Prep Sports Preview: Routt County teams hoping to finish regular season strong
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Some fall sports are winding down while others are just getting started.
The Steamboat Springs boys golf team took second at state, while members of the tennis team are looking for a chance to compete at state.
Both Steamboat Springs and Soroco cross country teams are sneaking in their final meets before regional competition next week, while soccer, volleyball and football playoffs are still looming in the distance.
Here’s a look at what’s going on this weekend with Routt County teams.
- Steamboat Springs football (2-3)
at Palisade (4-1), 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4
The Sailors will look for an upset Thursday, Oct. 4 against Palisade. Senior Austin Ban and sophomore Finn Russell have been leading the ground game for the Sailors. Ban currently leads the team with 348 rushing yards, averaging five yards per carry for six touchdowns. Russell has 249 yards so far this season, averaging seven yards per carry. Junior Tanner Raper has been the go-to target in the receiving game, with 213 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. On the defensive side of the ball, Jimmy Thielen leads the team with 11 solo and 18 total tackles.
- Soroco football (5-0, 2-0)
at Vail Christian (3-2, 1-2), 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5
Now at No. 11 in the RPI standings, Soroco football is making strides toward a postseason berth. The Rams currently stand as the No. 5 best rushing 8-man team in the nation with 2,218 yards but lead the nation in rushing yards per game with 443. The team is led by Jace Logan, who has 1,408 yards so far this season, averaging 281.6 yards per game.
- Hayden football (2-3, 1-2)
vs. Rangely (4-1, 1-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5
The Tigers are hoping to turn their season around with a win on Friday. Hayden is on a two-game losing streak, including last week’s 60-22 homecoming loss to Vail Christian.
- Steamboat Springs volleyball (9-6, 5-1)
at Eagle Valley (8-3, 3-2), 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4
The Sailors will look for redemption on the road against the Devils on Thursday, Oct. 4. The Devils remain the Sailors’ only loss this season, with Steamboat falling in five sets at home on Sept. 13. Since then, the Sailors have taken the top spot in the Western Slope League with upset wins over Battle Mountain and Palisade. The Devils lost in five sets to both Battle Mountain and Palisade but are coming off a three-set shutout of Rifle. Steamboat senior Anna Allsberry is No. 5 in the Western Slope League in kill efficiency, hitting 23.9 percent for 101 kills. Senior setter Abi Berlet also stands at No. 5 in the league for assists with 170 so far this season.
- Soroco volleyball (7-8, 3-4)
at Hotchkiss (4-9, 1-6) 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5
at Paonia (6-6, 4-2) 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6
The Rams are looking to turn things around for a winning season after a three-set shutout of rival Hayden on Saturday. Soroco sophomore Makinley Parker and freshman Peyton Parker top the team standings in kills with 47 and 42 respectively. But the balance across the front row has allowed for a diversified attack. Senior Katie Olinger leads the back row with 92 digs, while Grace Olinger has 82.
- Hayden volleyball (5-9, 1-7)
vs. Rangely (9-4, 5-2) 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5
vs. Caprock (2-13, 0-10) 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6
Junior Joey Deckler has been a standout player for the Tigers, racking up 80 kills so far this season, ranking 12th in the class 1A/2A Western Slope League. The Tigers are coming off a tough loss at Soroco and are looking for a winning record in their final half of the season.
- Steamboat Springs boys soccer (8-2-1, 6-2-1)
vs. Evergreen (3-7, 1-2) 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6
The Sailors are coming off a strong 9-2 win over Rifle on Tuesday going into a non-conference game against Evergreen at home before returning to league play next week. Steamboat Springs will host Eagle Valley on Wednesday, Oct. 10 before a week of hosting tough competitions against Summit on Oct. 16 and Battle Mountain on Thursday, Oct. 18. Senior Murphy Bohlmann leads the team with 17 goals, and senior Quinn Connell has also made his way into the double digits with 10 goals.
- Steamboat Springs XC
at Delta, Friday Oct. 5
The Sailors will compete in two more meets before Regionals. Steamboat Springs returns key runners Maggi Congdon, Isabelle Boniface and Winter Boese to competition this week after a weekend competing nationally at the Stanford Invite. Sumner Cotton has led the boys side, placing third overall at Moffat County last week.
- Soroco XC
at Palisade, Saturday, Oct. 6
Chloe Veilleux led the pack at the home meet last Tuesday with a time of 19 minutes, 53 seconds to take first overall. On a quest for a state title, Veilleux hopes to help carry the Rams as a team and place among the top runners individually. The Rams will travel to Palisade this week, then Rifle next Thursday before taking on Regional competition in Delta.
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