Sports – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:14:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 Paden Bailey named Fall Player of the Year http://www.pagosasun.com/paden-bailey-named-fall-player-of-the-year-2/ Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:00:18 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195909

Photo courtesy
Stacey Barker
Pagosa Springs High School senior Paden Bailey was recently named an Intermountain League Fall Player of the Year for his work as part of the Pirate football team.

By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

Pagosa Springs High School’s Paden Bailey recently received the honor of being named one of the Intermountain League’s two fall players of the year.
Bailey, a senior, received the honor for his work on the gridiron this season, having helped his team to a 5-5 record, which included a perfect 4-0 league record, and a playoff appearance.
Bailey logged 14 touchdowns in the 2019 campaign.
He also logged 1,073 rushing yards on the season, averaging 6.2 yards per carry and 107.3 rushing yards per game, and notched 201 receiving yards.
“I’m happy for him. It’s a great honor,” Pirate football coach Myron Stretton said in an interview on Wednesday. “Obviously he was a huge part of our success. Offensively and defensively, and of course statistically. You look at his stats statewide in rushing, scoring, even total offense, I think.”
Bailey was also the leading punter in the state, Stretton indicated.
“I think he was top 10 in most offensive categories where he would receive some stats,” he said. “Just a huge contributor and a big part of our success and, more importantly, a great kid on top of that.”

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Local racer posts fastest time in Martin Luther King Jr. Fun Race http://www.pagosasun.com/local-racer-posts-fastest-time-in-martin-luther-king-jr-fun-race/ Sat, 25 Jan 2020 12:00:13 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195972 By Melanie Allen
Special to The SUN

Wolf Creek Ski Area held its fourth Fun Race of the season on Sunday, Jan. 19, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. There was a great turnout with 89 racers. The fastest time of the day was 30.78 set by Pagosa Springs local Chris Foti.
Aiden Soden placed first in the Boys 3-5 with a time of 46.66.
In the Boys 6-8, Rylan Soden placed second with a time of 45.47.
Nolan Kay placed first in the Boys 15-17 with a time of 32.27 and Talon Knapp placed second with a time of 36.48.
In the Men 21-25, Foti placed first with a time of 30.78.
Luke Thompson placed second in the Men 41-50 with a time of 33.99.
In the Men 61-70, Chris Phillips placed first with a time of 33.95.
Buzz Burke placed first in the Men 71-plus with a time of 31.88.
Isabelle Ratciff placed first in the Girls 9-11 with a time of 33.18
In the Girls 15-17, Rylie Nap placed first with a time of 33.18.
The next race at Wolf Creek is the Giant Slalom Race, held on Jan. 25. This will be the first race of the Wolf Creek Challenge Series. The 40-plus gate giant slalom course is on the middle and lower Charisma track and is open to teams and individuals. All proceeds support the Wolf Creek Ski Team.

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Recreation News and Community Center News: Youth volleyball registration underway http://www.pagosasun.com/youth-volleyball-registration-underway/ Fri, 24 Jan 2020 12:00:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195965 By Darren Lewis
SUN Columnist

The Recreation Department is accepting youth volleyball registration for the 9-10 and 11-12 age groups through Feb. 24.
The 9-10 division will be an instructional league held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The 11-12 division will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Cost is $35.
Please call the Recreation Department with any questions, 264-4151, ext. 232.

Community Center open on Saturday
The Ross Aragon Community Center will be open Saturday, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for open gym. This will continue through Saturday, April 11.
Any event conflicts which would not allow a Saturday open gym will be posted in advance on the town’s website, Facebook page and in the newspaper.
Please call the Community Center with any questions, 264-4152, ext.521.

Online registration
The Town of Pagosa Springs Recreation Department offers online registration for most youth programs, including tee ball, baseball, soccer, basketball and volleyball.
Xpress Bill Pay provides a secure, convenient option to register for programs through the use of a credit card, debit card or by transferring funds directly from a banking account using electronic funds transfer. To register for programs online, visit the parks and recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com.
For more information, call the recreation office at 264-4151, ext. 232.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-4/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195937 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
The SUN is taking a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at October, November and December.

