Area Sports Briefs
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
The Glenwood Springs football team landed seven players on the Rocky Mountain News’ Class 3A all-state football team, led by offensive player of the year Dakota Stonehouse and coach of the year Rocky Whitworth. Joining them on the first team are wide receiver Kevin Screen and defensive lineman Aaron Zancanella (though he’s listed as an offensive lineman by the Rocky).
Running back Michael Hudson, receiver Connor Riley and linebacker Keenan Hartert made the second team and Jordan Ciani was named honorable mention.
Stonehouse was also named 3A player of the year by the Denver Post.
See the Post Independent on Monday, Dec. 22, for a story on the accolade-rich Demon football players, who won the Class 3A state title on Nov. 29.
The Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge is hosting its annual hoop shoot at Glenwood Springs Middle School on Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. The hoop shoot is a free-throw contest open to kids 8-13 years old, and is free.
All participants will receive an Elks basketball and certificate of participation. Winners will receive trophies and go on to the district finals in Leadville on Jan. 31.
A copy of each participant’s birth certificate is needed to verify age.
For more information, contact Terry Galbreath at 379-3822.
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.
Accelerate Human Performance is offering dryland 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.
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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.