LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Sunlight ski team fares well in multi-state event
With nearly 300 competitors gathering from Colorado and Northern Arizona earlier in March, the age class athletes of Sunlight Ski Team shined again at the U12 and U10 Championships hosted by the Powderhorn Race Club this past weekend at Powderhorn Ski Resort.
Skiing in rain, snow, slush, and/or fog, the GS on March 30 was formidable. In the U10 girls GS races, Cate Simpson scored with a solid run placing her in 17th place overall (third in her age group), followed by Kailey Murphy with a 23rd-place finish (fifth in her age group). Ally Cornelius began the U12 girl’s success with a 17th-place finish (third in her age), followed by Michal Hale in 27th. The one and only U10 boy this season, Orion Adelman, finished 10th. Leading out the U12 boys in GS was Tucker Sheldrake with an eighth-place overall finish (second in his age), and Ethan de Moraes in 17th.
Sunday’s slalom was held under welcoming blue skies. Simpson started off the U10 girls with a pair of 26th placings, followed closely again by Murphy with a 27th and 30th. The U12 girls began with Skylar Adelman’s 10th-place finish, followed by Cornelius with a 17th. Orion Adelman backed up his sister by placing 10th in the U10 boys. De Moraes was 30th in the U12 boys, with JP Simpson placing 35th.
“The whole team should be proud,” Sunlight coach Leigh Sheldrake said. “They all have all improved this year and built up the foundation for many successful years to come. They faced a day of very difficult conditions, and executed their game plan. One thing I’ve been trying to reinforce with all the Sunlight athletes is that success is not necessarily their time on the scoreboard one day or one weekend, good or bad. It’s about improving their skill and knowledge of the sport and themselves.”
Local residents who are members of either the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club or Sunlight Winter Sports Club finished strong during Saturday’s final Roaring Fork Series race of the season.
AVSC members Levyn Thomas (U12) and her brother Tyler Thomas (U10) won their respective divisions of the combi race at Aspen Highlands. Consistent results by both Thomases gave them the overall season titles in their age categories as well.
On Saturday, Sunlight’s Cate Simpson and Emily De Moraes finished 1-3 among the U10s. AVSC’s Alexandra Englemann was second.
Racing for AVSC, Levyn Thomas won the U12 event, followed by Sunlight’s Allyson Cornelius and AVSC’s Meagan Olsen.
Tyler Thomas of AVSC won the U10 men’s combi, followed by teammates Topher Davenport and Jake Morgan. Among U12 men, it was an AVSC sweep with Sean Patterson, William Laing and Noah Forman on the podium.
Continuing his solid season, Glenwood Springs resident Cooper Cornelius, racing for AVSC, posted the fastest time of the day, easily winning the U14 men’s division. Teammates Myles Pember and Trey Thorpe rounded out the podium.
Stops in Rifle and Glenwood Springs are planned for the Denver Broncos’ “Salute to Fans Tour,” a statewide bus tour.
The final stops of the tour will be at City Hall in Rifle at noon Saturday, then at City Market in Glenwood Springs at 3 p.m., also on April 6. The stops are free and open to the public.
The Broncos who will be coming will be defensive back David Bruton and defensive end Malik Jackson. Cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot will also be on hand with the players to sign autographs and met fans.
Rifle Parks and Recreation is seeking umpires for adult softball and youth baseball and softball programs for the upcoming summer season.
The season will run from May to mid-August. Applicants must be at least 14 years old. Pay is $15 to $25 per game DOQ. Job descriptions and employment applications can be found online at http://www.rifleco.org/ employment.
More info: Jeff, (970) 665-6575.
Approximately 272 youth baseball players will participate in Three Rivers Little League’s upcoming season.
The season begins Saturday and runs until June 1. Twenty-three teams from Aspen to Eagle will participate in the league, including five teams from Glenwood Springs and three in Carbondale. Age groups run from 8- to 10-year-olds for Minors, 11-12 for Majors and 13-14 for Juniors.
Juniors will play in Glenwood and Eagle on Saturday, and Majors will play in El Jebel, Carbondale and Glenwood on Saturday. Minors will begin play Monday in Gypsum, Glenwood and Basalt.
Registration is now open for the Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team 2013 summer training program.
