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The Glenwood Springs Middle School seventh-grade girls basketball team pulled off a hard-fought tournament championship at the Eagle seventh- and eighth-grade Invitational on Jan. 27. Glenwood battled through five games, winning the nine-team, double-elimination tournament.

Glenwood downed Rifle in the title game. Glenwood’s eighth-grade team, which was also in the tournament, advanced to the title game, but couldn’t come away with a win.

Three members of the Glenwood Springers Winter Track Club wrapped up their season schedule in fine style at the Colorado Indoor Championships Saturday. The meet, held in the Balch Fieldhouse on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder, annually concludes the indoor season by crowning champions in each event for each age group. None of the Springers returned to Glenwood with a championship, but each athlete proved to be ready for competition.



Melissa Buchanan, Meg Waibel and Kellen Fockler all turned in season-best performances while competing in the intermediate (15-16) division. Buchanan led the way with a third-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:34.34) and followed that up with a fourth-place ribbon in the 1500 run (5:30.07). Both were season bests.

Speedy Meg Waibel garnered a fifth-place ribbon in the 400 dash (1:04.73) and scored another season best in the 200 dash (29.12).



Not to be outdone, fellow GSHS sophomore Kellen Fockler also ran his fastest races of 2007 with times of 2:25.65 and 5:06.88 in the 800 and 1500 runs respectively.

Larry Schmueser won all four of his matches this weekend in the Colorado Youth State Wrestling Tournament to take the 91-pound state championship.

The eighth-grader, who will be attending Rifle High School next year, won his title match by a 7-4 decision.

Other area youth wrestlers Colt Rohrig, Dallas Rohrig, Coy Zang and Trevor Larson also competed in the tournament.

Glenwood Springs High School will be holding a spring sports meeting tonight (Feb. 7) at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the high school.

All spring athletes and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend as all necessary paperwork will be handed out.

Three Rivers Little League will be holding player registration today and Thursday, Feb. 7-8, from 5-7 p.m. at Glenwood Springs Elementary, Carbondale Middle School and Basalt Middle School. The league is for ages 8-14 for players from around the region.

Washington state high school baseball hall-of-fame coach Peter Doumit Sr., along with the Rifle High School baseball coaches, will be hosting a one-day baseball clinic in the gyms at Rifle High School on Feb. 17

Doumit has coached nine players that went on to play professionally and received the Northwest Baseball Coaches Achievement Award in 2006.

The clinic will run from 8-11:30 a.m. for players ages 8-12 and from 12:30-4 p.m. for players ages 13-18. The cost is $10. Brochures are available at the Rifle Recreation Department. Registration can be done in advance or half an hour before the clinic.

Information: Troy Phillips, 625-5376 or 625-7770.


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