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Top 4 performances of the weekend in Routt County high school sports

The Steamboat Springs High School student section gets rowdy in the fourth quarter of the Sailors boys basketball game on Saturday against Palisade. Steamboat overcame a rough start to beat Palisade, 55-47.
Ben Ingersoll

By the numbers

3 — Straight quarters the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team outscored the visiting Palisade Bulldogs on Saturday. After a very lackluster first quarter, the Sailors trailed 15-7. But Steamboat rallied back, outscoring Palisade, 13-7, 14-8 and 21-17 in the remaining 24 minutes to grab the win. The Sailors now sit comfortably ahead of the third place team in the 4A Western Slope League standings and are a game behind undefeated Glenwood Springs.

5 — Combined goals scored by Steamboat and Summit in the third period Friday at Howelsen Ice Arena. The Sailors led after one period, 1-0, but neither team found the back of the net in the second. Then the scoring spree erupted. Fortunately for the Sailors, they were two goals better Friday and Harry Wilson's score put the dagger in Summit, 4-2.

15 — Points scored by Soroco freshman Ben Kelley off the bench Saturday in the Rams' big, big win against West Grand. Kelley has emerged as a viable player in Soroco's rotation in the back stretch of the season, and he led the way Saturday.

26 — Points scored by Soroco junior Briana Peterson as the Rams thrashed visiting West Grand by more than 20 points. Soroco had lost to Mustangs a few weeks prior, but the Rams withstood the loss of guard DaKota Bruner with the likes of Peterson, Jessica Rossi (17 points) and Hayley Johnson (10 points).

Weekend scores

Friday

BOYS BASKETBALL: Steamboat Springs 70, Eagle Valley 35

BOYS BASKETBALL: Soroco 72, Vail Christian 66

BOYS BASKETBALL: Hayden 62, De Beque 38

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Eagle Valley 54, Steamboat Springs 24

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Soroco 67, Vail Christian 66

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Hayden 55, De Beque 17

HOCKEY: Steamboat Springs 4, Summit 2

ALPINE SKIING: Steamboat at Winter Park; boys team 2nd, girls team 3rd

Saturday

BOYS BASKETBALL: Steamboat Springs 55, Palisade 47

BOYS BASKETBALL: Soroco 59, West Grand 53

BOYS BASKETBALL: Vail Christian 60, Hayden 37

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Palisade 50, Steamboat Springs 32

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Soroco 69, West Grand 45

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Vail Christian 54, Hayden 30

HOCKEY: Resurrection Christian 1, Steamboat Springs 0

NORDIC SKIING: Steamboat at Eagle Valley; girls team 2nd, boys team 8th

1. Soroco basketball enjoys stellar weekend

Successful is an understatement when it comes to how the weekend went for the Rams boys and girls basketball teams. In their Friday contest, they squared off with Vail Christian on the road, a team that ousted the boys earlier in January and a team the girls knew they’d have trouble with. Both took care of business, the girls by a final score of 67-66 and the boys by a score of 72-66, the first loss for the Saints boys in league play. That set up a showdown in Oak Creek against West Grand, where each team again thwarted the league’s top-tier squads. The boys won by six points, and the girls handled West Grand by 25 points.

2. Steamboat hockey sends its senior out a winner



The Sailors hockey team didn’t have a ton to celebrate in the weeks leading up to Summit on Friday. Steamboat had lost four straight games since its win against Kent Denver, but Summit presented a winnable challenge. The Sailors got goals from David Cropper, Nate Kelley, Jack McNamara and Harry Wilson to down the Tigers, 4-2, on lone senior Logan Bankard’s senior night.

3. Sailors boys basketball survives busy week



Steamboat faced three games in the span of five days, two of them against extremely physical squads in Rifle and Palisade. The Sailors were all over Rifle on Tuesday, 51-36, and blew by last-place Eagle Valley on Friday, 70-35. That set up a fairly important contest with Palisade at home Saturday. The Bulldogs thrive on a rough brand of basketball, and it worked through the first quarter when the Sailors found themselves in an early 15-3 hole. Steamboat bounced back, though, streaking by Palisade in the next three quarters for the 55-47 win, its fifth straight.

4. Hayden hoops scores pair of wins

De Beque didn’t present much of a challenge Friday in Hayden. The Tigers girls trounced the Dragons, 55-17, and the Hayden boys picked up their first win under new coach Jody Harvey in the nightcap, 62-38. Kara Cozzens led the way for the girls with 18 points, and Carlos Valdez again paced the boys with 26 points.

Quote of the week

Soroco High School boys basketball Storm Veilleux on his team’s emergence late in the season:

“We’re finally pulling it together at the right time,” Veilleux said. “We’re starting to play really good team ball.”

By the numbers

3 — Straight quarters the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team outscored the visiting Palisade Bulldogs on Saturday. After a very lackluster first quarter, the Sailors trailed 15-7. But Steamboat rallied back, outscoring Palisade, 13-7, 14-8 and 21-17 in the remaining 24 minutes to grab the win. The Sailors now sit comfortably ahead of the third place team in the 4A Western Slope League standings and are a game behind undefeated Glenwood Springs.

5 — Combined goals scored by Steamboat and Summit in the third period Friday at Howelsen Ice Arena. The Sailors led after one period, 1-0, but neither team found the back of the net in the second. Then the scoring spree erupted. Fortunately for the Sailors, they were two goals better Friday and Harry Wilson’s score put the dagger in Summit, 4-2.

15 — Points scored by Soroco freshman Ben Kelley off the bench Saturday in the Rams’ big, big win against West Grand. Kelley has emerged as a viable player in Soroco’s rotation in the back stretch of the season, and he led the way Saturday.

26 — Points scored by Soroco junior Briana Peterson as the Rams thrashed visiting West Grand by more than 20 points. Soroco had lost to Mustangs a few weeks prior, but the Rams withstood the loss of guard DaKota Bruner with the likes of Peterson, Jessica Rossi (17 points) and Hayley Johnson (10 points).

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


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