Sports briefs: Steamboat boys basketball can’t catch up |

Sports briefs: Steamboat boys basketball can’t catch up

Letlow wins for Hayden; Sailors Nordic team skis well

Martha Anderson got sixth place in the women's overall during the Vail Dualthon Nordic race Sunday.

— The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team trailed throughout Saturday night's game at Glenwood Springs. Despite cutting into the Demons' lead on several occasions, the Sailors couldn't quite rally all the way back and ended up losing, 49-42.

"Our defense was pretty good, but we missed a lot of easy shots inside," Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said.

The team trailed, 14-10, after the first quarter and, 24-16, at the half. By the early part of the fourth quarter the team had come nearly all the way back, pulling to within one point.

DeWolfe credited his entire team for its defensive effort, and Randall Nelson in particular for helping to slow high-scoring Glenwood.

"We put Randall on their best shooter and he did a really good job," DeWolfe said. "Glenwood was averaging 60 or 70 points a game, so we did a nice job cutting them back."

The Demons responded to Steamboat's push and made their free throws down the stretch to put the game away.

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Isiah Forsyth and Jack Spady each had 11 points to lead the Sailors. Nelson had seven.

The squad returns to the court Tuesday night against Moffat County.

"Our rebounding is still a big issue," DeWolfe said. "It's one of those things that hasn't been great all year and just has to get better. We have to finish our shots inside. I'm not worried because our defense is playing well, but our offense has to pick up the pace."

Hayden's Letlow takes title at 215 pounds in Leadville

The Hayden wrestling squad finished seventh in an 18-team tournament in Leadville on Saturday, and again it was junior Treyben Letlow grabbing the team's spotlight.

Letlow defeated an undefeated opponent from Hotchkiss in the 215-pound finals to win the tournament.

"Treyben, wow," Hayden coach Ty Camilletti said. "He just continues to impress me, every week."

Hayden also got podium finishes from sophomore Chad Terry at 119 pounds and freshman Will Valora in the heavyweight division. Both wrestlers placed fourth.

"That was really good for Will," Camilletti said. "I'm really happy for him. He had a really good day."

Soroco's David Strait was the only Ram to crack the top six in the same tournament.

"It was tough," Soroco coach Jay Whaley said. "We have some improvements to make. They all struggled. It just seems like the things we've been working on in practice aren't working as well as they should.

"They need to keep working. A lot of the time we can beat poor or average kids, but we need to get to the point where we are beating the good kids, too."

Sailors Nordic skiing team fares well at event in Vail

The Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skiing team recorded a number of strong finishes at a Saturday event in Vail.

Linnea Dixson was ninth to lead the girls team.

Wilber Ranieri was 16th and the top Steamboat boys finisher.

The event was a dualthon, casting competitors down a 3-kilometer classic skiing style race in the morning, then a skate-skiing race of the same distance in the afternoon.

"We did great," coach Emily Lovett said. "We were really happy with the finishes we got."

On the girls side, Cassady Daley was 10th, Martha Anderson 16th, Mallory Hoots 17th and Eva Lambeck 23rd.

Jack Burger finished right on Ranieri's heels on the boys side, in 17th.

Asher Rhode was 23rd and Dane Dixson 42nd.

The team returns to the snow Saturday for a skate-skiing race at Devil's Thumb.

— To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253 or e-mail