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John F. Russell

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Steamboat Sailors coach hoping Red White game becomes holiday tradition

Sailors boys basketball coach Michael Vandahl is hoping to build the Red White game into a holiday hardwood tradition.

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Hayden cowboys head to Tulsa this weekend for Heartland Youth Bareback Riding Championships

Young cowboys follow love of rodeo to Tulsa where they will take a shot at glory in the Heartland Youth Bareback Riding Championships

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Steamboat Ski Area on track for opening day despite warm November temperatures

Steamboat Ski Area officials ae still hoping for cool temperatures and snow, but they are confident next Wednesday's opening will happen.

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Steamboat Springs hockey team ready to heat up the ice this season

In a few short weeks, the Steamboat Springs High School Hockey team will open a new season, with a new coach. But coaches and players insist they will take the ice with the same winning attitude

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Steamboat Springs ski racer hoping to overcome setbacks, regain his position with U.S. Ski Team

Steamboat Springs ski racer hoping his passion for the sport will carry him to the top.

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New coach takes the ice as Steamboat Springs Hockey team moved toward season

Sailors' new coach is no stranger to local players or to finding success on the ice.

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New Steamboat Springs girls basketball coach is hoping to build inspiring program

New girls basketball coach takes helm as Sailors look to embark on a journey he hopes will bring a new sense of confidence to the players in the program.

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Fate of repairs on Howelsen Hill's big jump to be decided at the next Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.

Steamboat Springs City Council will have to decide whether to fund emergency repairs or close Howelsen's large ski jump.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ski swap offers plenty of great deals, especially if you know what you are looking for

Ski Swap offers skiers and snowboarders great deals headed into the season.

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Steamboat Ski Area, Howelsen Hill start making snow

Early Wednesday morning temperatures were good enough to start making snow at both Steamboat Ski Area and Howelsen Hill.

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Steamboat Springs Pickleball Association continues to see growth, interest in game

New courts, along with growing interest, take pickleball to new heights in Steamboat Springs.

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Steamboat Springs motorcycle racers head to Baja Peninsula for epic endurance race

The Baja 1000 is one of the most epic off-road races in the world. Next week, a group of Steamboat Spring racers will load up their vans and truck and begin a journey they hope will end with a top finish at the race.

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Events draw players to the courts at Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs

Summer might be over, but the tennis action is just heating up at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs offers players a chance to get on the court in November.

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Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team prepares for 2016-17 season

The sound of bouncing basketballs mixed with yells from players and coaches escaped the confines of the old gym at the Steamboat Springs High School on Wednesday — a sure sign a new basketball season is just around the corner.

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Steamboat Springs High School new girls basketball coaching program takes the team back to basics with pre-season camp

Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball program's coach goes back to basics during his first camp as head coach.

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Sailors embraces role of underdog as team hits the road for regional volleyball tournament

Members of the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team will have to overcome more than a few speed bumps if they hope to drive to a state title.

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New lift promises to be faster, more reliable

Years in the making the new Elkhead Express chairlift is expected to elevate customer experience by providing a faster, more reliable ride from Priest Creek area to the top of Tower run.

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Elevating Elkhead, new lift promises less time on the lift for local skiers and snowboarders

Helicopter pilot Brian Jorgenson spends most of his summer nights on the road, and most of his summer days in the air working for some of skiing's top-level lift manufactures.

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Sailors save best for last

Members of the Steamboat Springs High School football team saved their best game for last and managed to escape the grips of a winless season.

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Steamboat Springs boys soccer team falls in overtime but keeps loss in perspective

The Steamboat Springs High School boys soccer team came out on the wrong side of an overtime shootout against Silver Creek Wednesday night, but the Sailors were not about to let that take away from a great season on the pitch.

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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.