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After a disappointing showing at the Grand Junction Fire Classic Soccer Tournament the weekend of Oct. 4-5, the Glenwood Ice U18 girls returned to league play this week.

On Sunday the Ice beat the Aspen Silver team at Gates Soccer Park 5-3.

Meg Waibel scored the first goal for Glenwood four minutes into the match. It took Aspen another half hour to make the next goal.



Corey Gera then took the ball up the right side and took a long kick to the back of the net. Carrie Keller put another long kick in the goal.

In the second half, Aspen scored 15 minutes into play.



Aspen’s keeper was out of the goal after an attempt by Glenwood and Gera followed up for another point. Waibel then took a shot that the Aspen keeper tried to block but ended up deflecting into the goal.

Not one to give up, Aspen made one last goal with a minute left on the clock, but it was not enough.

Saturday afternoon at Gates, Glenwood faced off once more against the Montrose Avalanche in league play. The two teams battled to a scoreless tie.

Last Wednesday, the Ice played a makeup game against the Carbondale Comets and won 5-1.

Glenwood took the lead quickly in the first half when Savanna Pearson kicked in a cross by Sarah Treese, followed by goals by Waibel and Argueta.

Then, Nikki Pearson kicked the ball with a large arch in over the Carbondale keeper’s head.

Nikki Pearson scored again in the second half when the ball bounced of the left goal post into the goal. Midway through the second half Carbondale scored its only goal of the match.

At the Oct. 4-5 tournament, the Ice lost matches 5-0 to Broomfield Blast and 3-2 to Montrose Avalanche, with Glenwood’s goals scored by Gera and Josi Pearson with an assist by Jackie Argueta.

Glenwood won the next day’s playoff game against Fort Collins Arsenal 3-1 and took home fifth place in its grouping.

The Ice now stand at 5-0-1 in league play.

Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association is hosting a gear swap and final registration event on Oct. 19 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center (in the Sopris A room).

Gear donations can be brought to Sharp Edge Hockey in downtown Glenwood.

Questions/information: T.K. (gear swap), tk@gsyha.org; Jon (registration), thompytonk@hotmail.com.

Racing Mules, an organization of 100 local golfers who have a monthly competition as well as summer-long match play at local courses, recently wrapped up the 2008 season.

Racing Mules raised more than $14,000 for some eight organizations/charities this season.

Proceeds went to Shining Stars ($2,500), the Muscular Dystrophy Association ($2,300), the Angel Project ($2,000), Lift Up ($2,000), Youth Zone ($2,000), the Glenwood Springs High School boys golf team ($1,000) and girls golf squad ($1,200), the Elks Scholarship Fund ($1,000 in the name of Steve Lundin).

As for on-the-course accomplishments, Steve Beattie took the Mules’ match play title, while Jesus Raigoza won rookie of the year honors and Tom Carnish was named player of the year.

For more information on Racing Mules, visit racingmule.org.

Ski and snowboard racers wanting to experience alpine racing and freestyle competition are invited to register for the Sunlight Ski Team, the Buddy Werner program or the Sunlight Freestyle Team.

Registration is underway and discounts for early sign-ups are given to those registering before Dec. 1.

Sunlight Ski Team is comprised of advanced skiers 7 to 18 years old who are accomplished at their sport and ready to challenge themselves through developing new skills in competitive, Olympic-quality racing. The team’s dedicated members spend all their weekends and holidays training, traveling and competing in USSA-sanctioned races. Racers train weekends and after school every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Sunlight Mountain.

Buddy Werner racers are recreational skiers and snowboarders 7 to 12 years old who like to rip it up one day a week. Gather at Sunlight Mountain each Saturday beginning on Jan. 3. Racers are on the hill from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with an adult volunteer coach.

Skiers and snowboarders are invited to participate in as many as 10 days of skiing and racing this season. Racers learn the importance of skiing safely, under control at all times, and skiing with appointed coaches and teams.

Sunlight Freestyle members are advanced freestylers who meet for a full day on Saturdays throughout the season and for after-school sessions after Christmas.

These snowboarders and skiers compete at local events and tear up Sunlight’s freestyle park, rails and jumps. Head coach Austin Hadley joins the team for an all-new program.

For a complete schedule, pricing information and online registration, visit http://www.sunlightskiteam.org. Call Bob Lockard at 618-2101 for more information.


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