Local Sports Briefs: Glenwood players shine in Junior Gents’ rugby victory
The Aspen Junior Gents, a high school rugby team comprised of prep athletes from Glenwood Springs, Roaring Fork, Coal Ridge, Basalt and Aspen high schools, defeated the Central Terrors of Palmer High School, 39-12 in front of a crowd of close to 200 people on Willits Field in El Jebel on April 4.
The Junior Gents, who owned a 10-5 halftime lead, outscored the Colorado Springs team 29-7 in the second half en route to the victory. The win gave the Junior Gents a 3-1 overall record this season.
Two of the Junior Gents’ biggest contributors, Cristian Gonzalez and Luke Prosence, attend Glenwood Springs High School. Gonzalez and Prosence, each had two tries. Also getting on the scoreboard was Robert Hiles, Glenwood’s placekicker this past fall who had a pair of conversions for the Aspen team. Jake Gentry, another Glenwood High athlete, also had a try. Erik Mesa also had a try.
Coach Gary Williams said in an email that “although the Juniors could have been better served by playing a more expansive game, their combined desire to win and their ability to control the ball simply squeezed the life out of the opposing side. It is a very unusual statistic to report that the front row scored five tries between them but it is reflective of how the Junior Gents played the game.”
He also said the try of the game came from Nick Hanle, the smallest player on the Aspen squad who hounded Palmer throughout the game before claiming his score under the posts. He also complimented Nick Morgan and Danny Gomez for their strong running games and the game of Matt Wampler, who he said controlled the game very well from the base of the forwards.
The Junior Gents continue play on Saturday at Castle Rock and will finish the regular season with a home game against the Titans out of Parker on April 18 at Willits Field
Glenwood Youth basketball camp set for June 8 to 10
The Glenwood Springs High School boys basketball program is teaming up with Progressive Basketball Academy in putting together the Boys and Girls Fundamental “Skills First” Camp in the summer.
The camp, which will serve as the annual fund raiser for the Glenwood Springs High boys basketball program, will take place June 8 through 10 at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium on the GSHS campus. The camp is for all players in second through ninth grades.
The camp, which will be taught by former Western State coach Mike Mozkowitz, will focus on thing like footwork, passing and receiving, defensive techniques, shooting instruction and the development of listening skills, among other things. All sessions will be taught by collegiate players and coaches.
Cost is $90 per person. Each player will receive a basketball, camp T-shirt, a water bottle and a written individual analysis of their play.
Carbondale Recreation Department accepting baseball, softball registrations
Carbondale Recreation is accepting registrations for youth baseball and softball baseball and softball fun this summer.
Age groups for baseball teams include Coach Pitch (7 to 8), 9-10, and 11-12. Softball teams include 8-10, 11-12, and 13-15. All ages are determined as of August 1, 2015. Each players must provide their own mitt, and uniforms will be provided.
Cost is $80 per player, and the registration deadline Friday, April 17. Space is limited.
Information/registration: 970-510-1290, or http://www.carbondalerec.com.
Grand River Gallop 5K
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Maya Lindgren had always considered herself “more of a softball girl,” until she started getting some serious looks on the basketball court during her junior season at Roaring Fork High School last year.