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The U.S. Army and the Pro Football Hall of Fame will visit Coal Ridge High School on March 31, to recognize Jacob Morgan as a U.S. Army–Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence finalist. Pro Football Hall of Fame Center and Pittsburgh Steelers legend Dermontii Dawson will be on hand to honor Morgan before his fellow classmates and family during a formal ceremony.

The Award for Excellence program highlights the achievements of student-athletes across the country. Open to all sophomore, junior and senior-level high school athletes in the United States, finalists were determined based on athletic, academic and civic achievements. Morgan is among an elite group of 20 finalists who have demonstrated excellence in all they do and that they understand the importance of adaptability and versatility when working as a team.

The ceremony is open to the public and is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.


The first “Battle on the Mesa” hosted by the PBM Trail Group will take place Saturday, April 2, with registration available online at tiny.cc/BOTM and at 8 a.m. at St John Elementary, located at 460 Stone Quarry Road in Battlement Mesa on the day of the event.

Events include a 5K open run/walk starting at 9 a.m., followed by a 1.5 mile Family Fun Run/Walk at 10:15 a.m. The day closes with a Bicycle Hill Climb Timed Trail at 11 a.m. for adults and children 11-18. The cost to register the event is $10 for adults, $40 for families, $8 for children 10 and under, while children 3 and under are free.


Calling all kids ages 8- to 15-years old: Join KRA mentor Bronwyn Rittner’s team on our spring running program. The team will meet at town parks twice a week after school and run various distances. The kids will end their 26.2 mile achievement together in a final mile race. See KRA website and click on “New Castle Kids Mountain Marathon.” Dates: March 7-May 26

Times: 5-6 p.m. Fee: $350, includes awards. Visit http://www.kidsrunningamerica.org


It’s not to early to start thinking about warmer weather and playing baseball and softball this summer. Pre T-Ball is conducted once a week for six weeks, while T-Ball and coach pitch teams practice 1-2 times a week and play games against teams from Silt and Rifle. These baseball and softball programs participate in the Colorado River Valley League with teams from throughout the region. Practices begin in late May and early June.

Deadline to register is April 22.

Pre T-Ball (Coed ages 4-5) – $40; T-Ball Ages (Coed ages 6-7) – $50; Coach Pitch (Coed ages 7-8) – $50; Baseball (Ages 8-10, 11-12, 13-15) – $75; Softball (Ages 8-10, 11-12, 13-15) – $75.

Volunteer coaches are needed.


The Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course in Carbondale is open for the 2016 season. Easy access off of Highway 82, no tee times required, play on your schedule without the long time commitment of a bigger course. The Ranch welcomes golfers of all ages and abilities. 


The New Castle Recreation Department is again offering the popular Harcourt 3G Fly Fishing Clinics. Fly Fishing 101 will be held on Saturday, April 2, followed by Fly Fishing 102 on Saturday, April 9. The 101 clinic will be held at the New Castle Community Center beginning at 1 p.m., and 102 will take place at Grand River Park, also at 1 p.m.

Fly Fishing 101 will teach the basics of casting properly, along with entomology, equipment, knots and more. Fly Fishing 102 will have participants practicing the skills learned in the 101 clinic, along with learning where fish live and feed, with hands on instruction taking place along the Colorado River.

The clinics will be hosted by local fishing guide John Harcourt, and are $25 each, or $40 for both, and space is limited. For information go to http://www.newcastlerec.com, by phone at (970) 984-3352, or in person at the New Castle Community Center, 423 W. Main St.


The New Castle Recreation Department, in partnership with Coal Ridge High School wrestling coach Kalvin Deere, is offering a new Titans Pee Wee wrestling program for youth ages 4-14. The program is offered from 6-8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesdays at Coal Ridge through mid-May. The fee is $75 and includes tourney fees. Registration can be done by phone at (970) 984-3352, or online at http://www.newcastlerec.com.


The New Castle Recreation Department is offering a wide variety of spring sports programs for adults beginning in early April, and the deadline to register is Friday, April 1.

New Castle Recreation is offering a Mixed 4 vs. 4 Volleyball League on Tuesday evenings, pickleball programs on Monday and Wednesday evenings, a 5 vs. 5 Flag Football League, and a Coed 8 vs. 8 Soccer League on Sunday afternoons.

Preregistration is required for these programs, and can be done online 24/7 at http://www.newcastlerec.com.


The New Castle Recreation Department is offering its Spike It Youth Volleyball program for participants ages 10-14 this spring.

This program is perfect for the young boy or girl wanting to try the exciting sport of volleyball, or those wanting to brush up on their existing skills. The program meets on Tuesday evenings from April 12 through May 17. The fee is $40 by April 1, $50 after that date.

Registration can be completed online 24/7 at http://www.newcastlerec.com.

Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team

Registration is now open for the Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team 2016 summer training program. Orientation meeting is Wednesday, April 20, at Glenwood Medical Associates. First training session begins on Wednesday morning, May 4, and continues twice weekly through Aug. 6. The program is in its 17th year of teaching women the basics of swimming, biking, running/walking, heart-rate monitoring and mental skills training to complete a sprint triathlon. For more information and to register see http://www.roaringforktriteam.com. Registration is limited. Contact nrein@rof.net or 970-618-1066.

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