Steamboat Springs prep teams ready for final weekend before holidays |

Steamboat Springs prep teams ready for final weekend before holidays

Luke Graham

Steamboat hockey

6:30 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (3-0) vs. Chatfield (3-1)

3 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat vs. Resurrection Christian (5-1)

The surprise of the early season has been the play of the Steamboat Springs hockey team. No one was quite sure what to expect out of first-year coach Brent Tollar, but the Sailors have shown they can win in a multitude of ways. They have blown out a team, have finished off a team in the third period, and have come back to win a game after giving up a two-goal lead. But Steamboat's three wins have come against teams with a combined record of 6-9-1. How legit this Steamboat team really is should start to work itself out this weekend. Steamboat plays its first two Foothills Conference games against two teams with a combined 8-2. Saturday's game against Resurrection Christian will pit Steamboat against a team that advanced to the state semifinals last year.

Steamboat girls basketball

5:30 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (4-3) at Summit (1-5)

The Steamboat girls basketball team has been in a funk as of late. The team has lost three of the past four and has averaged just 29.5 points per game in that span. The Sailors entered the season with grand ambitions of competing for a Western Slope League title. After two league games, Steamboat looks more like a bottom of the pack team. The Sailors need to find more consistency on offense, especially ways to get forward Maggie Crouch the ball more frequently. A win Friday isn't quite a necessity but would put Steamboat back into the race after the holidays.

Steamboat boys basketball

7:30 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (5-2) at Summit (1-6)

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We're only a handful of games into the Western Slope League season, and one thing is clear: It's going to be a murky ride. No team outside of Palisade and Eagle Valley has established itself as an early favorite. So as Steamboat gets ready to take on one-win Summit, it's a guess as to which way this game will go. Don't believe it? Consider this. Summit beat Glenwood. Glenwood beat Steamboat. Roaring Fork beat Glenwood. Steamboat beat Roaring Fork. That's murky. For Steamboat's sake, the Sailors need their guards to handle pressure better and need center Garrett Bye to start to establish himself as a dominant post player. A win here would be good going into the holiday break.

Hayden girls basketball

7 p.m. Friday: Hayden (1-6) vs. Meeker (4-0)

Hayden's had a tough go early. The team returned few from last year's team and has battled inexperience in every game. The Tigers have averaged just 27 points a game, but coach Michelle Wilkie insists the team continues to progress. In Meeker, Hayden again will face a tough league opponent. The two teams played at the Meeker tournament early this year, and the Cowboys ran away with a 69-19 win.

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