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Top 4 performances of the weekend in Routt County high school sports

Ben Ingersoll

1. Soroco boys, girls hoops heads into break big winners

Both Soroco Rams squads took care of business Friday and Saturday and now head into the holiday layoff with strong records. On Friday night, the girls team blasted Rangely at the Panthers’ house by 21 points behind Jessica Rossi’s 23. The Rams boys used a late defensive push and a come-from-behind effort to erase a six-point deficit and snag one from Rangely, 34-32. In Soroco’s home opener Saturday, the girls were all over visiting South Park with a 54-point win. The boys again built on their defensive identity and downed the Burros late, 43-29. Again, Rossi paced the girls with 19 points, and Warren Hayes led the boys with 10.

2. 10 Sailors Nordic skiers are heading to state

Two weekends ago at Snow Mountain Ranch, a handful of Sailors Nordic racers punched their tickets to the state championships at season’s end. Natalie Bohlmann, Catherine Brodie, Eliza Leeson, Larkspur Skov, Mariah Hoots and Lauren Requist are already the Steamboat girls’ state qualifiers. On the Sailors’ boys end, Peter Myller, Riley Brodie, Micah Gibbons and Ben Lingle are heading to the championships.

3. Unsung Austin Kerbs comes up big for Sailors boys hoops

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball roster is full of varsity experience and proven talent. Heading into the 2014-15 season, senior Austin Kerbs wouldn’t have been put into that group. But the scrappy starter’s hustle and timely big plays has earned him some big minutes and even bigger buckets. In a closer-than-expected win versus Rifle on Wednesday, Kerbs scored five of his nine points in the fourth quarter and snagged a pair of giant offensive rebounds in those final 8 minutes. The Sailors won, 43-39.

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4. Routt County wrestlers the class of West Grand tourney

The Hayden and Steamboat Springs wrestling teams dominated the annual West Grand tournament in Kremmling. As a team, the Tigers just barely edged the Sailors, 154-148. The next-closest squad was Saratoga with 125 points. Hayden got wins from Devlyn Mossman at 120 pounds and Kent Miller at 152 pounds. The Sailors got a win at 160 pounds from Gage Reynolds, who was competing in just his second live action this season.

Quote of the week

Soroco High School girls basketball coach David Bruner saw positive signs now that could very well come up huge when the postseason begins in January.

"We’re doing some things defensively now that we were not great at doing, like playing man-to-man in the full court," Bruner said. "We aren’t great at it, but we do know down the road, we might need to do it to get a stop."

By the numbers

82 — Points scored by the Soroco High School girls basketball team, a new single-game school record. Most members of the Rams’ roster that broke the record Saturday against South Park were on the team last year that set the bar, twice scoring in the 80s — both against West Grand, scoring 80 and 81. Jessica Rossi, DaKota Bruner and Briana Peterson combined to score 50 of the 82 points against the Burros.

17 — Points scored by Mr. Consistency Robi Powers for the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team Saturday in a big win against Eagle Valley. Powers averages 17 points per game and used five straight 3-pointers to again hit the mark in Steamboat’s 69-33 victory.

7 — South Park’s number of points and number of turnovers at halftime of the Burros’ 14-point loss to the Soroco boys basketball team Saturday. As of late, the Rams have played their best defense of the season, holding their last two opponents (South Park and Rangely) well under their season scoring averages.

18 — Days between Saturday and Jan. 6, when the next Routt County high school sports event takes place. All wrestlers, basketball players, hockey players and skiers have significant time off. Hayden High School wrestling will open 2015 on Jan. 6 when the Tigers host Moffat County in a dual.

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By the numbers

82 — Points scored by the Soroco High School girls basketball team, a new single-game school record. Most members of the Rams’ roster that broke the record Saturday against South Park were on the team last year that set the bar, twice scoring in the 80s — both against West Grand, scoring 80 and 81. Jessica Rossi, DaKota Bruner and Briana Peterson combined to score 50 of the 82 points against the Burros.

17 — Points scored by Mr. Consistency Robi Powers for the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team Saturday in a big win against Eagle Valley. Powers averages 17 points per game and used five straight 3-pointers to again hit the mark in Steamboat’s 69-33 victory.

7 — South Park’s number of points and number of turnovers at halftime of the Burros’ 14-point loss to the Soroco boys basketball team Saturday. As of late, the Rams have played their best defense of the season, holding their last two opponents (South Park and Rangely) well under their season scoring averages.

18 — Days between Saturday and Jan. 6, when the next Routt County high school sports event takes place. All wrestlers, basketball players, hockey players and skiers have significant time off. Hayden High School wrestling will open 2015 on Jan. 6 when the Tigers host Moffat County in a dual.

Weekend scores

Wednesday

BOYS BASKETBALL: Steamboat Springs 43, Rifle 39

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Rifle 39, Steamboat Springs 27

Friday

BOYS BASKETBALL: Soroco 34, Rangely 32

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Soroco 68, Rangely 47

HOCKEY: Chatfield 2, Steamboat Springs 1

Saturday

BOYS BASKETBALL: Steamboat Springs 69, Eagle Valley 33

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Eagle Valley 44, Steamboat Springs 23

BOYS BASKETBALL: Soroco 43, South Park 29

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Soroco 82, South Park 28

HOCKEY: Lewis-Palmer 7, Steamboat Springs 2

WRESTLING: West Grand tournament, Hayden 1st, Steamboat Springs 2nd, Soroco 14th