Sport – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 16:32:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 http://www.pagosasun.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/cropped-sun-logo-512x512-1-32x32.jpg Sport – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 Tonight’s basketball games rescheduled for tomorrow http://www.pagosasun.com/basketball-games-rescheduled/ Wed, 25 Jan 2017 16:30:55 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=84919 Due to Cortez High School school being cancelled today, the basketball games scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 25, versus Cortez have once again been postponed.
The games are rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26. at the same times and locations:

Boys JV 4 p.m. Pagosa Springs Middle School
Girls JV 4 p.m. Pagosa Springs High School
Girls V 5:30 p.m. Pagosa Springs High School
Boys V 7 p.m. Pagosa Springs High School

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Broomball tournament a big hit http://www.pagosasun.com/broomball-tournament-a-big-hit/ Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:00:27 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=63709 cover-DSC_2963By Tari Woods
Special to The PREVIEW

Winterfest was a weekend of fun and thrills at the ice rink in Town Park.

Sunday, we featured our first official broomball event.

The lucky tournament winners were Travis Quills, Tadd Quills, Kelsey Quills, Don Welsh, Briana Jardine and Alex Aguire of the Misfits. They won a gift certificate to Wolfe Brewing and season passes to the rink for this season and the 2016-2017 season. There was quite a crowd cheering them on.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

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2015 river outfitter applications now available http://www.pagosasun.com/2015-river-outfitter-applications-now-available/ Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:00:51 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=40577 By Manda Walters
Special to The SUN

River recreationists come to Colorado from all over the country to pursue adventure on Colorado waters. Colorado Parks and Wildlife, through licensing and regulation, ensures each enthusiasts guide has completed the necessary coursework and has the appropriate skill and ability to lead others on river rafts or boating excursions.

“Licensed outfitters go out of their way to make the public as safe as possible,” says CPW Boating Safety Manager Kris Wahlers. “When you go on a raft trip next summer, please ask to see the outfitter’s Colorado river outfitter license.”

According to the Colorado River Outfitters Association, there were more than 450,000 paying river passengers in 2013, with an economic impact to the state of over $145 million.

The River Outfitter Program (ROL) was established by the Colorado Legislature in 1984. This program gave responsibility to the Parks and Wildlife Commission for enacting rules and regulations necessary to ensure the safety of river running activities by setting guide training and required safety and environmental equipment requirements.

Under the guidance of Article 32 of Title 33, Colorado Revised Statutes, all persons who provide river-running services, such as guide services, in Colorado are required to first obtain a river outfitter license from CPW.

The 2015 Colorado Parks and Wildlife River Outfitter License Application is now available at http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Boating/RiverOutfitterApplication.pdf.

For more information and tips on completing the 2015 ROL initial or renewal license application, visit cpw.state.co.us.

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Pagosa Multi-Purpose Pavilion ice rink to open soon in Town Park http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-multi-purpose-pavilion-ice-rink-to-open-soon-in-town-park/ Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:00:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=40565 Photo courtesy Tari Woods Pagosa Multi-Purpose Pavilion supporters celebrate the new outdoor ice skating rink with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 22. When weather permits, the rink will be flooded and prepared for opening.

Photo courtesy Tari Woods
Pagosa Multi-Purpose Pavilion supporters celebrate the new outdoor ice skating rink with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 22. When weather permits, the rink will be flooded and prepared for opening.

By Tari Woods
Special to The SUN

The Pagosa Multi-Purpose Pavilion held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 22, to celebrate the new outdoor ice skating rink.

The  Zamboni, with its new paint job, made a surprise appearance, driven by Jeff Quinn, one of the Pavilion board members and local hockey player.

The Town of Pagosa Springs has donated use of the park site for this winter season and the BoCC donated funds for the hut for rental skates and sales.

The Town Tourism Committee donated funds for a blade sharpener.

As soon as weather permits, the rink will be flooded and prepared for opening. Mother Nature is really in charge here, but organizers will keep updates as current as possible.

