Area Sports Briefs |

Area Sports Briefs

from staff reports
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

As of late Thursday, Glenwood Springs musher Bill Pinkham was nearing the Yukon Quest dog sled race Whitehorse, Yukon, finish line.

Pinkham last checked in at Braeburn, which sits 100 miles from the finish, Thursday morning. He was in 11th place and can finish as high as 10th place, as the nine mushers have checked in at the finish.

The Yukon Quest spans 1,000 miles and began in Fairbanks, Ala., on Feb. 9.

With rain drenching members of the peloton as it rolled toward San Luis Obispo, Dominique Rollin scored a Stage 4 win in the Tour of California bicycle race on Thursday.

Glenwood Springs High School graduate Bobby Julich finished 30th in Stage 4, which began in Seaside and spanned 135 miles south to San Luis Obispo along a coastal route.

Three stages remain, including today’s fifth stage, a 15-mile time trial from San Luis Obispo to Solvang, which could be a decisive event.

Traveling 10 hours, by charter buses, to a national tournament with over 300 teams paid off for the Front Range Volleyball Club-Mountain Division 17-Crimson and 15-Navy 17-under and 15-under teams, respectively, this past weekend in Omaha, Neb.

Competing against some of the best USA Volleyball club volleyball teams from all over the Midwest helped the young 17-under Mountain Division squad regain their confidence and prepared the Mountain Division 15’s for their debut in Rocky Mountain Region USAV Division I play next weekend.

Playing in the annual President’s Day Tourney, a prelude to the USAV Junior

Olympic National Qualifier season, the Mountain Division 17-Crimson rebounded

well after struggling two weeks ago in RMR-USAV Division I play in their age group. A strong middle blocking performance by Glenwood Springs High School’s Toni

Gottschalk, who was also one of the team’s leading point scorers, helped the young 17-under team finish 17th overall out of 48 teams in their Division.

Even though the Mountain Division 15’s struggled early in the tournament, the young

15-Navy squad extended all of their matches to three sets in the best two-out-of-three match format, but they just couldn’t find the way to victory in the short 15 point tie-breaker sets. However, behind the defensive play of Glenwood Springs High School sophomore Kenzi Caple, as well as the scoring of Grand Valley’s Samantha James, they followed up on the third day of competition by going undefeated in two straight matches in straight sets.

Robert Stroud set a milestone on Wednesday.

Stroud, a league bowler became the first person to record a 300-game since the Rifle Fireside Lanes was rebuilt after being destroyed by a fire in 2005.

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