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High school sports weekend preview for Feb. 5 to 7

Ben Ingersoll

Steamboat Springs girls basketball

2:30 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat (4-12) vs. Delta (7-9)

The Sailors were blown out the last time they played the Panthers, 80-33, but the way Steamboat is improving despite costly injuries should slim that gap significantly this weekend.

Yes, Steamboat has lost four-straight contests but its on-court improvement can’t be ignored. Delta is going through its own stretch of woes after losing four of its last five contests, the only win coming against a Battle Mountain team the Sailors handled a few weeks back.

Junior Maddie Clock is coming on as strong as ever for the Sailors after scoring a game-high 16 points in a loss to the 4A Western Slope League-leading Palisade Bulldogs on Saturday.

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5:45 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (2-14) at Cherry Creek (11-2)

6:15 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Columbine (8-9)

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Steamboat has three games left this season, and things couldn’t get more difficult than they’ll be Friday at Cherry Creek.

The Bruins were undefeated through Jan. 24 but have lost two of their last three games to state powerhouses. Still, Cherry Creek is ranked No. 5 in the latest Colorado High School Activities Association poll and looks to be a serious contender for the state title.

The Sailors grabbed their second win of the season last Friday against Summit, then dropped a one-goal heartbreaker to a very good Resurrection Christian squad.

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Saturday: Steamboat at Meeker Duals

The Sailors picked a good meet as their final prep before next weekend’s Class 3A Region 4 tournament.

Steamboat will see a small handful of its regional foes at the dual-style invitational and will also get a good taste of some of the top programs in other divisions, such as Glenwood Springs (4A) and Meeker (2A).

The Sailors are coming off an eighth-place team finish at last weekend’s Valley Viking Invitational in Gilcrest.

Hayden boys basketball

7:30 p.m. Thursday: Hayden (1-12) at Meeker (12-0)

8:30 p.m. Friday: Hayden at North Park (4-9)

4:30 p.m. Saturday: Hayden vs. West Grand (8-6)

This weekend is about as busy as a team could ask for, and it doesn’t get any tougher than it will Thursday at Meeker.

The rescheduled contest against the Cowboys pins the Tigers against three quality opponents in three-straight nights. Meeker is the fifth-ranked team in the latest CHSAA poll and is beating its opponents by an average of 21 points per game.

Hayden coach Jody Harvey said during the weekend that he is really looking forward to Friday’s matchup against North Park, though. The Tigers lost to the Wildcats by 12 in mid-January, but Hayden was playing with a depleted roster.

Hayden girls basketball

2:30 p.m. Thursday: Hayden (4-9) at Meeker (9-3)

4:45 p.m. Friday: Hayden at North Park (8-5)

4 p.m. Saturday: Hayden vs West Grand (10-4)

The Tigers’ packed weekend is filled with teams all sporting winning records, a few of which look like strong Class 2A state contenders.

Hayden squared off with Meeker to open the season in December, and the Tigers fared well against last winter’s state tournament third-place team. But Meeker looks as strong as ever lately after winning six of its last seven contests.

Hayden could score a win Friday at North Park. The Tigers lost a very sloppy game against the Wildcats in January by only six points.

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Saturday: Hayden at Goshen County High School

The Tigers also are gearing up for their regional tournament next weekend and will do so across the Colorado-Wyoming border Saturday.

Hayden will be in a 16-team dual-style tourney in Yoder, Wyoming, before the 2A Region 1 brackets ramp up. The Tigers had last weekend off for team building, so they should be plenty rested for the long drive to southeastern Wyoming.

Soroco boys basketball

7 p.m. Friday: Soroco (10-5) at De Beque (0-13)

2:30 p.m. Saturday: Soroco vs. North Park (4-9)

After how the Rams performed last weekend, they very well could run the table the rest of the regular season and finish 14-5, their best record in a long, long time (longer than the MaxPreps archives stretch).

Soroco picked up wins No. 9 and 10 last weekend against league leaders Vail Christian and West Grand. The team now closes the regular season against four teams with a combined record of 9-42. It starts Friday at winless De Beque.

North Park gave the Rams a little trouble Jan. 27, a seven-point Soroco win on the road.

Soroco girls basketball

5:30 p.m. Friday: Soroco (13-2) at De Beque (1-12)

1 p.m. Saturday: Soroco vs. North Park (8-5)

With wins against Vail Christian and West Grand last weekend, Soroco has set itself atop the 2A Western Slope Gore League standings and sits just behind undefeated Cedaredge in the 13-team combined conference ranks.

Like the Rams boys, Soroco should be able to cruise through its remaining four regular-season contests and finish with a remarkable 17-2 record.

Soroco has already beat its four remaining opponents by an average margin of 37 points per win this season.

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

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