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High school sports weekend preview for April 10 and 11

Steamboat boys lacrosse

4 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (5-4) at Vail Mountain (4-2)

2 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Cheyenne Mountain (5-2)

The Sailors suffered their first league loss of the season Tuesday, 15-8 at rival Aspen, and things aren’t getting much easier heading into the weekend.

Steamboat will play its fourth and fifth games over a nine-day stretch, starting Friday with upstart Vail Mountain, the newcomer to the Mountain Conference. The Gore Rangers have had a decent season with wins over Glenwood Springs and Durango but have had their lows, too, like last week’s brutal 18-1 loss to Battle Mountain.

Cheyenne Mountain should be the big test of the weekend. Those who followed Sailors boys lacrosse last year remember Steamboat’s wild comeback win over the Indians in 2014. Steamboat, facing a big deficit late in the fourth quarter, reeled off the game’s final four goals, including an overtime winner. Surely, Cheyenne Mountain is hungry for another shot at the Sailors.

Steamboat girls tennis

4 p.m. Friday: Steamboat at Ralston Valley

9 a.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Boulder

The Steamboat ladies knocked off one undefeated team last weekend at home, and they’ll get another shot this Friday against 6-0 Ralston Valley, a Class 5A power.

The Mustangs have only dropped three matches in their six duals this year and were the winners of the Western Slope Invitational, where Steamboat finished eighth.

The Sailors will get more Front Range 5A competition Saturday at Boulder, which is just 1-3 overall this spring.

Steamboat girls lacrosse

4 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (1-7) at Aspen (6-1)

Steamboat is still looking to hit its stride this season, and a date at Aspen will be another test on what has proved to be a stiff Sailors schedule this April.

The Skiers’ only loss came against Fruita Monument last month. Otherwise, they’ve coasted through their six other opponents by an average of 10 goals per win.

Steamboat is coming off losses to Eagle Valley, 10-5, and Palmer, 22-4, last week.

Steamboat, Soroco and Hayden track and field

Friday: Hayden and Soroco at Coal Ridge Invitational

9 a.m. Saturday: Steamboat and Soroco at Glenwood Springs Demon Invitational

Though they’ll all be in Garfield County this weekend, the Steamboat, Soroco and Hayden track squads will be split between two separate invitationals on two different days.

The Tigers will be at the Coal Ridge Invitational Friday. It’s just the third meet of the season for Hayden, which has already piled up some impressive marks. Senior long jumper Jack Redmond is near the top of the 2A rankings for that event, and fellow long jumper Jewel Vreeman also is making strides in the long-jump pit.

The Rams will also be at Coal Ridge, but will also double up and travel down Interstate-70 a bit to compete in Glenwood with Steamboat and 13 other schools primarily from the 2A, 3A and 4A classifications. Soroco freshmen Ben Kelley and Mattie Rossi are a pair to keep an eye on this month. Kelley continues to shave seconds off his mile time and is inching toward Class 2A’s best. Rossi is ranked fourth in the long jump and ninth in the 300 hurdles.

Steamboat girls soccer

noon Saturday: Steamboat (8-3) at Centaurus (3-5)

Steamboat wanted and needed Tuesday’s home game with undefeated Battle Mountain badly, but the Sailors’ dates with their rival are now over, and a late-season playoff push is on the horizon.

It starts Saturday with Centaurus, a non-league foe. If the Sailors win, they’ll have tied their win total from all of last year (nine) with three games remaining on the regular-season schedule.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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