Area Sports Briefs
After winning tournaments left and right this boys golf season, it was only fitting that Basalt golfers Jim Knous and Connor Rakowski were named to the Class 4A Western Slope all-conference first team. Both helped the Longhorns win the Western Regional last week in Cortez and will be playing at the state championship Oct. 1-2 at the Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield.Rifle golfer Shawn Cruse, who will also be playing at state, and Kaleb Bell of Grand Valley were selected to the second team. Glenwood Springs golfer Bryan Whiting, along with Basalt’s Marty Knous, were given honorable mention.Glenwood Springs head coach Bryan Whiting and Montrose head coach Steve Skiff finished in a tie in the voting for coach of the year.
After trailing for most of the game, the Rifle third- and fourth-grade football team pieced together a come back to beat the Meeker Mustangs 32-26 in Meeker on Sunday.The Mustangs jumped out to a sizable lead in the first half of the game and were able to maintain the lead until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. A rash of penalties such as holding, false starts and clipping calls finally took its toll on the Mustangs, costing two touchdowns and eventually the game.
The Sunlight Ski Club and the Sunlight Volunteer Ski Patrol will be holding their annual Great Ski and Sports Swap GREAT on Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The location is at the Orrison Distributing Warehouse, three miles south of Glenwood Springs on Highway 82. The swap is one of the first of the season so you can count on a great selection of items at great prices. There is a $1 admission fee. If you wish to sell your gear, consignment items will be checked in on Oct. 5 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the warehouse. There is a $1 fee to sell your item and 20 percent of your sale price is donated to support the Sunlight Ski Club and Sunlight Ski Patrol.
Glenwood Springs High School is looking for assistant girls basketball coaches for the freshman and junior varsity levels. Inquiries: Steve Cable, 384-5553.
The 2007 Potato Day Tater/Fossil Trot 5K and 1-mile run/walk will take place Sept. 29 at Hendrick Ranch Soccer Field in Carbondale. The cost to participate is $20 and includes a T-shirt.Preregistration will be available from Sept. 15-28 at the Red Rock Diner in Carbondale. There will also be race-day registration starting at 7 a.m. and awards and a raffle will follow the race. The race will benefit Carbondale Senior Housing and Carbondale Youth Soccer.
The Barracudas will be back in the water at the Glenwood Springs Community Center beginning Oct. 1. New head coach Jamie Kujawa will be leading the team through an expanded winter Short Course season. The Western Slope League will host a minimum of one league meet per month, beginning with a meet in Aspen October 20 and 21. In addition, swimmers will compete in one-day dual or tri meets with nearby teams on a regular basis. The Short Course season will culminate in a Western Slope Short Course Championship meet mid-February, followed by Silver State and State Championships for qualifying swimmers. The Barracudas are tentatively planning to host a league meet at the Community Center Dec. 1-2.Practice will run Monday through Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Community Center. Younger or less experienced swimmers are encouraged to come from 4 – 5:30 p.m., with the more seasoned group practicing from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The program costs $65 per month, plus membership to the Community Center and Colorado Swimming, Inc. Information: http://www.soprisbarracudas.com or call Jessica Hood, 948-8637.
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Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale has had a long tradition of former Rams taking the coaching reins of the school’s basketball teams, including two new head coaches this year.