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Glenwood Springs made a showing at the 2007 4-on-4 Middle School Volleyball Championships in Grand Junction.

Twenty-two teams from 10 different middle schools made the trek to Mesa State College, and Glenwood’s eighth-graders earned a ninth-place finish.

Teams were divided into seventh- and eighth-grade divisions, and players had to be from the same school in order to participate.



Messiah Lutheran School of Grand Junction won the seventh-grade title, and Bayfield Middle School (east of Durango) were crowned the eighth-grade champs.

The Glenwood Ice U14 girls soccer team were among the 16 squads making the trip to Edwards this past weekend to participate in the Vail Valley Challenge Cup.



Starting off at a disadvantage with three key players at a middle school volleyball tournament, the Ice managed a 2-all tie ” despite having no substitutes ” with Arsenal White in the tourney opener. Holly Brown and Corey Gera had goals for Glenwood in that one.

After winning the volleyball tournament, the missing players returned in time for the second game. But the weather took a turn for the worse as the Ice faced off against and tied Real Colorado White, 1-1, on Saturday night. Sleet was falling as Real scored a goal in the first half. Michaela Mansfield of Glenwood took an assist from Brown and scored a goal in the second half to draw even.

By Sunday morning, the weather had cleared, but Glenwood’s shot at making the semifinals looked dismal. The Ice’s final flight game against Explosion Gold ended in yet another tie ” this time with matching 2s.

After surrendering the first goal, Brown scored twice to give the Ice the lead. On the second goal, Mansfield drove the ball up the field and collided with the Explosion keeper. While both girls were on the ground, Brown charged in and kicked the ball into an undefended net.

In the second half, the Explosion notched the tying goal.

The ties weren’t enough to send Glenwood to the semis. Arsenal White instead went.

Glenwood gets a weekend off before returning to league play Oct. 20 when they host Club United Black of Loveland at Gates Soccer Complex (CMC-Spring Valley).

Glenwood (Hill) stomped Aspen (Beirte) by a count of 28-0 in Division II Three Rivers Youth Football League play over the weekend.

Amassing 193 yards of offense, the Glenwood fifth- and sixth-graders coasted.

Henry Hill finished with 120 yards and three touchdowns, including a 65-yard kickoff return for a score. Justin Barham caught two passes for 54 yards, rushed for 38 yards and had a 25-yard punt return for a score. Travis Lundin added 24 yards rushing and 66 yards in the air.

On defense, Glenwood’s Cole Adams and Jake Gentry had interceptions.

Defiance Volleyball Club will be having an organizational coaches meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at Fiesta Guadalajara in Glenwood Springs. All current and new coaches are welcome to attend, as well as those who might have an interest in being a head or assistant volleyball coach for the 2008 season. For more information, please contact club director Denise Greene at greene@sopris.net or 984-3813.


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