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Area sports briefs

Three Meeker residents along with competitors from Rifle, Parachute and New Castle have advanced to this month’s district level competition of the annual Elks Hoop Shoot free-throw contest by winning the local event, held in Rifle on Jan. 15.

Piper Haney of Meeker and Austin Knight from Rifle won their respective divisions involving 8-9 year-old girls and boys. Parachute resident Lucus Nicholson earned the 10-11 boys local title. Taylor Nielson of Meeker won the 10-11 girls championship.

Levi Hendrickson of New Castle and Meeker resident Gianna Casias had the highest scores among 12-13 boys and girls, respectively.

Instructors from Planet Hockey will conduct sessions on Saturday, Jan. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 25, for beginning to high intermediate hockey players at the Glenwood Community Center ice rink.

Sessions consist of 41⁄2 hours of on-ice instruction along with an hour of yoga training, plus a one-hour off-ice classroom lecture.

Cost is $178 for both sessions or $99 per single session if registered by Jan. 14.

Information: 384-6313;

The eighth-annual Rifle Gap Ice Fishing Tournament takes place this weekend, weather permitting at Rifle Gap State Park. Categories include: Adult, 11-17, and 10 and younger, with rainbow trout, brown trout and yellow perch divisions in each category.

Winners must comply with the event’s official rules and could take home prizes from $50 to $500 or the grand prize of $20,000.

Information: 625-2085, ext. 2, or

The Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department’s Outdoor Club is joining forces with the professional guides from Sunlight Mountain Education Center for a day of backcountry hiking and skiing on William’s Peak on Jan. 30. All avalanche safety equipment will be provided, including probe poles, transceivers, shovels, skins, snowshoes and Alpine Trekkers. Strong skiing and riding skills required. Participants have to be within the 12 to 17-year-old range and will need to provide their own ski and snowboard gear, a backpack and a lunch. Registration will be held until Wednesday and the cost is $45 for residents and $54 for non-residents.

Information: 384-6301

The Roaring Fork girls and boys varsity games on Friday at Cedaredge have been moved forward by 30 minutes. The girls will play at 6 p.m. and the boys will play at 7:30 p.m.

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