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New Castle's Brecken Guccini celebrates on top of a podium after winning the all-around state championship at the 2015 Colorado USA Gymnastics Xcel Bronze and Gold State Championships in Centennial earlier this month.
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New Castle’s Guccini wins youth gymnastics state title

Brecken Guccini won the all-around state championship during the weekend of June 12 to 14 at the 2015 Colorado USA Gymnastics Bronze & Gold Championships in Centennial.

Guccini, a Level 5 gymnast, posted a final score of 36.5 out of a possible score of 40 in four events. Those included a 9.25 in vault, and 8.6 on the balance beam, a 93 on the floor exercise and a score of 9.25 on the uneven bars.

The 12-year-old Guccini, who lives in New Castle, attends Synergy Gymnastics Academy in Rifle. Her top all-around score in the state event helped her beat out 17 other competitors from around Colorado. She had to compete at events in Montrose, Grand Junction, Gypsum, Glenwood Springs and Delta to qualify for the state meet.


Rifle High School to host football camp Aug. 10 to 13

The Rifle High School football team will host the annual Rifle Bears Football Camp, which is scheduled for Aug. 10 to 13 at Bears Stadium in Rifle.

The camp will be broken into two separate age groups: kindergarten through sixth grade and seventh through 12th grade. The younger groups will go from 5 to 6:30 p.m. each day, with the older group going from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Cost is $25 per camper with a $50 family maximum. All campers will receive a T-shirt, and individual awards will be distributed daily. Registration will be done on the first day of the camp at the football field.

Information: Head coach Damon Wells, 970-625-4577, or assistant coach Jonathan Rice, 970-625-0442.


Firecracker 4K race scheduled for July 4

Registrations are being accepted for the annual Firecracker 4K, which will take place in Glenwood Springs on July 4.

The race, which will be organized by the Glenwood Springs Lions Club, will serve as a fundraiser for the Lion’s Vision support program. The run will start and finish at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood, with a half-mile fun run for children following.

Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for racers 17 and younger until July 2. Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m., with the race beginning at 8 a.m.

Information/registration:, or Joe Mollica, 970-945-0391.

Annual Hogback Hustle 5K race takes place on July 11

The annual Hogback Hustle 5K Family Fun Run/Walk will take place July 11 in New Castle.

The race, which serves as the fifth of six races in the Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series, will start in the New Castle City Market parking lot and end in downtown New Castle at Burning Mountain Park. Water and a post-race breakfast will be provided at the finish line.

Cost is $25 per person and will go up to $30 for registrations received after July 8. All proceeds will go to benefit the New Castle Lions Club.

Information/registration: New Castle Recreation, 970-984-3352, or


Practices under way for Defiance Rugby Club

The Defiance Rugby Club has begun preparations for the upcoming season with a regular practice schedule at Glenwood Park in Glenwood Springs.

Defiance, the rugby team in Glenwood Springs, will hold practices at 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday at the park. Anyone who is interested in playing is welcome to attend and participate.

The regular season will last from the middle of June until August. Defiance opened the season June 13 against Steamboat Springs at Glenwood Park.

Information: Sean McDermott, 970-355-9865.


Free youth tennis sessions in Glenwood Springs

Roaring Fork Valley Junior Tennis is hosting its summer drop-in sessions.

Drop-in sessions are free of charge and will be held in Aspen, El Jebel and Glenwood Springs. Sessions in Glenwood will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. each Friday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center Tennis Courts.

Sessions are open to players ages 11-17. All sessions are free of charge.

Information/registration:, or

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