Local Sports Briefs: Buddy Werner skiers fare well during Sunlight race
Fifty-seven members of the Sunlight Mountain Resort Buddy Werner Ski Team competed in a race this past Saturday that was held on Ivy’s Run at Sunlight.
The giant slalom run — the 1,000-foot GS run, that is — was an event that was hosted by the Sunlight Winter Sports Club. It hosts youth skiing events for skiers ages 8 to 12 through March at Sunlight Mountain Resort.
The top boys finisher was Aiden Corcoran of Glenwood Springs, who posted the fastest overall time of 54.64 seconds. All racers did two races — one in the morning and one in the afternoon — and combined the times between the two runs.
Shantz Nichol was the second-best overall finisher in 56.29, with JJ Segal taking third overall, and among male racers, in 57.44.
The top overall girls was Jenna Hammond, who finished in 59.28 seconds. She edged Mykel Backofen (59.97), with Chloe Lutgring (1:00.93) finishing third.
The club will have this weekend off before it competes again on Feb. 21 at Sunlight in the Buddy Werner Sunlight Mountain Finale. The season will close Feb. 28 and March first when the team competes in the Beaver Creek Western Council Cup Championships at Beaver Creek.
Leyba, Collins earn weight-class titles in Wyoming
Rifle youth wrestlers Andrew Leyba and Dawson Collins each won weight-class championships this past weekend during the Wild West National Championships, which were held this past weekend in Gillette, Wyoming.
Leyba, competing in the 12-and-under 68-pound weight class, earned a third-round pin of Matthew Thorsen of South Dakota in the weight-class title match. Collins was much more efficient with his title-match victory, pinning Cameron Wanner of Billings, Montana, to win the 15-and-under, 80-pound title.
The tournament, which was held at the Wyoming Center in Gillette, featured approximately 1,000 wrestlers from around the country who took part in the competition. They included Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, among others.
Leyba competed with a team called Grizzly Elite Wrestling
Collins competed with a team called the Colorado Outlaws.
Grizzlies youth hockey teams compete well over weekend
A total of 15 games played by teams affiliated with the Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association took place at venues across Colorado this past weekend.
The Grizzlies high-school aged team finished 0-1-1 in games against the West Elk Club out of Gunnison, tying 4-4 on Feb. 7 before falling 6-2 on Sunday. Joel Rothman scored two goals to go with goals from Sam Carmer and Roger Gauthier in the first game, and Carmer and Lyle Wilkens scored on Sunday.
The most successful Glenwood team of the weekend was the Bantam Silver team, which finished the weekend 3-0 with wins of 2-1, 3-1 and 3-0 against Steamboat Springs. Hunter Hadsock had a shutout in the final game, and Zach Weiker netted a hat trick in the second game.
The Bantam Black squad, which went 3-1, was also successful. The Grizzlies got four goals from Brody Bittner in a 7-1 win against Vail, beat Cherry Creek 4-3, got a hat trick from Billet Porter in a 3-2 win over Cherry Creek, then fell 5-1 to Cherry Creek on Sunday.
Glenwood’s Pee Wee Black team notched a pair of 6-0 win against Vail, and the Pee Wee Silver team beat Summit County by scores of 2-0 and 2-1. The Glenwood Squirt Purple team lost by scores of 12-4 and 9-6 against the Craig Squirt C team.
Rifle Creek Golf Course opens for the season on Friday
Rifle Creek Golf Course will officially open for the 2015 golf season on Friday, Feb. 13.
The course opened its front-nine holes this past weekend, and head golf professional Kyle Daniel said the remainder of the course will open at 10 a.m. Friday.
Early season green fees are $34 for 18 holes plus a golf cart. Those who plan to play less than nine holes can pay $1 per hole. In that case, the golf-cart fee will be separate.
Introduction to Archery seminar accepting registrations
The Colorado Bowhunters Association’s branch based out of Glenwood Springs will hold a three-phase Introduction to Archery Seminar, which is tentatively scheduled for April.
The clinic will feature and introductory course, a field training course and a guided archery hunt. The seminar will be taught by Walt Krom, the Northwest Regional Manager of the Colorado Bowhunters Association.
Information/registration: Krom, email@example.com.
Sequoia Glen 5K scheduled for March 14
The 16th annual Kenny Cline Memorial Sequoia Glen 5K Run/Walk will be held in West Glenwood at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14.
The race takes runners on a scenic, uphill journey above the Glenwood Fish Hatchery on paved at dirt roads before descending on the same route to the finish line on Donegan Road.
Registration begins at 2 p.m. on race day. Cost is $15, with all proceeds going to local animal shelters. The Sequoia Glen run is the first of six races in the 2015 Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series.
Sunlight Buddy Werner GS Results
From Feb. 7 at Sunlight Mountain Resort
Boys Top 10
1. Aiden Corcoran, 55.64; 2. Shantz Nichol, 56.29; 3. JJ Segal, 57.44; 4. Cooper Robinson, 59.74; 5. Langton Dresser, 1:02.28; 6. Kai Douglas, 1:02.35; 7. Bennett Walter, 1:02.53; 8. Bobby Johnson, 1:02.76; 9. Tyler Madden, 1:02.91; 10. Noah Fosnaught, 1:03.91.
Girls Top 10
1. Jenna Hammond, 59.28; 2. Mykel Backofen, 59.97; 3. Chloe Lutgring, 1:00.93; 4. Molly Hancock, 1:02.62; 5. Maisie Smith, 1:02.68; 6. Amanda Madden, 1:02.88; 7. Riliegh Zalinski, 1:03.68; 8. Caroline Tuggle, 1:05.13; 9. Maggie Voller, 1:05.48; 10. Skylar Harbour, 1:05.54.
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