Prep briefs: Soroco, SSHS volleyball roll to wins
Steamboat Springs — Soroco High School volleyball coach Jeannie Jo Logan said Saturday’s opponent, De Beque, was vastly improved from their first meeting, but it wasn’t enough to hang with the Rams.
Soroco cruised to a 3-0 sweep of De Beque in Oak Creek. Set scores were 25-14, 25-16, 25-11. The Rams traveled to De Beque for the first meeting Sept. 19, winning 25-8, 25-6, 25-13.
“They played a little bit tougher, so they closed some gaps on us,” Logan said. “We just let some mental errors get into us. I think when you get so far ahead sometimes, you just kind of forget about continuing to push and play.”
The win moves Soroco to 8-5 overall. The Rams will travel to Vail Christian on Thursday and host West Grand on Saturday. Both are teams that swept Soroco earlier this season.
“The girls know what’s on the line this week,” Logan said. “Hopefully, we’ll have some good, solid practices, and it will just continue to lead into our good play and see some different outcomes this week.”
SSHS volleyball sweeps through Glenwood
Playing at Glenwood Springs on Saturday, the Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team faced a little more adversity than it was planning to in a 3-0 road win.
“I wouldn’t say we were at our sharpest today. I felt like our energy was a little flat,” SSHS coach Wendy Hall said. “It was a little bit of a lackluster performance. And they feel that way, too. I think we are on the same page with that. We have pretty high expectations of our performance. I think we just fell a little short of what our expectations are today.”
SSHS won by set scores of 25-23, 25-15, 25-18. The Sailors struggled through the first set, rolled in the second, then fell behind 17-11 in the third set before an impressive 14-1 run to finish the match.
“That was a nice surge at the end to get the win,” Hall said. “It was good to get a 3-0 win when you are not at the top of your game, for sure.”
SSHS, 14-2, next hosts Palisade on Friday and Delta on Saturday.
Hayden competes in Battle Mountain tournament
With a couple weeks off between regular season games, the Hayden High School volleyball team traveled to Battle Mountain this weekend. Coach Dayna Hunter was pleased with the team’s performance, despite going 0-3 at the tournament.
Hayden lost to Golden 25-10, 25-19; to Battle Mountain, 25-19, 25-16; and to Alamosa 25-8, 25-8. The Tigers are now 1-12 this season and will host North Park on Oct. 17 in their next game.
Sailor cross country tests legs at regional site
The SSHS cross country team traveled to Delta on Friday for the Delta Pantherfest Invitational. Delta is hosting regionals in two weeks, and Friday’s meet gave the Sailors a chance to experience the regional course.
“Almost everybody on the team had their best times of the season, which is really exciting,” SSHS coach Erik Ramstad said. “We have a lot of younger men and women on the team, so it was really cool for them to be able to get the opportunity to race down there before regionals.”
The Sailors competed without a few of their top runners, including sophomore Tatum Burger, who had the opportunity to compete in an out-of-state tennis tournament.
Junior Silas Axtel led the SSHS boys with a 41st place finish in 19 minutes, 15.23 seconds. Freshman Quinn Wellman was 46th in 19:29.19, and freshman Charles Leech was 50th in 19:51.33. Ramstad said it was the first time all three had broken the 20-minute barrier.
With Burger absent, senior Kathleen O’Connell led the Sailor girls with a third-place finish in 19:35.22. Senior Abigail Miller was 12th in 20:16.77, and senior Alex Tumminello was 15th in 20:26.70. The SSHS girls took second as a team behind Battle Mountain.
Steamboat will travel to a meet at Rifle this week before heading back to Delta for regionals next week.
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