Orientation meeting is Thursday, April 15 at Glenwood Medical Associates. First training session begins on Wednesday, May 8, and continues weekly through Aug. 5. The premier women’s training program is in its 14th year of teaching women the basics of swim, bike, run/walk, and heart rate training to complete a sprint triathlon. Registration is limited.
The Grand River Gallop, a run which will benefit the Grand River Health Meals on Wheels Program and other programs, will be held Saturday at the Grand River Hospital and Medical Center, 501 Airport Road in Rifle.
The run will also benefit scholarships for Grand River Health’s Shapedown Program for Kids. The event will feature a 2K run/walk family fun event and a 5K run.
The race begins at 9 a.m. April 6, with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Cost is $20 for individuals and $35 for preregistered families, with fees raising to $40 and $60 on race day.
Info: http://www.grhd.org, or (970) 625-6215.
Cub Scout Pack No. 221 will host a free fishing derby for children ages 3-15 on Saturday at Alder Park in New Castle.
The derby will be held from 1-4 p.m., with ages 3-8 going from 1-2:30 p.m. and ages 9-15 going from 2:30-4 p.m. Preregistration by Friday is required, and a limited number of fishing poles will be available for those who don’t own their own.
Information/registration: New Castle Community Center, 423 W. Main Street, New Castle, or (970) 984-3352.
Team Sopris, the local club swimming team for children ages 5 and up, finished its 2012-13 short-course season recently.
David Hecksel won the 10-and-under boys 50-meter breaststroke and Lauren Murphy took first in the 11-12 girls 50 freestyle. Both swimmers posted state qualifying times.
At the Colorado Age Group State Championships, Jessica Tuttle managed a second-place finish in the 200 butterfly, fourth place in the 1-mile swim and fifth in the 500 free. Zeb Thorsen broke the team record for best time in the 200 backstroke, coach Damon Garrison said.
At the Western Region Short Course Sectionals March 13 to 17 in Federal Way, Wash., Garrison was more than pleased with the performances of Tuttle and Jack Cassidy. Tuttle placed 39th in the 1-mile swim, and Cassidy dropped 40 seconds off his previous-best time in the 1,000-meter swim (9:54). He dropped 48 seconds off his best time in the mile, finishing 37th in 16:29.
Information on Team Sopris, including practice schedules, meet schedules and tryout times can be found on the team’s Website at http://www.teamsopris.org.
Glenwood Springs High School’s boys basketball program will host the annual Demons Youth Basketball Camp from June 10 to 13 at Glenwood Springs High School.
Male and female athletes in grades 3 through 9 are invited to attend. Grades 3 to 5 will run from 8 to 10 a.m., grades 6 to 7 will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and grades 8 to 9 will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sessions will be run each day of the camp. Enrollment is limited to 50 campers per session. Early registration is encouraged.
Camp instruction will emphasize motivation and goal setting, shooting, passing, ball handling and dribbling, defensive concepts, player development and fun. Players are expected to wear a T-shirt, shorts, appropriate shoes and a water bottle.
Information/registration: GSHS coach Cory Hitchcock, (970) 819-5845, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The fifth-annual Emily Johnson Play it Forward 3-on-3 Soccer Tournament will take place June 7-9 at Gates Soccer Park on Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus in south Glenwood Springs.
Proceeds from the tournament support three scholarships given to high school seniors in the name of Emily Johnson, a Coal Ridge High School student who was killed in an ATV accident in 2008.
Play begins at 8 a.m. June 8 and continues through June 9 for the U8 through U18 age groups. All-Star exhibition games featuring all-league award winners in the Class 3A and 4A Western Slope Leagues will beheld on June 7. The boys game will be played at 5 p.m. June 7, with the girls game following at 7 p.m.
Cost per team is $150 or $25 per player. The fee includes a three-game guarantee, a tournament goody bag and a tournament T-shirt.
Info: Jenny Zetah, (970) 665-7861, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Glenwood Defiance Rugby Club, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, will host a “Meet the Coach” session at the Eagles Club, 312 Seventh St., in Glenwood Springs.
The session will run from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday. The public, as well as people interested in playing for Defiance in the summer, have a chance to meet the team’s new coach, Ian “Spudsy” Skilton.
Information: Team president Scott Archuleta, (970) 306-8856.
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