Sports Briefs: Steamboat football, volleyball fall in road competitions |

Sports Briefs: Steamboat football, volleyball fall in road competitions

Steamboat Springs High School senior Austin Ban runs passed Palisade High School linebacker Cody Cordova on Thursday, Oct. 4 at Stocker Stadium. (Christopher Tomlinson/ Grand Junction Sentinel)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs (2-3, 0-1) fell to Palisade (4-1) 49-20 on Thursday, Oct. 4 for its first league matchup.

The Sailors held the Bulldogs to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs went on a scoring spree in the second, adding three touchdowns to the mix. Senior Austin Ban put the Sailors on the board with a 46-yard rushing touchdown to make it 28-6, but the Bulldogs added one more to make it 35-6 at halftime.

Sailors senior quarterback Drew Bowers threw a touchdown pass to junior Tanner Raper in the third and a failed two-point conversion made it 35-12. The Bulldogs continued to capitalize on its running game, adding one touchdown in the third and another in the fourth. Drew Bowers ran in one more touchdown and caught the two-point conversion pass from Jamison Tracy to narrow the deficit before a final score was recorded, 49-20.

Steamboat volleyball records second loss against Eagle Valley

The Steamboat Springs volleyball team was looking to avenge its early season loss to Eagle Valley on Thursday, Oct.4, but fell short in four sets. The Devils, which had handed the Sailors their only previous Western Slop League loss, came out victorious once again 25-18, 18-25, 25-12, 26-24.

The Sailors had 15 unforced errors in the first set but cut it back to seven to take the second. The match was halted by a longer break between the second and third sets, which was just enough to cool down the Sailors for a loss in the third, 25-12.

Steamboat was vying for a fifth set, up 23-21 in the fourth, before head coach Wendy Hall called her second timeout. The Devils came up with two more points, but the Sailors forced a side out to stay one point ahead, 24-23.  But Eagle Valley fought to the finish, closing the match with three straight points 26-24.

“To their credit, it wasn’t like the last game — three errors on the last four points,” Hall said. “They just got really aggressive on us. We just didn’t match that aggression. We let them dictate what was going to happen.”

The loss makes the battle for the Western Slope title more complicated. Steamboat is now one of four teams with two losses, including Battle Mountain, Palisade and Eagle Valley.

“It’s going to be that kind of league this year, so many even teams,” Hall said. “Maybe the winner of this league has two losses. We’ll see how the second half shakes out.”


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