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Steamboat prep teams wrapping up regular season

Technically, it's still called Senior Night for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team.

With only one senior, ton­ight's 7:30 showdown against Battle Mountain should take a decidedly focused tone, however.

"We're calling this Jack Spady night," Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said.

Spady, the team's only senior, has been a staple in the Sailors' lineup since returning from an injury he sustained in the football state championship game. He was an all-conference performer as a junior and has rounded back into that form as the season has progressed.

Spady will get his final regular season chance to shine in front of the home crowd in a game in which Steamboat is a heavy favorite to win. The Sailors won the first matchup between the teams, 55-43. A win would lock up second place in the Western Slope League and boost the team as it prepares for the state tournament.

Steamboat girls basketball to face Battle Mountain

Steamboat girls coach John Ameen is plenty aware that his team might be overlooking Battle Mountain, which faces the Sailors at 6 tonight in Steamboat.

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The Huskies are winless on the year, 0-22, and already lost to Steamboat, 53-19.

The message he's giving his team is that it's the wrong time of year to overlook anyone, however.

"Just last week, they played Palisade tough, and Palisade beat us," Ameen said. "We can't look past them at all."

Steamboat is set as the No. 2 team in the league, but a loss to a previously winless team could wreak havoc on its potential playoff seed.

Hockey opens playoff drive tonight against Summit

Steamboat hockey coach Jeff Ruff said the Sailors team that takes the ice at 7 tonight in Vail against Summit in the first round of the playoffs will be a far different squad than the one that played the same team to a 3-3 tie in the first game of the season.

"We've improved a lot," Ruff said.

He said he's aware that's prob­ably true for Summit, too, but is confident that Steamboat's depth can overcome its opponent's progress.

"We have three lines that can score," he said.

Steamboat goalie Erik Owen earned his first career start in that opening game against Summit and gave up three first-period goals on just four shots. Ruff said he was much better throughout the rest of the game once he settled down. He's gone on to split starting duties at goalie but will get the nod tonight.

"He has something to prove," Ruff said. "He's ready. He's in the zone."