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The Lakota Ladies Wednesday Night League is holding a free short game and putting clinic from 5-7 p.m. on May 5 at Lakota Canyon Ranch Golf Club. League play begins May 12 at 5 p.m. Contact Rhonda Williams at 984-2335 for more information.

The Glenwood Springs High School boys basketball program is holding a player meeting at 6:30 p.m. on May 3 in the school’s gymnasium.

All prospective athletes who plan on playing next year or participating in summer camps should attend.



Also, open gym sessions begin May 3 and run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Call Cory Hitchcock at (970) 901-7118 for more information.



The 46th annual Crystal River Races take place May 7-8 in Carbondale. This race is part of the Colorado High School Whitewater Cup, a four-race kayaking series that was founded by Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s Peter Benedict (math faculty and kayak program manager), and friends, 10 years ago.

This series is open to kayakers of all ages, but was created as a high school league with an emphasis on youth boating. The series features three different disciplines of kayaking, including downriver, slalom and freestyle. In order to be eligible for the Cup, each competitor must compete in all three disciplines.

The Crystal River Races are the final races in the series and the overall cup champion and individual discipline winners will be awarded.

The Crystal River Races begin May 7 in Glenwood Springs with a freestyle clinic and competition at the “wave” in Glenwood Springs. On May 8, boaters can compete in a downriver race beginning at the River Valley Ranch-Crystal River Bridge at 11 a.m. and finishing at the CRMS bridge on County Road 106. Following the downriver race, there will be a slalom race at the CRMS bridge beginning at 1 p.m. and concluding with an awards ceremony. All three races promise great spectator opportunities.

In the morning prior to the start of the Crystal River Races, there will be a river clean-up in conjunction with the Roaring Fork Conservancy meeting in Carbondale at Miner’s Park at 8 a.m.

For more information on all the races, visit http://www.crms.org (see home page under “events”).

The second annual Emily Johnson Play It Forward 3v3 Soccer Tournament is set for June 4-6 at Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus.

Johnson, a Coal Ridge High School student/soccer captain (Class of 2010), died in late 2008 from injuries sustained in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident. She saved several lives through the donation of her organs and tissues and has since inspired others to make a difference in the lives of others by “paying it forward.” The tournament is a way to honor her memory.

Friday night will feature the Colorado Mountain United soccer club, a team of local athletes, taking on a Fort Collins-based women’s team. The 3v3 tournament begins Saturday morning and will continue through Sunday, with boys and girls teams from U8 to U18 and an adult co-ed bracket.

Entry fees are $150 per team and proceeds will be used to fund two scholarships for Coal Ridge seniors. Some of the funds will also go to local and global charities.

For more information and to register a team, visit http://www.emilyjohnsonplayitforward.org.

The MS 5K Run takes place May 15 at the No Name rest area at 8 a.m. A pancake breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m.

Entertainment will be provided by Defiance Stringband, Cookie the Clown, Glenwood Springs High School’s cheerleaders, Glenwood Percussion Ensemble and more.

The run costs $25. Register at walkMScolorado.org. For information, call (888) 925-5265.


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