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Sports briefs for Nov. 8

Luke Graham

Winter Sports Club gears up for start of season

— With snow on the ground and most of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club already training on snow, the actual start of the season rapidly is approaching.

Winter Sports Club Executive Director Rick DeVos said all the areas of discipline have been training dryland for months with anticipation of the start of the season.

The snowboard race team will be the first to open on Nov. 19 and 20 in Copper Mountain with a NORAM event. The freestyle and boardercoss teams open up later in December.

“Once the season gets rolling it doesn’t stop,” SSWSC snowboard director Jon Casson said. “It’s going to be exciting and fun to watch all the kids through the season.”

The freestyle skiing team will open up in December at Winter Park. The team returns to Steamboat on Jan. 9, 10 and 11 for an event.

The Nordic team will spend a lot of time in December jumping at events in Park City, Utah.

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The Alpine team’s first big event will be slalom races at Howelsen Hill on Dec. 21, 22 and 23.

In addition to races getting ready to start, DeVos said the club is close to having things at Howelsen Hill set up.

They’re in the process of creating a strip of snow down the face of Howelsen for the Alpine and snowboarding teams.

DeVos said the K-90 jump will be the first one they work on and that a lot of the Nordic team has already skied on Rabbit Ears Pass.

“Training and everything have been kind of flowing and growing over the last couple of months,” DeVos said.

No. 1, No. 4 boys doubles tennis teams get honors

The Denver Post recognized two Steamboat Springs High School doubles teams for their play throughout the year.

The Sailors No. 1 doubles team of Charlie Smith and Jack Burger and the No. 4 doubles team of Vladen Chase and Erik Sortland all received honorable-mention all-state.

Both teams finished third at the tennis state championships in Pueblo.

Smith is the only senior from the group.

Former local on way to top pool tournament

Former resident and chief probation officer Cris Arellano qualified to compete in the men’s division of the 2008 U.S. Amateur Pool Championship Friday, today and Sunday in Atlanta.

The tournament is one of the nation’s most prestigious amateur billiards tournament. Arellano will join the 128-player field of the nation’s best amateur men’s players, competing for the title of U.S.