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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Family and friends made the trek to Lincoln, Neb., last week to cheer on 17-year-old Basalt High School junior Alex Bender in her first Special Olympics USA National Games appearance. They were treated to quite a performance.

Bender, who has Down syndrome, represented Team Colorado well, logging three Top-10 finishes during a hot, humid week at the University of Nebraska. She finished fifth in the shot put, sixth in the 200-meter dash and seventh in the 100.

More than 3,600 athletes from 47 states participated in the event, which ran from July 18-23.



“It was an incredible and inspiring week,” Alex’s mother, Margaret, wrote in a recent e-mail to The Aspen Times. “Lincoln rolled out the red carpet and all the visitors felt warmly welcomed.”

Nate Parker smacked a hole-in-one at Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course on Saturday.



Swinging a sand wedge, Parker’s ace traveled 89 yards into the cup on the seventh hole.

The Carbondale Recreation fall adult softball league’s registration deadline is Aug. 6. The co-ed league begins Aug. 16 and is $400. The men’s league gets started on Aug. 17 and is $450.

For more information, call 704-4115 or e-mail Jessi at jrochel@carbondaleco.net.

Glenwood Springs’ Sarai Zilm finished second in the 16-and-under girls singles bracket at the recent Western Slope Open tennis tournament in Grand Junction

Zilm is 15, so she’ll have another year to play in the 16-and-under division.

Zilm teaches tennis youngsters at the Glenwood Springs Community Center under the direction of Sue Geist.

The Roaring Fork High School girls volleyball team swept its way through the Grand Valley Volleyball Cardinal Classic on July 16-17.

The Classic drew 16 teams from throughout Colorado, including Hayden, Meeker, Rangely, Plateau Valley, Eastern Plains, Palisade, Fruita, Paonia, Rifle, Grand Valley, Roaring Fork and Vail Christian. Some schools sent two teams to compete.

The weekend consisted of two full days of pool play, giving the teams ample opportunity to touch the ball.

Roaring Fork 1 went undefeated the entire weekend, setting up a championship showdown with Fruita 1.

After dropping the first game by two points, the Rams came back with a vengeance and scored a resounding win in the second game. They easily took the third game to top Fruita and win the tourney title.

Led by five seniors – Niki Burns, Joey Clingan, Landon Garvik, Ixchel Muniz and Savanna Phibbs – Roaring Fork is set for the 2010 high school season, which is coming up this fall.

Registration for Three Rivers Youth Football (fifth- and sixth-graders) and for Aspen High head coach Mike Sirko’s youth football camp is underway.

Sirko’s camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 2-4 for all players entering second through eighth grades in the fall. The three-day camp costs $75.

Registration forms for both the camp and for Three Rivers Youth Football are currently available at the new store “More for Less”, next to Cafe Ink on Durant Ave., and at Alpine Bank. For more information, contact Ron Morehead at (970) 618-0354 or rmorehead@aspensnowmass.com.


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