Area Sports Briefs
MOUNT HOOD, Ore. ” Glenwood Springs’ Charlie Wertheim took third overall at Sunday’s U.S. Snowshoe Nationals, held at White River Snow Park on the flanks of Oregon’s Mount Hood.
Wertheim, a copy editor at the Post Independent, finished the 10-kilometer race in 46 minutes, 11 seconds. He finished behind only Peter Fain of Truckee, Calif., who completed the course in 44:30, and Kelly Mortenson of St. Paul, Minn., who clocked in at 45:01.
“This year’s race had a good turnout, though there were only two top-six male finishers from the last three national championships,” said Wertheim, 46. “I’ll have to thank the recession for my top-three finish.”
On the day’s setting, Wertheim offered: “The course was a pretty, two-lap single-track loop through the trees. It snowed all night before the race, but the women, who raced 45 minutes before the men, packed the trail really well. The course was between 4,000 and 4,600 feet, so while it was thin air for some the event took place 4,000 feet lower than most snowshoe races in Colorado.”
Sunday’s nationals marked the event’s ninth year.
ASPEN, Colorado ” The Aspen MP2 women’s hockey team was even with a win and a loss in their final games of the regular season at the Aspen Ice Garden recently.
The Puckers B team shut out the Eagle Down Valley Divas, 2-0. Aspen’s game-winning goal was scored by Deanne Kessler of Woody Creek in the second period, assisted by Wendy Sparlin of Aspen and Katherine Gleason of Snowmass Village.
Two minutes later, Julie Cox of El Jebel added the insurance goal assisted by Sparlin and Mary Sloop of Lazy Glen.
The Puckers’ defense served a whopping 10 minutes in penalties, led off by Jeanne Golay of Glenwood Springs with two minutes for tripping in the first period.
Mary Holley of Willits served two minutes for interference, followed by Robin Danell of Snowmass Village, who got four minutes for boarding, all in the second period. Erica Delak of Basalt sat two minutes more for interference in the third.
Eagle outshot the Puckers with 18 shots-on-goal, all of them stopped by Susan Jackson of Aspen. The MP2s put nine shots on Eagle’s goal, with two of them finding net.
The MP2s lost to the Craig Puck Ewes 3-0 the night before beating Eagle. Aspen will play next in the Mountain League tournament of the Women’s Association of Colorado Hockey, April 3-5 in Eagle.
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