Area Sports Briefs
New Castle soccer
A pair of soccer players from New Castle, Alonso “Ocho” Pacheco and Joshua Fulk, along with coach Alonso Pacheco, will compete as members of the America of Colorado U-13 team at the upcoming President’s Cup National Championships in Auburndale, Fla., July 11-14.
As guest players for the America of Colorado team based out of Aurora, the younger Pacheco and Fulk qualified for the championships by going undefeated at the regional qualifying tournament on June 16 in Boise, Idaho, including a 3-2 victory in the tournament title game.
The team also won the Colorado President’s Cup Tournament last fall. The America team from Aurora is the first boys’ team in Colorado to qualify to play for the National President’s Cup tournament.
Women’s soccer exhibition
Colorado Mountain United women’s soccer team, a group of area all-star girls soccer players, will host the Colorado Rapids women in an exhibition match 7 p.m. July 6 at Gates Soccer Park on the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley campus.
The local team will feature current and former players from Coal Ridge and Rifle High School, including Coal Ridge graduate Kelsey Fauser and junior-to-be Amanda Wentzel. Players from Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork will also play.
The Rapids women, a professional women’s soccer team, are affiliated with the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer.
Information: Steve White, (970) 379-7192, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth mini camps
Sports mini camps for children aged 8-12 will be offered this summer by the New Castle Recreation Department.
The mini camps will be held from 9 a.m. to noon each Tuesday through Thursday at various parks around town throughout the summer. Weekly themes include baseball, soccer, hockey, basketball, volleyball, football and others. Cost is $40 per week.
Information/registration: 984-3352 or newcastlerec.com.
The New Castle Recreation Department is accepting registration for the Hogback Hustle 5K Run & Family Fun Walk on Saturday, July 13.
The New Castle Lions Club will host the event. A 1K kids fun run is also offered for $10 by July 11, $15 after.
The Hogback Hustle is the fifth of six races in the Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series. It begins in the City Market parking lot, winds through Castle Valley and finishes at Burning Mountain Park in downtown New Castle. A post-race breakfast is provided for all participants.
Preregistration is $22 by July 10, and $27 after. The first 100 registrations will receive a goodie bag and a T-shirt.
Information/registration: newcastlerec.com or 984-3352.
Half marathon, 10K race
The Glenwood Springs Half Marathon and 10K, a part of the Endurance Race Series Colorado, will be held Sunday, Sept. 1, starting at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.
The trails for the 10K and half marathon will go up Red Mountain, and the race will start and finish at the center. Runners will descend down Red Mountain Road, back to a singletrack, which will wind them to the finish line. Aid stations will be located every two miles with water, Gatorade and more. The terrain for the half marathon is 60 percent dirt road.
Cost is $60 for the half marathon and $30 for the 10K, and an extra $5 late fee will be added for registrations after Aug. 20. No registrations will be taken after Aug. 29.
The Endurance Race Series Colorado is a series of half marathons and 10Ks throughout the summer. Race sites include the Keystone Resort Half Marathon and 10K Trail Race on July 21, and the Beaver Creek Half Marathon and 10K on Aug. 10.
The Rifle Running Club is starting and in the process of recruiting members.
The club is being formed as an outlet for runners in Rifle, Parachute, Silt and New Castle to network with each other, connect with runners in the area, and share goals and common interests.
Weekly runs will be held at 9 a.m. each Saturday, and the run site will be announced on the club’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/RifleRunnersClub.
Information: Stephanie Barnett, (970) 274-3491 or email@example.com.
Challenger soccer camp
New Castle Recreation will host the Challenger Soccer Camp at VIX Park from July 29 through Aug. 2.
Challenger features coaches from England and offers the First Kick program for ages 3-4 from 9-10 a.m., mini-soccer for ages 4-6 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, half-day player development for ages 6-12 from 9 a.m. to noon and Golden Goal for ages 6-12 from 1-3 p.m.
Registration is $84 for First Kicks, $100 for mini-soccer, $124 for half-day and $51 for Golden Goal. Preregistration is required and must be done online at challengersports.com.
British soccer camp
The Parachute/Battlement Mesa Recreation District is hosting the second annual Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp, Monday through Friday, 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 is offering a new Tiny Tumblers program for children ages 2-8.
Tiny Tumblers offers parents a break while the toddlers learn balance, flexibility and daytime fun. Classes are conducted from 11-11:45 a.m. Tuesday mornings at the New Castle Community Center from July 9-30.
Cost is $25 for four classes, and registration can be done online at newcastlerec.com.
Information: New Castle Recreation, 984-3352.
Adult recreation programs
The New Castle Recreation Department is offering a variety of summer sports programs for adults.
A mixed-quads volleyball league, with recreational and competitive divisions, will be held Tuesdays at Grand River Park in New Castle.
Other programs include a 3-on-3 soccer league held Monday nights at Alder Park, a 3-on-3 basketball league held Thursday nights at Hot Shot Park, and a pickleball league every Wednesday.
Information/registration: newcastlerec.com or 984-3352.
The New Castle Recreation Department, in partnership with Lakota Canyon Ranch, is offering golf programs for both youth and adults this summer.
Adult golf clinics are offered on Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. monthly throughout the summer, with session three beginning July 9 and running through July 30. Cost is $99 per person for four classes, or $25 for one class. Students should bring their own clubs, but rentals are available on a limited basis.
Junior golf clinics for ages 6-17 are offered July 22-25 from 2-4 p.m. Group instruction will include grip, stance, posture, correct swing technique and proper golf etiquette. Students need at least three clubs (putter, pitching wedge, 7 iron). Cost is per session and includes a hat and barbecue.
Information/registration: newcastlerec.com, or 984-3352.
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