High school sports weekend preview for March 19 to 21 | SteamboatToday.com

High school sports weekend preview for March 19 to 21

Steamboat girls soccer

6 p.m. Thursday: Steamboat (3-1) vs. Glenwood Springs (1-4)

After three straight one-goal wins to start the season, the Sailors’ close calls finally caught up with them in a 2-1 loss at Eagle Valley Tuesday.

Steamboat has a grand chance to right the ship, however, on Thursday at Glenwood Springs, which has struggled to a 1-4 record. The Demons have been outgunned by nearly five goals per loss.

The two teams met on March 5 to open the spring season. The Sailors erupted with a 5-1 early lead but had to hang on late in a 5-4 victory.

So far this season, Steamboat is led in goal scoring by Kelly Pertix, Mackenzie Gansmann and Natalie Bohlmann, who have two goals apiece. Goalie Ocoee Wilson has recorded 10 saves.

Steamboat girls lacrosse

6 p.m. Thursday: Steamboat (0-2) at Eagle Valley (0-3)

The Steamboat girls lacrosse team is still breaking in a relatively new-to-the-sport roster, and those newbies just might get their first taste of victory on the field Thursday.

Eagle Valley was the only squad the Sailors were able to slide past last spring in a 10-9 win at Gardner Field. The Devils have started 2015 with three straight losses.

Brittney Starks and Kaelyn Kauffmann scored the Sailors’ pair of goals in last weekend’s losses to Fruita Monument and Grand Junction, and Steamboat goalie Summer Dorr has recorded 30 saves.

Steamboat boys lacrosse

2 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat (1-1) at Douglas County (1-1)

The Sailors will try to shrug off a tough and tight loss to Valor Christian, but they’ll have to do it on probably the longest road trip of the spring at Douglas County.

The game is a makeup contest from what was supposed to be Steamboat’s season opener two weeks ago. Douglas County had too much snow on its field to go through with the contest.

Steamboat will board the bus and travel nearly four hours to Castle Rock to take on the 1-1 Huskies. Douglas County lost its opener against Mountain Vista but scored a big win last week over Lakewood.

The game marks the start of a three-game Front Range road stretch for the Sailors. They won’t be back at home until April 2 against Summit.

Steamboat baseball

11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat (2-4) at Delta (2-2)

Some injuries are starting to pile up in the Sailors’ starting lineup, but they are still getting the job done on the diamond.

With players going down in some key fielding positions, Steamboat got a look at some up-and-coming freshman talent in last weekend’s doubleheader split at Rifle. The Sailors scored a 10-inning, two-run victory in the morning session, but the injuries were too much to overcome in a 10-9 loss in the afternoon.

Delta will present a bit of a step up from Rifle, Steamboat coach Rusty McRight said on Sunday. The Panthers are 2-2 with a pair of wins over Frederick and Durango, and Saturday will be their first Western Slope contests.

Next Tuesday, the Sailors will play a pair of games close to home. They’ll square off with Summit in a Tuesday doubleheader at Craig Middle School at 3 and 5 p.m.

Steamboat and Soroco track and field

8 a.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Mickey Dunn Invitational (Grand Junction)

9 a.m. Saturday: Soroco at Sabercat Invitational (Parker)

Even with very little practice time for the majority of its squad, the Soroco High School track and field team started the 2015 season with a scattering of positive results last Friday at Rifle.

State high jump medalist Kali Constine grabbed second in the event with a 4-foot-10-inch leap. Freshman distance runner Ben Kelley also showed well in the mile and 800 with a pair of top-10 finishes.

The Sabercat Invitational will attract some of Colorado’s premier schools across all classifications, so Soroco should get a good look at the state’s best.

Steamboat opened its season in Rifle last Friday.

Abigail Miller and Alex Tumminello, a distance duo, had strong showings there, including Tumminello’s fourth-place 800, just barely off the bronze medal pace.

The Mickey Dunn Invitational heavily features mountain schools, primarily Class 2A through 4A.

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

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