Citizen Telegram Sports Briefs – Aug. 15, 2013 |

Citizen Telegram Sports Briefs – Aug. 15, 2013


Community park fund-raiser

The third annual Community Classic Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Battlement Mesa Golf Course. The event raises funds for the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park & Recreation District and the construction of a community park.

The park design, engineering, soil and site surveys have been completed and site preparation work is scheduled to take place soon.

Teams are welcome to sign up for the four-player team scramble. Individuals can sign up, too, to be placed on a team. Tee-off will be at 10 a.m., registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. A complimentary continental breakfast will be available. Men will hit from the silver tee box and women from the bronze. There will be numerous hole prizes, place prizes, course games and a barbecue lunch with drawings for terrific prizes following play.

Sponsors are also sought for the tournament, including $500 event sponsorships, $100 hole sponsors, $300 team sponsors and prize donors.

Registration forms are at the Battlement Mesa Golf Course. Entry fee is $300 per team or $75 per player. Tax-deductible checks can be made out to the district.

For more information, call Mary Anderson at the district office, 285-0388; Jason Franke at the golf course, 285-7274; or Jerry Mohrlang, event chairman, 285-1167.


Flag football

The New Castle Recreation Department is accepting registration for flag football leagues for boys and girls in third and fourth grades, with adults beginning play in early September.

Youth flag football is coed, and includes 1-2 practices a week, with league games against other local teams. The format is 5-on-5 non-contact, with the focus on skill development, teamwork and fun. Registration is $50 before Aug. 30, and includes a T-shirt.

The adult league is also coed 5-on-5 non-contact program league patterned after the popular NFL Flag Football program. League play is scheduled for Wednesday evenings, and the team registration fee is $150 by Aug. 28.

Registration can be done by phone at 984-3352, or online at


The New Castle Recreation Department is offering a free pickleball clinic at Hot Shot Park from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 26.

Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, table tennis and volleyball. It is played on a court with a hard paddle and small wiffle ball. Participants do not need to be athletically gifted to play, and it is much easier to learn than many other traditional sports. All necessary equipment will be provided.

Information: New Castle Recreation, 984-3352.


Volleyball programs for both youth and adults will be offered by New Castle Recreation this fall.

An “Introduction to Volleyball” program is offered for boys and girls in third and fourth grades that includes weekly practices and scrimmage matches on Tuesday evenings. The fee is $40 before Sept. 3 and includes a T-shirt.

The volleyball league for children in grades five and six prepares young players to advance their skills with one to two practices a week and scheduled matches against other area teams. The league fee is $60 before Sept. 3 and includes a T-shirt.

The Adult Mixed Quads League is self-officiated, and perfect for both recreational and competitive teams. Teams are required to have at least one female on the court at all times, and league play will be on Tuesday evenings beginning in early September, and it continues through October. League registration fees are $120 per team, while free agent (individual) registration is $30 per person.

Preregistration is required for each program and can be done in person at the New Castle Community Center, online at, or by phone at 984-3352.


Running club forming in Rifle

The Rifle Running Club is starting, and it’s 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:

Information: Stephanie Barnett, (970) 274-3491, or

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