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Area Sports Briefs

New Castle Recreation is looking for soccer referees for U10 through U14 soccer and will be hosting a Grade 8 soccer referee clinic Aug. 16-18 at the New Castle Town Hall. Clinic times will be from 6-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Information: Lynsey, 984-3352.

The grueling Tour de Frank bicycle race is set for Aug. 17-18.

The two-stage race routes riders from Aspen to Denver and back, covering more than 365 miles with a climb of more than 46,000 feet. Riders traverse several 10,000-foot passes en route.

Aid stations with medical support (three per stage) are provided to riders. Prizes for top female and male round-trip combined times will be awarded.

Registration is $75 and all proceeds benefit Tom’s Door, an interfaith outreach program serving the needy of the Roaring Fork Valley. Racers are responsible for the meals and accommodations in Denver (Morrison) on Friday night.

Contact Frank McSwain at for registration or route inquiries.

New Castle Recreation is taking registration for U14 boys soccer. Practice will start the week of Aug. 20.

Information: Lynsey, 984-3352.

Mark Barlau and Frank Wilkinson led the way in the men’s competition, and Sally Brands ruled the ladies flight at Rifle Creek Golf Course’s annual senior tournament over the weekend.

Marlau shot a gross 146 over two rounds to win the 60 years old and up super senior flight. He beat out Bob Campiglia by three strokes and Gary Snyder by nine.

Wilkinson edged out Campiglia by four strokes, shooting a 145 to top all men’s championship flight scores.

Brands beat out the women with a 177.

Steve Stanek was the men’s first flight winner (160) and Pat Antonelli won the men’s second flight (169).

Marge Fleming (138) had the best net score in the ladies’ flight, while Antonelli (135) topped the men’s super senior flight and Barlau (136) the men’s championship flight.

Rick Lefavor (133) and Newby Sills (135) carded the top net scores in the men’s first and second flights, respectively.

Howard Jay, Sopris Elementary principal and the former longtime coach of the Sopris Barracudas youth swim club, placed sixth overall at Sunday’s Horsetooth 10K Swim at Horsetooth Reservoir outside Fort Collins.

Jay finished in a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes and 31 seconds, a time that topped 54 other competitors. He was fourth overall among men.

Stage 4 of the Tour of Germany saw Glenwood Springs High School graduate Bobby Julich drop from second to seventh place in the overall standings.

The Team CSC rider trails race leader and teammate Jens Voigt by 45 seconds. Julich is one of four Americans, along with third-place George Hincapie, fourth-place Levi Leipheimer and fifth-place Tom Danielson, in the top 10.

The fourth annual Longhorn Stampede will be held Aug. 25 at Basalt High School. The 5K foot race and family walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. at BHS and proceed on to the Rio Grande dirt path and pavement to finish at Southside Park.

Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age group, and all entrants will receive a T-shirt and are eligible for a prize drawing.

The cost is $20 and will benefit the BHS cross country team. Make checks payable to Basalt High School cross country and send them to: Longhorn Stampede, 501 Kiln Court, Basalt, 81621. Race-day registration will also be available and will start at 7:30 a.m.

Information: Ron Lund, 927-3524 or 618-2063.

Carbondale Middle School football for seventh- and eighth-graders begins Monday, Aug. 20. Eighth- graders begin at 8 a.m. and seventh- graders begin at 9:30 a.m. All players must have a sport physical.

Information: Joe Markham, 963-1109.

Soccer player Dru Marlow, sponsored by the Roan Plateau Soccer Association, is hosting a blood drive with the help of St. Mary’s Blood Bank at City Market in Rifle on Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. Free cholesterol screenings will be offered.

Donation is an important service that can save three lives in less than one hour. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days, and platelets have a shelf life of just five days, so a community’s blood supply needs constant replenishment.

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