Sports briefs: Soroco hoops fall to Rangely teams |

Sports briefs: Soroco hoops fall to Rangely teams

Luke Graham

— The Soroco High School boys basketball team battled a thin roster and was without its best player Saturday, falling 66-47 at Rangely.

The Rams were without leading scorer and senior Cody Miles, who is out indefinitely with a broken hand.

Without Miles, Soroco's depth was challenged.

The Rams trailed, 30-24, at halftime, but foul trouble with forwards Matt Watwood and Leif Carlson proved too much.

"The third quarter we got shorthanded," Soroco coach Sam McLeod said. "We were running out of bodies there. The big guys were on the bench, and we were playing younger kids. They took advantage."

Alex Estes led the way for Soroco with 21 points, and Watwood chipped in 11.

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Soroco next plays at 6 p.m. Friday at home against North Park.

Soroco Rams girls fall to Rangely, 54-42, Saturday

The Soroco High School girls basketball team played well in the first half and was in the game until the end, before eventually losing to Rangely, 54-42, on Saturday.

The Rams were down just six at halftime and had cut the lead to one with three minutes left in the third quarter. Soroco actually had a chance to take the lead, but a costly turnover sparked a Rangely run.

"We just missed some shots and free throws," Rams coach David Bruner said. "We turned it over when it was crucial. Overall, the girls know what they need to do."

Corey Snyder led the Rams with 16 points, and Ceanna Rossi added 14 rebounds.

"If we keep getting better every week, we'll get there eventually," Bruner said. "The main thing is our free-throw shooting has hurt us. We work on it a lot. It's a mental thing."

Soroco next plays at 4:30 p.m. Friday at home against North Park.

Steamboat Nordic team sends more to state

The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic team qualified five skiers for state competition at a 5-kilometer classic race in Carbondale on Saturday.

Linnea Dixson, Cassady Daley, Martha Anderson, Jack Burger and Asher Rohde qualified for the state meet.

The girls team finished fifth. The boys team finished seventh.

Leading the way for the girls was Dixson with an eighth-place finish. Daley (ninth), Anderson (20th) and Mallory Hoots (28th) rounded out the girls team.

Burger paced the boys team with a 13th-place finish, and Rohde came in 24th. Wilber Ranieri finished 32nd, and Dane Dixson finished 42nd.