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John F. Russell

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Steamboat Springs swimmers collect top finishes at state, look forward to zones

Local swimmers raced to top finishes at Colorado Long Course Championships last weekend, and a few of them have their sights set on Zone Senior Championships in California.

Endurance race provides stage for local mountain bike racers

Local cyclist collected top finishes at last Saturday's 70-plus mile Laramie Enduro mountain bike race.

John F. Russell: Skiing takes its place under the lights

For years, I've thought that skiing is one of those things that should not happen at night, but I'm willing to take a chance and let the ski area prove that anything is possible under the lights.

Steamboat Springs swimmers to travel to Colorado Long Course State Championships

Seven Steamboat Springs swimmers will head to Grand Junction this week with their sights set on titles at the Colorado Long Course State Championships.

Steamboat Springs swimmers head to Colorado Long Course State Championships

Seven Steamboat Springs swimmers will head to Grand Junction this week with their sights set on titles at the Colorado Long Course State Championships.

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Legion baseball team collects another title, prepares for state championships

The Steamboat Springs Legion baseball team collected another tournament win last weekend, and is now looking for a strong showing at the state tournament later this week.

John F. Russell: Time to play the game

After year of organizing the Rally for the Cure golf tournament, Linda Danter finally got her chance to play in the big event.

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Rally for the Cure golf tournament raises money for battle against breast cancer

On Tuesday, golfers from across Steamboat Springs, and a few from Denver, were focused on a single cause. They came out to support the Rally for the Cure golf tournament and to help raise money to support those in our community dealing with breast cancer.

Steamboat swimmers head to Grand Junction, Western Slope Championships

After a summer in the pool, the Steamboat Swim Team will send its top performers to Grand Junction this weekend to see how they measure up in the Western Slope Championships.

John F. Russell: Colorado isn't the home of the fair-weather fan

Sure, Colorado may have a few fair-weather fans, but in my experience, this is a state that gets behind its teams, win or lose.

Steamboat's Rally for the Cure continues to grow, keeps focus

Steamboat's Rally for the Cure has changed leadership but remains committed to its goal of supporting woman battling breast cancer.

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Steamboat Little League teams snag district titles, look to state tournament

Two local Little League teams captured district titles in Winter Park last week and are ready to step to the plate for the state tournament, which will begin later this month in Aurora.

Legion baseball team tops Eagle Valley, takes top spot in Mountain League

Another strong pitching performance from Ryan Jeep helped the Steamboat Springs Legion baseball team wrap up league title, and start preparing for several important tournaments.

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John F. Russell: Party a celebration of Johnny Spillane's legacy

A room full of supporters showed up at Olympian Hall last week to cheer one more time for one of our town's most recognized Olympic athletes.

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Pair of moose in Steamboat catches attention of passers-by

It may not look like a threat, but it’s one of the most dangerous animals the public will encounter in Northwest Colorado, said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins.

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Former high school, college hockey standout brings camps to Steamboat Springs

Former high school and college standout hopes his camps will offer next generation of hockey players a chance to see what it takes to make it to the next level.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club recognizes World Champions

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will celebrate the Fourth of July week by recognizing some it's top athletes.

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Olympic heritage evident in Ski Town USA's Independence Day events

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic Program Director Todd Wilson thinks the best way to celebrate our country’s independence and our town’s unique heritage is by hosting a ski jumping competition in one of the hottest months of the year.

John F. Russell: Discovering the unexpected places the game can lead

Hockey player Ryan Dingle has discovered that the game can take him many places, a few of them unexpected.

Steamboat Springs Legion baseball team overcomes slow start, saves weekend

After starting the weekend with a couple of rough outings Saturday against Palisade, the Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team rebounded Sunday by taking two from visiting Glenwood Springs.

John F. Russell: Get over it, sports fans

LeBron James traded his loyalty to Cleveland for titles in Miami. You may not like it, but it's about time to get over it.

John F. Russell: Playing the game, feeling the pain

If you play recreational softball, you've probably experienced the moment that comes the day after.

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Bear dies after being hit by pickup near Milner

A 300-pound bear was struck by a pickup and killed after attempting to cross U.S. Highway 40 near Milner on Wednesday afternoon.

Sam Samlowski earns Steamboat Springs Junior Golf Association's first-ever scholarship

Sam Samlowski was honored with the Steamboat Springs Junior Golf Association's first-ever scholarship.

Steamboat's American Legion baseball team splits with Palisade

The team's offense was kicking on all cylinders Sunday, but the defense could hold it together in the second game of a doubleheader.

