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Area Sports Briefs

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Young baseball enthusiasts will have the chance to exhibit their skills on the diamond when Three Rivers Little League and the Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department team up to host a Rockies Baseball Skills Challenge competition at 5:30 p.m. June 11 at Sopris Elementary School.

The competition is free and open to boys and girls 6 to 13 years old. Boys and girls have separate divisions. Age classification is as of Dec. 31 this year. Entry forms will be available on the night of the competition.

Rockies Baseball Skills Challenge is a baseball competition that allows youngsters to compete in running, batting and throwing. Scores are based on speed, distance and accuracy. It is a youth program of the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association, with support of the Colorado Rockies.

Top scorers from each age group advance to sectional competition. Top sectional scorers from each age group advance to a state-level competition, which is scheduled for Aug. 8 at Coca-Cola All Star Park in Lakewood. All state finalists will be invited to attend the Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs game that evening at Coors Field.

The Glenwood Springs Community Center pool will be home to an introductory synchronized swimming clinic on June 20.

Children 8 to 18 years old are open to participate and, by attending, will get a feel for what synchronized swimming is all about.

Becky Meltin, a 20-year coach and national judge of synchronized swimming, will lead the clinic, which costs $20 for 8- to 11-year-olds and $40 for 12- to 18-year-olds. The session for the younger kids runs from 9 to 10 a.m., while the older kids go from 10 a.m. to noon.

Call Betty at 618-4682 to register.

The Strawberry Shortcut, a staple of Strawberry Days weekend for more than 30 years, will return to the streets of Glenwood Springs on June 21.

Runners can participate in either a 10-kilometer race, a 5K or a one-mile fun run. The 5K and 10K cost $20 to enter and the fun run is $18. Run both the 5K and 10K and pay $25. A family entry fetches $50.

Visit to register and for more information.

Crystal Fly Shop is offering free fly fishing clinics Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. from June 2-30. The focus is mostly on detailed casting instruction, but rigging, equipment and entomology will also be covered.

No equipment is necessary, but call 963-5741 to let the shop know you’re coming.

Coal Ridge High School is holding a girls basketball camp June 15-18 for players in the third through eighth grades. The camp will run from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. each day.

Contact Rick Schmitz at 309-1591 if interested or for more information.

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