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Joel Reichenberger

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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.

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Wranglers vying for second with wins

A pair of wins during the weekend helped catapult the Steamboat Wranglers back into the battle for second place in their first year playing in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League.

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Alpine racers to team up, raise funds

The local ski and snowboard race series is adding a team element to its races this season.

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Gibbs strikes it big with Big Blue

Steamboat gymnast makes cut with Michigan program

Steamboat's Cole Gibbs thought he was ready to retire from gymnastics when he left to attend college at University of Michigan. Instead, he was just getting started with a new era in the sport.

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A Kidd at Christmas

After 46 years, Billy Kidd still loves skiing every day in Steamboat

Billy Kidd has been guiding his 1 p.m. daily ski clinics at Steamboat Ski Area for 46 years. Even after all that, the busiest time of the year — between Christmas and New Years — only invigorates him.

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Steamboat skiers land high in Winter Park

Steamboat skiers came away with top results from the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Selections events in Winter Park.

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Crowd management: Ski like a local on a busy day at Steamboat Ski Area

Navigating the ski mountain on a busy weekend is an art. With a bit of planning, a skier or snowboarder can find ways to avoid (most of) the lift lines, find a spot to eat lunch in a timely manner and, with a bit of luck, even end up all alone in a bit of untouched powder.

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Carrigan 3 times a winner at Buck Hill

There was no debating last week at a Race to the Cup Alpine snowboarding event in Buck Hill, Minnesota, that Steamboat Springs rider Maggie Rose Carrigan was the fastest woman there.

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Steamboat men wrap up fast week

University of New Mexico skier Vegard Busengdal wrapped up a sweep of the week's slalom competitions on the men's side, winning both Tuesday night and again Wednesday afternoon. It was a strong weekend for Steamboat skiers, however, as numerous current and former local athletes posted strong results.

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Looking for Murphy: Roberts family finds more than a race in Holiday Classic

Roberts family finds more than a race in Holiday Classic

Murphy Roberts died in August. It hasn't been easy on his family since, but they're still finding his spirit on Emerald Mountain and racing down Howelsen Hill.

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Wrestling teams wrap up '16

Hayden, Soroco roll at West Grand while Steamboat fights in Grand Junction

They didn’t come home with a heap of medals, but coach Travis Bryant said his Steamboat Springs High School wrestlers did bring home plenty of lessons from one of the toughest events on their schedule, Saturday’s Warrior Classic tournament in Grand Junction.

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Berend eighth on Continental Cup

Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skier Ben Berend was eighth Friday in a Continental Cup event in Klingenthal, Germany, one of the best results of his career.

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Steamboat boys knock off Moffat

The pieces are there, Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach Michael Vandahl said, and that has him excited for his team’s prospects after the looming winter break.

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Hayden girls grab big home win

The Tigers fell short of the goals in one quarter Friday night, playing at home against North Park, but hit goals in the other three quarters, allowing the team to roll to a big win.

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Riding for recovery: Burn camp helps injured children

Some with burn injuries live their lives avoiding swimming pools and wearing long sleeves. The goal at the Children’s Hospital Colorado winter burn camp in Steamboat Springs is to ensure that never happens.

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U.S. riders race in Italy

A pack of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine snowboarders kicked off their World Cup season with a parallel giant slalom event in Carezza, Italy, though it wasn’t the start they were looking for.

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Kauf 11th at moguls World Cup

Jaelin Kauf charged onto the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team last spring with a string of sparkling World Cup performances. She kept that streak up last weekend, qualifying for finals at the moguls World Cup season opener in Ruka, Finland.

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Steamboat's Nik Baden flies to World Cup big air finals

Nik Baden thought his first try Thursday at a snowboarding big air World Cup event in Copper Mountain was his best. The judges disagreed, but Baden wasn’t about to complain as that second jump score got him into the top five in his heat and gave him a spot in Saturday’s finals.

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Steamboat teams second at Adele tourney

The final result wasn’t what she had in mind, but Harriet Leeson was plenty pleased with her team’s performance in this weekend’s annual Adele Dombrowski girls hockey tournament.

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Sailors second at Front Range meet

The Steamboat wrestling team went to the Front Range and found a tough test in the Vista Peak Buffalo Invitational. The team managed better than a passing grade.

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Steamboaters slip, slide to podium

Virginia “Gigi” Boyd didn’t have a perfect run down the face of Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs on Sunday, as she tried her best to bob and weave between Alpine snowboarding slalom gates. Few, however, did, as plentiful powder and the ice underneath made riders earn their podium positions at a USASA event.

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Tigers win one in Wyoming

There were good games and bad through the weekend for the Hayden High School girls basketball team, but coach Michelle Wilkie said the one thing her team came away with was valuable experience.

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Soroco boys drop 3 in Meeker

Youth and inexperience showed for the Soroco High School boys basketball in three games in Meeker according to coach Shawn Hayes.

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Tiger boys take steps in Meeker

The Hayden High School boys basketball didn’t get a win, but coach Gerard Geis was excited after the team’s three-day swing through the Meeker Cowboy Shootout tournament.

