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ASPEN, Colorado ” Two of Sunlight Ski Team’s racers experienced their first super-G race ever in a J3 Junior Olympic qualifier at Buttermilk on Jan. 18-19.

Both Alex Stepniewski and Lindsay Hoffmann were faced with a fast super-G set and Stepniewski, in his first year racing, stuck to a daunting line in the first competition on Sunday and finished ahead of just about half a field of 81 boys.

Even with a couple of time-losing mistakes, Stepniewski skied better than two seconds closer to the winner, Bobby Moyer, in the next race on Monday.



Hoffmann had a high-speed fall on Sunday and overcame that on Monday by finishing her first super-G race.

Lilly McSwain, who finished fifth at last year’s J4 JO super-G at Winter Park, has been skiing well this season as a first-year J3. On Sunday, she finished a respectable 21st out of 80 girls.



On Monday, McSwain skied with much more confidence, but fell in an attempt to take a more risky direct line.

This weekend, the Sunlight Ski Team will be traveling in three different directions. The J5s will race in Winter Park, while the J4s will race at Purgatory, and the J3s will be in Vail for speed camp.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” The Defiance Volleyball Club 15s defeated Black Canyon, a club from Montrose, to win the Flight 2 bracket at last weekend’s Western Colorado Showcase.

More than 28 teams, from all over Colorado, attended the weekend club volleyball tourney.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A large crowd gathered at the Glenwood Ice Rink Wednesday evening to cheer the Glenwood Grizzlies midget major A team to a 4-1 victory over Vail Eagle.

The game was scoreless after the first period, but the Grizzlies came alive in the second and third.

Peter Freyschlag took advantage of a perfectly placed pass from Tony Bosco to start the scoring early in the second period.

With only seconds remaining in the period, Grizzly defenseman Grant Wood fired a slap shot from the point that created a scoring opportunity that teammate Ryan Young capitalized on for a 2-0 lead after the end of two.

The Grizzlies scored first again in the third period when Freyschlag scored his second goal of the night, with Ryan Young assisting.

Vail Eagle got on the board just over a minute later with its first goal to close the score to 3-1. Vail Eagle gambled late in the third period by pulling its goalie, but Grizzly Tony Bosco broke up a Vail Eagle pass and scored the empty-netter to round out the scoring for the night.

One of the leading scorers for the Grizzlies, Tanner Wood, left the game after the second period and was treated at Valley View Hospital for a broken hand.

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Roaring Fork High School’s 3A Western Slope League home game against Hotchkiss, postponed back on Dec. 16, has been rescheduled for Feb. 14. The junior varsity games will begin at 1 p.m., with the varsity girls teams playing at 2:30 p.m. and the varsity boys at 4 p.m.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Art of Defense mixed martial arts studio is welcoming Gi-less Jiu-Jitsu trainer Justin Ellison to Glenwood Springs for a seminar on Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 984-2109. You may stop in at Art of Defense (910 Grand Avenue) to pre-register, or call. Space is limited.

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Dooley Performance Horses is holding a free reining horse clinic at Cache Ranch in Carbondale on Feb. 28.

Randy and Jessica Dooley are leading the clinic, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1900 County Road 103 in Carbondale.

Call 930-5100 to reserve a spot.


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