Citizen Telegram Area Sports Briefs – May 29, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram Area Sports Briefs – May 29, 2014

Golf tournament

The local troops involved with Boy Scouts of America are hosting a Swing for Scouts Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 14, at Lakota Canyon Golf Course in New Castle.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Boy Scout troops in the area. The tournament will begin with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $89 per person and includes green fees, golf cart, dinner and door prizes. A donation to local scout troops will be included.

Information/registration: 984-9700 at the Lakota Canyon Pro Shop, (970) 319-0161 or email

Mountain bike race

The annual Roan Cliff Chaos mountain bike race will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, on the Bureau of Land Management’s JQS area north of Rifle.

The event features a cross-country race for different levels on June 14, with a hill-climb race on June 15. This BLM-permitted bike race series is on desert trails with many desert hazards.

The six-mile cross-country race course has a new look this year, as it has a couple tough climbs and some nice downhill spots to, as event coordinator Wayne Edgeton said, “keep the chaos factor up.” The hill-climb race on June 15 will take bikers up the JQS Road to the top of the Roan Plateau, climbing 2,600 vertical feet over an eight-mile course.

Cost is $25 for one race or $40 for both. Potential participants are encourage to register soon.

Information/registration: Rifle Recreation, 665-6570, or

Volleyball skills camp

The Rifle High School volleyball program will hold a volleyball skills camp Thursday-Saturday, June 5-7, in the school gymnasium.

A session for athletes in grades 3 through 5 will be from 9 a.m. to Noon each day, and a session for athletes in grades 6 through 8 will go from 1 to 4 p.m. The skills camp will go over fundamentals for younger players, along with advanced skills for older players. Cost is $40 for the three-day clinics. The registration deadline is June 5.

Information: Rifle volleyball coach Erin Reider, 665-7779.

Softball clinic

The Rifle High School softball team will hold a girls fast pitch softball clinic Monday-Wednesday, June 2-4, at Deerfield Park’s Taughenbaugh Field.

The clinic will cover fundamentals in throwing, infield and outfield play, hitting and pitching techniques and catcher skills and is for players ages 8 to 15. Cost is $30 for the three-day camp.

Information/registration: Rifle softball coach Cindy Skinner, 625-777 or 625-5079.

Learn to swim

Swimming lessons are available through the Rifle Parks & Recreation Department this summer. All lessons are held at the Art Dague Swimming Pool in Rifle. Lesson levels extend from a parent-tot class for children ages 6 months to 3 years, to Level 6 swimmers with advanced skills.

Session times run from June 9-19, June 23-July 3, July 7-17 and July 21-31.

Registration can be done at the Rifle Recreation office at City Hall, by phone or on the Web.

Information/registration: 665-6570,

Track meet

The annual Hershey Track Meet is scheduled to take place Saturday, June 7, on the track at Bears Stadium at Rifle High School.

Participants of all ages are welcome to take part in the free event. The Hershey Track program is for athletes aged 9 to 14, and it involves local, state and nationwide meets. Events include the softball throw, standing long jump, relay, sprint and distance running events.

Those who perform well have an opportunity to participate in the state and national meet in Hershey, Pa. Children ages 3 to 8 can participate but cannot advance to the state meet. Ages are as of Dec. 31, 2014. Participants must bring a photo copy of their birth certificate to take part, and a parent or guardian must sign a permission form.

Information, preregistration: Rifle Recreation: 665-6570.

Whitewater rafting

The Rifle Recreation Department will offer three whitewater rafting tours in the coming weeks. Supervised trips will take place June 12, June 26 and July 10. Registration deadline for the day trip is six days before each trip. Cost is $37 for participants 5 to 12 years old and $45 for participants 13 or older. Those who are 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Information: Rifle Recreation, 665-6570.

Baseball skills challenge

The Rifle Parks and Recreation Department will host the Colorado Rockies Baseball Skills Challenge at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at Deerfield Park in Rifle.

Participants ages 6 to 13 years old will run bases and throw and bat for distance. Marks and times will be measured, and winners will have a chance to advance to the state event at Coors Field in Denver later this summer.

Participation is free. Parents or guardians must bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate and sign a permission form. Registration will take place the day of the event.

Information: Rifle Parks and Recreation, 665-6570.

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