High school sports weekend preview for March 5 to 7 | SteamboatToday.com

High school sports weekend preview for March 5 to 7

Steamboat girls soccer

6 p.m. Thursday: Steamboat at Glenwood Springs

The Sailors open their quest to get back into the 4A state playoffs against a squad they thoroughly dominated last year in Glenwood Springs.

Steamboat, which returns the majority of its offensive output from a year ago, downed Glenwood twice last year, 4-0 and 3-0. The Sailors also welcome back their starting goaltender in Ocoee Wilson.

Although the Demons posted back-to-back shutout losses against the Sailors last year, they too are returning quite a few players from a team that beat Battle Mountain and Palisade, the 2014 first- and second-place 4A Western Slope teams.

Leading the way offensively for the Sailors is last season’s leading scorer Natalie Bohlmann. Other returners like Mackenzie Gansman, Jordi Floyd and Eliza Leeson should also help attack the net.

Steamboat baseball

7 p.m. Thursday: Steamboat vs. Colmesneil (Texas)

11 a.m. Friday: Steamboat vs. Deweyville (Texas)

1 p.m. Friday: Steamboat vs. Evaville (Texas)

11 a.m. Saturday: Steamboat vs. Kirbyville (Texas)

Steamboat gets a rare shot at some outside-the-state competition to open its spring.

Second-year coach Rusty McRight is taking his Sailors to his home state to face some Southeastern Texas competition near Beaumont, a city about an hour outside of Houston.

“I was an umpire down there for years, so basically when I moved up here and got involved with the program, I thought it would be a great opportunity for them to see different quality of play,” McRight said.

Steamboat will open with Colmesneil Thursday. The Sailors will then get a doubleheader against Deweyville Friday morning and Evaville Friday afternoon. They’ll close Saturday with Kirbyville.

“Kirbyville will be the top seed,” McRight said. “Evaville is another good program. Both Kirbyville and Evaville made it deep in the state playoffs last year.”

Steamboat’s three senior captains will be Billy Clark, Charley Fitzhugh and Jesse Pugh, and McRight said an eager and talented group of freshmen should factor in this spring.

Steamboat boys lacrosse

12:30 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Douglas County

Steamboat boys lacrosse returns close to the site where the Sailors’ road to the 2014 4A state championship game was suddenly halted.

The Sailors open their season in Castle Rock to take on Douglas County High School. Steamboat will be trying to defend its Mountain League shared title and its stellar 15-3 record under second-year coach Jay Lattimore.

The Douglas County Huskies had a rough 2014, going 5-10 overall and losing seven of their last eight games.

Steamboat was nearly the opposite. The Sailors marched to the Class 4A Final Four where they ultimately fell in Parker against the eventual state champion Ponderosa Bruins, 17-14.

The Sailors will have to replace a wealth of talent, but they do return sharpshooters like Willy Gunn (32 goals in 2014), Mitch McCannon (34 goals in 2014) and Drew Williamson (14 goals in 2014).

Steamboat girls lacrosse

The Sailors have been scheduled to take on Santa Fe Prep (New Mexico) and Durango in Durango to open the season, but due to the massive snowstorm on Durango’s natural grass field, the Santa Fe Prep game has likely been cancelled, and the Durango game has been rescheduled for March 20.

The Sailors — when they do get to hit the field this spring — will start with a clean slate, but they’ll have some pretty big shoes to fill in the scoring department.

Steamboat went 1-12 last spring and got strong play from Lexi Look (14 goals) and Kyla Taylor (nine goals). Both, however, were seniors and contributed more than 50 percent of the team’s 2014 offense.

Returning to the Sailors’ arsenal will be the likes of Brittney Starks, Maura Glynn and Kaelyn Kauffmann.

The team faces a road-heavy stretch to open its schedule. Steamboat’s first six scheduled contests are away from Gardner Field. The Sailors will make their home debut March 30 against Battle Mountain.

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

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