Area Sports Briefs
The Bear wrestling team braved harsh conditions and were rewarded fully at the Who’s Bad Rocky Mountain National Tournament in Broomfield on Dec. 30.
Five wrestlers, including Larry Schmueser from Rifle Middle School’s squad, made the trip, and two placed in the top two.
James Conrardy took first place in the 199-pound weight class by recording three pins and one major decision. Schmueser took second in the 88-pound, 15-and-under category after one tech win and two decision victories before falling in the championship match.
Branton Brown, Dano Fagita and James Martinez all made it to the third round before being knocked out.
Rifle will be back on the mats on Saturday when the Bears compete in the Eagle Valley Invitational.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife, Roaring Fork Conservancy and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails welcomes snowshoers to join them tonight from 6:30-8 p.m. to explore 74 acres at Emma Open Space under the moonlight.
Space is limited for the event, which is part of the Roaring Fork Conservancy 2007 Watershed Explorations. Call 927-1290 X11 to register.
Sunlight Mountain Resort will be hosting its 20th annual Skier Appreciation Day on Friday. Lift tickets will be $15 on Friday or $12 if they are bought in advance.
There will be a 1980s theme and Sunlight will be giving prizes away throughout the day.
Students in the Garfield County Re-1 and Re-2 School Districts who attend class on Friday will receive a lift ticket voucher redeemable for a $10 lift ticket on Sunday. Teachers who show documentation of working for either of the districts can ski free on Sunday.
The Hour of Power bouldering competition sanctioned by the American Bouldering Series and USA Climbing will take place at the Glenwood Springs Community Center Climbing Wall on Friday.
There will be male and female divisions for ultra (ages 7-11), juniors (12-19) and open (20 and up). Fees are $17 for juniors, $20 for open and there will be a $5 discount for ABS members.
Ultra and novice juniors will climb from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and then the wall will be open for open and junior expert climbers from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
A red-point format will be used including a separate youth competition. A series of 30 different bouldering problems will challenge novice to expert climbers in a non-competitive environment that fosters participants to climb their best.
The Carbondale Ice Rink will host its annual Community Ice Skating Party on Friday from 6-7:30 p.m. There will be a bonfire and hot chocolate and hot dogs and marshmallows for roasting.
Sunlight Mountain Resort will be offering skiing and snowboarding lessons for ages 7-14 beginning Saturday. Registration for the Snow Riders Club is available at the Carbondale Recreation Department.
The Grand Junction Volleyball Club is co-hosting the Friendship Tournament with the Defiance Volleyball Club (Glenwood Springs) Jan. 13 at Coal Ridge High School.
It is one of a six part tournament series. The other five tournaments will be held at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.
Part of the Gold Cup Series, the tournament is for boys and girls 10-14 years old and is for teams from as far away at Steamboat Springs, Durango and Basalt. As many as 30 teams are expected to participate in the series this year.
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It was a close game, but after some thrilling back-and-forth plays the Rifle Bears were able to pull off the 28-20 victory over The Academy on May 1.