Area sports briefs
On top of his Class 2A boys basketball state tournament MVP award and helping Grand Valley capture its first ever state title, Sam McKinley has picked up yet another honor.On Thursday, the Cardinal senior was announced as the RockyPreps boys athlete of the week. The guard totaled 70 points, including 13 3-pointers in the tournament.
A list of all-state academic athletes from Glenwood Springs High School was printed in Tuesday’s edition of the Post Independent. The list given to the Post Independent failed to include junior basketball player Chelsea Vallario, who was selected for the team.
The Glenwood Springs Lacrosse Club is holding registration on Monday, March 19, at the Glenwood Insurance Agency, 1605 Grand Ave., Suite K at 5:30 p.m.The club is open to high school players.Information: 379-4128.
Melanie Troxel, an NHRA drag racer from Littleton, was named the Colorado Sportswoman of 2006, announced on March 11.Last year, Troxel, who was also named the Sportswoman of the Year by Billie Jean King’s Women’s Sports Foundation, had a long list of accomplishments: She set the Top Fuel record for most consecutive final round appearances to open a season (5), earned two No. 1 qualifying awards, was nominated for two ESPY awards (best driver and best female athlete) and first female to ever be named a quarterly winner of the prestigious Driver of the Year award.Carbondale kayaker Hanna Farrar, who is a member of the three-person U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Team, was selected as a finalist for the honor in January. Farrar is the first kayaker to be recognized by Sportswoman of Colorado.
Sunlight Mountain Resort will host Spokes on Snow, a dual-slalom mountain bike race down Dotsero with jumps, berms and rollers on Saturday, March 24. With amateur, pro, women’s and under-18 classes, it’s time to dust off the studded snow tires and get those mountain bikes ready for mud season. The race will be held at 10 a.m. Registration is on March 23 from 1-3 p.m. in Sunlight’s Guest Services department and on March 24 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in Sunlight’s lodge. Practice will be held on Friday from 3-5 p.m. (weather permitting) and Saturday from 8-9:30 a.m. Registration is $20 for pro competitors and $15 for all others. A cash purse composed of $5 from each registration fee will be given to the race winners. Information: sunlightmtn.org.
Silt residents Jeanne Blatter and Bernie Boettcher came home from the March 10 U.S. National Showshoe Championships in Maple Grove, Minn., boasting solid performances. Boettcher earned his fourth masters (40-49) championship title and placed sixth overall, while Blatter won the 50-59 age bracket and finished 16th overall.Info: http://www.snowshoeracing.com.
The eighth annual Sequoia Glen 5K run/walk is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m.The race starts and finishes at the base of Mitchell Creek Road in West Glenwood Springs. Registration is $10 and all proceeds go to benefit the library at St. Stephen’s School. Sign-ups begin at 2 p.m. on race day. Walkers are welcome.Information: 945-0979.
The Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for adult co-ed and men’s softball leagues.Competitive D, D-comp and D-rec leagues will be offered for co-ed and competitive and D-comp leagues will be offered for men. Team fees range from $375 to $400.All games are played at Two Rivers or Sayre Park and league play begins on April 9. The season lasts 10 weeks and is capped with an end-of-season tournament.The registration deadline is March 30. A manager’s meeting is scheduled for April 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Information: Shannon Derby, 384-6314.
Sportswomen of Colorado is offering a program to award summer camp scholarship opportunities to girls residing in Colorado who are 9 years old through eighth-grade age.Sports camp opportunities will be offered in a variety of sports during the summer of 2007. Special outreach efforts and financial support will be extended to economically disadvantaged girls.Information: firstname.lastname@example.org; (720) 530-5732.
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The Coal Ridge High boys suffered their first 3A Western Slope League loss of the year Thursday night on the road at Gunnison, falling to the defending league champion Cowboys 65-45.