Prep Sports Preview: Steamboat Springs, Soroco teams enjoy home competition
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A collection of basketball teams will compete at the annual Steamboat Springs Shootout this weekend, while the Hayden and Soroco high schools’ wrestling teams will compete in Oak Creek for both dual and tournament competition.
Steamboat Springs High School’s hockey team will also host its first set of home games this weekend against Crested Butte.
The season is still young, but as each week progresses, Routt County teams will inch closer to their identities, specifying their goals and realizing which ones are more attainable than others.
• No. 2 in Class 2A Soroco girls basketball (3-0) vs. No. 20 in Class 4A Eagle Valley (0-1), 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6
The Rams won the Cowboy Shootout at Meeker last weekend and will look to compete against larger schools at the Steamboat Springs Shootout. They will open the tournament playing the Devils, who lost 50-10 against Fruita Monument last weekend. Senior Chloe Veilleux will be one of the top players to watch for the Rams after scoring 48 points in the game against Meeker last weekend.
• No. 15 Steamboat Springs boys basketball (2-1) vs. No. 16 Frederick (1-1), 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6
The Sailors are coming off a competitive tournament on the Front Range and return home for their host tournament. The Sailors will open the tournament against Frederick, who defeated Northridge 87-85 in overtime and lost to Niwot 73-71 last weekend. The Sailors’ senior Mac Riniker has been averaging 20 points per game, shooting 69 percent from the field.
• Steamboat Springs girls basketball (0-2) vs. Frederick (1-1), 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6
The Sailors are looking for their first win in two years. In the loss against Roaring Fork last weekend, junior Shelbee Weiss was the top scorer with 9 points.
• Hayden and Soroco wrestling at Soroco, 6 p.m. Friday Dec. 7, 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
Both the Rams and the Tigers come off a strong weekend of competition at the Middle Park Panther Invite but will battle it out in a set of duals on Friday and a Saturday tournament. The Tigers took second as a team, placing all five of its competing athletes and winning three weight classes. Dylan Zimmerman won the 113-pound weight class, Keenan Hayes won the 145-pound class while Hunter Planansky won the 182-pound class. But the Tigers will wrestle without Hayes this weekend while he’s away at the high school national rodeo competition. The Rams placed fourth as a team. Rams athletes also posted a number of top finishes. Gene Bracegirdle was the top finisher for the Rams, winning the 132-pound weight class. Cutter Wiggins was the runner-up finisher in the 220-pound class. Michael Boleng took third place in the 138-pound weight class, and Jesse Amrein also took third in the 182-pound weight class. Kane Williams and Chris Ramos would each take fourth overall in their respective weight classes of 160 and 285 pounds. The Rams will dual Saratoga, Wyoming, on Friday night, while the Tigers are slated to take on Saratoga and Rangely. Saturday’s tournament will host Battle Mountain, Hayden, Middle Park, Rangely, Saratoga and West Grand. In honor of the former head coach Chad Jones, the Rams will be handing out the Chad Jones Heart of the Warrior award at the tournament. Friday’s edition will feature more information on the new award.
• Hayden boys basketball (1-1) at Encampment Tournament, TBA Friday Dec. 7
The Tigers will kick off competition at the Encampment Tournament playing the host Encampment Tigers. Hayden went 1-1 last weekend after a 50-23 loss to Peyton and a 50-46 win over Kiowa. The emphasis this year has been on shooting accuracy, and Hayden showed improvement against Kiowa. Senior Patrick Hunter, senior Mason Brewer, senior Chris Carrouth and sophomore Hunter Slowik all scored in the double digits. Carrouth was the leader with 15 points. This will be Encampment’s first game of the season.
• Steamboat Springs hockey (0-2) vs. No. 6 Crested Butte (1-0), 7:45 p.m. Friday Dec. 7, 3 p.m. Saturday Dec. 8
The Sailors are looking to use their home ice advantage to capture their first win this weekend. Currently at No. 20 in the RPI standings, the Sailors fell to No. 11 Dakota Ridge 6-0 and No. 10 Cherry Creek 9-2. Senior Wyatt Boatright was the only member of the Sailors team to score. The Titans come off a 2-0 victory at No. 29 Glenwood Springs.
• Steamboat Springs wrestling at Peak Bison Invitational, TBA Saturday. Dec. 8
The Sailors will travel to the fourth Annual Vista PEAK Bison Invitational. The tournament will host 20 teams, including Castle View, Colorado Springs Christian, Far Northeast, Fountain, Gateway, George Washington, Harrison, Highlands Ranch, Hinkley, Manitou Springs, Middle Park, Northridge, Overland, Palmer, Rangeview, Smoky Hill, Strasburg, Thornton and Vista Peak. Sophomore Spencer Mader pinned both of his opponents at the Moffat County Invite and is one of the key wrestlers to watch this year in the 126-pound weight class.
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