Local Sports Briefs: Rifle girls to hold weekly youth hoops camps
Rifle High School’s girls basketball team will hold the Lil’ Bearz Basketball Camps throughout the basketball season this winter.
Clinics will be done by the Rifle High girls basketball coaching staff, which will cover fundamentals for all participants. The clinics will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Dec. 6 and 20, Jan. 3 and 31 and Feb. 14. Camps are open to girls and boys in grades 3 through 6.
Cost is $30 per cession, with proceeds going to the Rifle High girls basketball program. All participants receive a T-shirt.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Day of Infamy snowshoe race scheduled for Dec. 7
The 23rd-annual Day of Infamy Snowshoe Race will be held Dec. 7 at Sunlight Mountain Resort west of Glenwood Springs.
All proceeds from this wonderful community event benefit Garfield County Animal Shelters. Preregistration until 5 p.m. on December 6th can be completed at Summit Canyon Mountaineering in Glenwood Springs, Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale, or Online at http://www.dayofinfamysnowshoerace.org.
Preregistration cost is $20 and $22 the day of the race. Race-day registration begins at 9 a.m., with the race beginning 10 a.m.
Registration includes small goody bag, T-shirt, and raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes at the end of the race. Complimentary rental snowshoes will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and snacks will be provided after the race. Leashed dogs are welcome on trail.
Information: Keira, 970-947-9173.
Buddy Werner ski program now accepting registrations
Registration is now open to participate on the Buddy Werner racing team, with the season officially beginning at 9 a.m. on Jan. 3, 2015.
The program introduces children aged 6 to 13 skiers to ski racing. This program is designed for intermediate-level skiers who want to improve their skills through SkillsQuest training and ski racing in a racecourse. The athletes participate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays throughout the season at Sunlight Mountain. Participants meet in small groups with volunteer adult coaches and are instructed in Free Skiing and Ski Racing.
The Buddy Werner program is also a great program for racers who aren’t ready to commit to a full ski team schedule but want to enjoy the competitive racing sport at our local mountain.
Racers learn the importance of riding safely — under control at all times — and are accompanied by their appointed coach and team. Helmets are mandatory. Racers compete in several timed races that are held at Sunlight Mountain Resort throughout the season, with awards for all the racers. In addition, racers who qualify get to travel and race against other local recreational programs. The season will be capped this year at Beaver Creek Resort for the Buddy Werner “Western State Championship” from Feb. 28 to March 1.
Cost is $375 for the entire season, and registration is open until Jan. 3. Registration can be done at http://www.sunlightwintersportsclub.com, or in person at US Bank’s Glenwood Springs branch on Jan. 2.
Information: Bob Lockard, 970-618-2101.
Rifle Parks and Recreation putting together Winter Sports Bus
The Rifle Parks and Recreation Department will begin the Sunlight Winter Sports Bus next month.
The bus offers weekend rides to Sunlight Mountain Resort with stops in Parachute, Rifle, Silt, New Castle and Glenwood Springs.
The program begins on Dec. 13. Schedules for the bus to and from Sunlight have not been determined yet. Cost is $5 per ride and $15 for the season.
Info: Rifle Recreation, 970-665-6570, or http://www.rifleco.org.
Youth basketball in New Castle starts in January
The New Castle Recreation Department is accepting registration for the upcoming Colorado River Valley League boys basketball season.
The CRVL program is for local boys in grades 3 thru 6 and includes one to two practices a week, with league games on Saturdays in New Castle and other regional communities. Practices begin the week of Jan. 12, and league play continues through early March.
Cost is $70 per player by the Dec. 12 deadline if space is available.
Information/registration: 970-984-3352, or on-line at http://www.newcastlerec.com.
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The teams aren’t vying to one up the other in the rankings or looking to get a leg up in the league standings this fall, but that will hardly make the stakes any less meaningful for Basalt and Glenwood Springs high schools when they meet on the football field Friday night.