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John F. Russell

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Summit hands Steamboat soccer team second straight loss

Steamboat Springs soccer team dropped its second game in a row Thursday night in Frisco, but despite the setbacks the team's coach remains positive as he looks forward to the second half of the 2016 campaign.

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Series titles still up for grabs as running series hosts final race

The Steamboat Running Series will come to a close this weekend with the Emerald Mountain Trail Run, a race designed to benefit a great cause and crown a few champions.

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Sailors to face Evergreen as team returns to Tennis Center

The Steamboat Springs Sailors will be looking to return to winning Saturday when they come home to face a solid Evergreen team.

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Proceeds from annual charity shoot benefit 4-H, women's shooting efforts

Memorial Fun shoot is about a lot more than just having a good time. The proceeds raised by the event help support local 4-H programs and promote opportunities for women to get involved in competitive shooting sports.

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Sailor golfers score well at regional, qualify three golfers

The members of the Steamboat Springs golf team scored well at the regional tournament with three golfers earned a shot at state.

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Battle Mountain Huskies take bite out of Steamboat Sailors' return home

Members of the Steamboat Springs High School Volleyball team had hoped to celebrate the team's return home Thursday, but Battle Mountain wrecked the party.

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Steamboat volleyball teams back home to face Battle Mountain

After playing the past eight games on the road, the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team will be back home against Battle Mountain.

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Teams have plenty to cheer about after earning top finishes at 19th annual Spirit Fest

Three teams from Rocky Mountain Cheer are celebrating this week after earning top honors at the 19th annual Spirit Fest in Denver last weekend.

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Steamboat Springs High School golfers prepare for Regional with hopes of extending season

The golf season will be determined by just 18 holes for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team. A solid round next week at the Adobe Creek Golf Course in Fruita would mean an invitation to state and a chance at a title.

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Steamboat Springs golfers driving toward end of season, Regional

It may seem as uf the high school sports season just got underway, but it's already crunch time for members of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team, who have their eyes on the regional tournament and a shot at state.

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Mountain bikers ride into sunset at final Town Challenge Race of the season

Steamboat Springs top mountain bike racers will be looking to power their way to a title this Saturday during the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series finale at Howelsen Hill.

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Hayden Tigers hoping to extend winning streak against Justice

The Tigers will clash with Justice this Friday night at home looking to extend the team's winning streak by one more week.

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Chasing dreams; chasing excellence

For generations, top skiers have relocated to Steamboat Springs to chase their dreams of making it to the U.S. Ski Team and possibly competing in the Olympics. But these days, the changing culture of sports in our country has led more than a few local athletes to chase their dreams to other towns.

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Scenic holiday trail run a favorite among locals, visitors

Local runner Penelope Freedman and other dedicated trail runners just can't get enough of what Steamboat has to offer at 10,000 feet: Great views, great people and one of Steamboat's most popular running events.

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Bull Bash Tradition fits perfectly with Steamboat's Western heritage

The Steamboat Springs Bull Bash will continue a holiday tradition that our town just can't seem to buck.

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Hayden Tigers overcome Panthers in season-opener; collect first win

The Hayden Tigers kicked off the football season Friday with a thrilling 12-6 victory against the visiting Nederland Panthers.

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Sailors looking to corral the Mullen Mustangs in opening game of 2016 season

The members of the Steamboat Springs boys soccer team will return to the pitch Saturday hoping to open the season with a win and set the tone for another playoff run.

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Hayden looking forward to start of new season, chance to improve

The Hayden Tigers football team ushers in a new football season Friday.

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Sports radio in Steamboat Springs changing the game plan

Sports radio listeners in Steamboat Springs can expect a few changes this fall, but stations will continue to provide plenty to talk about.

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Steamboat Triathlon will be a family affair for one Steamboat Springs family

The Steamboat Triathlon offers endurance athletes a chance to push the limits in the scenic setting of Lake Catamount.

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Titles still up for grabs as sun sets on 2016 rodeo season

There is still plenty to be decided as the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series draws to a close this weekend at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.

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Gravity draws top riders to Steamboat, Enduro-X races

Race organizers expecting top field of racers to show up this week for annual Enduro-X races.

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Routt County Fair dog show teaches young handlers what it takes to win a ribbon

Young handlers seek ribbons at the Routt County Fair dog show but are rewarded with so much more.

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Biking the Boat to raise money for STARS

Each year, cyclists in Steamboat Springs gather at the base of Steamboat Ski Area for the Biking the Boat charity ride and a chance to help support a program that helps people with disabilities through a host of recreational opportunities that can be life-changing for those who take part.

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Steamboat High School sports season begins Monday

Monday will mark the start of the high school sports season in Steamboat Springs and across Colorado as football, volleyball, cross country, cheerleading and tennis swing back into action.

