Short on height, Soroco girls hope to be long on wins
Soroco girls 2016-17 schedule
Dec. 1 at Meeker Cowboy Shootout tournament
Dec. 2 at Meeker Cowboy Shootout tournament
Dec. 3 at Meeker Cowboy Shootout tournament
Dec. 6 vs. North Park, 6 p.m.
Dec. 9 at Cortez tournament
Dec. 10 at Cortez tournament
Dec. 16 vs. South Park, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 6 vs. De Beque, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 at Rangely, 2:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 at Paonia, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 20 at Vail Christian, 7 p.m.
Jan. 21 vs. Caprock Academy, 2:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 at North Park, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 at Lake County, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 28 vs. Hotchkiss, 2:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 vs. West Grand, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 vs. Hayden, 4 p.m.
Feb. 10 at Plateau Valley, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 17 vs. Meeker, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 23-25 at district tournament, De Beque
Steamboat Springs — They’ll look different — think shorter — and play different — think faster — but the Soroco High School girls basketball team hopes to generate the same level of success it’s had in recent seasons.
The Rams tipoff their season Thursday at the Cowboy Shootout tournament in Meeker, and they’re hoping that’s the start of another season contending for a league title and pushing deep into the postseason.
Soroco has won its league each of the past two seasons, but repeating those results won’t be easy, and not only because the Rams graduated their leading scorer and main defensive post presence, Briana Peterson.
The Class 1A/2A Western Slope league was split through the past two seasons. Soroco outplayed contenders such as West Grand and Vail Christian, but didn’t see state powerhouses like Paonia, Cedaredge and Meeker.
They’re all back together this year. The 13-team league will mean the Rams won’t get home-and-home series against rivals such as Hayden and West Grand (both actually home for Soroco), and it means whichever team does emerge as league champ will be among the favorites to fight for the state championship.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
If Soroco’s to reach that level, it’ll need to play at least a little bit differently than it has in recent seasons. The team’s had dominant post players in recent seasons, including Peterson, who last year averaged 23 points per game, nearly twice the total of anyone else on the roster and more than a third the team’s overall production.
There’s plenty of firepower coming back, however, starting with a pair of seniors eager to fill in that point-scoring void.
DaKota Bruner averaged 12.4 per game a year ago, and Morgan George had 6.5.
Plus, there’s that speed.
“We’re not as big as we have been in the past, but we’re fast,” coach David Bruner said. “This will be the fastest team I’ve put on the floor in my career, 22 years.”
The Rams have leaned on up-tempo play in recent seasons, but hope to dial it up even further this season. That’ll show on the court with more full-court pressure, wire-to-wire in many games.
“The girls think we’ll be better,” Bruner said. “They believe that. That’s something with our program, something we try to instill from third grade through 12th grade, that they can be better than we were. We can score more points than we did last year, and I know the girls are looking to fight for the league title.”
Soroco, ranked No. 6 in the chsaanow.com preseason Class 2A poll, opens its season with a trio of games next weekend in Meeker.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
KREMMLING — West Grand has been a nemesis of the Hayden High School football team for years. The Mustangs have won one-sided games over the Tigers for more than a decade. The last time Hayden…