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Sports briefs: Olympic trials in Steamboat in December

Pilot & Today staff

The U.S. Ski Team has released the dates for the U.S. Freestyle and U.S. Nordic combined Olympic Team trials, which will be held in December in Steamboat Springs.

The trials represent an opportunity for athletes to gain a guaranteed spot at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in February in Vancouver, B.C. The winners of the Nordic combined, men’s and women’s moguls and men’s and women’s aerials will be rewarded with an Olympic team spot.

The Nordic combined event, which will include Steamboat Springs favorites such as Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong, are scheduled to take place the morning of Dec. 23 at Howelsen Hill. That afternoon, the members of the U.S. Freestyle Team will compete on the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area in the mogul events. Several skiers with ties to Steamboat, including Emiko Torito, Eliza Outtrim and Patrick Deneen, will test their skills on the mogul course.

The events will come to a close the morning of Dec. 24 with the freestyle aerial events at the ski area. Local favorite Ryan St. Onge, who graduated from the Lowell Whiteman School, will be featured along with others including U.S. Ski Team stars Jeret Peterson and Emily Cook.

Women’s tennis team misses goal but has fun

The members of the Steamboat Women’s 4.0 team became the first to win a match at the Colorado Tennis Association’s district finals last week, but the local team missed the goal of winning a title.

However, team member Jan Sullivan said the final standings didn’t stop the players from enjoying the event or learning from the matches, which were played Oct. 5 and 6 in Denver.

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“We may not have won, but we had a really good time,” Sullivan said.

The Steamboat team won its first match, 2-1, against a team from Aurora Parks and Recreation. Becky Lamb won her point, 6-2, 6-2, and the doubles team of Meg Tully and Tibby Speare also won.

But the team ran into solid competition in the next two matches, falling to Columbine Knolls (0-3) in the second match, and the Colorado Athletic Club at Inverness (1-2) in the third match of the round robin. Steamboat failed to make it to the final round, where the team from the Colorado Athletic Club ended up winning the title.

The tournament brings the CTA’s summer adult league, which consists of 60 teams from across the state, to a close each season. The top eight teams advance to the district finals and play for the title. Sullivan said this was the first time a team from Steamboat had advanced to the district level.

Tirones golf well at Sunset Tournament at Haymaker

Scott and Kip Tirone topped the Sunset Tournament during the weekend at Haymaker Golf Course. The tournament was a two player better ball with Saturday being a best-ball format and Sunday a scramble.

The Tirones opened with a round of 65 on Saturday and shot a 61 on the final day. The team’s two-day total of 126 was five strokes better than the second-place team of Bob Stahl and Chris Lanham, at 131. Rocky and Zach Grilli were third at 132. The competitors played through rain, cold and wind.

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