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John F. Russell

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Soroco hopes to stengthen program's foundation with strong showing at state cross county meet

Routt County runners head to Colorado Springs with hopes of bringing home titles at the Colorado State High School cross country championships.

U.S. Nordic Combined team members visit Steamboat hoping to inspire, find support

National team members will visit Howelsen Hill Oct. 22 with hopes of guiding future Nordic combined start.

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Fun run promises colorful weekend in Steamboat Springs.

Fun run promises a colorful time for those who come out to particpate.

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Steamboat Sailors top Summit in final home game, look forward to showdown with Battle Mountain

The Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team took care of business Tuesday at home, beating Summit 2-0 and keeping the team's Western Slope title hopes alive.

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New High Altitude basketball program offers elementary school players a chance to get back on the court

A new youth basketball program offered by High Altitude Basketball aims to get children back on the court, having fun.

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Steamboat Springs High School graduate trades in poles for paddles as she heads off to college

Steamboat Springs graduate Lark Skov has been named to the University of Washington rowing team.

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Fans, parents, players will take moment to celebrate coach's 30-year career

Longtime volleyball coach Wendy Hall to be recognized this week during the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball teams meeting with Palisade.

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Gollnick reaches goal at Spartan World Championship, brings home women's title in Elite Masters division

Steamboat Springs resident Heather Gollnick has topped her division at Spartan World Championships.

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Steamboat Springs Middle School football teams wrap up successful 2016 campaigns

For the second consecutive year, the football players from the class of 2021 chalked up a perfect season.

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Beurskens' overtime goal lifts Steamboat Springs Sailors past Eagle Valley in key Western Slope match

The Steamboat Springs boys soccer team kept its Western Slope League title hopes alive Tuesday night when Will Beurskens found the back of the net in the second of two overtime periods lifting the Sailors to a 3-2 win over Eagle Valley.

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Steamboat Springs hockey team collects Kingdom Cup title in Breckenridge

The Steamboat Springs hockey team won a thrilling shoot-out win over Roaring Fork Sunday to collect this year's Kingdom Cup title.

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Soroco volleyball takes home bragging rights after coming from behind to beat Hayden

The volleyball match between the Hayden Tigers and Soroco Rams lived up to expectations Monday evening in Hayden as the Rams rallied from a two-game deficit to win the match 3-2.

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Young Nordic combined skiers compete in Lake Placid

The "normal hill" national title was decided in Lake Placid last weekend, and though the athletes from Steamboat Springs didn't step to the top of the podium, they did gain experience their coaches are hoping will make them better this winter.

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Steamboat volleyball team downs Summit in homecoming matchup

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team topped Summit in an impressive showing on the court in the Kelly Meek Gymnasium on Thursday, leaving coaches and players wondering if the team can find it's stride in the final stretch of the 2016 season.

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Homecoming matchup features two teams looking for first victory

The Steamboat Springs High School football team will be looking to put an end to a season-long losing streak Friday night, as will the Roaring Fork Rams.

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High school sports preview, Oct. 6 to 8

Teams from Routt County will compete around the region this weekend as prep season continues to heat up.

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Steamboat Springs High School soccer team extends winning streak to three with impressive win over Rifle

The Steamboat Springs Sailors stayed in the race for a league title Tuesday night with a 6-0 win over Rifle at home

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Conways step into new role as Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs enters new era

Saturday marked the start of a new era as the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs changed hands for the first time in 25 years.

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Steamboat runners look good, take top places at Moffat County Invitational

On Saturday, the top runners in the region gathered at Craig's Loudy-Simpson Park and were tested by a challenging course, and some of the best prep runners in the state.

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Local 4-H shooters earn trip to Nationals, bring back top results from state

In August, members of the Routt County 4-H shooting programs had a strong showing at the state meet and for at least two of those athletes, the results mean they will get to take their shot at nationals.

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Steamboat tennis faces Grand Junction, Kent Denver in final match before regional

Things went as expected for the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team Saturday, as the Sailors wrapped up the regular season with a win against Grand Junction and a test from Kent Denver.

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Steamboat Springs soccer dominates Palisade in quest for league title

The Steamboat Springs Sailors stretch the team's winning streak to two games Saturday with an 8-0 victory over Palisade..

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Coaches, players continue look for answers after Sailors fall to Longhorns in Basalt

Basalt showed Steamboat Springs why its football team is at the top of league standings Friday with a 49-0 victory over the Sailors, who are still in search of their first win.

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Mustang stampede dampens Tigers homecoming celebration

Hayden may have lost its homecoming game Friday night, but head coach Ryan Wilkie is still proud of how his players performed and that his team never stopped fighting for the win.

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Lodwick, Dunn-Downing highlight class of 2016 at Colorado Ski & Snowboard celebration

On Saturday night in Vail Steamboat Springs legends Todd Lodwick, and Shannon Dunn-Downing will take their place in Colroado skiing history when then are inducted into Colroado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

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Overcoming obstacles only part of the race for local endurance athlete

Local triathletes have found a new pursuit for overcoming obstacles in the Spartan racer series.

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Aspen comes out on top for second week

Aspen takes the upper hand headed into regionals after beating the Sailors for a second time.

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Soroco, Rangely prepare to face for the second time in two weeks

Soroco, Rangely to face off for the 2nd time in as many weeks

The Soroco Rams will take the field for homecoming Friday facing a familiar foe in Rangely — a team the Rams defeated only two weeks ago.

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Homecoming contests highlight busy weekend in Routt County sports

Soroco and Hayden will celebrate homecoming weekend with big games, as Steamboat tennis and soccer teams look to sharpen their games for the end-of-season run.

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Sailors end two-game slide with big win against Glenwood at home

The Steamboat Springs High School soccer team rebounded in a big way Tuesday by blowing out the visiting Glenwood Springs Demons 7-0.

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Nerves take toll on Sailors at state tournament but Rotermund says he will never forget hole-in-one

Steamboat Springs golfers walk away from state golf tournament with lasting memories and valuable experience.

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Rotermund's hole-in-one highlights Sailors' performance at state golf tournament

It wasn't an amazing day for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School golf team, but it's a day sophomore Jack Rotermund will not soon forget.

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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.