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For the second time in her career, University of Tennessee senior middle blocker Leah Hinkey, a Glenwood Springs High School graduate, has been named the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the week, the conference office announced Monday.

She previously picked up the award in the opening week of her sophomore campaign on Aug. 27, 2007.

A 6-foot-1 middle blocker, Hinkey posted one of her best weeks of the season as she averaged 1.67 blocks per set while leading Tennessee to a split of SEC matches. The Glenwood native topped the squad with 10 total putbacks, including a season-high eight on the road at South Carolina on Sunday.



With that effort, Hinkey moved into fifth place in SEC history with 538 career blocks during the rally scoring era, passing LSU’s Lauren DeGirolamo.

Hinkey also hit at a .579 clip last week with 12 kills and just a single attack error in 19 swings. Hinkey had been errorless in three straight matches before making an error in the second set of the contest against the Gamecocks.



In a nationally-televised contest at No. 1 Florida on Wednesday, Hinkey tallied a .600 attack average with six kills on 10 swings. Just a few days later at South Carolina, she added six more putaways while posting a .556 hitting percentage.

Over her last four matches, she is hitting .510 with 26 kills and just the one error on 49 attack attempts. She also has 17 blocks during that span, good for an average of 1.42 per set.

For the season, she currently leads the Volunteers with 86 total blocks and an average of 1.13 per set, which ranks her fourth in the SEC.

Hinkey also has a team-high .362 hitting percentage which places her sixth among all players in the league.

The Glenwood Springs Community Center ice rink is currently scheduled to open Oct. 30.

Registration for Learn to Skate programs is now open to most all ages – 4 years old to adults.

Most classes will run twice a week for three weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and the deadline to register is Oct. 30. The program cost is $45 for members or $55 for non-members.

Call the Glenwood Springs Community Center at 384-6301 or stop by to register. Classes begin Nov. 2.

New Castle Pride Soccer is hosting a tryout for boys spring soccer at 2 p.m. on Nov. 20.

The Pride program is looking to put together a U16 and U18 State League team and one U18 Western Slope State League team.

All players are welcome to attend tryouts, which will be held at VIX Ranch Park in New Castle. You do not need to be from New Castle. Last season, the Pride program had a State League U16 team with players from Rifle, Silt, New Castle, Glenwood Springs and Basalt.

For more information, contact the New Castle Recreation Department at 984-3352 or e-mail Bryan at bryan@newcastlecolorado.org.


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