Plans are to be open seven days a week with hockey, public sessions, a special needs group, an adult and kids’ session, broom ball, and group and private lessons. Special events are planned for the holidays, as well as special games and surprises in January and more activities for WinterFest, which will be held over Valentine’s Day weekend.

Organizers are seeking volunteers to assist with skate rentals, cashiers and safety monitors who will be on the ice during public sessions that will be held in the late afternoons and evening. Have you ever driven a Zamboni? If your answer is “yes,” your assistance is needed.

Many volunteers have worked long hours devoting themselves to getting this project off the ground or, in this case, “on the ground.” To volunteer, get more information or to donate to the pavilion, please call Tari Woods at 731-8877.

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Cyclocross comes to Pagosa Springs this holiday season http://www.pagosasun.com/cyclocross-comes-to-pagosa-springs-this-holiday-season/ Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:00:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=40569 Photo courtesy Michael Pierce Pagosa Springs’ GECKO joins the 4Corners Cyclocross Race Series, adding two race events to its December calendar. Cyclocross courses have obstacles and varying terrain, requiring the rider to often dismount and walk or run, carrying their bike or navigating carefully through the technical sections.

Photo courtesy Michael Pierce
Pagosa Springs’ GECKO joins the 4Corners Cyclocross Race Series, adding two race events to its December calendar. Cyclocross courses have obstacles and varying terrain, requiring the rider to often dismount and walk or run, carrying their bike or navigating carefully through the technical sections.

By Kirsten Le Roux
Special to The SUN

Cyclocross is a dynamic and exciting form of bicycle racing that is usually held in the fall and winter months.

The race course is generally short (between 1 and 2 miles) and competitors are required to complete as many laps as possible in the allowed time (generally 40 minutes to an hour). The courses have obstacles and varying terrain, requiring the rider to often dismount and walk or run, carrying their bike or navigating carefully through the technical sections. Although there are specific cyclocross bikes for this form of racing, many riders use modified mountain bikes or road bikes.

Fort Lewis College (FLC) has an established following of Cyclocross enthusiasts and the 4Corners Cyclocross Race Series (4CCX) continues to grow each year. In 2014, GECKO has joined this series, adding two race events to its calendar. The 4CCX is now set in stone, with seven races in the Four Corners area.

There are three new venues that should provide some great racing action (Aztec has joined, as well as Pagosa Springs). Cyclocross racers from around the region and the FLC cycling team will be battling against some of the toughest competition and challenging courses in the nation. Many of these racers, including FLC cycling, will be honing their fitness and skills for the 2015 CX Nationals in Austin, Texas, Jan. 7-11.

The race at FLC on Dec. 13 is also going to be the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference Finals, where the winners of the collegiate category will get called up to the front row at nationals.

The Pagosa Springs events will be held on Saturday Nov. 29 (GECKO’s Turkey-Cross), at the Parelli Ranch, and Saturday, Dec. 20 (GECKO’s Chris-Cross), at the Reservoir River Ranch (Levine property on Light Plant Road, downtown).

Three of the races are USA Cycling sanctioned (FLC, Cortez) and will require either a USAC annual license or a one-day license. There is no preregistration for any of the races, so be sure to show up at least an hour before to sign up. Entry fee is $25 per race, plus a one-day license fee of $3.

Race schedule

For all Saturdays, the schedule is as follows:

11 a.m., B men (Cat. 3/4), open women, 50-plus men — 40 minutes.

Noon, Dolores, 12:45 p.m. — A men (open men), 35-plus men — 50 minutes.

Venue details

Nov. 29: Pagosa Springs, Reservoir River Ranch, Light Plant Road, downtown.

Dec. 6: Cortez, Parque de Vida, Cortez Rec Center.

Dec. 13: Fort Lewis College, Ray Denison Memorial Field.

Dec. 20: Pagosa Springs, Parelli Ranch, U.S. 160.

Dec. 21: Series awards, Irish Embassy Pub, Durango.

For more information or to get on the 4CCX mailing list, contact Dave Hagen at hagen_d@fortlewis.edu or go to http://cycling.fortlewis.edu/4ccx.

