game times

The days, times and locations for the Steamboat Springs High School basketball teams' games against Glenwood Springs have been flipped to accommodate both finals testing in Glenwood and the Snowcoming activities and dance in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat Springs riders rack up results in Copper

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarders rode to high finishes Sunday at a United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association slopestyle event at Copper Mountain.

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Steamboat swimmers fast in Grand Junction

A swarm of seven Steamboat Springs swimmers made a splash last weekend at the Mavalanche Invitational Swim Meet in Grand Junction, teaming up to earn top-10 finishes in more than a dozen races.

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Steamboat skiers beat the clock for big Copper result

Time isn’t always necessarily a factor in freestyle skiing sports. Sure, it matters in moguls, but slopestyle? Not so much. It was over the weekend at Copper Mountain, however.

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Soroco girls eyeing Friday shot at No. 1 — High school roundup Jan. 12 to 14

The clash between the Rams and the Eagles makes for the most interesting matchup of the weekend. Soroco has been in the midst of perhaps the school’s best ever girls basketball run for the last two years, but both seasons have ended in the regional championship with losses against Paonia.

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Sailors survive at home against Huskies

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team didn’t exactly slam the door on Battle Mountain Tuesday night. The Sailors kept missing important free throws in the game’s waning seconds, and the Huskies kept missing woulda-coulda-shoulda essential shots.

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Steamboat girls stumble in home opener

Midway through the second quarter the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team Battle Mountain seemed to be on track for a tough game.

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County wrestlers haul home medals

The Soroco High School wrestling team came away from an Eagle Valley tournament with a pair of championships and plenty of proof their team is improving, coach Jay Whaley said.

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Shimko soars on home snow

Steamboat skier twice a champ in moguls comp

Avital Shimko led the way for a big weekend of moguls skiing for Steamboat's women, winning at Steamboat Ski Area both Saturday and Sunday.

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Fletcher shines at World Champs venue

Bryan Fletcher pieced together his most complete weekend of skiing this season, placing 15th one day and 16th the next in Lahti, Finland, on Saturday and Sunday on the Nordic combined World Cup.

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Tigers fall twice in weekend action

The Hayden High School girls basketball team hung tough Friday and Saturday with both its opponents, but couldn’t manage a win in either game.

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Sailors stumble in Front Range action

It wasn't the best of weekends for the Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls basketball teams.

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Patience pays for Sailors in mountain rivalry clash

The Steamboat Springs High school hockey team was at its best when it mattered most, allowing the Sailors to squeeze by Aspen.

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Soroco girls grab league win

The Soroco High School girls basketball team ran away from Rangely on Saturday.

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2nd half plenty for Soroco girls

The Soroco girls won easily Friday, but they may need a better performance if they hope to win several looming games.

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Furious rally earns Rams first win

It seemed fair to count the 0-5 Soroco boys basketball out of Friday night's game when it trailed by double digits in the fourth quarter. That, however, would have been a mistake.

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Seymour scores huge win on NorAm circuit

Steamboat Springs skier Jett Seymour, 18, said he knew things were going well, that his skiing was on point as he entered a pair of NorAm slalom races at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont. Even he didn't know quite how well.

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Steamboat Soccer Club puts down roots in charter school gym

After years of playing on hardwood basketball courts and searching for an indoor answer, Steamboat Soccer Club has found a winter home at the Mountain Village Montessori Charter School.

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Tigers hope to roar at home

Hayden High School wrestling coach Chad Jones admitted his team’s Thursday evening clash with Moffat County High School may not make for much of a dual. The Bulldogs program is much larger than Hayden's at the moment, filling every weight class and almost guaranteeing a win. He's hoping the matchup can still result in some excellent wrestling, however.

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High school sports preview, Jan. 5 to Jan. 7: Routt County teams charge back on the scene

High school sports will charge back on to the scene this weekend. Soroco and Hayden both will play host to home basketball games on Friday night while the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team has a pair of home games on tap.

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Steamboat skiers step toward Junior Worlds

The teams the United States plans to send to the World Juniors Nordic Championships in Park City, Utah, won’t be official until later this week, but the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skiers wrapped up the qualifying competitions for that event on a high note last weekend and the club is poised to send several of its strongest skiers to Utah.