Homecoming contests highlight busy weekend in Routt County sports
Steamboat Springs — Soroco volleyball
5 p.m. Friday, Soroco (6-6) vs. Rangley (8-3)
The Soroco Rams will face a big test Friday during their homecoming match against Rangely. The red-hot Panthers come into the match with a perfect league record and riding a 5-match winning streak. Soroco, on the other hand, will be looking to rebound from back-to-back losses to Wray and Ignacio last weekend.
But it’s hard to escape the excitement of homecoming week, and the Rams will have plenty to celebrate if they can bring the Panthers’ latest run to an end on the hardwood of the Soroco gym.
The varsity match is slated for 5 p.m., but will begin immediately following the completion of the junior varsity match, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
6 p.m. Friday Hayden(3-6) vs. West Grand (7-4)
The good news is, two of the three Hayden volleyball team’s wins this season have come in league play; the bad news is, the team will need to defeat West Grand Friday in a tough homecoming match.
West Grand lost 3-1 to Meeker Oct. 24 and will arrive in Hayden hoping to spoil the Tiger’s homecoming celebration. Hayden, on the other hand, is currently unbeaten at home and picked up a big 3-2 win over De Beque earlier this week.
7 p.m. Friday, Hayden(2-2) vs. West Grand (3-1)
West Grand opened the season with three straight wins, in which they outscored their opponents 108-47. But that all changed last week, as Pikes Peak Christian handed the Mustangs their first loss of the season 20-8.
Hayden hopes to deliver West Grand its second-straight loss when it hosts the Mustangs for Friday’s annual homecoming game.
Hayden is coming off of a huge 46-8 win over Miami-Yoder in Rush. Hayden rushed for 379 yards in the game behind Christian Carson, who had 120 yards on the ground and Daylon Frentress, who added 114 yards to the Tigers’ totals. Tigers quarterback Garrett St. Clair and Frentress scored two touchdowns each as the Tigers handled the winless Miami-Yoder football program it’s fourth straight loss of the season.
The homecoming matchup should be a good test for the Tigers as they face a West Grand football team that has easily handled most of its opponents this season, collecting wins against Sanford, South Park and Nederland. The Mustangs currently sit at the top of the A-8 Northwest football standings with the same 3-1 record as Hayden.
7 p.m. Friday, Steamboat (0-4) at Basalt (2-2)
The Steamboat Springs High School football team will travel to Basalt this weekend looking to pick up the first win of the season. Steamboat, 0-4 this season, is coming off a 48-0 loss to Conifer and hopes this will be the week that turns things around.
But it’s not going to be easy.
Basalt is 2-2 this season, with big wins over Grand Valley, 49-7, in week two, and Battle Mountain, 20-8, last week in Edwards. Steamboat lost to Battle Mountain 24-7 in the season opener in August.
The Longhorns have put up big numbers on their way to two wins this season and should be led by senior quarterback Miles Levy, who has passed for 646 yards on 84 attempts, and running back Ian Lumsden, who has run for 263 yards in three games this season.
The Sailors will also have to deal with wide out Kyle Roberts, who leads the league in receiving yards, total points and total touchdowns.
9:30 a.m. Saturday, Steamboat vs. Grand Junction
Noon Saturday, Steamboat vs. Kent Denver
The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team will host defending 4A state champion Kent Denver in the final regular-season match of the year at noon Saturday.
The match is part of a triangular meet that included both Kent Denver and Grand Junction. Steamboat is scheduled to play Grand Junction, a team the Sailors have faced head-to-head this season — sometimes in tournament play — at 9:30 a.m. The match against Kent Denver will follow at noon.
“Kent Denver is going to be ridiculous,” Sailors head coach Joseph O’Dell said. “They are the reigning state champions, and they have the same lineup as they had last year. Our goal is to have fun and play some top-level tennis. It would be a huge upset for us to beat Kent, but I think it is an important step before we play at regionals next week.”
The Sailors are coming off of a tough 6-1 loss to Aspen Tuesday in Vail, the second time in two weeks the Sailors have fallen to Aspen, which is looking like the team to beat at the regional tournament.
“There is no question that they have the upper hand in our region,” O’Dell said. “But we are close, and I don’t think that they are unbeatable.
O’Dell said the match against Kent Denver will give the Steamboat players an idea of what they should expect if they make it to the state tournament and what it’s going to take to win at that level. More importantly, he hopes it will help the Sailors find the edge they need to perform well at the regional tournament, scheduled for Oct. 7 at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction.
There will only be four teams at the regional, and there is no question that, after falling to the Skiers twice in two weeks, Steamboat will need to step up its game before the teams’ next meeting.
Win or lose, O’Dell is hoping his players find something to build on in the final regular season meets of the year.
1 p.m. Saturday, Steamboat (7-3) vs. Palisade (1-7)
On Tuesday, the Steamboat Springs soccer team shook off a two-game losing streak with a 7-0 victory against Glenwood Springs. The Sailors are now looking to expand the team’s most recent streak when Palisade visits Gardner Field on Saturday. Palisade picked up it’s first win of the season Tuesday against Rifle, 4-3, and was scheduled to play league-leading Battle Mountain Thursday. This will be a must win game for the Sailors, who trail first-place Battle Mountain (5-1) and second-place Summit (3-1) in the standings.
Steamboat will have a favorable schedule headed into the final stretch of the season, with home games against Rifle Oct. 4, Eagle Valley Oct. 11 and Summit Oct. 18.
Summit is currently ahead of Steamboat, but has played three fewer league games, and the Sailors are just ahead of Eagle Valley (4-2), a team that has played one fewer league game. All the top teams will meet at least once more this season, with Steamboat and Battle Mountain facing off in Vail during the last week of the season.
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Steamboat (5-7) at Palisade (6-5)
If the members of the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team hope to move up in league standings, they will have to make a solid showing on the road Saturday against Palisade, a team that is 3-1 in league, but only 6-5 overall. The Bulldogs have not played a match since losing to league-leading Eagle Valley 25-11, 25-22 and 25-16 Sept. 23 in Gypsum.
Steamboat faced Grand Junction Thursday on the road. Last weekend, Steamboat also played Eagle Valley, winning the first set, before dropping three straight to the Devils, who are at the top of the league standings with a 5-0 mark.
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