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Game time moved ahead for Sailors soccer to avoid snow

Steamboat Springs sophomore Sydney Graham plays a ball in the Steamboat's loss to Palisade in Grand Junction earlier this season.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A spring storm that is expected to arrive Friday has prompted officials at Steamboat Springs High School to move the Steamboat Springs High School girls varsity soccer game against Palisade to 2 p.m. and cancel the junior varsity game.

“There have been a lot of people who are looking at the forecast and at the hourly report,” said Sailors coach Rob Bohlmann. “This time of year it can be so unpredictable, but by all the models, it looks like the brunt of the storm, as far as the snow, and turning over to snow, hits at about 5 p.m.”

Coaches and athletic directors from both schools looked at Thursday’s forecast and discussed the options. The final decision was to move the varsity game from the scheduled time of 6 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. The 4 p.m. JV game was canceled.

Steamboat Springs athletic director Luke DeWolfe is hoping the schedule change will allow the varsity game to be played with fair conditions for both teams and also allow Palisade to get back home safely.

“Sometimes, I feel more like a weatherman than an athletic director at this time of the year,” DeWolfe said. 

Friday’s game has the potential to factor into the Western Slope standings. The Sailors come into the game at 6-3 in the league and 8-3 overall with three league games left against Palisade, Eagle Valley and Glenwood Springs.

As the season heads into the final stretch, the Sailors need wins against the teams that are ahead in the standings including Palisade and Glenwood Springs. Steamboat will also need a win in its second meeting with Eagle Valley to stay in the hunt for a post-season berth. 

Palisade is 6-2 with league games against Steamboat, Glenwood and Battle Mountain remaining. Glenwood is  5-2 and has league games remaining against Palisade, Summit, Rifle and Steamboat. 

The Sailors have already split games with Battle Mountain, 8-2 in league play, after two meetings this season. The Sailors beat the Huskies in Gypsum 2-1 and lost at home 2-0 in a game played in several inches of snow.

“This is a big game for us, and it’s a big game for them,” Bohlmann said.

The last time Steamboat faced Palisade the Bulldogs came away with a 2-1 overtime victory in Grand Junction. 

“We wanted to make an effort to try to get the game in, and I think this is the least impact we could have academically for the students, and at the same time ensure safety for both teams,” DeWolfe added.

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


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