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Believe it or not the spring sports season has arrived

Junior Teagan Ludwick runs through the snow at the Steamboat Springs High School athletic field Monday on the first day of spring practice for the girls soccer team. Springs sports, including boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, track and field, girls soccer, boys baseball, girls tennis and girls golf, kicked off the new season despite the fact that the weather wasn’t very springlike.





Junior Teagan Ludwick runs through the snow at the Steamboat Springs High School athletic field Monday on the first day of spring practice for the girls soccer team. Springs sports, including boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, track and field, girls soccer, boys baseball, girls tennis and girls golf, kicked off the new season despite the fact that the weather wasn't very springlike.
John F. Russell

— There is still plenty of snow in the Yampa Valley, but that didn't stop more than 250 Steamboat Springs High School athletes from ushering in the new spring season Monday afternoon on the first official day of the 2017 season.

"We had a record year last year," said Ann Brenner, the high school athletic activities secretary, "… and our numbers are strong again this time around."

She didn't think this year's group of spring sports athletes was record setting, but she agreed that it's a big number and likely to get even bigger because it’s common for athletes to continue to filter in over the next few days and even weeks.

Most programs were in full swing Monday afternoon with track and field, boys lacrosse, girls soccer, girls lacrosse, baseball, girls tennis and girls golf kicking off the season, just a few days after Sailors ice hockey, basketball and skiing marked the end of their 2016-17 seasons.

Brenner said the sports drawing the biggest numbers continue to be track and field, boys lacrosse and girls soccer. Girls tennis had more than 30 players come out, and the boys baseball numbers increased from 12 last year to nearly 20 this spring.

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The first official competitions of the year are also slated for this week. The girls tennis team will be the first to host matches this weekend with a 5 p.m. match against Evergreen Friday and a match at noon Saturday against Grand Junction. The girls golf team will travel to Palisade next Monday for the first tournament of the season.

The boys baseball team will travel to Harrision March 10 for its first game of the season, the girls soccer team will take the field March 11 for a road game against Glenwood and the girls lacrosse team is set to open March 16 against Eagle Crest. That game is also expected to be played on the road.

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team will play at home March 11 when the Aspen Skiers come to town for the season opener.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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