Local Sports Briefs


The Grand Valley Cardinals and athletic director Dave Walck are looking for a boys soccer head coach, boys golf head coach and a girls and boys cross country head coach for the start of the fall season.

All three positions have start dates in August to match up with the start of the new school year in Parachute.

For more information on the three openings at Grand Valley High School, visit


Mark your calendars and gather your teams of six players and partake in the ninth annual Emily Johnson Play it Forward 3v3 Soccer Tournament.

This year’s event takes place the weekend of June 9-11 at Gates Soccer Park on the beautiful Spring Valley Campus of Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs. The annual tournament honors the passion of Emily Johnson, an amazing Coal Ridge High School soccer player and team captain who died in November 2008. All proceeds support three scholarships given to local high school seniors in Emily’s name.

Kicking off the weekend on Friday will be the Emily Johnson Play it Forward All-Star Exhibition Game, featuring the All-League Western Slope Conference 3A and 4A high school players. Boys will play at 5 p.m., with the girls following at 7 p.m.

The 3v3 Tournament play begins Saturday morning at 8 a.m. for U8 to U18 boys and girls teams as well as co-ed adult teams in both recreational and competitive divisions. Register your teams at

Change in date for junior pickleball clinic

Tennis clinics for adults begin the week of June 5 and for juniors the week of June 12 at the Community Center courts.

Junior group lessons start at age 5 and are open to total beginners through active competitive players. Adult group lessons are scheduled based upon ability levels.

Two 4-week sessions are scheduled with a full week off between sessions. Students who must miss the first week of the first session will be given opportunities to make up those first two lesson days only.

Classes are mostly limited to 12 students to insure personalized instruction.

Juniors wanting to develop tournament skills will have the ability to sign up for additional practice days.

Sign-ups are made online through the Glenwood Springs Recreation website.

If you have specific questions contact Sue Geist, head tennis professional, at 970-948-7084.

Pickleball instruction may also be offered this summer. If enough interest is shown, lessons would be every Monday and Wednesday with adults from 8-9 a.m. and juniors would follow in age groups, again as per the interest. Instruction would be from Rob Tepper, currently instructing in Aspen.

Please email Sue Geist at and let her know if you are interested.

Classes would require a minimum of six people per class. Prices will be determined if minimum sign-ups can be guaranteed.


Glenwood Springs High School will host its summer basketball camp June 19-21 for second- to eighth-graders, with a cost of $100 per camper.

The basketball camp, which will focus on team attitude/positive interaction; dribbling and ball-handling; shooting, rebounding and positioning; passing and receiving; 1-on-1 moves/perimeter footwork; big-man moves and post footwork; moving without the ball and getting open; individual and team defense, and much more, will be split up into two different groups with second- to fifth-graders practicing from 9 a.m. to noon, while sixth- to eighth-graders will practice from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

To contact the camp, email

To register for the camp, visit Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt, basketball and wristband.

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