High School sports preview, Dec. 8 to Dec. 10
Steamboat Springs — Saturday Steamboat at Vista Peak Preparatory
The Sailors certainly started the season strong but are coming off a pair of losses in duals Tuesday at Moffat County High School. Some of that had to do with holes in the team’s roster, but coach Travis Bryant also said his team needs to learn to handle adverse environments better.
Steamboat may not find a nasty environment waiting for it in Aurora, where it will wrestle at Vista Peak Prep, but they’ll certainly see plenty of tough competition, and that experience will mean plenty, as well. Steamboat will head that direction for regionals this year, so these early season matches could carry weight later.
6:15 p.m. Saturday Steamboat (1-1-1) at Kent Denver (1-2)
The Sailors faced what will perhaps be their toughest test of the regular season on Tuesday night, falling on the road against Regis Jesuit, the No. 1 ranked team in the state. The Raiders piled up a 6-0 victory, dramatically outshooting the Sailors, 45-9, and taking advantage of six Steamboat penalties.
Steamboat faces another test Saturday, though not one of nearly the same caliber. Kent Denver beat Liberty, 6-0, to open the season but has lost its last two games by a combined eight goals.
Steamboat also has a win against Liberty, 3-0. The Sailors beat Kent last year, 7-1.
Soroco girls basketball
Friday and Saturday Soroco (2-1) at Montezuma-Cortez tournament
The Rams will open their two-game trip to the Montezuma-Cortez tournament with a game against the hosts, and that’s an opportunity Soroco would love to take advantage of.
Soroco lost just four games last year, and one of those was an early season tournament game against the Panthers, playing one class up for Soroco. The Rams are a bit of a different team than they were a year ago, playing much smaller but also faster.
Ignacio (1-0) and Nucla (1-2) await on the other side of the four-team bracket. Ignacio received votes in the Class 2A preseason poll and would be a tough test for the Rams. Nucla started the season with a 1-2 showing at the Meeker Cowboy Shootout.
Soroco and Hayden boys basketball
Thursday-Saturday Soroco (0-2) and Hayden (0-0) at Meeker Cowboy Shootout
The Tigers will tip off their season, and Soroco will add another chapter this weekend with annual trips to Meeker for an eight-team tournament.
Hayden will open against the hosts. Soroco, meanwhile, will first play Aspen. The Rams and Tigers could meet Friday if both teams either win or lose Thursday.
For Hayden, the tournament could offer a solid chance to do something it didn’t all of last season — get a win. A victory could mean the world to a young Tigers program, too.
Soroco, meanwhile, would also love to come out of the weekend with a win or two after starting the season 0-2.
The rest of the field is comprised of the Moffat County and Fruita Monument junior varsity teams, Cedaredge and Rangely.
Hayden girls basketball
Friday and Saturday Hayden (0-2) at Carbon County Classic, Encampment Wyoming
The Tigers will be taking a trip out of the state for three games over two days this weekend in Encampment.
They’ve made the most of their trip away from any potential district or regional rivals before, winning a few games in Wyoming and returning to Colorado brimming with confidence. Another such trip would be hugely beneficial for the squad after its winless start to the season.
Its 0-2 record doesn’t say everything. Coach Michelle Wilkie found plenty she liked in the team’s first two games. A long weekend on the road can do wonders for a team, however, and Hayden has the chance to make it happen with this trip.
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