OCTOBER

• The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) approved upon first reading a revised noise ordinance and adopted the Model Traffic Code upon second and final reading at the board’s regular meeting on Oct. 1.

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Lady Pirates hand Centauri first loss of season http://www.pagosasun.com/lady-pirates-hand-centauri-first-loss-of-season/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:34 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195951

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Lady Pirate Adelyn Dozier puts up a shot in the first half of Pagosa’s victory over the No. 2 Centauri Falcons Saturday. Dozier logged 14 points in Pagosa’s 49-35 win. The loss was the first of the season for Centauri.

By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

The Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates basketball team picked up a pair of league wins last week, including handing the Centauri Falcons their first loss of the season.

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SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Lady Pirate Taylor Lewis looks for her next move during Pagosa’s 49-35 win over the Centauri Falcons Saturday.

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Hailey Griego goes up for a shot over the top of Montezuma-Cortez defenders Friday evening. Griego had nine points in the 62-33 win.

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Pagosa drops two league games, will take on Monte Vista and Alamosa this weekend http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-drops-two-league-games-will-take-on-monte-vista-and-alamosa-this-weekend/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:06 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195956

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Drawing contact, Pirate Mason Snarr looks to get a shot off against the Centauri Falcons at home on Jan. 18. Pagosa did not have enough to hand Centauri its first loss of the season, losing 42-32. Pagosa will look to snap its three-game losing streak as it takes on Monte Vista at home tomorrow night at 7 p.m. and Alamosa on the road on Saturday at 7 p.m.

By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

The start of league play was a tough one for the No. 25 Pagosa Springs High School Pirate basketball team as it dropped two home games to the No. 12 Montezuma-Cortez Panthers (8-3 overall, 2-0 in league play) on Jan. 17 and the No. 1 Centauri Falcons (11-0 overall, 2-0 in league play) on Jan. 18.

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SUN photo/Randi Pierce
With the soft touch, Pirate Aidan O’Donnell puts up a shot against the No. 15 Montezuma-Cortez Panthers on Jan. 17.

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Pirate Kyler Hammer fights through contact from Montezuma-Cortez Panther Andrew Wood during the league showdown between the two teams on Jan. 17.

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Bergdolt, Lucero snatch first place at Mel Smith Husky Invitational http://www.pagosasun.com/bergdolt-lucero-snatch-first-place-at-mel-smith-husky-invitational/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:06 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195961

Photo courtesy Stacey Barker
Pirate wrestler Tay Barker jockeys for position during a match at the Mel Smith Husky Invitational last weekend. The Pirates finished second overall at the tournament.

By John Finefrock
Staff Writer

Pagosa Springs High School Pirates Brae Bergdolt and Cameron Lucero snatched first place finishes at the Mel Smith Husky Invitational in Florence.

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Photo courtesy Stacey Barker
Pirate Erik Wyman uses his head to help guide his opponent to the mat at the Mel Smith Husky Invitational. Wyman came in fourth in his weight class at the event.

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WinterFest kicking off Friday with myriad activities http://www.pagosasun.com/winterfest-kicking-off-friday-with-myriad-activities/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:03 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195819

