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The Glenwood Grizzlies midget minor hockey team got its season under way this past weekend at the Aspen Fall Face Off tournament.After a tough opening loss to perennial powerhouse Littleton on Friday, the Grizzlies bounced back with a 1-1 tie against Arapahoe.”The Littleton game was a wake-up call for some of our players,” said Jon Thompson, the first-year coach of the midget program. “It is always tough facing teams with indoor ice rinks this early in the season, but the players responded with a very solid performance against a very tough Arapahoe team.”The Grizzlies split Saturday’s slate, beating Greeley 4-2 and losing to Foothills.Prior to the Greeley game, the only Grizzly to capitalize on scoring opportunities was Dylan Cook, who scored a goal against both Foothills and Arapahoe.”The Arapahoe goal was cool,” Cook said. “Tony (Bosco) put a pass right on my blade and I was able to sneak it right in.”Cook came up dry in the Greeley game, but it did not matter as Boris Kulwiec responded with two goals, and Nathaniel Haas and Levi Fetterhoff each provided their first goals of the season. The four-goal output in the Greeley game was especially noteworthy because each of the goals were scored by bantam players (13- to 14-year-olds) who were brought up to help the midget minor team. “We are glad the parents, players and coaches were able to work together and help out the midget minor team,” said Timothy “T.K.” Kwiatkowski, the new bantam head coach and hockey director. “They have a small roster (10 players) and not all could participate in the tournament due to injuries or other commitments.” Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association (GSYHA) President Peter Tibbetts added: “It takes a lot of time and significant additional costs to travel to other facilities, such as Eagle and Aspen to practice, but we really believe we are already starting to see the benefits of the commitment of our players, their families and the GSYHA board of directors.”This was the 15th year of Aspen’s annual Face Off tourney, which drew more than 50 teams and their supporters. The tournament continues next weekend for Glenwood’s bantam A, pee wee A and squirt B teams. The Grizzlies, who have seen membership increase by 10 percent since last year, hope to begin practicing at the Glenwood Springs Community Center ice rink by Nov. 3.If interested in joining the program, visit http://www.gsyha.org or e-mail pete@gsyha.org.

Glenwood Springs Soccer Club is holding tryouts for advanced teams on the following days: U11-14 boys, Nov. 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Gates Soccer Complex; U15-18 boys, Nov. 3, 6-7:30 p.m. at Gates; U11-12 girls, Nov. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Glenwood Park; makeup night, Nov. 10, 5-6 p.m. at Glenwood Park.To be considered for an advanced team for the spring season, players are required to attend one tryout session. This includes any person who did not play soccer during the fall season and all players who played on a developmental team this season. Players currently playing on a Glenwood Ice advanced team are not required to attend tryouts.Information: 945-6091; soccer@sopris.net.

Roan Plateau Soccer is looking for coaches for its spring U18 boys team. The positions are volunteer posts, and the season runs from March through late May/early June. Practices are held three days per week, and games are on Saturdays, with an occasional Sunday thrown in. The team has been playing in the state league, but the decision to play in the state league or the Western Slope League will be decided by the coaches, players, parents and club directors.Information: 876-0183.


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