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High school sports weekend preview for Dec. 18 to 20

Steamboat girls basketball

5:30 p.m. Friday: Steamboat (2-3) at Rifle (3-1)

2 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat vs. Eagle Valley (3-3)

Following season-opening wins over Aspen and Roaring Fork, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team took a step back last weekend in its home tournament. The Sailors lost three games in three days, falling to Discovery Canyon, Elizabeth and Prairie View. The culprit in each was the same — turnovers and more turnovers.

Coach Mack Spitellie planned to use this week of practice to make his team as uncomfortable as possible, meaning he wants the offense to get used to playing under pressure.

Standing between them and being above .500 heading into the break are a couple of capable teams. The Sailors will travel to a one-loss Rifle team Friday night, before hosting Eagle Valley Saturday.

After this weekend, Steamboat is off until a Jan. 5 game at Grand Junction Central.

Steamboat hockey

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

3 p.m. Saturday: Steamboat vs. Regis Jesuit (4-0)

The Sailors hockey team will look to regroup after suffering its first loss of the season last week — a 3-2 defeat at Lewis-Palmer. Steamboat, 3-1 and ranked No. 7 in the state, should be able to do just that when it hosts a struggling Summit team Friday at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Saturday is when things get interesting.

Regis Jesuit, undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the state, will be a true test to determine if the Sailors are for real or not. Remember, Steamboat won only three games last season and matched that in their first three games this year. If Steamboat wants to contend for a state championship, these are the types of teams it has to beat.

After facing Regis Jesuit, Steamboat will be off until Jan. 8 when Columbine makes the trip west.

Steamboat, Soroco, Hayden wrestling

All day Saturday: at West Grand Tournament in Kremmling

Area wrestlers get one more chance to fine tune their skills when all three Routt County teams head to the West Grand tournament on Saturday. A young Soroco team looks to continue the success it had at its own tournament last weekend, while Steamboat and Hayden each have a number of kids who could vie for titles on any given week. Unlike the last few weeks, the competition in West Grand will include some teams none of these schools has seen so far this season.

Soroco boys basketball

7 p.m. Friday: Soroco (3-1) vs. Rangely (0-2)

4 p.m. Saturday: Soroco at South Park (0-4)

At 3-1, the Soroco boys basketball team is off to a strong start and continuing the success from last season. With two games remaining before the break, a 5-1 mark isn’t just possible but likely. The Rams will host their first home game of the season Friday night against Rangely, a team it already beat 51-40 on Dec. 10 in Meeker. Then Saturday, Soroco travels to South Park, a team it beat 59-50 in Fairplay on Dec. 10. Barring anything drastic, Soroco should be riding high heading into the holidays.

Soroco girls basketball

4 p.m. Friday: Soroco (3-1) vs. Rangely (1-2)

1 p.m. Saturday: Soroco at South Park (2-3)

The Soroco girls set their sights on another league title at the beginning of the season, and a 3-1 start has that goal looking like a realistic possibility. They will get to perform in front of the home crowd for the first time this season on Friday against Rangely, before traveling to South Park on Saturday. Unlike the boys, the girls have not played either of these teams yet this season. So far, neither opponent looks too intimidating, making a 5-1 start for the girls before break seem promising.

Note: Hayden boys and girls basketball teams are off until Jan. 8 when they host Soroco.

To reach Austin Colbert, call 970-871-4204, email acolbert@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Austin_Colbert

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