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2006 Winter Olympics Games athlete Jason Smith will be honored by his home town of Basalt with parade at 4 p.m. Friday. The parade takes place on Midland Avenue. Events include Smith receiving a proclamation from Basalt Mayor Leroy Duroux and a post-parade autograph and photo session at Town Center Booksellers, 211 Midland Ave.Junior Gents kick off rugby season in DenverThe Roaring Fork Junior Gentlemen got their first taste of competitive action last weekend at a tournament in Denver.In four games, the local team finished with an 0-3-1 mark against more experienced teams but played well, according to head coach Rob Hurley. The Junior Gents earned a 2-2 tie with Boulder. In other contests, the Gents lost 1-0 decisions to Ponderosa and Bailey along with a 2-1 loss to Green Mountain.Tony DiBacco had both Gents scores in the Boulder game. Riley Eaton scored the team’s lone try against Green Mountain. Buddy Werner racers prep for last runs this weekendThe final weekend for junior Buddy Werner ski racers will be held Saturday and Sunday at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Action begins with slalom races at 10 a.m. on Sunlight’s Dotsero Run.On Sunday, junior racers from across the Western Slope compete in the Buddy Werner Council Championship Giant Slalom at 10 a.m. on the Joslin Run. Each racer makes two runs. Each race is considered a separate race. The top ten best times are awarded ribbons and medals.Information: Bob Lockard, 618-2101CRMS Nordic ski team has successful seasonIn various events held statewide, Colorado Rocky Mountain School Alpine team skiers earned a number of accolades. Freshman Amon Barker qualified for the Junior Olympics. At Colorado High School Activities Association Ski championships at Winter Park, Carbondale resident Fred Norquist took ninth place in the giant slalom. Senior Nikola Kerkoff finished 13th in the slalom. Sydney Schachter and Katie Fales finished among the top forty racers in the slalom and giant Slalom, respectively.Six Sopris Barracudas compete in state meetSix Sopris Barracuda swimmers qualified for the State Championship Silver State Meet last weekend at the University of Denver. Lily Thorsen, Jack Cassidy and Rebecca Carcaterra all competed in multiple events in the 10-and-under division. Kelly Cassidy, Aleida Eide and Cole Newman all raced in the 11-12-year-old category.Pee Wee wrestling now accepting registrationThe Glenwood Springs recreation department is now accepting registration for the Pee Wee wrestling program. The program runs April 3-27 and is open to boys and girls in grades third though sixth. It will be taught by the Glenwood Springs High School wrestling team and coaching staff. Registration deadline is March 27.Information: Shannon Derby, 384-6314Soccer coaches neededCoaches are needed for the Basalt Soccer Club for the spring 2006 season at both competitive and non-competitive levels.Information: BSC, 927-0523, ext. 507 AVSC racer earns Junior Olympic spot Aspen Valley Ski Club alpine J3 (13-14 years) racer Micah Evonitz, a seventh-grader at Carbondale Middle School, earned a spot on the Rocky Mountain Division boys Junior Olympic team after the final qualifying races at Winter Park February 18-19. Evonitz raced in the J4 (11-12) Junior Olympics last season, and will be headed to Vail as a first-year J3 racer. The J3 Rocky/Central Junior Olympics will be in Vail March 5-11.


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