Steamboat High School sports season begins Monday |

Steamboat High School sports season begins Monday

Members of the Steamboat Springs High School football team, shown here at a practice last season, will be among the local squads returning to practice Monday morning as the 2016-17 season officially gets underway.
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— When the sun comes up Monday morning, summer vacation will officially come to an end for the high school athletes who are playing fall sports this season.

“This is an exciting time of year for an athletic director, for coaches and for athletes,” said Luke DeWolfe, Steamboat Springs High School athletics director. “There is a lot of optimism in the teams, and it’s a fresh start where our athletes can build a great foundation and establish realistic expectations. It’s an important time of year for our programs.”

Monday marks the first day that the Colorado High School Sports Activities Associations allows teams to hold official practices for fall sports across the state. The only exception is golf, which started earlier this week. The Sailors will play the first three tournaments of the season Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The rest of the Sailors high school sports programs, including boys and girls cross country, football, volleyball, boys tennis and cheerleading, will be limited to practices, rather than games, this week and the beginning of next week. The Steamboat volleyball team will host Moffat County on Aug. 25 marking the first game of the 2016-17 season.

“It’s a great way to start to start the season,” DeWolfe said. “Our volleyball team is young this year, but there are a lot of really talented athletes coming up through the program, and I know that coach (Wendy) Hall will have them ready to go.”

DeWolfe said the first few weeks of the fall season normally seem like a blur. He said once the team starts playing games, there isn’t going to be a real break until November.

“That’s how the fall goes,” DeWolfe said. “Homecoming will be here before we know it, and the season just seems to fly by.”

“I think there is a little more build-up to this season because the student-athletes have been away from school sports for the summer,” DeWolfe added. “I’ve talked to some of them, and they all had great summers, but they are ready to get back and ready to get back to work.”

Next week, the Steamboat football team will travel to Battle Mountain on Friday, the boys soccer team will travel to Mullen on Saturday and the boys tennis team will compete Friday and Saturday at a tournament in Fruita.

“It’s time to get back to it,” DeWolfe said. “The weather is starting to cool down, which is a sure sign that fall is coming, along with all the great high school sports that we love in Steamboat.”

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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