Local Sports Briefs: Team Sopris does well in GJ; NFL Punt, Pass and Kick event on Saturday
The Team Sopris Barracudas took 18 athletes to the Western Slope League Championships in Grand Junction, which was held from July 17 to 19. Team Sopris took sixth place out of 16 teams with 1,318 points.
The meet was won by the Aspen Swim Club with 3,386 points. Montrose was second with 2,437.5 points.
The Sopris Swimmer of the Meet Award went to 16-year-old Phillip Hecksel, who notched 9 of 9 individual personal records (PRs) and 2 of 2 relay PRs. Competing in the boys 15-and-over division, Phillip broke the one-minute for the first time in leading off the boys 4×100-meter freestyle relay (59.95 seconds), swam three new USA Swimming A-time standards (100 freestyle in 59.95, 200 freestyle in 2:16.07, and the 100 butterfly in 1:04.94), and placed in the top-eight in every event. His efforts alone contributed 126.5 points to the team total while dropping over 60 cumulative seconds.
The Sopris Relay Big Award went to 17-year-old Hannah Stinson, who swam PRs on both of her relays. They included a 1:04.12 leadoff leg in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, a two-second improvement and a new Senior Zone-qualifying and USA Swimming AA time. Stinson also improved 2 seconds in leading off the 4×100-meter medley relay with a 1:17.57 backstroke leg.
Other notable accomplishments were from Sarah Dipangrazio and Hecksel, who each set new personal USA Swimming A times. Setting a USA Swimming AA time was their teammate, Hannah Stinson.
Annual punt, pass and kick event set for Carbondale
The annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition will take place at 11 a.m. Aug. 1 at Carbondale Middle School.
The event is free of charge and open to all boys and girls ages 6 to 15. It is also part of the National Football League’s Play 60 campaign intended to help children lead a more active life.
Competitors will be separated by gender and into five separate age groups. Each competitor will get one punt, pass and placekick. The top finisher in each of the boys’ and girls’ divisions from the five age brackets will advance to the Sectional Round. The top finisher is the participant who has the highest final score for that round.
More information on the event can be found at http://www.nflppk.com.
Local information: Coley Campbell, 970-456-5154.
AVSC holding fund raiser for adaptive team
The Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club will hold a fund raiser for its adaptive team at the Aspen Glen Clubhouse near Carbondale on Aug. 2.
The fund raiser will be used to help support the team and defray expenses for the upcoming 2015-16 ski season. Festivities will include dinner and music by the Ricky O Band featuring Bobby Mason and Brian Savage from Starwood, and John Michel and Michael Jude from the John Oates Band.
Tickets for dinner and music run $75 for adults and $25 for kids under 12. The music-only option is $30.
Information/registration: 970-205-5102. Interested persons are asked to RSVP as soon as possible.
Willey Coyote 5K run to take place on Aug. 8
The second running of the Willey Coyote 5K will take place on Aug. 8 in West Glenwood.
The run, officially called the Willey Coyote 5K Scholarship Run, serves as a memorial event for Bob Willey, who passed away last year following complications from lung cancer and a stroke. Proceeds will benefit the Bob Willey Scholarship, which will be awarded to a graduating senior in the Roaring Fork School District annually.
The route extends from the parking lot of Glenwood Springs Middle School to the Glenwood Fish Hatchery on Mitchell Creek Road and back.
Cost is $20 prior to the race and $25 the day of. Race-day registration begins at 8 a.m., and the race itself begins at 9 a.m. Preregistration can be done online at http://www.active.com, or in person at Independence Run & Hike in Carbondale or at Sunlight Ski & Bike Shop in Glenwood Springs.
Information: Joe Mollica, 970-945-0391.
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