Local Sports Briefs



Nationwide foosball tournament scheduled in New Castle

About $30,000 in cash prizes will be on the line June 7-9 in New Castle as 120 of the best table soccer (Foosball) players in the nation compete at the 30K Rocky Mountain Open.

The tournament is scheduled to take place at the Lakota Canyon Ranch Recreation Center beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and continuing through Sunday, June 9.

Competition will include both professional and amateur brackets, the latter sanctioned by the United States Table Soccer Federation.

More than two dozen tables are expected to be in play during the tournament.

For information, visit


Play it Forward soccer tournament scheduled for today and Saturday

The fifth-annual Emily Johnson Play it Forward 3-on-3 Soccer Tournament will take place June 7 to 9 and Gates Soccer Park on Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus in south Glenwood Springs.

Proceeds from the tournament support three scholarships given to high school seniors in the name of Emily Johnson, a Coal Ridge High School student who was killed in an ATV accident in 2008.

Play begins at 8 a.m. today and continues through Saturday for the U8 through U18 age groups. Adult and co-ed divisions are also available, and a competitive and recreational division will be included.

All-Star exhibition games featuring all-league award winners in the Class 3A and 4A Western Slope Leagues will be held today. The boys game will be played at 5 p.m. today, with the girls game following at 7 p.m.

Cost per team is $150 or $25 per player. The fee includes a three-game guarantee, a tournament goody bag and a tournament T-shirt.


Youth soccer league now forming with Rifle Recreation

The Western Slope Soccer League is forming a multiple-aged youth league for the fall of 2013.

Registration is taking place for all ages and ends June 28 at Rifle Recreation. Games will be played on weekends and will take place throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

Cost is $70 for under-10 players, $75 for under-12 players, $80 for under-14 players and $90 for under-18 players.

Information/registration:, or 970-665-6570.

Youth soccer tryouts in New Castle on June 19

The New Castle Recreation Department will conduct tryouts for youth soccer players ages 10-14 at VIX Ranch Park on June 19.

The tryouts are for those who want to play in the Western Slope Soccer League this coming fall and spring. The tryouts for boys will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for girls. All tryouts will be held at VIX Ranch Park in New Castle.

Information: 970-984-3352, or

Roaring Rapids U10 boys soccer team caps season with titles

The New Castle under-10 boys soccer team, the Roaring Rapids, put together an undefeated season capped by a pair of tournament championships.

The Rapids took first place in their division at the Grand Mesa Invitational Tournament in Grand Junction, winning against a tournament field which included teams from states bordering Colorado. The following weekend, the Rapids won their division in the Glenwood Invitational Tournament.

Team members included: Dominic Centeno, Jack Price, Samuel Fulk, Josh Hernandez, Griffin Cunningham, Cody Connor, Colton Connor, Karsen DuBois, Shayne Sandblom, Donnavan Menu, Harrison Chabin, Libby Tharp and Moises Contreras. Coaches were Nicole Centeno and Lee Price.


Free vintage base ball clinic scheduled for Sunday

The New Castle Recreation Department will hold a free vintage baseball clinic on Sunday at VIX Ranch Park in New Castle.

The free clinic will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. for anyone interested in participating in a tournament that will take place as part of the Town’s 125th anniversary celebration June 15.

The tournament will be played using rules and equipment from the late 1800s. Individual registration is currently being accepted, and teams will be formed following the rules clinic. Participants receive a uniform top and cap to replicate those worn by the New Castle Blues and Miner’s team that played other teams from all over the region in the Town’s early days.

Registration fee for the tournament is $35, and includes a uniform top, pants, stockings, ball cap, rules clinic, practices, along with lunch, snacks and beverages during the event.

Information: 970-984-3352, or

Rockies Skills Challenge to be held Saturday at Deerfield Park

The Colorado Rockies and the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association will hold the Rockies Skills Challenge at 11 a.m. Saturday at Deerfield Park in Rifle.

Children ages 6-13 will throw and bat for distance and run bases in this annual competition. Winners from the event will advance to a sectional event and have a chance to compete in the state finals at Coors Field in Denver.

Participants must bring a photocopy of their birth certificate to participate, and parents must sign a participation form for their children. No metal or spiked cleats are allowed, and there is no charge to participate.

Registration will take place the day of the event.

Information: Rifle Recreation, 970-665-6570.


Running club forming in Rifle

The Rifle Running Club is starting, and it’s in the process of recruiting members.

The club is being formed as an outlet for runners in Rifle, Parachute, Silt and New Castle to network with each other, connect with runners in the area, and share goals and common interests.

Weekly runs will be held at 9 a.m. each Saturday, and the run site will be announced on the club’s Facebook page:

Information: Stephanie Barnett, 970-274-3491, or


Coal Ridge to host girls basketball camp

Coal Ridge High School will host the Lady Titans Summer Basketball Camp from June 17 to 20 at the Coal Ridge High School gymnasium.

The camp will be from 10 a.m. to Noon each day for girls entering third through eighth grades. Campers are asked to wear a T-shirt and shorts with appropriate shoes and bring a water bottle.

The camp is designed to give participants and opportunity to work on and develop basketball skills. Campers will receive instruction from current Coal Ridge coaches and players. Participants will be placed into groups according to their age and ability.

Cost is $60 per player, and registrations can be mailed or dropped off at Coal Ridge High School, 35947 Highway 6, New Castle, CO 81647. Mail-in registrations will be accepted through June 1, and walk-up registrations are welcomed.

Information: Damon Martinez, 970-948-8037, or

Glenwood Springs High to host youth hoops camp

Glenwood Springs High School’s boys basketball program will host the annual Demons Youth Basketball Camp from June 10 to 13 at Glenwood Springs High School.

Male and female athletes in grades 3 through 9 are invited to attend. Grades 3 to 5 will run from 8 to 10 a.m., grades 6 to 7 will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and grades 8 to 9 will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sessions will be run each day of the camp. Enrollment is limited to 50 campers per session, and early registration is encouraged.

Camp instruction will emphasize motivation and goal setting, shooting, passing, ball handling and dribbling, defensive concepts, player development and fun. Players are expected to wear a T-shirt, shorts, appropriate shoes, and to bring a water bottle.

Information: GSHS coach Cory Hitchcock, (970)819-5845, or

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