High School sports preview, Sept. 1 to 3
Steamboat Springs — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS SAILORS
10 a.m. Saturday Steamboat vs. Silver Creek
The tennis team doesn’t have an extensive slate of home matches this season, so fans hoping to watch the Sailors may not want to pass this one up. The action starts at 10 a.m. at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.
The Sailors will find a worthy opponent in Silver Creek. The Raptors have won all three of their matchups so far this season, and their three singles players — senior Jacob Stringer at No. 1 singles, junior Brandon Nelson at No. 2 singles and senior Michael Nagus at No. 3 singles — have gone undefeated so far.
Steamboat played well throughout its opening weekend tournament in Grand Junction and will be looking to change Silver Creek’s fate.
All day Friday and SaturdaySteamboat (1-0) at Glenwood Springs Demon Invitational tournament
Steamboat looked sharp in its season opener against Moffat County, but coach Wendy Hall said she’d only begun to put in an offense and had yet to even dig into blocking.
A tournament such as this weekend’s could help speed along the learning process. Playing shortened matches, Steamboat’s new varsity players will have plenty of opportunity to stumble through mistakes in one match and fine tune them in the next, all in one day.
The Sailors are two-time reigning champs at the event. Making it three years in a row may be asking a lot, but for such a young team, game experience will prove a greater reward than any trophy available in September. This weekend the team will get a ton of it.
6 p.m. Thursday Steamboat (1-1) at Glenwood Springs (1-0)
The Sailors and the Demons played two tight games a year ago, the matchup in Glenwood going into overtime.
Steamboat won both and will hope to keep that trend going Thursday.
The Sailors have already learned a couple of important lessons this season. A pair of early goals in their season opener against Mullen helped lead to a 7-3 loss and taught a lesson about being ready when the whistle blows.
Tuesday’s 3-0 win against Moffat, meanwhile, showed the team the value of a persistent, full-game effort. Glenwood lost its top goal scorers from 2015 but didn’t struggle for scoring in its first game of the season, a 6-0 win against Palisade.
It’ll be another game where the Sailors will need to be ready from the opening whistle.
Steamboat cross country
9 a.m. Saturday Steamboat at Battle Mountain Husky Invitational
The Steamboat Springs girls cross country team will be without its top four runners from a state-qualifying group a year ago, but coach Lisa Renee Tumminello, taking over the program after serving as a co-head coach in track, is excited about the prospects she has.
The program, boys and girls, has 45 athletes out.
The top returning runners on the girls side include Winter Boese and Isabelle Boniface, but there are plenty of varsity spots to be spoken for.
The boys, too, have room available after losing their top runner to graduation.
Saturday’s race is the first of the season and the start of the process of building what Tumminello said can be a very strong team.
“There will be some learning curve, and we’ll use these first few races to do a lot of learning,” she said.
SOROCO RAMS AND HAYDEN TIGERS
6 p.m. Friday Soroco (1-0) vs. Norwood (0-0)
Soroco and Norwood shared a league for the past two seasons in what was a miserable marriage. The Mavericks didn’t lose a league game in either season. In fact, the 13 points Soroco scored in the matchup last year was the most Norwood gave up to any league opponent in that span. To make things even more fun, the schools sit 300 miles apart, or about six hours on a bus.
Both schools were thrilled when league realignment kept their opponents more local this season.
So, why are they playing again? Soroco coach Dick Dudas said because Norwood’s one of the state’s ultimate tests, and he’s ready to see what his boys have.
It will certainly be a test. Norwood returns its quarterback Trenton Armintrout, responsible for 22 touchdowns a year ago, and its top running back, Devyn Rummel, who scored 17.
The good news? Even if things do go south Friday, it won’t have any bearing on the league standings.
Hayden and Soroco volleyball
All day Friday and SaturdaySoroco (1-0) and Hayden (0-0) at Rangely Invitational tournament
Both the Hayden and the Soroco volleyball teams will get in plenty of action Friday and Saturday at a tournament in Rangely.
The Rams, who picked up their first win of the season last weekend with a dominating performance at Caprock Academy, will face Moffat County, Mancos and Hotchkiss in pool play.
Hayden, coming off a 2-18 season, will get its first matches of the season playing in a pool with Telluride, Basalt and Rangely.
Soroco cross country
Friday Soroco at Horizon Invitational in Brighton
The Rams saw excellent results from their top runners last week as they opened their season. Racing in Basalt, Ben Kelley won the boys race and logged a personal best, clocking in at 16 minutes flat. Chloe Veilleux, meanwhile, was second in the girls race.
The rest of the Soroco team filtered in between 38th and 73rd in their races. Friday’s talent-packed Front Range race will give the Rams plenty of opportunity to build on those results.
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