Area sports briefs have little bit of everything
Roan Cliff Chaos
Registrations are now being accepted for the annual Roan Cliff Chaos mountain bike race on Saturday and Sunday, June 15-16 north of Rifle on the Bureau of Land Management’s JQS area.
A cross country race is scheduled for 8 a.m. June 15 with a new and more challenging course than last year. It will span a six-mile loop through BLM land on the JQS Trail. Beginner, sport racer and expert divisions will be available.
A hill climb race is set for 8 a.m. June 16, and will feature a 2,600-foot vertical climb in seven miles. Separate divisions for beginners, intermediates and advanced riders are available.
Cost is $25 for one race and $40 for two races.
Information/registration: Rifle Recreation, 665-6570, or rifleco.org.
New league forming
The Colorado Roaring Fork Junior Team Tennis League is in the process of forming in the Roaring Fork Valley.
The league will provide players ages 18 and under the opportunity for organized team play on a regular schedule. Local facilities around the area will host the matches, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Thursday, beginning June 20.
Information/registration: (970) 927-4693.
Hershey Track Meet
The annual Hershey Track and Field meet will make its return to Rifle at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at Bears Stadium.
The national program includes a softball throw, standing long jump, relays, sprint and distance running events. Participants can be from ages 9-14. Children from age 3-8 will be invited to participate, but will not be eligible for state competition.
Winners can advance to state and national competitions. Registration is free.
The Western Slope Soccer League is forming a multiple-aged youth league for the fall of 2013.
Registration for all ages ends Saturday, June 28, at the Rifle Recreation Department. Games will be played on weekends and will take place throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
Cost is $70 for players under-10, $75 under-12, $80 under-14 and $90 for under-18.
Information/registration: rifleco.org or 665-6570.
Rockies Skills Challenge
The Colorado Rockies and the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association will hold the Rockies Skills Challenge at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Deerfield Park in Rifle.
Children ages 6-13 will throw and bat for distance and run bases in this annual competition. Winners from the event will advance to a sectional event and have a chance to compete in the state finals at Coors Field in Denver.
Participants must bring a photocopy of their birth certificate, and parents must sign a participation form for their children. No metal or spiked cleats are allowed, and there is no charge.
Registration will take place the day of the event.
Information: Rifle Recreation, 665-6570.
VINTAGE BASE BALL CLINIC
The New Castle Recreation Department will host a free Vintage Base Ball clinic from 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at VIX Ranch Park for anyone interested in participating in a tournament as part of the town’s 125th anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 15.
The tournament will use rules and equipment from the late 1800s. Individual registration is currently being accepted, and teams will be formed following the clinic. Participants receive a uniform top and cap to replicate those worn by the New Castle Blues and Miners team that played other teams from all over the region in the town’s early days.
The registration fee is $35, and includes a uniform top, pants, stockings, ball cap, rules clinic, practices, along with lunch, snacks and beverages during the event.
Information: 984-3352 or newcastlerec.com.
A fast pitch softball clinic for girls ages 8-15 is scheduled for 8-10 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, June 3-5, at Deerfield Park in Rifle.
Registration is $30 and can be done at the Rifle Recreation Department, 202 Railroad Ave.
Information: Coach Cindy Skinner, 665-7777
Walk/Run For Their Lives 5K
The sixth annual Walk/Run For Their Lives 5K will take place Saturday, June 1, at the Stoney Ridge Ball Field in Silt.
The race, which begins at 8:30 a.m., is a benefit for the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation. The foundation rehabilitates and releases injured and orphaned animals. There will also be an open house and yard sale following the race on the foundation property, which is free to all runners and $10 for others. Preregistration is $20, and race-day registration is $25.
Information: Sandy, (970) 987-3593.
Girls basketball camp
Coal Ridge High School will host the Lady Titans summer basketball camp from June 17-20 at the Coal Ridge gymnasium.
The camp will be from 10 a.m. to noon each day for girls entering third through eighth grades. Campers are asked to wear a T-shirt and shorts with appropriate shoes and to bring a water bottle.
Cost is $60 per player, and registrations can be mailed or dropped off at Coal Ridge High School, 35947 Highway 6, New Castle, CO 81647. Mail-in registrations will be accepted through Saturday, June 1, and walk-up registrations are welcomed.
Information: Damon Martinez, (970) 948-8037, or email@example.com.
YOUTH VOLLEYBALL CAMP
Coal Ridge High School’s volleyball team will host a youth volleyball camp from Monday through Thursday, June 3-6, for boys and girls in grades 2 through 9.
The first session will run from 10 a.m. to noon for grades 2-6, and the second will be from 1-4 p.m. for grades 7-9.
Cost is $50 for preregistration for the first session and $70 for the second.
Information: Scott Black, (970) 309-0359, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new wrestling club has been formed for wrestlers of all skill levels from 5-18 years old.
The Roaring Fork Wrestling Club is coached by Jason Gleasman, P.J. Bory, Ryan Bradley and Thaddeus Eshelman. Gleasman is a two-time world champion, seven-time national champion and a 1996 Olympian. Bory was an NCAA tournament qualifier and an Atlantic Coast Conference champion.
Fundraising opportunities will be available to help cover the cost for any and all athletes. The cost for the season is $200.
Information: (719) 243-0791 or email email@example.com.
British soccer camp
The Parachute/Battlement Mesa Recreation District is hosting the second-annual Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp from Aug. 5-9 at Cottonwood Park in Parachute.
The camp will emphasize fundamental and advanced instruction for diverse age groups.
The New Castle Recreation Department, in partnership with Lakota Canyon Ranch, is offering golf programs for youth and adults, beginning in early June.
Adult golf clinics are offered from 6:30-8 p.m. monthly on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. The cost is $99 per person for four classes. Students should bring their own clubs, but rentals are available on a limited basis.
Junior golf clinics for ages 6-17 are offered from 2-4:30 p.m. June 11-13, and 2-4 p.m. July 22-25. Group instruction will include grip, stance, posture, correct swing technique and proper golf etiquette. Students need at least three clubs (putter, pitching wedge and a 7 iron). Cost is $99 per session and includes a hat and barbecue on the last day.
A junior golf league for ages 6-17 is offered on Monday afternoons from 1:30-4 p.m. June 17-July 29. The registration fee is $119, and all participants receive a T-shirt and barbecue on the last day. Pre-registration is required.
Information/registration: newcastlerec.com or 984-3352.
The New Castle Recreation Department is offering a disc golf clinic and mini-tourneys at the Fire Mountain course at Coal Ridge Park. The clinic will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, for $10 per person. Mini-tourneys will be conducted on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. on June 12, July 10 and Aug. 7. The fee is $25 for all three tournaments, or $10 each. Preregistration is required.
Information: newcastlerec.com or 984-3352.
The fifth-annual Emily Johnson Play it Forward 3-on-3 Soccer Tournament will take place Friday-Sunday, 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. Adult and co-ed divisions are also available, and a competitive and recreational division will be included. Exhibition games featuring all-league award winners in the Class 3A and 4A Western Slope Leagues will be held on June 7. The boys game will be played at 5 p.m., 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.
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