High school sports weekend preview for Feb. 12-14
Steamboat Springs boys basketball
Steamboat Springs — 7 p.m. Thursday: Steamboat (14-4) at Summit (4-14)
2 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Glenwood Springs (16-3)
If you’re the Steamboat boys, good luck not looking a game ahead to Saturday’s road trip.
Ask any Sailors player or coach about this weekend’s league-title showdown at Glenwood Springs, they’ll quickly remind you that they have a contest at Summit first.
Steamboat handled the Tigers behind Garrett Bye’s near triple-double effort Jan. 23, but the Sailors’ lone blemish on their 4A Western Slope League record belongs to the Demons in Glenwood.
Glenwood and Steamboat went back and forth through about 30 minutes of highly entertaining basketball in Kelly Meek Gymnasium Jan. 17. Untimely Sailors turnovers and timely made free throws by the Demons sunk Steamboat, 45-38. Neither team has lost since, and if the Sailors can knock of the Demons on Saturday — barring a win on Thursday over Summit — they’ll capture a share of the conference championship.
Steamboat Springs girls basketball
5:30 p.m. Thursday: Steamboat (4-14) at Summit (5-13)
12:30 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Glenwood Springs (15-4)
After the Sailors’ loss Tuesday to Battle Mountain, they are reeling quite a bit, but they certainly can salvage some regular-season pride Thursday at Summit.
Steamboat went toe-to-toe with the Tigers Jan. 23, but a scoreless third quarter doomed the Sailors in an 11-point loss. It was one that Steamboat felt got away.
Glenwood Springs presents a much bigger test to round out the regular season. The Demons sit comfortably in second place in the 4A Western Slope League and ran by the Sailors in mid-January, 51-19.
Steamboat Springs hockey
8:30 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (2-16) at Mullen (5-11)
It wasn’t the season the young Sailors team had hoped for, and they’ll get one more shot to taste victory Saturday at Mullen, but it won’t be a gimme by any standards.
The Mustangs have suffered their own woes this winter after losing eight straight contests in the middle of the season. They’ve won their last two contests, both blowout wins over Coronado and Chatfield.
It will be Steamboat senior Logan Bankard’s final game as a Sailor.
Hayden and Soroco boys basketball
8:30 p.m. Friday: Hayden (2-14) vs. Soroco (12-5)
3 p.m. Saturday: Hayden at De Beque (0-15)
The annual cross-county rivalry will be renewed Friday, but the Tigers will surely need a truckload of home-court magic to halt a Soroco team that is hotter than any team in the league right now.
The Rams need to win and hope Vail Christian stumbles to a second league loss in order for Soroco to grab a share of the 2A Western Slope Gore League title. Still, Soroco is looking strong heading into the playoffs after winning its last five games.
Hayden grabbed a big win for program morale last Friday at North Park, a 48-41 Tigers victory. If Hayden can’t take down Soroco Friday, it will most likely grab a win to round out the regular season at De Beque on Saturday.
Hayden and Soroco girls basketball
4 p.m. Friday: Hayden (5-11) vs. Soroco (15-2)
5:30 p.m. Saturday: Hayden at De Beque (1-14)
It’s always exciting when the Tigers and Rams girls clash on the court, but this late in the season, all of the advantages belong to Soroco, which has already wrapped up a league title.
The Rams won their 15th game last weekend and are creeping up the standings as a favorite to try to take down district powers like Paonia and Meeker. The Tigers beat North Park last weekend for their second league win but couldn’t unseat Soroco Jan. 9 in a 68-39 loss.
Hayden will travel to De Beque for its regular-season finale. The Tigers beat the Dragons earlier this season, 55-17.
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