For further information on GECKO, go to www.joingecko.org or email info@joingecko.org.

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Wolf Creek Ski Area opens Saturday http://www.pagosasun.com/wolf-creek-ski-area-opens-saturday/ Wed, 05 Nov 2014 23:23:18 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=39257 Photo courtesy Rosanne Pitcher, Wolf Creek Ski Area November rolls in with 9 inches of snowfall for Wolf Creek Ski Area, opening with limited conditions for weekends starting Nov. 9.

Photo courtesy Rosanne Pitcher, Wolf Creek Ski Area
November rolls in with 9 inches of snowfall for Wolf Creek Ski Area, opening with limited conditions for weekends starting Nov. 9.

Wolf Creek Ski Area is kicking off it’s 75th season by opening for weekends starting this Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9.

Conditions are very limited with a 6-inch base and 14 inches of snow year-to-date.

Treasure Stoke and Bonanza lifts will be operating from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All terrain on the mountain has extremely early season conditions. The Nova lift will be open with both natural and man-made snow servicing Nova and Susan‘s runs.

For more information, check out http://wolfcreekski.com/wolf-creek-news.php or call 264-5639.

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A dangerous mix: kids’ sports and overly-enthusiastic parents http://www.pagosasun.com/a-dangerous-mix-kids-sports-and-overly-enthusiastic-parents/ Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:00:05 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=37259 By John Lough
Special to The PREVIEW

Most kids handle their enthusiasm for sports pretty well. They play hard, get excited over wins and sad about losses, but usually just have a good time, enjoying some exercise and healthy competition.

Now, if only all that were true for their parents. We’ve probably all seen reports of fights during little league games, soccer referees being attacked and coaches facing verbal abuse or worse — violent reactions not from the kids, but from the parents.

While it’s understandable that parents want their children to do well and be treated fairly, some parents have made their child’s sports so important that their emotions override their judgment and they end up reacting violently to what happened on the playing field.

The source of such emotions isn’t difficult to understand. If a child isn’t performing up to parental expectations, the parent may feel frustrated. Such feelings can be complicated by the parents projecting his or her own athletic dreams and fantasies onto the child. Some parents then accept that a violent confrontation in sports is a means of venting frustration.

When that happens, it’s often a sign that sports are playing too important a role in family life.

A good first question to ask is whether the family’s life revolves around the children’s sports. Are the kids being pushed not just to play sports, but to train harder and to excel, maybe at the expense of school work or other activities? Do you find that you have mood swings associated with your kids’ successes or failures in sports, and that your children are rewarded or teased, mocked and criticized, depending on how well they performed? Do you blame the coaches if your child’s team loses and make fun of children who don’t play at your child’s level?

If the answer is “yes” to some or all of these questions, there’s a good chance that you’re making sports too important a part of your family’s life. And if you have had thoughts about reacting violently to other parents, or coaches or referees when things have gone poorly, it’s a clear indication that help is needed.

Try talking to a professional counselor specializing in family counseling. He or she can help you readjust your perspective on your expectations and your children’s sports, and can help re-establish a healthy emotional balance between sports and your parenting style.

Counseling Corner is provided by the American Counseling Association. Comments and questions should go to ACAcorner@counseling.org or visit the ACA website at www.counseling.org.

 

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Local organizations join forces in running down childhood obesity http://www.pagosasun.com/local-organizations-join-forces-in-running-down-childhood-obesity/ Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=36641 By Kirsten Le Roux
Special to The SUN

Photo courtesy Trent Bona GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors) is joining forces with Kids Running America, Archuleta School District and the Pagosa Springs Youth Center to motivate and engage kids to eat healthy while completing a marathon, in a program called the Pagosa Kids Marathon Project.

Photo courtesy Trent Bona
GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors) is joining forces with Kids Running America, Archuleta School District and the Pagosa Springs Youth Center to motivate and engage kids to eat healthy while completing a marathon, in a program called the Pagosa Kids Marathon Project.

