High school sports weekend preview for April 16 to 18
Steamboat boys lacrosse
Steamboat Springs — 4 p.m. Thursday: Steamboat (7-5) vs. Glenwood Springs (6-4)
The next three weeks are huge for Steamboat boys lacrosse.
The Sailors knocked off previously 6-3 Grand Junction on Tuesday, a monumental win when it comes to the team’s late-season playoff push.
Glenwood is another very winnable game, and it will be the final regular-season contest for Steamboat seniors Antonio Ranieri, Sam Rossman, Andrew Firestone, Willy Gunn, Ryan Musselman, Will Petersen, Peter Bollenbacher, Spencer Petersen, Aaron VanderGraaff and Mitch McCannon.
The Demons have six wins this year, but they also have some very ugly losses, like Tuesday’s 18-1 drubbing by Battle Mountain, or their 16-2 loss to Vail Mountain on April 8, a team Steamboat recently beat by 15 goals.
Steamboat girls tennis
3:30 p.m. Friday: Steamboat at Evergreen
This weekend marks one final tuneup for the Sailors girls tennis team before they set their sights on postseason play.
Steamboat took on a heavy load last weekend along the Front Range, competing against the likes of Ralston Valley, Boulder and Air Academy. Evergreen, a school of more than 1,000 students, will be a solid last look for the Sailors on Friday.
After Steamboat takes on the Cougars, it’ll have nealry two weeks off to prep for regionals in Grand Junction, then 4A state in Pueblo a week later.
Steamboat girls soccer
6 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (8-4-1) vs. Delta (0-7-1)
Just when it looked like Steamboat girls soccer was poised to cruise to double-digit wins this regular season, the Sailors now find themselves in critical standing with playoff seeding right around the corner.
Steamboat fell, 2-0, on Monday at Palisade, a team it beat by a goal the week prior. The loss bumped the Sailors down to third in the league standings with just a few games to go.
Delta shouldn’t give Steamboat much trouble. The Sailors thrashed the Panthers on March 27, 8-1. If they can snag that win, they’ll have a chance to reach double-digit wins against Moffat County next week for the first time since 2012.
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat (4-9) at Palisade (11-2)
The diamond Sailors will certainly have their work cut out for them this Saturday.
The Palisade Bulldogs are on a 10-game winning streak and have cleaned up their Western Slope League competition. Palisade is ranked No. 11 in the recent CHSAA Now Class 4A poll.
Steamboat split last weekend’s rare doubleheader with Glenwood Springs, while the Bulldogs 10-run ruled Delta on Tuesday.
Sailors freshman David Brown continues to lead the league in home runs with five, and right-hander Jesse Pugh is fourth in the conference in strikeouts with 28.
Steamboat girls lacrosse
4 p.m. Thursday: Steamboat (1-8) at Summit (2-5)
1 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat vs. Pueblo West (4-4)
Steamboat girls lacrosse may be staring down its best bet Thursday to steal another win this season.
Two-win Summit hosts the Sailors, and the Tigers have struggled mightily this spring. Summit has lost its five games by an average of 10-goals per loss, though it did take a solid Battle Mountain team to double overtime in March.
Pueblo West marks the first of two straight games away from league play for the Sailors. The Cyclones have had an up-and-down season, trading wins and losses for a six-game stretch that dates back to April 4.
Steamboat, Soroco and Hayden track and field
Saturday: Hayden at Rangely Invitational, Steamboat and Soroco at Phil Wertman Invitational
The annual regional and state championship meets are fast approaching for Routt County track and field teams, and some of the local athletes are peaking at the right time.
Steamboat is getting strong performances from both newcomers and veterans to the sport. On the boys side, Austin Kerbs cleared 6-feet in the high jump in his first try at the event, and on the girls side, Kathleen O’Connell has jumped up to fourth in the Western Slope in the mile.
Soroco will be joining the Sailors in Grand Junction, a week after doubling up and taking home some medals in a pair of meets last weekend. Rams freshman Ben Kelley continues to show out in boys distance races, while Soroco’s deep girls side improved on all levels in their all-important relays.
Hayden’s Thomas Rauch was gold last week in the high jump and will try to defend his title in Rangely against a host of regional-level competition.
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While warm days and nights are fueling strong flows in the Yampa River through Steamboat Springs, the pace of runoff is expected to dip this week.