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Sports Briefs

The Glenwood Grizzly Squirt B team secured the Continental Divide Youth Hockey League (CDYHL) championship with a 3-2 victory over the Aspen Leafs on March 10. The game winning goal for the Grizzlies was scored with less than four seconds remaining in regulation. The victory moved the Grizzlies into the state playoffs this weekend in Denver at the 2013 State Championship Avs Cup. The team will take on the Colorado Competitive Youth Hockey League (CCYHL) runner-up, the Littleton Hawks-Red, this weekend in Littleton at the Edge Arena. A victory will qualify them for the state championship game at the Pepsi Center. Game times and team statistics will be available at members are: Kaid Nieslanik, Cooper Knott, Max Mencimer, Rio Kaufmann, Kelton McPherson, Nolan McPherson, Colter Strautman, Blake Exelbert, Jacob Fowler, Kai Hill, and Tomas Bensch. The team’s coaches are Adam McPherson and Jay Mencimer.

The Glenwood Defiance Rugby Club, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, will host a “Meet the Coach” session at the Eagle’s Club, 312 7th Street in Glenwood Springs.The session will run from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 6. 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.

The New Castle Recreation Department is offering an adult coed 8-on-8 soccer league, which will run Sunday afternoons beginning April 14.League play is scheduled for early June, and coed rules require a minimum of three females be on the field at all times. League fees are $350 per team or $45 for individuals. Registration deadline is April 5.Information and registration: (970)984-3352, online at, or in person at 423 W. Main Street, New Castle.

The Glenwood Springs Recreation Department announced its first-place winter volleyball champions. Alan Prater, Jacquii Collins, Jen Conners and James Main took home top honors from the recreational league.Information on recreational events happening in Glenwood Springs can be found by calling James Main, Coordinator of Athletics and Fitness for the city of Glenwood Springs, at (970) 384-6311.

Leagues are forming for another season of kickball and a new ultimate frisbee league to be held at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs this spring.Sign up for either league by calling the Glenwood Springs Recreation Department at 384-6301, or stopping by the Community Center. Kickball takes place on Thursday nights. Ultimate Frisbee is new this year, and will be played on Tuesday nights. The kickball and ultimate leagues will continue until the first adult softball leagues begin play in late May.

New Castle Recreation is offering a spring Challenge Volleyball League for adults Tuesday nights starting April 2.All registration is individual and teams will be formed randomly each week. Competitors will compete in a variety of formats that may include doubles, triples, quads and sixes play. Each individual will receive points based on their weekly results. and the top point earners will receive special awards at the end of the league.Registration fees are $20 for the six-week league, or $5 per player at the door.Information: (970)984-3352.

Cooper Cornelius of Glenwood Springs won the opening race, a Super-G, in the 2013 Marriott under-14 Junior Championships at Winter Park on Wednesday.Cornelius, a member of Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, won the race by the slimmest of margins – .01 seconds – over Colby Lange of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail. AVSC’s Dexter Edelman was fourth.In the women’s race, also run Wednesday on the same Meadows/Hughes course, Aspen’s Anna Patterson finished second to Kaitlyn Vesterstein of Buck Hill, Minn.The U14 Junior Championships continue through March 16 with Kombi, giant slalom and slalom races for 191 competitors from the Rocky Mountain and Central regions.

Strong performances by several Glenwood Springs residents helped propel Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club to second place among teams at the annual under-10/under-12 finale at Powderhorn ski area the weekend of March 9 and 10.In a Saturday giant slalom, Tyler Thomas was third and Garrett Dollahan was fourth and among U10 Boys. Among U12 girls, Levyn Thomas finished 12th in a GS.Sunday’s first slalom saw Tyler Thomas in third and Garrett Dollahan in fourth. In the second race, Thomas was second. On the girls side, Levyn Thomas was fourth and fifth in U12 slalom races and Summer McSwain finished 16th in one of the races.

America’s Uphill takes place at 7 a.m. Saturday on Aspen Mountain.With a combination of steep inclines and mellow plateaus, the race brings together snowshoers, Nordic skiers, telemark skiers, and Randonee skiers for a 2.5-mile trek up Aspen Mountain.The race begins at the base of Little Nell and climbs 3,267 feet up the Aspen Mountain ski area, finishing at the Sundeck Restaurant at an elevation of 11,212 feet. Registration is now open online at or visit for more details on America’s Uphill.

The RatBike Face, a community race down a snowy Sunlight Mountain circuit, will be held March 23 during Spring Thing at Sunlight Mountain. The race will be put on by the Gear Exchange as the second race in the Tour DeFiance Series. Registration is $20 and begins at 3:30 p.m. A kids race will commence at 4 p.m., with the RatBike race following at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds will go to Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, and costumes are encouraged.Volunteers are needed for the event.Info: Steve-Z Novy, (970)309-2023, or

The 14th-annual Kenny Cline Memorial Sequoia Glen 5K Run/Walk takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday.The race starts and finishes at the base of Mitchell Creek Road in West Glenwood Springs. The entry fee is $10, with all proceeds going to benefit local animal shelters.Sequoia Glen is the first of six races in the 2013 Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series. Registration begins at 2 p.m. on race day at the start. Information: (970)945-0979.

The PRO-TKD Martial Arts Center in Carbondale will hold a will bring in a world-renowned instructor to teach a Kimoodo Healing Art Seminar from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the site of the center, 1079 Highway 133 in Carbondale.The session will be taught by Grandmaster Joon P. Choi, a 9th-degree black belt in Taekwondo and the founder and president of the Kimoodo & Oriental Martial Arts College in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. His techniques, according to literature provided by the Martial Arts Center in Carbondale, result in increased self-esteem and confidence, greater stamina, better self control and discipline, and an increase in muscle tone, speed, power and flexibility.Cost is $40 for the seminar, which will focus on the above criteria. Advanced registration is required, and limited space is available. The seminar is open to the public.Information: (970)963-2685.

The new Gracie Carbondale Jiu Jitsu training center now offers bullyproof programs for children 5 to 13 years old.The Gracie Jiu Jitsu martial arts approach focuses on a non-violent ground technique (or “grappling”) that makes it accessible to children regardless of size, age, and strength. No experience is necessary. A 10-day introductory trial offer is now available by contacting owner/instructor Adam Nickamin at 319-1766 or

The Glenwood Springs High School track and field team will host a spaghetti feed to benefit the program beginning at 6 p.m. today at Glenwood Springs Middle School.Tickets will be $8 for adults and $5 for children. Prizes will be awarded, including a new pair of running shoes.Information: Blake Risner, (970) 384-5517.

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, and 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: GSHS coach Cory Hitchcock, (970)819-5845, or

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