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Deadline looms for Sailors fall sports

Lonn Clementson works with his team last fall. The Steamboat Springs High School football coach said he's eager for this season and optimistic about his team.

— Steamboat Springs High School football coach Lonn Clementson has every hope of guiding his Sailors to a season-opening win on the road against rival Moffat County Aug. 28.

A scheduling quirk could unravel that plan before practice even begins, however, and that's why he's doing everything he can to reach out to any and all potential players on this year's team with a simple message: Please register as soon as possible.

A state rule mandates that a football player must participate in nine practice days before his first game. Thanks to an awkwardly early start to the 2015 schdule, Steamboat has just 10 practice days, meaning any players who misses more than one will get to watch the first game rather than play in it.

The easiest way to miss practices is to miss the school's fall sports registration deadline, which hits at the end of the day Friday.

"If you're not registered in time, your paperwork may not be processed in time," Clementson said. "If people come in on the first day of practice hoping to register, it could take days, but if you get signed up (Friday), you'll be ready to start on the first day of practice."

Players can register by following the links at sailorsathletics.org/main/adnews/ID/262802.

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Practice gets underway for most fall sports, football included, Aug. 17. The boys golf team gets an early start, with practice beginning Monday.

The football and boys tennis teams both play their first games Aug. 28, while the volleyball and boys soccer programs will start their seasons a day later, Aug. 29. The cross-country team, meanwhile, will get to running Sept. 4.

Clementson said he's eager to get the season started. He said his team has a strong core of seniors and that if the puzzle pieces fit together the way they can, it could be a special season.

"But, we really need to start well, and that means we need everyone," he said. "Everybody on our team matters, whether they're playing a lot or a little. We need everybody to be the very best we can be."

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Getting started

Fall sports practices begin Aug. 17 except for boys golf, which starts Aug. 10.

The games begin several weeks later.

Steamboat

Golf: Aug. 17 at Bookcliff Golf Course

Boys tennis: Aug. 28 at Fruita Monument

Football: Aug. 28 at Moffat County, 7 p.m.

Volleyball: Aug. 29 at Montrose, 11 a.m.

Boys soccer: Aug. 29 at Glenwood Springs, 11 a.m.

Cross country: Sept. 4 at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds

Soroco

Volleyball: Sept. 4 vs. Shining Mountain Waldorf at Gilpin County

Football: Sept. 4 vs. Sanford, 6 p.m.

Hayden

Volleyball: Aug. 27 at Rangely

Football: Sept. 5 vs. Merino, 1:30 p.m.