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Joel Reichenberger

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Ski jumpers soar over heartland

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ski jumpers left the mountains last week and headed for the plains for a major competition. They came away with plenty of strong performances.

Skiers score well at A-Basin

Young Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club moguls skiers made the most of a trip last month to Arapahoe Basin.

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Injury derails Taylor Gold’s season

The frustrating thing for Taylor Gold is that he wasn’t even doing anything particularly dangerous.

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Board Games: Reinvigorated and tired of "good," Arielle Gold is intent on being great

The night Steamboat Springs snowboarder Arielle Gold won her first X Games medal is one she'll never forget. After several years of lackluster riding, she came into 2016 intent on getting back to that level.

Hayden girls lapse at West Grand

It wasn’t that it was bad, Hayden High School girls basketball coach Michelle Wilkie said Saturday. It was just that, in a road game at West Grand, her team didn’t play as well as it had the night prior.

Steamboat's Kauf grabs first World Cup podium

Jaelin Kauf had already put together a World Cup weekend she’d never forget, thanks to a strong finish Friday. Saturday, in dual moguls, she made it a little sweeter, placing third after finishing sixth on Friday in an individual moguls event.

Soroco boys pick up 14th win

The Soroco High School boys basketball team got up big in the first half and held on to win at North Park on Saturday, 67-50.

Soroco girls lock up league with gritty win

It was slow, frustrating and closer than previous results would indicate, but doing something as rare as the Soroco High School girls basketball team pulled off Saturday isn’t easy.

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Ladley's red-hot ride rolls on

Steamboat snowboarder wins in Park City Grand Prix

Saturday, Matt Ladley showed his X Games gold was more than a lucky break. The Steamboat Springs rider continued the hottest streak of his career and rocketed to the top of the podium at a U.S. Grand Prix event in Park City, Utah.

Hayden boys show improvement in loss

The Hayden High School boys basketball team lost Friday night, 44-28, at home against North Park.

Hayden girls close, just short in home game

It wasn’t a win, not quite, but the way things have been going, Hayden High School girls coach Michelle Wilkie said she was happy to have it.

In sync or not, Soroco boys roll

Soroco High School boys basketball coach Shawn Hayes said his team struggled to find its offensive rhythm Friday night.

Soroco girls win again

The Soroco High School girls team is one win away from a second-consecutive championship in the Western Slope Gore league after a lopsided win at home Friday against DeBeque.

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Sailors cheerleaders eager for Florida

The leaders of the Steamboat Springs High School cheerleading squad readily admit it hasn’t exactly been an easy year. The team has lost five cheerleaders to injuries.

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Orange, blue and gold: Local athletes cheer on Broncos

It's not always easy keeping up with the team when you're a Denver Broncos fan competing on the World Cup skiing circuit, but for those who bleed Orange and Blue, there's no option but to find a way to watch the game.

Kauf registers breakthrough World Cup finish

A bobble in the bumps cost Steamboat Springs moguls skier Jaelin Kauf a great chance to win or podium at a World Cup event, but Thursday still marked a huge night for the Steamboat Springs teenager.

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Hayden wrestlers defend home mats

Both the Hayden and Soroco high school wrestling teams have strong wrestlers, but the two teams’ Thursday night clash in a triangular didn’t yield much of a matchup. The two teams matched up at just a single weight class. Fortunately for the gathered fans, it was a good one.

Ladley, Gold move on to finals

It’s on to the next round for a pair of torrid Steamboat Springs snowboarders. Matt Ladley and Arielle Gold both advanced from the qualification round in the snowboard halfpipe competition at a U.S. Grand Prix event Thursday in Park City, Utah.

Fletcher flies at Nordic combined triple

It’s been a frustrating year of starts and stops for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team members, but Bryan Fletcher said he was happy with his best performance of the season last weekend in Austria.

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Trio of Sailors sign for college

A college scholarship to play football wasn’t off the table for Steamboat Springs High School senior Zach Holm. He looked at NCAA Division 2 schools, for instance, and some schools expressed their interest. He dreams of a bigger stage, however, and that’s what led him to University of Wyoming.

For Collins, ultra races hurt so good

Steamboat Springs ultra-marathon runner Avery Collins said the pain of a long race helps motivate him. He found plenty of motivation last month in a 100-mile race in Hawaii.

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Skiers go big in rare freeskiing event

Weather conspired to prevent what could have been the best lines and the biggest jumps from Saturday’s International Freeskiing and Snowboard Association big mountain ski event at Steamboat Ski Area, but scores of young skiers still took advantage of a rare opportunity on local terrain, and local skiers came away with some top finishes.

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Gold strikes silver at X Games

Arielle Gold laid down her best run on her first try, avoiding the pitfalls of another snowy day in Aspen and paving the way for her best-ever finish at the X Games, second.

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2016 Winter Carnival: Winter Sports Club continues growing at 102

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is past the big anniversary and is 102 years old this winter. Could there be a more boring birthday? It’s not like those exciting ones of younger years, the “maybe this will work” anniversary at 10 years old, the 21-year anniversary, when the club was first allowed to drink, or 50, the golden anniversary.

