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Area sports briefs

The Aspen MP2 women’s hockey team won a doubleheader road trip to Steamboat Springs last weekend. On Friday night the MP2s shut out the Steamboat Edge, 4-0. Aspen scored goals in all three periods beginning with team captain Emily McConnell of Basalt’s score off an assist from Julie Cox and Rachel Dayton, both of El Jebel. The same line produced the final goal in the third period, with Cox putting it in net from Dayton and McConnell. Sandwiched between those goals were winners from Molly Jones of Basalt in the second period, assisted by Erin Whitlock of Aspen, and Deanne Kessler of Aspen in the third, assisted by newlywed Katherine Gleason of Snowmass.

Aspen dominated the game, keeping the puck in their offensive zone for most of the time. Goalie Susan Jackson of Aspen stopped all 6 shots on goal.

Aspen next calmed the Steamboat Storm Saturday morning, 2-1. Steamboat netted a squib goal early in the first period and led the MP2s until the final five minutes of the game. Gleason slapped in a beautiful goal from the face-off to tie up the score. With only 37 seconds left, Kessler put in the game winner off assists from Gleason, Jones and Jeanne Golay of Glenwood Springs.

Goalie Amy “Slinky” Goldman of Aspen kept them in the game with a solid performance, stopping 19 of 20 shots on goal.

The last home game for Aspen (8-3) is this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Ice Garden, against the Steamboat Storm.

Brian Mable Karate School student Dylan Mechling achieved his 11th gup gold belt on Feb. 29. He earned the belt after passing the Tang Soo Do Karate Test, which is a demonstration of attitude, discipline, control, focus, balance, speed and power.

The Rifle High School girls junior varsity basketball team ended its 2007-08 season with a 16-3 record. Head coach Stephanie Heald and her assistant Brien Connealy guided the Bears through their standout season.

The Hoop Fest 2008 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will be held March 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Coal Ridge High School. Cost is $25 per team, and registration deadline is March 22. There will be three divisions: girls seventh-12th grade, Jr. boys sixth-eighth grade and Sr. boys ninth-12th grade. The tourney will be limited to the first 32 teams. For more information please call 984-2306.

The Sunlight ski team is looking for volunteers to help work the J5 finale ski race at Sunlight Mountain Resort on March 15-16. Volunteers will receive lift tickets for the days they volunteer plus an additional ticket for another day. Lunch will also be included.

Information: Bill Kimminau, 379-2463 or

The ninth annual Sequoia Glen 5K run/walk will take place on Saturday, March 15, at 3 p.m.

The race starts and finishes at the base of Mitchell Creek Road in West Glenwood Springs, and the cost to enter is $10, with all proceeds benefiting Colorado Animal Rescue. Registration begins at 2 p.m. on race day. Walkers are welcome. This is the first race in the 2008 Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series.

Information: 945-0979.

The Glenwood Springs High School track and field team is holding a spaghetti dinner and silent auction at the Glenwood Springs Middle School on Thursday. Dinner, $6 per person, starts at 6 p.m., while the auction runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The event will feature a showing of “Fire on the Track ” The Steve Prefontaine Story,” beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Glenwood Springs Lacrosse Club is looking for referees for high school level games. Certification is available for those interested. Experience with lacrosse is helpful, but not necessary. If you have been a referee for any other sport, lacrosse will transfer very easily. Games are paid. Please contact Greg at 948-1376 or visit if interested. Former players, coaches, and lacrosse enthusiasts, contact us to let us know that you are out there.

Anyone interested in coaching Little League baseball is invited to attend a March 13 coaches clinic at Rifle High School. Colorado River Valley Little League is sponsoring the clinic, which runs from 7-9 p.m. and will be instructed by Rifle High School baseball coach Troy Phillips and CRVLL coach Scott Schilt. Coaches from other organizations are welcome to attend.

Information: Scott, 625-4585.

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