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Top 3 performances of the weekend in Routt County high school sports

After going 0-2 at last year's state wrestling tournament
Ben Ingersoll

By the numbers

4 — The number of Steamboat Springs Skimeisters who finished in the top five at state in Keystone during the weekend. In typical form, no matter what happens in the individual Alpine and Nordic races, the Sailors clean up the Skimeister competition, given to the top hybrid skiers in the state. Lindsey Adler won the award, McKenzie Millard was third, Katie Brodie was fourth and Mariah Hoots was fifth. On the boys side, Micah Gibbons finished third.

8.2 — Seconds it took to end Steamboat Springs boys basketball's season in the district tournament. With the state tournament reduced to 32 teams, the Sailors had to win against Palisade to advance. The Bulldogs' Ian Schierland nailed a 3-pointer as time expired, and instead Palisade — 10-13 — is heading to the 4A state tourney.

2 — Soroco girls basketball players who finished in the top three of the regular season in their entire league — no matter the division — in scoring. Junior Briana Peterson was second in the 2A Western Slope League at 16 points per game, followed closely by senior Jessica Rossi in third at 15.8 points per game. Dakota Bruner, who went down to injury a few weeks ago, was sixth at 14.7 points per game. The Rams can certainly score. They're averaging nearly 70 points per game as a team this winter.

Weekend scores

Thursday

BOYS BASKETBALL: Palisade 36, Steamboat Springs 35

BOYS BASKETBALL: Rangely 45, Soroco 43

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Soroco 54, Rangely 49

Saturday

WRESTLING: Steamboat Springs 34th at 3A state championship, Hayden 33rd at 2A state championship

SKIING: Steamboat Springs boys ninth at state championship, Steamboat Springs girls ninth at state championship

1. Seven Routt County wrestlers score at least one win at state

No 2014-15 state medals will reside in Routt County this year, but Steamboat Springs and Hayden wrestlers returned home with a handful of wins and plenty to look forward to. Sailors Dakota Thvedt (0-2 last winter at state) and Matthew Hansen each scored victories in the tournament’s second day, and all five Hayden Tigers — Devlyn Mossman, Tate Montieth, Kent Miller, Taylor Lewis and Christian Carson — walked away with wins against the toughest competition the state has to offer.

2. Soroco girls finish regular season with win streak



Eleven straight wins doesn’t look too shabby in a team’s regular-season record. The Rams girls are 17-2 after downing a feisty Rangely team Thursday night, 54-49. Soroco already had wrapped up its league divisional championship, and now, it’s on to the district tournament. And no matter what happens there, the Rams will play in the regional tourney, where state tournament bids are up for grabs.

3. Give Palisade boys basketball some credit for shocking win



The senior-laden Sailors didn’t want their stellar season to end Thursday night, and they sure didn’t want it to come to a close in the fashion it did, either. Steamboat had beaten the scrappy Palisade Bulldogs by eight points in each of the teams’ regular-season meetings, but beating any team three times is a huge challenge. Palisade hung tough, and when Sailors senior Brody King put his team up two points inside 10 seconds, the Bulldogs drilled a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to keep Steamboat from another trip to state.

Quote of the week

Hayden High School wrestling coach Chad Jones after his injured 182-pound senior Taylor Lewis was eliminated in an overtime match at the 2A state wrestling championship on Saturday:

“That’s why I think it’s one of the cruelest sports in the world, because you can do all that and not get anything to show for it,” Jones said. “He gutted it out. That’s the most heart I’ve ever seen in a kid.”

By the numbers

4 — The number of Steamboat Springs Skimeisters who finished in the top five at state in Keystone during the weekend. In typical form, no matter what happens in the individual Alpine and Nordic races, the Sailors clean up the Skimeister competition, given to the top hybrid skiers in the state. Lindsey Adler won the award, McKenzie Millard was third, Katie Brodie was fourth and Mariah Hoots was fifth. On the boys side, Micah Gibbons finished third.

8.2 — Seconds it took to end Steamboat Springs boys basketball’s season in the district tournament. With the state tournament reduced to 32 teams, the Sailors had to win against Palisade to advance. The Bulldogs’ Ian Schierland nailed a 3-pointer as time expired, and instead Palisade — 10-13 — is heading to the 4A state tourney.

2 — Soroco girls basketball players who finished in the top three of the regular season in their entire league — no matter the division — in scoring. Junior Briana Peterson was second in the 2A Western Slope League at 16 points per game, followed closely by senior Jessica Rossi in third at 15.8 points per game. Dakota Bruner, who went down to injury a few weeks ago, was sixth at 14.7 points per game. The Rams can certainly score. They’re averaging nearly 70 points per game as a team this winter.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll


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