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Area Sports Briefs

Basalt High School hiresnew baseball coachThe Basalt High School baseball team has hired a new head coach. Bruce Matherly will take over the Longhorns program this spring, according to Basalt athletic director Michael Green.Elks Hoop Shootslated for SaturdayThe annual Elks Lodge youth basketball Hoop Shoot contest for boys and girls ages 8-13 will take place Saturday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. for ages 8-9, followed by the other age groups. Approximate shootout times are 1 p.m. (8-9 years), 1:45 p.m. (10-11) and 2:30 p.m. (12-13). All contestants must bring a birth certificate, and basketball or athletic shoes are required.Separate divisions for boys and girls include ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13 as of April 1, 2005.Participants get a total of 25 free throws. Trophies will be awarded to the top three scores in each division. Boys in the 8-9 division and all girls use a smaller girls basketball. Boys and girls in the 8-9 division also have the option of shooting from a line four feet inside the regulation free-throw line.Winners in each division advance to the district competition in Rangely on Jan. 22.Information: George Dana, 928-8565.Buddy Wernerski program to startSkiers and snowboarders ages 7-12 can sign up for the 2005 Buddy Werner ski program at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sunlight Mountain Resort Lodge.The program is designed for intermediate-level skiers and snowboarders who want to improve their skills. Training sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays throughout the ski season at Sunlight Mountain.Information: Bob Lockard, 963-7873, 947-9250; of Powerset for FridayThe Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department’s Hour of Power bouldering competition will take place Friday at the Community Center’s climbing wall.There will be competitions for male and female climbers ages 7-11 (ultra juniors), 12-19 (juniors) and 20 and-above (open).The entry fee is $17 for juniors and $20 for open division competitors.Registration is the day of the event.Information: 384-6301.Town Race Series kicks off season with free clinicThe Aspen Times Town Race Series formally starts up Saturday with a free clinic. Olympic bronze medal snowboarder Chris Klug, three-time 24 Hours of Aspen winner Anda Rojas, former Olympian Dave Stapleton and telemark champion Art Burrows will join Tache Racing for the clinic at Aspen Highland.Clinic participants need to check in Saturday morning between 8:30 and 10 a.m. at the Thunderbowl Cafe. The clinic starts at 10:30 a.m. at the top of Golden Horn and concludes at 2 p.m.There will also be a sign-up from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Thunderbowl Cafe.

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