Area Sports Briefs
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Glenwood Springs High School graduate Amber Sutherland, currently playing volleyball at the University of Colorado, landed a spot on the 2008 Academic All-Big 12 volleyball team.
Sutherland, an outside hitter, received the honor for the first time. The sociology major averaged 2.27 kills, 2.38 digs and .30 blocks per set after redshirting the 2007 season.
Seven miles west of Carbondale is the Spring Gulch Nordic trail system and its 12 miles of groomed trails. All levels of skiers can find trails that will suit their abilities in this system.
Stop by the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce to pick up a copy of the Spring Gulch map.
For backcountry skiing, head south to Avalanche Creek, just off Highway 133. The trail follows Avalanche Creek up a picturesque, steep-walled valley. This is also a good route for snowshoers.
The Crystal River Valley near Marble and Redstone is home to more than a dozen ice flows of all difficulties ” including Marble Falls, the Redstone Pillar and Avocado Gully. Hays Creek Falls, near Redstone, offers short and easy roadside ice climbing and is a favorite early-season practice area for locals.
Carbondale Recreation is offering an adult, four-person coed winter volleyball league. League play will be on Monday nights from Jan. 5 until April 13 at the Carbondale Community Recreation Center. Match times are 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. and the cost per team is $200.
A captains/players meeting is scheduled for Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at the rec center before open gym volleyball begins.
Information: Chris, 704-4115.
The Demon football game LIFT-UP food drive will be held at the upcoming semifinal Glenwood football game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stubler Memorial Field in Glenwood Springs.
For more information, call Lynette Brickell at 945-8450 or Ann Denney at 945-9109.
Basalt Recreation is now accepting registrations for the 2008 instructional basketball league that begins Dec. 15 with preseason practices.
The registration fee is $65 for both the third- and fourth-grade division and the fifth- and sixth-grade division. Practices are held two nights a week and weekly games are Sunday evenings. Register by Dec. 10. Volunteer coaching opportunities are also available.
Information: Basalt Recreation Department, 927-8214.
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Montrose will pose a tough challenge for the Demons to win their home tournament. “They’re a team that every year has a well-disciplined program that executes, plays hard and is well-coached,” Glenwood coach Fred Heisel said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium at GSHS.