Area Sports Briefs
The Glenwood Springs Middle School boys basketball team lost their final game of the season to the Carbondale Wolverines 34-23 on Saturday.
That was the consolation game in the PEG League Tournament hosted by the Carbondale Middle School.
A slow start held the Cougars back, and managed to get the score to 30-20 before the Wolverines sank a number of their late-game free throws, Cougars coach Blake Risner said.
The Cougars were down 23-10 at halftime and changed the pace of the game when they switched out of zone defense. They put on a 10-7 run due to aggressive guard play from Pete Ray, Brandon Martinez and Mats Rosen.
That run wasn’t enough to beat Carbondale, the same squad that was upset by Rifle in the semi-finals.
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 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.
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.
Eat at Moe’s Southwest Grill on Wednesday and support Team Sopris Barracudas swimming. Portions of all proceeds from the night will be donated back to the team to help pay for travel to swim meets, scholarships and more.
Glenwood Springs football championship gear on sale
Glenwood Springs High School is selling hats and T-shirts commemorating the Demons’ Class 3A football title. Hats are $20 and T-shirts are $15, and both are on sale at the school’s financial office.
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.
Roan Plateau Soccer is looking for coaches for its spring U18 boys team.
These are volunteer posts. 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.
Accelerate Human Performance is offering dryland youth snow sport training with Kim Lundin.
Intense conditioning, plyometrics and whole-body-vibration training is included. Class meets on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. at Accelerate HPC (1512 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs). Call Kim at 948-1725 for information or to sign up.
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Amid hundreds of cleat-footed little leaguers casually gathered along the first baseline, the glare of parents’ sunglasses deflecting the early morning sun, coach Troy Phillips began a trip down memory lane.