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Area Sports Briefs

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Colorado Rocky Mountain School junior Gus Griffin qualified for the 2010 Cross Country Skiing Junior Olympics. He raced all season in Rocky Mountain Division races and was selected as one of the top skiers in Colorado.

Griffin earned his place on the team by consistently placing high in a series of eight races held throughout the winter. He traveled to Durango, Steamboat Springs and Park City, Utah, and was selected to fill one of the 25 quota places for 14- to 19-year-old boys.

The March 5-14 Junior Olympics will take place in Preque Isle, Maine. Griffin will compete as part of the Rocky Mountain Division team.

More than 70 Sunlight Mountain Buddy Werner ski racers competed in a super-G race at White River Run last Saturday.

Racers were inspired by the recent Olympic events and zipped down the run at high speeds. Racers are 5 to 11 years old and competed in four races at Sunlight.

Emma Harbour (57.55 seconds), Sklar Adelman (57.97), Kaitlyn Harlow (58.06), Hailey Hoffman (58.41) and Summer McSwain (59.51) were the five fastest females.

Garret Dollahan (56.01), Colby Hoffman (59.36), Kade Kennedy (59.65), Johnathan Simpson (1:00.28) and Ethan de Moraes (1:00.38) were the five fastest males.

This weekend, the Buddy Werner skiers will conclude with the Sunlight Mountain Finale slalom race on Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday, Sunlight racers will host and compete against Buddy Werner racers from Powderhorn, Ski Snowboard Club Vail and Steamboat Springs.

Trever Rider and Josh Wilson, coaches of New Castle Gladiator Wrestling, took seven wrestlers to the Colorado Youth Wrestling Championships in Castle Rock this past weekend.

Myles Wilson placed sixth in the 12-and-under division at 84 pounds. Drake Montgomery placed second in the 10U, 90-pound class. Josiah Rider won the 10U, 80-pound class.

Jordan Wright, Cody Lacy, Kaylee Lacy and Amos Wilson also competed.

The Aspen Mother Puckers B-level women’s hockey team lost to the Steamboat Storm Saturday night at the Ice Garden, 4-2.

The MP2s got on the scoreboard late in the first period when Katherine Gleason of Snowmass Village netted one off a pass from Gina Guarascio of Aspen.

Jeanne Golay of Glenwood Springs notched another goal, unassisted, during a power play in the second period, but it was not enough to top the defending league champions.

The Puckers outshot the Storm with 24 shots on goal, while the Storm put 16 shots on Aspen’s net, which was defended by goaltender Amy Snyder of Aspen.

The MP2 squad is now 5-5-1 in Mountain League play.

Aspen hosts the Glenwood Springs Ice Queens Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Ice Garden.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Sam Ciani, a Glenwood Springs High School graduate, was recently named to the All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference first team.

Ciani, a 6-foot junior, plays forward for the University of Saint Mary women’s basketball team.

“Samantha’s one of the best players I’ve ever coached,” USM coach Mike Basler lauded. “She should be as proud of herself as the USM coaching staff is of her.”

USM is a Catholic liberal arts school located in Leavenworth, Kan.

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