High school sports weekend preview for April 30 to May 2 | SteamboatToday.com

High school sports weekend preview for April 30 to May 2

Steamboat girls tennis

9 a.m. Thursday and Friday: Steamboat at Class 4A Region 8 tournament in Grand Junction

The Sailors’ final match of the regular season at Evergreen was twice cancelled, so now Steamboat heads straight into postseason play on nearly three weeks of competition rest.

The Sailors have reeled off 12 straight regional championships, and will again defend their title starting Thursday morning.

“Aspen is real solid at regionals,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “Montrose and Durango have some good athletes, too. They could be a threat.”

In singles play, Steamboat is lining up Tatum Burger at No. 1, Maddie Thompson at No. 2 and Emmie Thompson at No. 3. The doubles teams are made up of Maddie Labor and Hanna Haggarty at No. 1, Sabina Berend and Sydney Boyd at No. 2, Shea Burger and Norma Techarukpong at No. 3 and Annika Fahrner and Shannon Ross at No. 4.

It’s the final tune-up before the Sailors’ state qualifiers advance to the big stage next weekend.

Steamboat girls soccer

5 p.m. Thursday: Steamboat (9-4-1) vs. Moffat County (7-7)

Win, and Steamboat’s in.

The Sailors celebrate senior night Thursday, and a win over the Bulldogs would net them a playoff berth a year after being snubbed from the Class 4A 32-team bracket. A victory would also be Steamboat’s first double-digit winning season since 2012.

Steamboat hasn’t played a game in nearly two weeks, since it easily handled Delta, 5-1, on April 17. Junior Jordi Floyd scored a pair of goals in that win, giving her 15 on the season, the most of any Sailor. Fellow junior Natalie Bohlmann has 12.

Steamboat baseball

11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat (5-12) vs. Battle Mountain (5-12)

On Tuesday, the Sailors suffered the toughest blow the sport has to offer, falling at Eagle Valley in walk-off fashion. Steamboat led the Devils, 3-0, after one inning, but ultimately were sunk, 9-8.

With Steamboat out of playoff contention, this weekend marks both the final home game of the season and the Sailors’ 2015 finale.

The Sailors and Huskies sport identical 5-12 records, but Battle Mountain has shown some of its best stuff as of late. Last week, the Huskies knocked off 12-4 Summit for just their third Western Slope win of the season.

Steamboat, Soroco and Hayden track and field

Friday and Saturday: Steamboat at Western Slope League Championships in Grand Junction

Saturday: Soroco and Hayden at Western Slope League Championships in Rangely

The regular-season meets are wrapped up for Steamboat, and this weekend marks the final time for Sailors runners, jumpers and throwers to compete for state championship berths.

Austin Kerbs is tied for first in 4A Western Slope for high jump with a 6-foot-2 mark. His senior teammate, Alex Tumminello, is ranked seventh in both the girls 800 and mile.

The Sailors get two days at their league championship, but Soroco and Hayden and limited to just one day of competition on Saturday in Rangely for their own conference titles.

Soroco’s Ben Kelley is the favorite in the boys mile and is ranked second in both the 800 and two mile, though it’s very unlikely he will run all three in one day. Micah Gibbons is also the top-ranked boys pole vaulter, while Hayden’s Jack Redmond is the top triple jumper and the second-ranked long jumper.

On the 2A Western Slope girls side, Soroco freshman Mattie Rossi is ranked No. 2 in the 300 hurdles, and the Rams’ sprint medley, 4-by-200 and 4-by-400 relays, are all ranked in the top three. Hayden’s Jewel Vreeman stands in sixth in the girls long jump, as well.

Steamboat girls lacrosse

4 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (1-11) at Battle Mountain (8-5)

11 a.m. Saturday: Steamboat vs. Aspen (10-3)

The Sailors girls lacrosse team winds down its season with a pair of tough Western Slope League opponents.

Neither Battle Mountain nor Aspen are unfamiliar to Stemaboat. The Huskies downed the Sailors, 16-3, on March 30, and the league’s second-place Skiers beat Steamboat, 18-1, on April 10.

Steamboat was doing a much better job finding the back of the net in the middle of this month, scoring 10 goals against Summit and eight against Pueblo West, but were set back by Grand Junction on Monday, 17-0.

Saturday marks the final game and home game at Gardner Field for Steamboat seniors Megan Limberg, Kaelyn Kauffmann and Summer Dorr.

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

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