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John F. Russell

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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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John F. Russell: Inspiring love for the game

It's not Major League Baseball or even a minor league franchise, but longtime baseball supporter Dave Roy is hoping the Storm will entice Steamboat Springs locals to head to the ball fields and fall in love with baseball this summer.

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Storm brings its brand of baseball to Steamboat for second year in row

Top college baseball players from around the county will come to Steamboat Springs in June to put on Storm uniforms and represent Steamboat Springs in the Mountain West Collegiate Baseball League.

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Tim Krumrie: advocating, educating from career of experience

Tim Krumrie picked up a football as a freshman at Mondovi High School in Wisconsin and wouldn’t put it down for the next 20 years.

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Ringing the bell

Steamboat Springs embraces national concussion awareness trend

A few years ago, Steamboat Springs High School football coach Lonn Clementson was faced with a choice.

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Life on the Line: Working with the men of Yampa Valley Electric Association

Working with the men of Yampa Valley Electric Association

When the lights and power go off in the middle of the night there is a dedicated group of workers at the Yampa Valley Electric Association in Steamboat Springs who will get out of bed, find the problem and fix it as quickly as possible.

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Longtime sensei will begin new chapter in Golden

For 16 years, sensei Michael David Bauk has taught the art of karate to the students of Steamboat Sprngs. In June, he will pass his business onto a new generation of teachers and close a chapter on his life.

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Steamboat Springs girls bring home national karate titles

Nine athletes for the Rocky Mountain Karate Academy in Steamboat Springs traveled to Denver last weekend for the USKA National Championships. They all performed well, and two brought home national titles for their efforts.

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Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team rolls past Vail Mountain

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team rebounded from a tough overtime loss to Battle Mountain last weekend and rolled past Vail Mountain at home Monday evening.

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John F. Russell: Driving into spring sports

The spring sports season is in full swing, but many recreational teams learned last weekend that Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate when game time rolls around.

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Local cheer squads return from Cheer Sport Denver Grand Championship after top showings

Middle school cheerleaders return from Denver after top showing with first place trophy.

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Referees prefer to go unnoticed but often prove to be MVPs

They get more grumbles from the sidelines than shots on goal, but when it comes to the game of soccer, the referee often plays one of the most important roles.

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Sunshine Kids help turn that frown upside down

Two years ago Noah Elliott learned he had osteosarcoma. The bone cancer eventually took his leg, but last week in Steamboat Springs, the young man from Missouri proved it didn't steal his smile or his enthusiasm for life.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes spring to top finishes in Park City

Twenty-two athletes from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club traveled to Park City, Utah, last weekend and posted top finishes at the Wester Regional Championships in the final meet of the season.

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Steamboat Ski Area hosts Sunshine Kids for 11th straight year

Each year the Sunshine Kids Foundation invites a group of children to the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area where they can leave hospitals and doctors behind them and enjoy a week on the snow.

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John F. Russell: Life lessons sometimes take a lifetime to understand

Sometimes in life the most important lessons take us years to fully grasp. Earlier this month I learned a former photojournalism professor had died and I realized the lessons he taught me so long ago are the ones that I use everyday of my life.

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Harnessing tradition

A day in the life

Twenty minutes north of downtown Steamboat Springs, two ranchers feed cattle throughout winter months using eight-legged horse power instead of horsepower.

John F. Russell: Eddie the Eagle's popularity soared to new heights at 1988 Olympic Games

Back in 1988, the world tuned in to see just how far Eddie the Eagle would fly at the Winter Olympic Games. Truth be told no one ever expected the guy to win, but that didn't stop us from wanting to see if he would land on his feet.

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Moose charges hikers, man with baby on Spring Creek Trail

Nobody was hurt Tuesday afternoon after a moose charged hikers, their dogs and a man walking along Spring Creek Trail with his baby in a backpack.

John F. Russell: Panthers, commentators find out why expectations can be so dangerous

Before last Sunday's Super Bowl, game expectations were flying all around Santa Clara, California, like footballs. But when the game came to a close, those expectations had taken their toll and taught players and fans a valuable lesson about sports.

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John F. Russell: Paige VanArsdale isn't about to let a disability define her

Paige VanArsdale has dealt with obstacles her entire life, but the Steamboat Springs High School student isn't about to let cerebral palsy define who she is, or what she can do.

Bill Johnson's bittersweet story helped give American skiing a little swagger

Bill Johnson ignited America's interest in downhill skiing back in the 1980s. it was a love-hate relationship, but in the end, no one can deny Johnson's impact on the sport and his place in its story.

John F. Russell: Fans face disappointment in sports

Sports fans understand disappointment, but what happens when your favorite teams packs up and leaves town.

New program offers young athletes chance to fly

Local coach hoping to inspire next generation of jumpers with "learn to fly" program at Howelsen on Saturday.

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Winter Sports Club cross country skiers leave mark on US Senior National Championships

Steamboat Springs was well-represented by 10 skiers at last week's U.S. Senior National Championships.

John F. Russell: The best stories in sports rarely have to do with the score

As a sports writer, I totally understand the importance of the score of a game and the impact of a great result. But I learned a long time ago the best sports stories are normally not found on the scoreboard.

High Altitude Basketball set to take over adult basketball league

High Altitude Basketball hopes to bring new life, new interest into adult leagues.

John F. Russell: Drones make impact on ski racing

A hundredth of a second takes on new meaning for Austrian ski racer.

Local cowboy rides to top at Las Vegas Rodeo

Hayden cowboy Keenan Hayes travelled to Las Vegas to take his place among the world's best mini bareback riders.

Big Dreams: Devin de Jong

Devin de Jong

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Ready for next big dream

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has a tradition of making children’s big dreams come true, whatever the dreams may be

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has a tradition of making children’s big dreams come true, whatever the dreams may be

John F. Russell: The reasons we play the game

So many athletes from Steamboat Springs have been able to play the games they love in college, but the possibility of a college scholarship shouldn't be the reason to play.

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Young cowboys head to Las Vegas hoping to bring home titles

Hayden youths hope to excel at Mini Bareback Riding World Championships

Young bareback riders will take their titles, and hopes to Las Vegas this week hoping to earn top showings at the Mini Bareback Riding World Championships.

John F. Russell: It's a time to give thanks for the traditions of living in Ski Town USA

Some skiers have made a tradition of celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday a bit early in Steamboat Springs as part of Scholarship Day.