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Sailors basketball takes to the court for busy week in Steamboat Springs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — With just three weeks left in the regular season, it seems to be crunch time for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team.

"Seven games in three weeks — we are in a pretty busy stretch right now," Sailors coach Michael Vandahl said. "Sometimes, I think when we have three games in a week we play better. The kids only have one thing to focus on, and it's the next game. I just try to keep them focused on one game at a time."

This week's match-ups against Eagle Valley Tuesday night and Battle Mountain on Friday will be key as the Sailors continue to pursue first place Glenwood Springs in the Western Slope Standings. The Sailors will also travel to Eagle Valley on Saturday before retuning home the following Thursday (Feb. 8 ) to host Glenwood Springs , 7-0 in league and 14-4 overall.

The Sailors, 9-7 overall and 4-1 in league, are currently in second place just ahead of Battle Mountain, 9-8 overall and 4-3 in league, and Eagle Valley, 5-12 overall and 3-3 in league. Glenwood is currently in the driver's seat.

Steamboat, however, is just getting back to speed this season after illness and other issues have kept the team from having the seven top players all going at the same time. Vandahl said the team has been at full strength the past two games, something he expects through the rest of the season.

The team is currently in the middle of a three-game winning streak with wins over Palisade (39-35) on Jan 20, Rifle (37-14) on Jan. 23 and Summit (72-68) on Jan 26. After next week's home showdown with Glenwood Springs, the team will be on the road against Rifle before rounding out the season on Feb. 15 against Summit County in the regular-season finale.

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The two boys games will highlight a busy week of high school basketball at Kelly Meek Gymnasium.

The Steamboat Springs girls, a team still in search of its first win, will also be on the court to face Eagle Valley on Tuesday and Battle Mountain on Friday. Those games are scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

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