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

Ben Ingersoll

1. Powers dominates at Steamboat Shoot-Out

The Sailors boys went 1-2 at their home tournament, not the showing they were hoping for, but junior Robi Powers had a huge three-game stretch. He kicked it off with 17 points in a win against Roosevelt and followed it up with 16 points in a loss to Northridge and 24 points — 17 in the first half — in a loss to Palmer Ridge on Saturday. Powers quickly is asserting himself as the Sailors’ go-to scoring threat.

2. Hayden wrestlers shine at Soroco Invitational

First-place finishes from Garrett Murphy, Judd Magee, Taylor Lewis and Hunter Rummel helped the Tigers to a big win by 32 points versus second-place Saratoga. Tanner Guire, Kent Miller, Christian Carson and Lebo Armendariz took home silver medals in some tight finals matches, as well. Hayden quickly is getting big contributions from younger athletes like Murphy, Armendariz, Jake Planansky and Brennan Guire, all podium placers at the small but competitive Soroco tournament.

3. Soroco boys hoops closes Meeker Shootout on a strong note

With a big game from Eric Logan in the tournament cap (31 points) and strong performances throughout from Warren Hayes, the Rams are now 3-2 on the season. Soroco struggled mightily with Class 5A Fruita Monument’s junior varsity Thursday, losing by 40 points, but bounced back big time Friday and Saturday. The Rams cruised by rival Hayden on Friday, 59-25, and finished off Moffat County’s junior varsity with a 55-48 victory. Hayes was named to the Shootout all-tournament team.

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4. Hayden girls basketball gets sudden bounce back

Tigers coach Michelle Wilkie was a little baffled with how things were going with her team after the Meeker tournament along with their start in the Carbon County Classic in Wyoming. Hayden dropped its first two games in Wyoming by double digits, but suddenly things clicked Saturday against Dubois. The Tigers shared the ball, hit their shots and played solid defense in a 45-28 win. Darian Murphy scored 15 points in the win, and Grace Wilkie and Taylor Hagar each tacked on 10 more to get Hayden back in the win column.

Quote of the week

Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball coach Mack Spitellie on his team’s win against Frederick to close out the Steamboat Shoot-Out after two big losses to open the tournament:

"This one was a lot different, just because of the last two days," Spitellie said. "The team just went into a shell and was so afraid. Now, they broke out of the shell."

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By the numbers

6 — Straight road games the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team had to endure to open the 2014-15 season. Most of the opening schedule pinned the Sailors against state powerhouses, and Steamboat has started 0-6 as a result. But Steamboat has hung tough, losing a few of them by just one goal, and now Steamboat finally comes home for its Howelsen Ice Arena debut Friday against Chatfield. The Sailors will play their next four contests at home.

19 — Points per game averaged by Steamboat junior Robi Powers at the Steamboat Shoot-Out. The Sailors were roughed up a bit at their home tourney, going 1-2, but Powers shined. The Sailors are now done with their pre-league schedule and will open Western Slope play against Rifle on Wednesday. If Steamboat can run the table and win its conference, Powers figures to be a candidate for league player of the year if he keeps his hot streak going.

20 — More points scored by the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team in its win Saturday than the team had scored in its previous two games combined. After losing leading-scorer Annie Osbourn to injury in the Steamboat Shoot-Out opener, the Sailors were sluggish in two big losses to Discovery Canyon and Elizabeth on Thursday and Friday. But the team rebounded nicely in a 59-51 win versus Frederick on Saturday.

Weekend scores

Wednesday

WRESTLING: Moffat County 49, Steamboat Springs 27

Thursday

BOYS BASKETBALL: Steamboat Springs 67, Roosevelt 52

BOYS BASKETBALL: Meeker 67, Hayden 21

BOYS BASKETBALL: Fruita Monument JV 89, Soroco 49

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Discovery Canyon 29, Steamboat Springs 15

Friday

BOYS BASKETBALL: Northridge 55, Steamboat Springs 43

BOYS BASKETBALL: Soroco 59, Hayden 25

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Elizabeth 61, Steamboat Springs 24

HOCKEY: Dakota Ridge 2, Steamboat Springs 1

Saturday

BOYS BASKETBALL: Palmer Ridge 53, Steamboat Springs 47

BOYS BASKETBALL: Caprock Academy 55, Hayden 29

BOYS BASKETBALL: Soroco 55, Moffat County JV 48

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Steamboat Springs 59, Frederick 51

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Hayden 45, Dubois 28

HOCKEY: Regis Jesuit 6, Steamboat Springs 2

WRESTLING: Hayden 1st, Soroco 5th at Soroco Invitational