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John F. Russell

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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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Perry-Mansfield makes long-lasting mark on Steamboat

Year-by-year happenings at Perry-Mansfield

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Rally in the Valley offers golfers chance to contribute to worthy cause

It was 17 years ago when the Rally for the Cure Golf tournament became a regular event on Steamboat's summer calendar thanks to the efforts of the local women's golf association. Today, the event continues thanks to the efforts of the Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club, who has hosted the event for most of its hisotry in Steamboat Springs.

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John F. Russell: Finding excitement in soccer

Sports can't always be decided in regulation, and as a fan of most sports, I can't help but get a little excited about the prospect of overtime.

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Traditions worth celebrating

Parade anchors Steamboat Springs long-running, Fourth of July traditions.

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Former Sailor star to be inducted into National High School Hall of Fame Saturday

Overcoming challenges just part of the game for former Steamboat Springs football, basketball and track and field star.

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Return of commercial tubing means new season just around the corner

The tubing season quietly shifted gears Wednesday as local stores began renting to customers for the first time this season, and the number of people on the river started to grow. However, the quiet isn't expected to last as locals and visitors make their way back to the Yampa for another season on the river.

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John F. Russell: Coors Field is the perfect place to build lasting memories

The Colorado Rockies have become a summer tradition in the Russell family and thanks to some great hitting and timely pitching Saturday's game at Coors Field provided more than a few memories worth cheering for.

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John F. Russell: Cleveland lands title, Lebron earns my respect

Cleveland earned its first major sports title in more tnan 50 years Sunday, thrilling sports fans across the country and giving LeBron James a chance to rebuild his own legacy.

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John F. Russell: Sharing the dream with your children

I used to think that parents who travel around the country to watch their children play games were crazy, but now I think it's time that somebody had me committed.

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John F. Russell: Finding great athletes on the stage

This week some of the top athletes in the country have come to Steamboat Springs. But don't bother looking for them on the field, the court or the ice.

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Steamboat Springs bowler leads pack at 65th Open Handicap tournament

Local bowler Dewey Whitecotton tops the leaderboard at the USBC 65th Open Handicap bowling tournament.

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Former sheriff pulls man from travel trailer after explosion

A former Routt County sheriff pulled a man from a burning travel trailer Tuesday evening after an explosion Tuesday evening rocked the Eagle Soaring RV Park west of Steamboat Springs.

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John F. Russell: Finding a home on the field, and off, in the mountains of Steamboat Springs

With the start of the season only two weeks away, organizers of the Storm Baseball team are rounding third and hoping to find homes.

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John F. Russell: Shootout brings back memories of another big game, state title

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Jim Dudley understands the magic that comes from winning a penalty kick tie-breaker in the big game. When the Sailors topped Palisade in a shootout back in 1998, it left a mark that our town may never forget.

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Steamboat goalkeeper finding her "free"style

Sailor's soccer standout has hidden talent

Steamboat Springs senior Ocoee Wilson has left her mark as one of the top goalkeepers in the state and has played a huge role in the Sailors' winning record and state playoff success. But there's another side to the Steamboat goalie, who seems to have found her own style.

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John F. Russell: Amy Brodie overcoming challenges, wondering if there is more

When Steamboat Springs swimmer Amy Brodie got the opportunity to swim at Colorado Mesa University a few years ago, she reached a level few swimmers in Steamboat have ever enjoyed. But the past few years have been filled with ups and downs, and after making a tremendous comeback this last season, the local girl can't help but wonder what could be.

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Fire burns 5 acres before crews get control

A controlled burn, which got out of control, burned five acres near Thorpe Mountain before fire crews gained control.

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