Routt County preps sports weekend roundup

Hayden volleyball coach Christene Planansky speaks with her team after practice Monday night. The Hayden and Soroco teams head to the district tournament in Kremmling on Friday.

— The fall sports season is coming to an end for local high school teams. Here's a recap of the action from the weekend and a look at this week's games:

Hayden football (6-2) beat Vail Christian, 49-20

What happened: Mark Doolin scored all seven touchdowns, running for five and tossing two, both to Aaron Cramer. Doolin finished with 150 yards rushing and 180 yards passing.

What does it mean: The game ensured Hayden plays at home this weekend for the cross-divisional game that marks the first weekend of postseason football in 8-man.

What’s next: The Tigers play at 1 p.m. Saturday against Swink.

Steamboat football (3-5) lost to Rifle, 56-0

What happened: The top-ranked team in the state scored early and often, including three touchdowns in each of the first two quarters for a 42-0 halftime lead.

What does it mean: Three weeks ago, Steamboat was 3-3 after having won the three most winnable games on its schedule. The last four games of the season always looked tough, however, and that analysis is proving out. Both remaining opponents, Lutheran Parker and Delta, are 6-2. A win against either would go down as a big upset and a mark of great progress for the Sailors.

What’s next: Steamboat plays Friday at home against Lutheran Parker.

Soroco football (4-4) lost to West Grand, 60-28

What happened: Soroco lost its second lopsided game in as many weeks.

What does it mean: There was a time earlier this season when it seemed like this would be a big-time game with big-time implications. The Rams' hopes for the season collapsed, however, and they already were locked out of the postseason before they wrapped things up with a lopsided loss to West Grand.

What’s next: The season is over.

Steamboat volleyball (8-12) lost to Glenwood Springs, 3-2

What happened: Steamboat came up just short in a rip-roaring game against league rival Glenwood Springs. Alex Feeley had 12 kills and 19 digs for Steamboat, which is 3-8 in the league after the loss.

What does it mean: The losses have mounted for the Sailors, but they obviously still have plenty of fight remaining.

What’s next: Steamboat wraps up its season Thursday at Battle Mountain.

Hayden volleyball (4-15) lost to Vail Mountain, 3-0, and beat Vail Christian, 3-2

What happened: A 3-0 Friday loss to Vail Mountain seemed liked the status quo for this team, but the Tigers showed as much strength against Vail Christian as they have in any match this season, and perhaps in all the rest of the matches combined, to rally from down 2-0 and 17-10 to win in five sets.

What does it mean: Talk about a shot to the heart. It’s been a long season for the Hayden volleyball team, but the win against Vail Christian is exactly the elixir the Tigers need heading into the district tournament.

What’s next: The district tournament starts Friday at West Grand.

Soroco volleyball (2-15) lost to Hotchkiss, 3-1, and lost to North Park, 3-1

What happened: Communication and confidence problems plagued the Rams as they finished off their regular season.

What does it mean: Many of the most obvious problems that have plagued Soroco in this tough season are things that can be turned around quickly and things that even may disappear with a little momentum. The Rams hope to make that turnaround and find that momentum at the district tournament.

What’s next: The district tournament starts Friday at West Grand.

Steamboat soccer lost to Summit, 3-0

What happened: The Sailors lost their last game of the season, 3-0, against Summit. The Tigers led 1-0 after the first half then slipped in two more to put the game away in the second.

What does it mean: A win wouldn’t have guaranteed Steamboat a spot in the 32-team playoff bracket, but it would have improved the team’s chances by making it more attractive to the tourney selection committee. As it was, the Sailors were left on the outside looking in.

What’s next: The season is over.

Steamboat cross-country ran at regionals

What happened: Steamboat runners logged a number of good finishes and personal bests at the regional meet. Meg O’Connell was tops on the girls side, finishing 27th in 20 minutes, 44.61 seconds. Colton Lewer was the fastest boy, finishing in 29th place in 17:58.74.

What does it mean: There were good times, but they weren’t enough to qualify any of the Sailors for state.

What’s next: The season is over.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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