Sports Briefs |

Sports Briefs

Held Sunday, Jan. 8

8- and 9-year-old boys

First place – Cole Rogers (Meeker Elementary)

Second place – Austin White (St. John Elementary)

8-9 girls

First place – Erin Flaherty (Cactus Valley Elementary)

Second place – Haley Mathews (St. John Elementary)

10-11 boys

First place – Christopher Scherbarth (Meeker Elementary)

Second place – Carter Sturgeon (Rifle Middle School)

10-11 girls

First place – Mackenzie Crawford (New Castle)

Second place – Shaya Chenoweth (St. John Elementary)

12-13 boys

First place – John Parker (Riverside Middle School)

12-13 girls

First place – Halle Ahrens (Meeker Middle School)

Second place – Amanda Scherbarth (Meeker Middle School)

Note: First-place winners advance to the Mountain District Hoop Shoot, to be held in Rifle on Jan. 22 at Rifle Middle School.

The Sopris Barracudas swim team will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center pool from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Kids 6 and older can bring their suit and join current team members in the pool for games, and parents can learn more about this year-round swim program.

Starting in February, the team will also offer a fitness group dedicated to swimmers getting ready for the transition to the high school level or who want to keep in shape for high school swimming.

Learn more at or contact Jeff Tuttle at

Attention ice anglers: Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Rifle Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 14th annual Ice Fishing Tournament at Rifle Gap State Park this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21-22.

This two-day event is an opportunity to ice fish in a family-friendly setting. Prizes will be awarded for largest rainbow trout, brown trout and yellow perch.

For adults 18 and older, there are cash prizes for the top five lengths for each species. There will also be prizes for youths between 11 and 17 years old and for kids ages 10 and under. The lucky angler who lands the biggest fish will win a chance at $20,000.

All participants must register with the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce at or at 625-2085. A valid daily or annual Colorado State Park pass is required for all vehicles entering the park, and a valid Colorado fishing license is also required.

As always, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds ice fishermen to take common-sense precautions when venturing onto the ice. Always fish with a partner and always drill test holes to determine ice thickness.

Each angler should wear a life jacket and carry ice picks, 50 feet of rope and a cell phone. Park rangers also recommend that anglers stay away from cracks, pressure ridges and slushy or darker areas that signify thinner ice.

For more information about this event, contact the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce at or 625-2085.

In spite of a lack of snow on the Rio Grande Trail, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is still in full preparation for its Town to Town Tour on Saturday, Jan. 21, and the organization needs volunteers.

The Town to Town Tour is a family-friendly cross-country ski and snowshoe event from Aspen to Basalt along the Rio Grande Trail.

The 19-mile, Aspen-to-Basalt tour is the primary fundraiser for RFOV and helps the organization conduct important trail and conservation work in the warmer months.

RFOV needs more than 75 volunteers to help accommodate these numbers. RFOV needs help with the following duties: snow-blowing and shoveling the day before the event, registration, crossing guard help, setup and takedown and more. All volunteers are invited to attend the post-race party.

Sign up for the Town to Town Tour at Email or call the office at 927-8241.

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