Local Sports Briefs: Grizzlies Bantam A squad splits games over the weekend
In the conclusion to the regular season, the Glenwood Grizzlies Bantam A hockey team played against Vail/Eagle and Pueblo Feb. 28 and March 1, falling to Vail/Eagle 4-1 before a 7-5 victory over Pueblo in the regular-season finale.
The first was against Vail/Eagle. The game was tied 0-0 going into the second period when first blood was drawn by Vail’s Robby Gruber. The score remained 1-0 until halfway through the third, with John Jensen of Glenwood tying the score. The next two goals came from Vail, the first by Riley Bishop and shortly afterwards an empty net goal sealed the deal.
The final game of the season resulted in a 7-5 Grizzlies win against Pueblo, giving the Grizzlies two wins in three matchups this season.
The Grizzlies quickly went up 3-0 in the first period with goals by Billet Porter, Lucas Bensch and Joel Rothman. Pueblo pulled within 3-2 after two periods before the madness started.
Pueblo quickly scored to start the third period, tying the game. Glenwood’s Zac Mencimer responded with a goal to make the score 4-3. Then Pueblo scored after a mad scramble in front of the net to tie the game again. Jensen broke the tie 6 minutes into the period to make the game 5-4.
When a penalty was called on Glenwood’s Sam Liotta for elbowing, Pueblo tied the game on a power play 12 minutes into the period. With the game tied, 5-5, Mencimer put the puck in the back of the net to make the score 6-5. With 2 minutes left, Pueblo pulled their goalie, and with 1:30 left, Rothman launched the puck from the defensive zone into the empty net to finalize the win for Glenwood. The Grizzlies battled hard to win their last game of the season, 7-5.
Two weekends ago, the Bantam A Grizzlies traveled to Crested Butte and won two of three games against the Blizzard, winning the first game, 5-4, losing the second by the same score, and winning the third, 9-3. Highlights of the weekend included hat tricks by Max Kowalczyk and Mencimer.
This weekend, the Bantam A team travels to Breckenridge for its postseason tournament.
Glenwood Springs Golf Course to open for the season today
Glenwood Springs Golf Course, affectionately known as “The Hill,” will open for the 2014 season today.
The nine-hole course, located at 193 Sunny Acres Road in Glenwood Springs, will open the doors to its pro shop at 9 a.m.
Staff will be available to provide rates and schedule tee times.
GSHS track team to host spaghetti dinner fundraiser
The Glenwood Springs High School track and field team will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 6 p.m. March 13 at Glenwood Springs Middle School.
The event will be held inside of the middle school cafeteria. Running shoes and spikes will be on sale through Independence Run and Hike out of Carbondale, and attendees will have a chance to win a new pair of running shoes.
Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years old. Proceeds will benefit the GSHS track and field team.
Information: Glenwood Springs coach Blake Risner, 970-384-5517.
Annual Sequoia Glen 5K Run/Walk is set for March 15
The 15th-annual Kenny Cline Memorial Sequoia Glen 5K Run/Walk will be held in West Glenwood at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 15.
The race takes runners on a scenic, uphill journey above the Glenwood Fish Hatchery, before descending on the same route to the finish line on Donegan Road. The race is the first leg of the six-leg Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series.
Registration begins at 2 p.m. on race day. $15 is the entry fee, with all proceeds going to local animal shelters.
New Castle Recreation taking registrations for micro soccer
New Castle Recreation is accepting registrations for micro soccer, a developmental youth program for children ages 4 through 7.
Practices are one to two times per week with scrimmage games on Friday afternoons and evenings. The program’s focus is on fun and learning the sport, and no scores will be kept during the scrimmage games.
The program begins in late March and runs through the middle of May. Cost is $50 until March 21 and $60 afterward if space is available. An additional $10 jersey fee will apply for those who didn’t play last season.
Information: 970-984-3352, or http://www.newcastlerec.com.
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