Soroco boys pick up gritty win

It wasn’t pretty, but it was an important win Saturday for the Soroco High School boys basketball team.

Defense nets Rams huge win

The Soroco High School girls basketball team bounced back from its only league loss of the season in a big way on Saturday.

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Orange, White and Gold: Ladley wins X Games gold

Steamboat Springs snowboarders went big and took advantage of the conditions when others couldn't. It added up to the a career-defining win, gold at the X Games in Aspen.

Sailors easily get by Chatfield

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team took care of business Friday, going on the road to beat a struggling Chatfield squad, 8-0.

Big mountain event set for Steamboat

Steamboat Springs is known for a lot of things when it comes to skiing — Olympians, trees, powder — but steep, big-mountain terrain is not on the list. It hasn’t necessarily always been that way, however, and Saturday, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club big mountain freeskiing team hopes to help change that attitude.

Sailors qualify 4 more skiers

An untimely bout of food poisoning and a lingering injury combined to deprive the Steamboat Springs High School Alpine ski team of several of its fastest athletes Thursday, but coach Mike Farny said the team still have a strong meet racing giant slalom at Winter Park.

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Soroco boys turn tables on Vail

A difficult-to-comprehend game was capped by a difficult-to-comprehend ending Thursday in Oak Creek, but the result was a huge win for the Soroco boys basketball team.

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Soroco finally stumbles, loses thriller at home

Their backs firmly against the wall, at least concerning league championship considerations, the Vail Christian High School girls basketball team slapped Soroco with its first Class 2A loss of the season Thursday.

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Steamboat women shine in Grand race

Emily Lovett said she didn’t know what to expect Sunday morning when she checked in for an icy cold start to a 30-kilometer classic skiing Nordic race at the Stagecoach Classic in Grand County.

Moguls skiers compete in Vail

Kenzie Radway helped lead the way for Steamboat Springs skiers at a Rocky Mountain Division freestyle skiiing moguls competition last weekend in Vail.

Baxter lands on podium in Breckenridge

Liam Baxter landed a trick he never had before, and last weekend, that put him on the podium at a competition in Breckenridge.

Nordic combined team faces crucial weekend in Austria

Back in competition, the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team came away with middle-of-the-road results, setting up a big weekend for American skiers in Austria.

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Little lapses allow Rifle by Steamboat

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team gave nearly everything a fan or a coach could ask for Tuesday night, playing at home against Rifle.

Rams cruise past Wildcats at home

The Soroco High School girls had little trouble getting past North Park Tuesday night at home, and now, the Rams are eager for their two biggest remaining tests of the regular season.

Soroco boys battle past North Park

The Soroco High School boys basketball team saw a fat first-quarter lead disappear in the opening moments of the second. North Park, visiting Oak Creek Tuesday night, scored eight consecutive points to take the lead.

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Hibernation pays off for Bears

The Rifle High School girls basketball team got the run it needed midway through the third quarter. In the span of about two minutes, the Bears turned a tight, two-point lead into a comfortable 12-point advantage and that, seemingly, was that.

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High-flying Ladley happy to land at X Games

After being left off the X Games roster a year ago, Steamboat Springs snowboarder Matt Ladley is thrilled to be back at the massive ESPN winter sports events.

Baden seventh at Grand Prix

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Nik Baden capped a strong weekend at a Grand Prix event at Mammoth Mountain resort in California with a seventh-place finish in the slopestyle competition Saturday.

Sailors can't keep streak alive

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team couldn’t maintain it’s momentum Friday. The squad lost on the road, 45-41, against Summit.

Complete game propels Soroco boys

The Soroco High School boys basketball team turned a strong start into a big win Saturday. After a huge first quarter, the Rams cruised to a 69-39 win against Lake County.

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Sailors skiers add state qualifiers

The fun part about a high school alpine ski race, in Steamboat Springs High School coach Mike Farny's eyes, is that it's really two races.

Soroco girls eye big week

Saturday’s home game against Lake County didn’t offer the girls team much of a tune up. The Rams won big.

Sunny and fast, Colorado impresses

University of Colorado skier Tonje Healey Trulsrud had only been to the United States once before starting her freshman season skiing with the Buffaloes, so this fall and winter, there was a lot to adapt to.

Holm's freebie seals Sailors win

Senior forward Zach Holm had two foul shots with no time on the clock in a tie game. He may have stopped some hearts when he missed the first, but he brought them all back beating strong when he nailed the second, giving the Sailors a 52-51 win on the road.

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Hello, old friend: Howelsen still a challenge

Hundreds of NCAA skiers began a weekend of competition in Steamboat on Friday with a slalom race at Howelsen Hill. The event, with Nordic and Alpine races, is somewhat a preview for the NCAA National Championships, which will return to town in March.

Nik Baden into slopestyle finals

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Nik Baden cruised into the finals of a U.S. Grand Prix snowboarding slopestyle event Thursday at Mammoth Mountain, California.