Area sports briefs
The Aspen MP2 women’s hockey team finished in second place in the Mountain League tournament last weekend in Vail. The team won or tied four games en route to a shootout loss in the championships to the Steamboat Storm. Aspen entered the tournament seeded second overall out of seven teams, after five months of league play. Its journey to the final included victories over the Glenwood Springs Ice Queens, Steamboat Edge and Craig Puck Ewes, and a tie with the Vail Twin Peaks.
Hopes were high at high noon on Sunday at Dobson arena for the final championship game. MP2 player Maigin Stone of Basalt put Aspen on the scoreboard just two minutes into the game with a shot from low in the corner, assisted by Erin Whitlock, now of Southport, N.C., and Molly Jones of Basalt. Steamboat tied it up in the second, forcing an overtime period and eventual shoot-out. Morley McBride with Aspen’s lone goal wasn’t enough to top the Storm’s two shootout goals, with the final score 3-2. A strong defense that included goalie Amy Goldman kept the MP2s in the game, despite being peppered with 36 shots-on-goal from the Storm, and stopping 33 of them. Aspen had 20 shots on the Storm goalie, who stopped 18.
Weekend goal totals for the MP2s include: McBride (4), Wendy Sparlin (3) of Aspen, Rachel Dayton (2) of El Jebel, Katherine Gleason (2), Emily McConnell (2) and Alison Van Sax (1) ,all of Basalt, and Whitlock (1). Susan Jackson played goal in two games, with Goldman minding the net in the final three of five games contested.
Some strong competitors will be returning to Glenwood Springs for the second annual PowerPlay powerlifting meet on May 17.
These powerlifters travel from all around Colorado, as well as neighboring states. Though 70 percent of the competition hails from outside Garfield County, several local residents are slated to compete as well.
This second annual event is presented by Exclusive Athletic Club and held at the Ramada Inn and Suites. It’s a USA Powerlifting-sanctioned meet and the only one of its kind in western Colorado.
Powerlifting is comprised of three lifts: the squat, bench press and deadlift. Athletes are categorized by sex, age and body weight. Each competitor gets three attempts at each lift, with the best lift counting toward their total score.
At this local meet, powerlifters can compete in hopes of qualifying for the regional and national level events. USA Powerlifting sanctions several National Championships in all age groups across the country. Top competitors are selected by USA Powerlifting to compete in seven IPF world championships held throughout the year.
Registration information for EAC PowerPlay is available at http://www.exclusiveathleticclub.com or at Exclusive Athletic Club in Glenwood Springs. The registration deadline for lifters is May 3. General admission tickets are available at the door.
For more information, call Kim at 945-9107.
The Glenwood Springs Golf Club men’s club will be holding its 2008 opening day on April 15. Information: 945-7086.
The Glenwood Springs Ladies Golf Club is extending an open invitation to all lady golfers interested in playing in its 2008 season opener, the Mixer nine-hole scramble, on April 26 at Glenwood Springs Golf Course.
Lunch is included in the $30 entry fee and the action kicks off with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Participation does not require membership to the GSLGC.
To sign up, call the Glenwood Springs Golf Course clubhouse at 945-7086 or e-mail email@example.com.
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