Sports briefs for July 21 |

Sports briefs for July 21

Dave Shively

— Women aim for club soccer league

Amy Teetor enjoys playing in the Steamboat Springs summer adult coed soccer league, but sometimes it’s just not the same. Teetor played NCAA Division I soccer at Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio) and now hopes to replicate the same level of all-female competition with a women’s soccer league.

“I like playing with guys, but it’s just totally different when you get girls together,” Teetor said. “Maybe the guys are hesitant to pass to the girls, but you play different with just girls – there’s a lot more tendency to be more aggressive and get into the game, and you can do more stuff than you could against a guy.”

Teetor is planning with the city’s Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department for a “trial run” of an all-women’s soccer season starting the last week of August. Teetor hopes to garner the interest of at least four teams for 8-on-8 games.

Teetor and Kelly Landers plan to hold a meeting for interested players at 5:30 p.m. July 30 at Creekside Cafe & Grill.

Teetor hopes a women’s league will prove as successful as the Yampa Valley Soccer League, a men’s club league that Clark resident Clyde Nelson started in mid-May.

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“There’s been great competition,” Nelson said of the seven-team league that combines two squads from Steamboat with three from Craig and two from Vernal, Utah. “I think we’ll probably grow to 12 teams in a few years.”

Nelson said another team from Craig, as well as teams from Baggs, Wyo., Rifle/Meeker and possibly Summit County are prepared to join the league next season.

For now, Nelson’s squad, Steamboat Pacific, remains unbeaten at 7-0-1. The team plays its final home regular-season game at 2 p.m. today at Christian Heritage School against Vernal’s Basin United.

Next weekend, Steamboat Pacific will compete at a tournament in Vail before concluding its regular season in Utah. YVSL playoffs are slated for the second or third week in August.

Maturing fast: Soroco sophs make all-star cut

Alex Estes and Cody Miles know they have big shoes to fill in the Soroco High School varsity basketball ranks. But with six seniors gone, the pair of contributors from last year’s squad will return to the court as sophomores with a productive summer of play behind them.

Estes and Miles attended the Aspen Basketball Academy that concluded this week with both being selected to the camp’s all-star team.

“There was tons of really good kids there, maybe 130 to 140 from big 5A to small schools like ours,” Estes said. “It was cool to know we were some of the best freshman and sophomores in the state.”

Incoming freshman Michael Rossi also attended the camp. In June, much of the Soroco boys team participated in the Gold Crown Foundation’s 2007 High School Summer Team Camp in Denver.

For now, Estes will keep participating in open gym practices knowing he’ll need to continue maturing.

“Now that (the seniors) are gone, we’ve kind of got to take over and be leaders,” he said.