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Area Sports Briefs

Tom Parnish drained a hole-in-one at Aspen Glen Golf Club on Thursday. Swinging a pitching wedge, Parnish’s shot sailed 122 yards into the Hole 8 cup and was witnessed by Frank McGuirk and Jay Abrahamovich.

Glenwood Springs High School’s spring student-athletes showed talent not only on the field, links, diamond and track, but also in the classroom.Such is evident in the numerous Demons making the Colorado High School Activities Association Academic All-State first team.Track and field led the way, with 13 making the team: Kurt Hartmann, Laura Young, Connor Riley, Melissa Buchanan, Meg Waibel, Dakota Stonehouse, Sharaya Selsor, Abbey Barnes, Katrina Selsor, Kellen Fockler, Michael Hudson, Chandra Braeger and Lyndsey Wesson.Jackie Nickel, Teka Israel, Haylie Westphal, Megan McGavock and Taylor Smith were first teamers from tennis. Kelsie Hert, Carly Stillman, Chelsea Vallario, Meghan Cleland, Tiffany Brickell, Breanna Richardson and Brooke Lockard made the team from girls soccer, Matt Snyder, Patrick Hailey, Ben Ziemann and Jason Whiting made the team from baseball and Michelle Stripp represented the girls golf team.

JFS Racing, a local Swallow Oil/Conoco Phillips-sponsored auto racing team, is holding a three-day series of promotional events at gas stations in Rifle May 21-23.The promotional series will give guests a chance to check out the team’s sprint car and $100,000 racing trailer. There will also be giveaways geared for both kids and adults. The 18-and-older types can put their name in a drawing for a chance to actually get behind the wheel of a 700-horsepower race car at a late-August race weekend in Delta.Racing enthusiasts can check out the JFS Racing’s setup May 21 at the 802 Railroad Ave. Phillips 66 from noon to 6 p.m. On May 22, the series shifts to the Phillips 66 at 1346 Centennial from 1 to 7 p.m. and, on May 23, the Red River Phillips 66 (702 Taughbaugh St.) will host from 1 to 7 p.m.For more information, call Bob Schaeffer at 274-1191.

The Glenwood Springs Defiance men’s rugby team has started its 2008 summer season. The team is practicing Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Players of all experience levels or none at all are encouraged to come out. Come ready to run, with cleats if you have them, shorts or sweats and clothing that prevents ripping or at least won’t matter if it does. Defiance’s first match will be June 7.Call 625-1093 for information.

Three Rivers Youth Football, a program for children in the third through sixth grade, is holding regional registration for its fall season on the following dates:May 14-15, Glenwood Springs, at Glenwood Springs Elementary School, 5-6:30 p.m.; May 14-15, Carbondale, at Crystal River Elementary school, 6-7 p.m.; May 14-15, Parachute, at Bea Underwood Elementary, 5-7 p.m.; May 14-15, Aspen (call Ron Morehead at 618-0354); May 19, Rifle, at Rifle Middle School, 5-7 p.m.; May 21-22, Basalt at Basalt Middle School, 5-7 p.m.Register online at

The Olde Towne Moving and Storage Golf Tournament, which benefits Alpine Christian Academy, is scheduled for today at the Roaring Fork Club in Basalt.The four-person scramble, now in its eighth year, begins with registration and practice at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. There will also be a hole-in-one contest sponsored by Berthod Motors, with the grand prize winner receiving a new car.Individual registration is $200, with a team discount of $650. Player registrations are first come, first served. All spots on the roster were sold out in advance of last year’s tournament. Hole sponsorships are currently being accepted, starting at $300. All donations are tax-deductible and help fund scholarships and educational programs for students. To sponsor or play in the tournament, or for more information about the school, contact Barbara Peterson at 927-9106.

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 his or her 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 deadline for lifters was May 3, but is still being accepted for a $20 late fee. General admission tickets are available at the door. The cost is $7 at the door and $25 per family.For more information, call Kim at 945-9107 or visit

Exclusive Athletic Club is seeking volunteers for its May 17 PowerPlay powerlifting meet.Each volunteer earns a free T-shirt and free entry for him- or herself plus two friends.The following positions are needed: spotters/loaders, scoring announcer, scorekeeper/timekeeper, registration (8-11 a.m.), weigh-in help (female, 8-11 a.m.), ticket sales (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), warm-up room attendant(s), runner(s) and photographer. Unless otherwise specified, EAC needs one or more persons in each position from 8 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m.Call Kim at 945-9107 to volunteer.

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