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The Sopris Barracudas cleaned up at the weekend’s Delta Barracuda Invitational, finishing second in the combined team score battle. The Sopris girls finished first overall, and the boys placed fourth.

Lupita Negrete led the Barracudas with two first-place finishes, winning both the girls 10-and-under 50-yard butterfly (43.88 seconds) and the 100 fly (1:45.58). She won the latter by more than 15 seconds. Charlie Mechling, who turned 9 in late June and was competing for just the second time in the 9-10 age division, finished third in the 100 fly (2:04.89).

The Barracuda girls scored three relay golds. The 10-and-under 200-medley relay team of Maddi Peltzman, Mechling, Jessica Tuttle and Mariela Martinez won with a time of 3:06.58. The 8-and-under 100-medley relay team of Mae Lang-Burns, Kendall Vanderhoof, Lauren Jean Fetzko and Quincy Dollahan won in 1:46.35.



Ashley Roper, Hannah Grumley, Kelly Cassidy and Keneka Newton teamed up to win the girls 11-12 200-medley relay (2:41.37).

Vanderhoof picked up an individual win the 7-8 girls 25 backstroke (23.0), as did Grumley in the 11-12 girls backstroke (34.84) and Cassidy in the 11-12 girls 50 butterfly (33.11).



Clara Thorsen won the 13-14 girls 200 freestyle (2:24.3) and Lara Trulove won the girls 6-and-under 25 free (36.16).

In the girls 10-and-under 50 breaststroke, Mechling missed out on first by a fraction of a second, finishing a hair behind Montrose’s Hope Morris. Mechling clocked in at 46.95, while Morris posted a 46.75.

Picking up boys wins for the Barracudas were Alex Moore (11-and-over 1,000 freestyle, 13:16.08) and Raphael Joly (senior 200 free, 2:08.79).

Rifle’s summer baseball team polished off a solid, five-win week on Saturday, finishing it up with a 10-0 no-hit pitching performance by Kyle Bond in the second game of a doubleheader against Montrose.

Rifle won the first game 2-1 on a bases-loaded walk by Alex Haynes. The night before, the Bears won a 15-14 nine-inning contest against an alumni team full of past Rifle stars.

On Wednesday, Rifle defeated Grand Junction twice by scores of 13-7 and 12-2.

Next up for the Bears is the July 5-8 Dakota Ridge Tournament in Littleton.

The New Castle Hogback Hustle 5K Run/Walk is slated for July 14 at 8:30 a.m.

Beginning at the New Castle Family Fitness Center and ending at Burning Mountain Park on Main Street, the race route winds around Castle Valley Boulevard to Seventh Street and back to Main Street before ending at Burning Mountain Park.

The Hustle, the first of four races in the Colorado River Valley Race Series, is a benefit for Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers.

Water will be provided at the finish line and at one aid station midway. Post-race breakfast will be available courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 221.

Registration forms can be found online at http://www.newcastlechamber. org.

Information: Eileen Wysocki, 984-9705.

Glenwood Springs Soccer Club has extended the registration deadline to July 15 for fall recreational soccer, open to boys and girls 6-9 years old and girls ages 10-11.

Registration forms are available at http://www.glenwoodsoccer.org or at the Glenwood Springs Library.

Information: 945-6091.

The Glenwood Springs High School cross country team is holding its annual meeting for athletes interested in participating in cross country and their parents on July 18 at 7:15 p.m. at the Glenwood Park soccer field.

Necessary paperwork and important information about the upcoming season will be distributed at the mandatory meeting, which follows a regular team run at 6 p.m.

Information: Mike Schneiter, 309-4795.


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