John F. Russell: Rick DeVos leaves his mark, sets new standard

Rick DeVos helped make the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club a model in our country, and a source of pride in our community.

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Rick DeVos to leave Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will be looking for new leadership this summer after its board of directors announced Wednesday that longtime Director Rick DeVos will be leaving the club.

John F. Russell: Making a summer list

Summer days in Steamboat Springs are precious. So the best thing to do is make a list and get rolling before it's too late and summer is gone.

Steamboat Golf Shoot-Out provides opportunity to support junior golf

Organizers are encouraging players to register by Friday. The tournament will take place June 3 with shotgun starts at 10 a.m. and noon. The tournament will use a modified two best ball and teams will be made up of four players. Tees will be assigned by handicap.

Steamboat Springs Legion baseball team opens season with pair of victories against Rangely

A strong showing in a doubleheader against Rangely on Sunday helped the Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team open the season at home on a winning note.

John F. Russell: Lifelong love of the game

I fell in love with running bases as a child, and though I'm a little older and a little slower, the game and my love of playing it never has changed.

John F. Russell: Feeling lucky in Steamboat Springs

It's easy to forget just how lucky we are to live in Steamboat Springs, but then again all you have to do is look around to realize what a great place this is.

Steamboat golf tournament raises money for suicide prevention

Organizers hope money raised from a local golf tournament will help young people recognize the signs, help raise awareness and help prevent suicide in the future.

John F. Russell: Hitting the road for a weekend of soccer

When you are 46, a trip to Denver requires clean underwear, a clean shirt, deodorant and a toothbrush. But when you are taking your 11-year-old daughter to Denver, it’s a different story.

John F. Russell: Playoffs bring a new sense of importance to the game

The regular seasons are coming to a close, and high school athletes are looking forward to the opportunities playoffs have to offer.

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Steamboat soccer tops Glenwood in league tournament, waits on state playoff announcement

Steamboat Springs girls soccer topped Glenwood Springs on Thursday to finish third in the Western Slope League standings but are waiting to find out whether a state playoff run is in its future.

Steamboat Springs High School tennis team looking to lock up regional title, state berths

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team is looking for its 10th-straight title after a strong start at the regional tournament.

John F. Russell: Spillane's legacy about more than Olympic medals

It takes more than one good race to become an Olympic-sized legend in Ski Town USA.

John F. Russell: Pioneers make Hall of Fame one cool journey

Last weekend, a new class of athletes was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame insuring their stories will live on for future generations to enjoy.

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World champion, 3-time Olympic medalist Johnny Spillane announces retirement

World Champion and three-time Olympic silver medalist Johnny Spillane announced he is retiring from the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team to spend more time with his family.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club honors best at annual awards night

On Tuesday night, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club handed out 31 awards memorializing noteworthy alumni and recognizing those Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes who are setting the standards for today.

John F. Russell: Cheering for those who live life to its fullest

It's easy to cheer for the superstars in sports, but the guys I admire play the game for love, not the spotlight.

John F. Russell: Steamboat athletes and Olympic fans are following the road to Sochi, Russia

It's fun and frustrating to watch as athletes with ties to Steamboat Springs chase their dreams along the road to Sochi, Russia, and the 2014 winter Olympic Games.

Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig opens for season

The Yampa Valley Golf course in Craig has opened for the season a bit earlier than expected thanks to a string of warm days, new pro David Hardison said Saturday morning.

John F. Russell: Golfers hit the road to fill hunger for the game they love

The valley has been treated to a warm dose of spring the past few weeks, which has resulted in a bad case of the golfing bug for many local residents.

John F. Russell: Feeling the magic, failing to make the right March Madness picks

I never can seem to pick the right teams, but that hasn't stopped me from understanding the magic of one of the biggest events in college athletics.

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West Routt firefighters extinguish vehicle fire in Hayden High School parking lot

Classrooms at Hayden High School were locked down Thursday morning while firefighters extinguished a truck fire in the parking lot.

Steamboat resident 5th in Heartland Poker Tour, pockets $46,299

Steamboat Springs resident Ryan O’Donnell pocketed a little more than $46,000 on Monday evening by finishing fifth in the Heartland Poker Tour event at the Golden Gates Casino in Blackhawk.

John F. Russell: Spring in Steamboat Springs

In the old days, playing a home game in a spring sport in Steamboat Springs seemed impossible. It was hard to imagine just a few years ago how things would change in our mountain town.

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Postal Service's Sundance location appears poised to shut down

Postal officials would not comment about potential consolidation of all post office boxes to the downtown location. But construction at the Third Street and Lincoln Avenue branch seems to tell the story.