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Local Mountain Bike rider tops women's field at Colorado Trail Race

The Colorado Trail Race is a grueling, 500-plus mile journey that pushes riders to the limits as they test their own willingness to complete the journey on their own.

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Steamboat Stinger offers athletes a chance to ride and run

The Steamboat Stinger has earned a reputation across the state as one of the most challenging races of the season, but a few of the athletes take that challenge to a new level.

John F. Russell: Missing your shot at Olympic glory

Every athlete heads to the Olympics hoping to bring home a medal, hoping to avoid the danger of placing fourth.

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Soroco graduate prepares for college, life on rodeo road

Eric Logan will be leaving for Odessa College in the next few weeks, but the South Routt cowboy is hoping for one last chance at the spotlight this summer at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series.

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Local swimmer Jenna Smith setting high goals, reaching new marks

Local swimmer Jenna Smith continues to post fast times in the pool, with dreams of making it to the Olympic trials.

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Get Golf Ready lessons designed to get new golfers from the parking lot to the fairways

Haymaker offers clinics designed to help settle new players nerves while giving them the knowledge to get out and play.

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Steamboat Springs High School hires SportsMed to play athletic trainer's role

This year, there will be a big change along the sidelines of high school sporting events in Steamboat Springs, but the school's athletic director is confident that athletes will continue to see a high-level of care.

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Master's swimming event gets locals ready for Olympic events

Local swimmers jumped into the pool Thursday hoping to push themselves to a new level with their own brand of Olympic compeition.

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Routt County 4-H members ready for state after strong Completion Day showing

Members of the Routt County 4-H shooting clubs got a chance to take aim at some high goals recently as they competed at the annual Completion Day shooting competition.

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Steamboat Springs High School seeks new hockey, girls basketball and Nordic ski coach as season appraoches

The Steamboat Springs High School is looking to fill several head coaching positions as the 2016-17 school year appraches.

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Storm Peak Hill Climb pushes racers to the limits

Riders prove they have what it takes as they race up the slopes of Mount Werner in one of the season's most challenging events.

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Tour of new food bank, expanded thrift store gives insight into LiftUp of Routt County's growth

LiftUp of Routt County is hoping its latest expansion helps the organization meet community needs now, and in the future.

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John F. Russell: Olympic-sized memories something to hold onto

Twenty years after placing fourth at the Olympic Games, Steamboat Springs Olympian Annie Kakela prefers to focus on the positive side of her experience.

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Long-running golf tournament hoping new format brings golfers back to the course

Seventeen years ago, the Steiner Cup was created to carry on the memory of longtime local Vic Steiner. This year, the event will change it's format a bit with hopes that golfers can find the time to take part.

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Rare Air Tennis Training Camp gives young players a chance to elevate game

The Rare Air Tennis Training Camp, the first of it's kind in Steamboat Springs, will offer young players a chance to elevate their game as they reach for the next level.

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Local teams rise to top at Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament

More than 150 teams came to Steamboat Springs looking for titles at last weekend's Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament, but some of this year's champions call Steamboat home.

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Glenwood tops Storm to claim Mountain West College Baseball League title

Saturday's championship game was exactly how Steamboat Storm coach Matt Ellinghuysen pictured it — only with a different final score.

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Local tennis player chases aspirations to next level

A local tennis player's dream of playing tennis at the next level came true during a national-level event in Omaha earlier this month.

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Volunteers make Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament work

The Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament is a fixture on the summer calendar , but the event's success is actually built upon the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers.

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Rally in the Valley proves to be a good time for local golfers

A dedicated group of golfers came out Tuesday to play some golf and support those who are battling breast cancer.

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Steamboat Mountain Soccer tournament draws top teams to town for annual event

A Steamboat Springs summer tradition celebrates its 32nd year as soccer takes center stage in mountains of northwest Colorado.

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John F. Russell: Cheering for the boys of summer

Two summers ago the Steamboat Storm collegiate baseball team arrived in Steamboat Springs hoping to bring a new level of the game America loves to the mountains of Northwest Colorado. Now, in its second year, the team is hoping to bring a title home to its dedicated band of local followers and supporters.

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Local runner overcomes demons to finish 100-mile Big Horn trail run

The 100-mile Big Horn Scenic Trail Run offers plenty of challenges for ultra-distance runners, but last June, one local runner was able to overcome those hurdles en route to completing her first 100-mile race.

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The Perry-Mansfield experience; a passion for dance rekindled

Arizona dancer Karina Cardella came to the Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp hoping to fine tune her technic, but what she discovered in the mountains of Colorado was the inspiration to rekindle her love of dance.

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Perry-Mansfield finds place in local community's heart

Back in the early 1990s the Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp nearly vanished. That was until a group of Steamboat Springs residents led the change to save the school and preserve it's place in our towns long and rich history.

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