Local Sports Briefs
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Fresh off a season replete with impressive results – notably a second-place finish at the USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho – Carbondale’s Keegan Swirbul was recently selected to represent the U.S. in two international World Cup races in Europe.
The Aspen High sophomore, one of six of the country’s top mountain bikers between the ages of 15 and 16 who were invited, took part in training in Germany and competed twice in Switzerland during the August trip.
“To represent the United States internationally was a real honor,” Swirbul said. “It was such a great opportunity to race juniors from all over the world.”
In the first race, in Mittenz, Swirbul finished second among Americans and ninth overall. One week later, in Bern, he wound up 23rd in a field of more than 60 racers.
“Racing in Europe is definitely different than in the states, and I wasn’t used to that style of racing,” said Swirbul, also a standout nordic skier. “All the Americans lined up in the back of the pack at the start since we didn’t have any international points yet and had to fight our way through the field. I got pushed off course twice in one lap and lost about eight places.”
Swirbul said he is looking forward to future opportunities to compete abroad. In the meantime, he continues to compete locally and this fall will be participating in the Colorado High School Mountain Bike League.
The Colorado High School Activities Association is looking for a few good high school basketball experts. The association is seeking new members to select, seed and place the 48 teams that will advance to the Class 4A and 5A boys and girls state basketball tournaments.
The process has received positive reviews the past several years, but now there are openings on all committees – one for 4A boys, one for 5A boys, two for 4A girls and two for 5A girls, according to Bert Borgmann, CHSAA assistant commissioner in charge of basketball.
Qualifications for interested persons include a background in high school basketball as a player, coach, adult spectator, administrator or basketball official within the past 10 years, a willingness to attend a minimum of 20 regular season games (with no reimbursement) and a willingness for working with representatives of the 4A basketball leagues across the state.
Finally, there are three mandatory meetings that the selection committee must attend, including one preseason and one mid-season meeting, in addition to the selection meeting.
Borgmann is stressing that representatives are especially needed for 4A boys on the Western Slope, while the opening in 4A girls is for the northern part of the state. The 5A girls openings include one on the Western Slope and one general, while the 5A boys opening has no geographical limitation.
Proper geographical representation is necessary, he notes, for a balanced selection process.
Interested persons can get more information and the application to be a part of the selection committee at the CHSAA website (www.chsaa.org). For more information, please contact Bert Borgmann at (303) 344-5050.
The Tater Trot 5K/one-mile run, a staple of Carbondale’s Potato Day, is slated for 8 a.m. on Sept. 24.
A registration form is available at http://www.carbondalesoccerclub.org.
The fourth annual Banzai Trail 5K Run/Walk is slated for Oct. 29 in West Glenwood.
The race, which begins at 9:30 a.m., will start and finish on Donegan Road. The course routes runners into Ami’s Acres Campground before joining a jeep road and single-track trail along Storm King Mountain. Next is a quick trip up Mitchell Creek Road toward the Glenwood Springs Fish Hatchery to the turnaround point. A fast downhill to the finish area follows.
Pre-registration and race-day registration are both $10, with all proceeds going to help the Rifle Animal Shelter, the Pauline Schneegas Wildlife Foundation in Silt and the Valley Dog Rescue in Carbondale.
Pre-registration can be done the week of the race (Oct. 24-28) after 4 p.m. each day at the race start line on Donegan Road or by calling Mike at 945-0979 or Craig at 987-4805. Pre-registration is encouraged as race-morning help is limited.
Refreshments and ribbons will follow the race. Grand prizes will be awarded to the best male and female Halloween costumes of the day, so dress up.
Ray Owen struck a hole-in-one at Glenwood Springs Golf Club on Sept. 9. Swinging a 5-iron, Owen covered 160 yards with his ace, which fell on the third hole and was witnessed by George Morrison and Bob Zanella.
The Ram Classic Golf Tournament, a fundraiser to benefit Roaring Fork High School athletics, is slated for Oct. 7 at River Valley Ranch.
The 18-hole tournament tees off with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and is $100 per person or $400 per team. Individuals and pairs will be matched to form teams.
Contests include: hole-in-one, longest drive, straightest drive, closest to the pin and a poker round. Extras include a box lunch, $5 mulligans, door prizes, a raffle and an awards ceremony. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
To register, call Larry Williams at 355-4554 or email email@example.com or contact Kirk Cheney at 379-3031.
The New Castle Recreation Department is looking for fall and winter wrestling coaches for its youth wrestling program.
Contact New Castle Recreation at 984-3352 if interested.
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