Area Sports Briefs
Rifle Recreation’s Alpine Bank 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday, Jan. 3, (and Sunday, if needed) at Rifle Middle School. This tournament will have eight divisions, fifth- through eighth-grade boys and girls. Teams consist of four players, and the cost is $60 per team. Registration deadline is Dec. 26. For more information visit http://www.rifleco.org or call 625-2151.
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.
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. Information: 876-0183.
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.
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.
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.