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Area Sports Briefs

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

There will be a spaghetti benefit dinner for Grand Valley High School football and girls basketball coach Mike Johnson at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 20.

Johnson, who’s been in and out of the hospital numerous times battling infections following a Sept. 12 appendectomy, is facing mounting medical costs. All proceeds of Thursday’s dinner, which will be held at the GVHS cafeteria, will help cover those expenses. The cost is $5 per person or $20 for a family. Also for sale will be calendars featuring the GVHS senior football players.

If you would like to help in any way, just bring food or call 285-5705 and ask for Dave Walck, Lynda McFarland or Trish Epperson. An account for Johnson has been set up at Alpine Bank for anyone wishing to make a donation.

The Glenwood Grizzlies midget minor A team began league play with three games over the past weekend, going 0-2-1.

The debut was late Saturday morning in Lakewood against the Junior Eagles, followed by a trip north for games against the Greeley Stampede Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

The eight Grizzly players battled the 14 Junior Eagle players for 45 minutes and finished with an impressive 7-5 loss.

Scoring for the Grizzlies was started off by Jonathan Angelo, with Guy Sappington assisting. That was followed by a Junior Eagle score and the first period ended a 1-all tie.

The second period opened up with the Grizzlies taking the lead again with an unassisted goal by Dylan Cook and the lead increased with an unassisted goal by Tanner Wood.

The Junior Eagles ended the period with two scores to end the period at 3-3.

The third period opened with two Junior Eagles goals, followed by Grizzly defenseman Grant Wood scoring (Sappington and Jake Bair assisted).

The Jr. Eagles answered with two more goals, but Grant Wood responded with his second goal (unassisted) and that was the last goal of the game.

The first game in Greeley started out in the Stampede’s favor with Greeley scoring five goals against a pretty tired Grizzly team in what would end as an 8-3 win for Greeley.

Glenwood head coach Jon Thompson’s talk between the first and second period must have had an impact, because the Grizzly defense held the Stampede to only one goal in the second period and two in the third.

The Grizzlies outscored the Stampede in the third period, 3-2, with Tony Bosco (who was not available to play against Junior Eagles) scoring his first (unassisted) and second goal (Tanner Wood assisting) of the season and Tanner Wood (Bosco assisting) scoring his second goal of the season.

Sunday morning proved to be a great one for the Grizzlies, who carried their late Saturday momentum into a 6-all tie.

Well-fed and well-rested, the Grizzlies went on a shooting and scoring rampage with Bosco providing four goals and defenseman Grant Wood providing two, including one shorthanded goal.

While Bosco and Grant Wood may have provided all the scoring, the assists were shared by Bair (three), Dylan Cook (two), Sappington (one) and Angelo (one).

Though not getting any points, Michael Capraro created lots of commotion in the front of the net, creating scoring opportunities for his teammates.

The smothering defensive play of the Grizzlies also kept the Stampede players to only 16 shots on goal while the Grizzlies responded with 31 of their own. The tie gave the Grizzlies their first points of the season.

At the end of the weekend, five Grizzlies (Bosco, T. Wood, G. Wood, Cook and Bair) were in the top 12 in points for the league.

Particularly impressive was backup goalie Tanner Wood. With starting goalie Michael Brunk unavailable while the Glenwood Springs High School football team continues its playoff play, the third-year skater Wood courageously volunteered to step into goalie pads, thereby ensuring the midgets did not suffer demoralizing forfeits.

The team responded to the challenge of a reduced number and skaters and a goalie who had never played the position before with ferocity usually reserved for the playoffs.

With the exception of the first period of the first Stampede game, the Grizzly skaters were winning all the battles against the boards and beating opposing teams to loose pucks.

They also were stepping in and blocking shots and causing the other teams a great deal of frustration, as evidenced by the 36 minutes in penalties by the other teams, while the Grizzlies kept theirs to a league low of 16 minutes.

The Grizzly midget minor A team is coached by Jon Thompson and assisted by Josh Pulliam and is comprised of 15- and 16-year-old players from the following schools: Roaring Fork High ” Grant and Tanner Wood (brothers); Glenwood High ” Tony Bosco, Jake Bair, Guy Sappington, Michael Brunk and Tanner Wood; Coal Ridge ” Dylan Cook, Jonathan Angelo, Michael Capraro.

The midget minor squad has its first home game Saturday night against Regis at 7:45 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center ice rink.

The Banzai Run 5k is slated for Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. The race starts and finishes on 0211 Donegan Road in West Glenwood Springs. The hilly 3.1-mile, out-and-back course will take runners (or walkers) to the old golf driving range, through Ami’s Acres campground and up scenic Mitchell Creek Road before heading back to the finish line.

This run is a nice tune-up for Thanksgiving’s Turkey Day 5K.

To enter, bring a $20 check, made out to Colorado Animal Rescue, on race morning. Bring a friend and help out the animals. Information: 945-0979.

Fall sports are over and the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is offering dance classes to keep athletes fit in the winter.

Anyone can join and improve their balance and agility while learning healthy, life-long skills.

To register: Call 945-2414 or stop by 601 E. 6th St. in Glenwood.

Registration is now open for New Castle Recreation’s girls youth basketball program (third through sixth grades).

Register online at

Information: 984-3352.

Rifle High School is looking for an assistant wrestling coach. Interested parties should contact Mike Green at 665-7739.

Accelerate Human Performance is offering dry-land youth snow sport training with Kim Lundin. All ski or snowboard competitors from the Roaring Fork Valley are welcome.

Intense conditioning, plyometrics and whole-body-vibration training is included. Class meets on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. at Accelerate HPC (1512 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs).

Call Kim at 948-1725 for information or to sign up.

Defiance Volleyball Club will be holding an organizational meeting on Monday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at Glenwood Springs Middle School. Club registration forms and information will be handed out. All girls in the fifth through 12th grades are welcome to join.

Contact Denise Greene, club director, at 984-3813 or HYPERLINK

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Defiance Volleyball Club will be holding all-age tryouts on Nov. 22 at Coal Ridge High School. Fifth- through eighth-graders should attend from 4 to 6 p.m. and ninth- through 12th-graders should attend from 6 to 8 p.m.

Contact Denise Greene, club director, at 984-3813 or HYPERLINK

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