LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS
Grizzlies Squirt squad drops two in Craig
On Saturday, the Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association Squirt (under-10) Silver team traveled to Craig for a two-game series against the Craig Cougars, falling 11-4 before rebounding in the second game with a 1-0 loss.
Avesner Mangeot scored two goals and Marek Senn and Brayden Dacuma also scored for the Grizzlies, with Mangeot’s second goal pulling Glenwood to 5-4 in the third period. Craig pulled away with six unanswered goals to seal the win.
The second game was later in the afternoon, and Glenwood’s very determined squad made it a much closer game. “I talked to the players and I told them to not worry about giving up goals. I wanted them to play more aggressively and take some chances in this second game,” coach Ham Tharp said. It didn’t pay off with a goal, but Glenwood’s offense continued to get the puck in the Cougars’ zone and challenge the Cougars’ goalie, and the defense stepped up and denied the Cougars good scoring chances.
The Grizzlies play again in Gunnison and Crested Butte this coming weekend.
Buddy Werner ski program now accepting registrations
Registration is now open to participate on the Buddy Werner racing team, with the season officially beginning at 9 a.m. on Jan. 3.
The program introduces children ages 6-13 to ski racing. This program is designed for intermediate-level skiers who want to improve their skills through SkillsQuest training and ski racing in a racecourse. The athletes participate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays throughout the season at Sunlight Mountain. Participants meet in small groups with volunteer adult coaches and are instructed in Free Skiing and Ski Racing.
The Buddy Werner program is also a great program for racers who aren’t ready to commit to a full ski team schedule but want to enjoy the competitive racing sport at our local mountain.
Racers learn the importance of riding safely — under control at all times — and are accompanied by their appointed coach and team. Helmets are mandatory. Racers compete in several timed races that are held at Sunlight Mountain Resort throughout the season, with awards for all the racers. In addition, racers who qualify get to travel and race against other local recreational programs. The season will be capped this year at Beaver Creek Resort for the Buddy Werner “Western State Championship” from Feb. 28 to March 1.
Cost is $375 for the entire season, and registration is open until Jan. 3. Registration can be done at http://www.sunlightwintersportsclub.com, or in person at US Bank’s Glenwood Springs branch on Jan. 2.
Information: Bob Lockard, 970-618-2101.
Coal Ridge to host youth hoops clinics
Coal Ridge High School’s boys basketball program is holding the Junior Titan Little Ballers Camp, which is scheduled for Dec. 29-31 at Coal Ridge High.
The camp takes place from 10 a.m. to noon each day and is open to boys and girls in third through eighth grades. Campers will learn fundamentals and take part in shooting and competitive drills.
Cost is $40, which includes a daily snack, T-shirt and free admission to all Coal Ridge High basketball games. Proceeds help fund the school’s summer-league basketball program.
Information/registration: Paul Harvey, 970-274-1582, or Coal Ridge High, 970-665-6737.
Rifle girls to host weekly kids hoops camps
Rifle High School’s girls basketball team will hold the Lil’ Bearz Basketball Camps throughout the basketball season this winter.
Clinics will be done by the Rifle High girls basketball coaching staff, which will cover fundamentals for all participants. The clinics will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. on Dec. 20, Jan. 3 and 31 and Feb. 14. Camps are open to girls and boys in grades 3-6.
Cost is $30 per session, with proceeds going to the Rifle High girls basketball program. All participants receive a T-shirt.
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Coal Ridge could just pull off a 3A league championship if the Titans take care of their own business and get a little help from afar.