High school sports weekend preview, March 12 to 14 | SteamboatToday.com

High school sports weekend preview, March 12 to 14

Steamboat girls soccer

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

The Sailors made it 2-0 on the season Tuesday night, but it wasn’t easy. They went to overtime to beat Summit, 3-2. Eagle Valley beat the Tigers 6-1 last week.

Comparing scores a week into the season is simply reckless, but it does indicate that despite sweeping the Devils last year, Steamboat will need to play well Thursday night at home to turn 2-0 into 3-0.

Steamboat did control much of the game against Summit, especially the important parts, early and late. The Sailors had major stretches when they haven’t been sharp, giving up three quick goals to Glenwood Springs and two to Summit. They will need to stay sharp as the season progresses and they face tough competition in the league.

Steamboat girls tennis

5:30 p.m. Thursday: Steamboat vs. Durango in Grand Junction

Friday and Saturday: Steamboat at Western Slope Tournament

Steamboat fared well in its first outings of the season last weekend, but it will face much more significant competition with this weekend’s trip to Grand Junction. It will play in the Western Slope Tournament in Grand Junction, which always offers the team its first big test of the season.

The Sailors showed they still have a leg up on some of their regular regional competition, especially with Saturday’s 7-0 sweep of Aspen. After this weekend, we’ll know a lot more about how this squad will fare outside its region. 

Steamboat girls lacrosse

4 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (0-0) at Fruita-Monument (1-1)

11 a.m. Saturday: Steamboat at Grand Junction (0-0)

The Steamboat girls lacrosse team wrapped up last season with a game against Fruita-Monument, and it will start this season with one.

What a great way to measure progress, right? 

The Sailors lost 21-4 in that season finale and lost big a year ago in both of its games against Saturday’s opponent, Grand Junction. 
But, there’s plenty of reason for this year’s team to be optimistic and to expect improvement.

Last year’s squad spent the whole season trying to replace a huge senior class that graduated in 2013. New and inexperienced players dotted the field for Steamboat.
 Did all the bumps and bruises it picked up in a 1-12 campaign heal into savvy and experience? We shall see.

Steamboat baseball

11 a.m. Saturday: Steamboat (1-3) at Rifle (1-0)

The Sailors returned from the road trip of all high school road trips — Texas? Sweet! — with a 1-3 record. At least that should make those “home-game” road trips to snowless baseball fields in Rifle and Craig seem more palatable. 

Now Steamboat will dive into action against some good, local Colorado teams. First up is a trip to Rifle, which started its season 1-0 with a 17-1 pounding of Coal Ridge.

It will be an interesting season for the Sailors as coach Rusty McRight has shown he’s seriously dedicated to building a program in Steamboat. The team sputtered to the end of the season a year ago, unsure at times whether it would even have enough healthy, qualified athletes to avoid forfeits. 
McRight said then he was asking for real buy-in from his team.

We may soon see how much he got.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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