Steamboat teams eye state playoffs
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The high school sports season is heating up in Steamboat Springs, and it got a little hotter Monday when the Colorado High School Activities Association announced the 4A state playoff brackets for boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse and girls soccer.
“It’s really been a great spring,” said Steamboat Springs High School athletic director Luke DeWolfe. “I can’t remember a spring where we have had so many teams and so many individuals involved in the playoffs. It’s definitely an exciting time of year and exciting for our teams, and it’s good to see them having the success they are enjoying.”
The community will have a chance to share in that excitement at 5 p.m. Tuesday when the Steamboat boys high school lacrosse team hosts Jefferson Academy in the first round of the state’s 16-team, 4A playoff bracket.
“We have had a home game the past couple of years,” said Jay Lattimore, the Sailors head coach. “What we really want is to give ourselves a chance to win the first one and get a second one at home as well. I’m just proud of these guys for accomplishing what they have this season and making that possible.”
The Sailors earned the No. 4 seed in the state thanks to a 12-3 overall record and 10-0 first-place finish in the Western Slope League.
Jefferson Academy finished with a 7-8 overall record and a 1-4 record in the Northern League standings. The team finished fourth in a league that also included No. 2 Erie, No. 3 Thompson Valley and No. 16 Holy Family.
But while the boys lacrosse team will be the only Steamboat Springs team at home this week, the girls lacrosse and soccer teams will hit the road for playoff games Tuesday and Wednesday, and 11 members of the girls tennis team will head to Greeley to play in the state finals, starting Thursday.
It will be the first time in recent memory the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team has earned a spot in the post-season brackets. The Sailors finished the regular season with a 9-4 overall record and 7-1 mark in the Mountain League.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to go to playoffs this year,” said Amy Norris, head girls lacrosse coach. “I think this team has set the tone in terms of what can be accomplished if you commit to having a positive attitude and come together and work hard as a team. We found a good balance of having fun while improving our game, and I think that should be the goal going forward.”
The Sailors, who landed the No. 18 spot in the bracket, will travel to Denver to take on No. 15 Mullen at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the first-round playoff action.
“It’s the first time since we brought that program back 10 years ago that they have gone to the playoffs or have been able to make it to the playoffs,” Dewolfe said. “It’s pretty exceptional when you think about a classification that is only singular — that’s it’s only 5A — and it’s 57 teams.
“I think it really speaks to what our girls have done and what our coaches have done throughout the years,” Dewolfe added. “I couldn’t be more proud of that program, those girls and their coaches and what they have accomplished this year.”
The girls soccer team, which finished third in the Western Slope League with a 9-3 record (11-4 overall), also found its way back into the state 4A playoff brackets. It’s the first time the Sailors have made the playoffs since the 2016 season when the team fell to top-seeded Lewis-Palmer in the quarterfinals.
The Sailors, ranked 19th in the state, will take on No. 14 Pueblo County in an opening round game at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Pueblo.
“This is a tremendous team,” Sailors head coach Rob Bohlmann said. “They have lived and breathed the culture that they have defined, above themselves, at the beginning of the season. That’s what it takes to get into the post-season. We have had our ups and downs, and you have to have that sense of who you are on a daily basis to get the results and get into the playoffs.”
The Pueblo County Hornets have an 11-14 overall record and finished with a 5-1 record in the South Central League. The team opened the season with five straight losses but has since posted a 10-game winning streak that helped the squad finish second in league standings.
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