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

Hayden senior Kara Cozzens had a game-high 18 points on Friday
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By the numbers

15 — Number of turnovers committed in the third quarter by the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team at Glenwood Springs. With a share of the league championship on the line, the Sailors stumbled and suffered a 33-point loss. There were plenty of numbers that went against Steamboat, like the team's three made field goals in the second half, or its 29.5 percentage shooting from the floor. The good news? It's all behind the Sailors now, and they may get another shot at the Demons at this weekend's district tournament.

25 — Mullen hockey shots denied by Steamboat Springs goalie Jackson Draper during the Sailors' 2-0 season-ending win Friday. Draper has had stellar nights that kept his team in games this season, and on Friday, he was a brick wall.

5, 9 and 8 — What Soroco junior Chance Beaty's stat line looked like in a big win over rival Hayden Friday. Beaty doesn't often lead the team in scoring, but his numbers show how much he attacks the floor. He had five points against the Tigers to go along with nine steals and eight assists, just a few buckets and big plays from achieving a triple-double.

Weekend scores

Thursday

BOYS BASKETBALL: Steamboat Springs 64, Summit 46

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Summit 35, Steamboat Springs 33

Friday

BOYS BASKETBALL: Soroco 57, Hayden 36

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Soroco 53, Hayden 49

HOCKEY: Steamboat Springs 2, Mullen 0

Saturday

BOYS BASKETBALL: Glenwood Springs 69, Steamboat Springs 36

BOYS BASKETBALL: Hayden 55, De Beque 49

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Glenwood Springs 67, Steamboat Springs 30

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Hayden 59, De Beque 21

1. Soroco-Hayden girls provide some rivalry entertainment

Based on the direction each team was headed going into Friday night’s match-up, it was almost expected that the Soroco Rams girls would roll by the Tigers and grab their 10th straight win. But Hayden wasn’t going to give in easily on senior night on its home floor. The Tigers, led by Kara Cozzens’ game-high 18 points, gave Soroco one of its biggest scares of the season. The Rams, who have been largely unstoppable down the stretch, pulled out the 53-49 victory and are now 16-2.

2. Steamboat hockey closes season on high note



It has been largely a season full of losses for the Sailors, but the team finally put together a complete road game Friday, downing Mullen, 2-0, to end the winter. Steamboat got goals from Colin Musselman and Jordan Gorr, and on the other end of the ice, goalie Jackson Draper wouldn’t give an inch. The Sailors ushered out just one senior in Logan Bankard, so almost the entire young squad will be back next winter for coach Chris Campanelli’s second season.

3. Eight Routt County wrestlers are state bound



There were no individual or team champions from Routt County at the 2A Region 1 and 3A Region 4 wrestling tournaments Friday and Saturday, but Steamboat and Hayden still are sending a host of talent to Denver’s Pepsi Center this week. Hayden’s Taylor Lewis (182 pounds) and Christian Carson (195 pounds) were the top finishers with second-place medals. Steamboat’s Dakota Thvedt (120 pounds) and Matthew Hansen (145 pounds) grabbed bronze medals in their 3A region. The Sailors also are sending Colton Pasternak, and the Tigers are sending Devlyn Mossman, Tate Montieth and Kent Miller.

Quote of the week

Hayden senior girls basketball player Kara Cozzens after the Tigers’ narrow loss to rival and first-place Soroco on Friday night:

“It’s heartbreaking,” Cozzens said, “but we played well as a team, and I’m proud of it.”

By the numbers

15 — Number of turnovers committed in the third quarter by the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team at Glenwood Springs. With a share of the league championship on the line, the Sailors stumbled and suffered a 33-point loss. There were plenty of numbers that went against Steamboat, like the team’s three made field goals in the second half, or its 29.5 percentage shooting from the floor. The good news? It’s all behind the Sailors now, and they may get another shot at the Demons at this weekend’s district tournament.

25 — Mullen hockey shots denied by Steamboat Springs goalie Jackson Draper during the Sailors’ 2-0 season-ending win Friday. Draper has had stellar nights that kept his team in games this season, and on Friday, he was a brick wall.

5, 9 and 8 — What Soroco junior Chance Beaty’s stat line looked like in a big win over rival Hayden Friday. Beaty doesn’t often lead the team in scoring, but his numbers show how much he attacks the floor. He had five points against the Tigers to go along with nine steals and eight assists, just a few buckets and big plays from achieving a triple-double.

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


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