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Soroco girls 2-0 in Cortez

The Soroco High School girls basketball made it a weekend sweep playing Friday and Saturday in a four-team tournament in Cortez.

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Andrews takes big jump toward Junior Worlds

The Nordic Junior World Championships taking place in Park City, Utah, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the young skiers vying to make the cut. Saturday, a pack of motivated skiers gave all they had to try to get a leg up in the competition to make it there.

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Steamboat boys up and down, but finish 3rd

An inconsistent game Saturday kept things exciting as the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team held off Eagle Valley to place third in the Steamboat Shoot-Out basketball tournament.

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Sailors eye solutions after 0-3 tourney

The Steamboat girls basketball team went 0-3 in the Steamboat Shoot-Out tournament. Coaches are focused on fixing what they can before league play starts.

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Sailors big rally falls just short in Shoot-Out

A furious fourth-quarter rally wasn't quite enough for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team Friday night.

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Sailors stumble in Shoot-Out

It may get worse before it gets better, but senior Raya Duryea is convinced things will improve for the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team.

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Sailors fly by Moffat in home tourney

Steamboat set to play at 8:15 p.m.

Explosive in the second and third quarters and — eventually, anyway — sharp from 3-point range, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team charged ahead in the winner’s bracket at the Steamboat Shoot-Out on Thursday, blasting rival Moffat County, 58-35.

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Home mats sweet for local wrestlers

Soroco High School wrestling coach Jay Whaley has a pretty simple rule when it comes to any opportunity for his team to wrestle in Routt County.

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High School sports preview, Dec. 8 to Dec. 10

The Steamboat wrestling and hockey teams and the Soroco and Hayden boys and girls basketball teams all hit the road this weekend. Will they find what their looking for on the highway?

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Rivalry matchup looms in Shoot-Out tourney

The Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls teams begin play this weekend in the Steamboat Shoot-Out tournament. For the boys team, that means a 6:30 p.m. game at home against long-time rival, Moffat County.

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Soroco girls run away from Wildcats

The new-found pace of the Soroco High School girls basketball team roared into Oak Creek Tuesday night as the Rams played their first home game of the season. They teetered between furiously fast — effective — and frantically frenzied — less so — but ended up easily running away from North Park to earn a 84-39 victory.

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Steamboat, Soroco, Hayden grapplers shine

Steamboat finished third as a team in its season-opening wrestling event and had three individual champions. Hayden and Soroco each had one.

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Hoffman's shutout sets up Steamboat's first win

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team hit the road Saturday and picked up its first win of the season, knocking off Liberty 3-0 in Colorado Springs.

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Steamboat girls slip to 0-2

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team lost its second game of the season Saturday, falling 65-27 to Durango at the Brenda Patch Tournament in Roaring Fork.

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Soroco boys drop two in South Park

Turnovers helped lead the Soroco boys to two losses Saturday, but coach Shawn Hayes said those experience will pay off in the long run.

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Bryan Fletcher skis to 9th in Lillehammer

It was somewhat of a snakebit start to the season for the U.S. Nordic combined team, but Bryan Fletcher raced to one of his best results in a year Sunday to help turn things around.

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Tigers drop two in Kiowa tourney

The Hayden High School girls basketball team didn’t come away from its season-opening weekend of action with a win, but coach Michelle Wilkie said it did come back with plenty to be positive about.

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Dogs outpace Rams late

The Soroco High School girls team lost Saturday for the first time this season, falling 51-46 against Moffat County in the championship game of the Cowboy Shootout tournament in Meeker. Still, coach David Bruner said his team is coming off the weekend plenty pleased with its results.

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Ponderosa runs away from Steamboat boys

The Steamboat boys basketball team struggled Saturday playing in Roaring Fork against Ponderosa.

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Wranglers rope up new coach

Misko Antisin started the season as the coach for the Steamboat Wranglers but in essence got "called up" to the team's parent club, the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in British Columbia.

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Late rally lifts Sailors to first win

The Steamboat boys basketball team trailed big at half but managed to eek out a big win.

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Steamboat girls sink in second half

A slow second half offensively sank the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team Friday in a season-opening trip to play against Roaring Fork, which was hosting the Brenda Patch Tournament.

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Sailors, Huskies skate to a draw

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team opened its season Friday with a trip to Battle Mountain, and the Sailors didn’t pick their first loss of the season. They didn’t pick up their first win, either.

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Rams rebound to win again

It may have looked ugly early — blowout ugly, even — but the Soroco High School girls basketball team found its footing midway through Friday’s game and powered back to beat Cedaredge at the Cowboy Shootout tournament in Meeker, 42-36.

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Soroco girls defend to win

The shooting wasn't pretty, but Soroco High School girls basketball coach David Bruner said the defense was, and that helped pave the way to a 65-45 win Thursday for the Rams against the Mesa Ridge junior varsity team in the opening round of the Meeker Cowboy Shootout tournament.