Area Sports Briefs
Devon Conn, a student a Rifle Middle School, earned a spot on the Colorado national team in Barrel Racing and Ribbon Roping on his efforts in the Junior High division at the state finals rodeo held recently in Rocky Ford.Conn, with his new teammates, will compete in the 2006 Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup, N. Mex in July. The event, the largest of it’s type, features more than 800 competitors from 41 states and Canadian provinces.
Late registrations are still being taken for today’s Alpine Bank Junior Shootout at Rifle Creek Golf Course. The Colorado Junior Golf Association-sanctioned event is for golfers, ages 4-18. The tournament starts at 1 p.m., then continues with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday. Entry fees are $25 for players 4-12 and $35 for ages 13-18.Information: 625-1093.
The 2006 Hershey youth track meet is on for Wednesday at Glenwood Springs High School’s Stubler Memorial Field, weather permitting. The meet is open to area youth, ages 6-14. Athletes need to bring a copy of their birth certificate to participate. Pre-registration begins at 3:30 p.m. on the south entrance to the track.Information: 384-6311.
The Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department holds the annual Colorado Rockies skills baseball challenge at 5 p.m., Thursday at the Sopris Elementary School baseball fields.This free event is open to boys and girls, ages 6-13. A copy of each child’s birth certificate is required to participate. A competitor’s age is determined by Dec. 31.Separate competitions, divided by age and gender, include baserunning, batting and throwing. Awards will be given to all first-third place winners. Winners from each age group advance to the sectional competition. Entry forms are available at the Glenwood Community Center or online at http://www.glenwoodrec.com.Information: Mary, 384-6301.
Rifle continued it’s swing through Idaho and Utah Thursday, winning the first game 6-3 over Hillcrest, Ida. on a three-hitter from Uriel Quezada. Asa Fix and Eli Snead each had two hits in the contest. Zach Whitmore’s base hit scored two runs.Hillcrest defeated the Bears 12-2 in the nightcap. It was Rifle’s first loss in summer play in five games. Fix, who got the team’s only hit, was the game’s losing pitcher.
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.