Two local nonprofits that work with kids have partnered with Colorado nonprofit Kids Running America (KRA) to motivate and engage kids in eating healthy while completing a marathon, in a program called Pagosa Kids Marathon Project.

KRA, a nationally recognized organization empowering children to run an incremental marathon,  Pagosa Springs Youth Center and GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors) are working together to improve the physical activity and nutritional education Pagosa Springs school-aged children are receiving. The partnership will offer them an integrated approach to running and healthy eating adventures.

“Our marathon program is a wonderful opportunity for young people to increase their physical activity level, improve their overall health and experience their own personal power,” says Kerry Vargo, KRA executive director.

KRA is an incremental running program designed for kids to train for the 26.2-mile marathon distance over a given time frame, finishing their final distance at a GECKO event. KRA is dedicated to reducing the epidemic of childhood obesity and has reached over 11,700 kids, teaching them that running and exercise are a great way to live a healthy life.

In Pagosa Springs, the program will be presented to the elementary and middle school teachers this week and flyers will go home to parents explaining the opportunity.

The program will be launched officially at GECKO’s Mountain Chile Cha Cha event on Sept. 27 at the 1-mile Kid’s Free Fun Run, and then weekly miles will be earned during school in organized runs or at the Pagosa Springs Youth Center after school on Fridays.

Children are given access to a fun and interactive online portal that tracks their mileage and gives them nutritional information, as well as celebrating milestones with incentives along the way. The program will run for 10 weeks and concludes on Dec. 6 with the final 1-3 miles to be completed at GECKO’s Sweaty Santa running event.

Joanne Irons, coordinator for the school district and the youth center, commented on the new program, saying, “It’s always exciting when we partner to help make children’s lives better in our community and can watch the progress they make each week. This collaborative effort fits perfectly with taking care of the whole child and engaging in a healthy life and spending it outdoors.”

For more information on the program, go to www.kidsrunningamerica.org or contact Kirsten Le Roux, GECKO, at info@joingecko.org or Joanne Irons, Pagosa Springs Youth Center and Archuleta School district, at 946-7545.

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Senior men’s end-of-the-year golf tournament results http://www.pagosasun.com/senior-mens-end-of-the-year-golf-tournament-results/ Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:00:52 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=36635 By Ken Bailey
Special to The SUN

The Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association held its annual championship this year in South Fork, at the Rio Grande Golf Club. There were 87 participants in a total of five flights.

The two-day tournament was held on a Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 26 and 27. Tuesday’s play was a shotgun event that was played in the afternoon under overcast skies and cool, rain-threatening conditions. The second day format had groups playing with tee times beginning in the morning hours. This day had a mixture of fall-like conditions that switched often from strong winds to drizzle, from rain to sunny skies, with “jacket switching” warm, cool and cold temperatures.

Scores for this tournament were cumulative for the two days of play. The ever-changing weather, combined with very difficult rough anywhere off the fairway, was a challenge for all players.

Three Pagosans had success. Roger Betts, in the second flight, had a most respectable score on the first day of play, with the second a little less, but was rewarded as the first net winner. Buzz Burke, competing in the championship flight, had a couple rounds of unfamiliar play, yet garnered “Closest to the Pin” on hole 14 on Wednesday. A foursome in the fourth flight, unfamiliar with Colorado fall-like weather conditions, decided to withdraw from the tournament on Wednesday when strong winds and rain made play a challenge. In this flight, after seemingly scrambling out of trouble both days, Ken Bailey won second gross.

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Wolf Creek Ski Team to hold sign-up and meeting http://www.pagosasun.com/wolf-creek-ski-team-to-hold-sign-up-and-meeting/ Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:00:30 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=36633 By Dean Sell
Special to The SUN

The Wolf Creek Ski Team will hold a sign-up and organizational meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7:15 p.m. in The Springs conference room.

Youth and parents wanting to be part of the ski team should attend this meeting.

Race coaches will be on hand to detail the program and answer any questions.

For more information, contact Dean Sell at 507-0395.

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