Photo courtesy Beth Tollefsen

By Mary Jo Coulehan
Special to The PREVIEW

Mother Nature was smiling on Pagosa Springs, depositing a little more snow in preparation for the 2020 WinterFest activities Jan. 24-26. Here’s what’s happening over the weekend.
On Friday, Jan. 24, the WinterFest Gala takes place at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association (PLPOA) Clubhouse beginning at 6 p.m. You do not have to be a Chamber member to attend, but you do need to be ready to have a good time. Tim Sullivan will provide the entertainment for an evening of dancing. There will be scrumptious hors d’oeuvres to start the evening followed by an extensive pasta and salad bar, and then some decadent desserts will wrap up the weekend. There will be a cash beer and wine bar, a wine pull, a candy bar and other activities to add to the fun. The evening will also celebrate the community award winners for Citizen, Volunteer, Non-Profit and Small Business of the Year. You can purchase your tickets in advance online at www.pagoachamber.com or at the door.
Saturday, Jan. 25, is chock-full of events for the participant and spectator. The hot air balloon mass ascension will take place on the west side of town both days. Launching of almost 20 balloons will occur around the PLPOA Rec Center, CrossRoad Christian Fellowship Church, the PLPOA Clubhouse and other vacant and plowed areas. The pilot briefing begins at 7 a.m., with the launch starting around 7:45 a.m.
The Pagosa Nordic Club will host a Cross-Country Ski Clinic at Cloman Park beginning promptly at 10 a.m. The DUST2 Fat Tire Bike Race will be held at Yamaguchi Park with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and the race at 8:45. You can enjoy fresh crepes and hot drinks as you watch the racers or participate in the event.
The fifth annual Barkus Parade along the Riverwalk begins in Town Park at 11 a.m. Costumes (for humans and pets) are encouraged and a donation of $10 or more will also get you a cup of steaming gumbo. The top three best-dressed pets will win a prize.
Stay downtown and get your choice seat along the Riverwalk and watch the ever-hilarious Penguin Plunge that supports nonprofit agencies in Pagosa Springs. The hardy plungers will enter the frigid San Juan River in front of the Visitor Center at 1 p.m. with registration beginning at noon at the Chamber. Plungers raise money for their favorite nonprofit agency.
When the plunge is finished, walk over to Reservoir Hill, where you can watch the Sledz on Rez Sled Race. The Build Pagosa group sponsors this event and homemade sleds race down the hill for a multitude of prizes. Registration for this event begins at 2 p.m., with the races starting at 2:30 p.m.
The day isn’t finished yet. You can round out the day at Motel SOCO with the DUST2-sponsored party with the Brooks-I Band and drink specials.
On Sunday, the balloons will again take to the skies on the west side of town at approximately 7:45 a.m. Make sure your camera or phone is charged for some stellar photo opportunities.
Cross-country skiers will enjoy the BB Gun Biathlon held at Yamaguchi Park at 9:30 a.m. There will be a variety of course challenges for skiers of all ages, including youth. Match your skill with shooting and cross-country skiing — a great event for spectators and participants.
Occurring on both Saturday and Sunday will be the inaugural Skis and Saddles Skijoring event. This action-packed, fast-paced event will take place from approximately 9:45 a.m. until about 4 p.m. in the vacant lot along Hot Springs Boulevard south of the Bank of the San Juans. There will be activities at certain times for snowboarders, youth and beginners. Watch as expert horse handlers pull skiers along a timed obstacle course.
Teams should register on Friday evening at the Quality Inn or at 8 a.m. on Saturday, also at the Quality Inn.
Please note that Hot Springs Boulevard will be closed from the south side of the post office to Apache Street on Saturday and Sunday. Please use U.S. 160 to Hot Springs Boulevard south to access all the hot springs facilities and the post office. Access Apache Street to the south end of Hot Springs Boulevard to utilize the Ross Aragon Community Center. More information can be found at https://www.skisandsaddles.com/.
Enjoy this wonderful winter season that we have in Pagosa with myriad activities to participate or spectate. A full schedule of events is found at www.pagosachamber.com. Click on the WinterFest 2020 listing above the WinterFest poster for all the details.

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Lady Pirates swim team to compete in final two meets of regular season http://www.pagosasun.com/lady-pirates-swim-team-to-compete-in-final-two-meets-of-regular-season/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:03 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195967

Photo courtesy Heather Miller
Lady Pirate Lynelle Bartz holds form during the 500-yard freestyle in Durango on Jan. 17. Bartz finished fourth out of six swimmers with a final time of seven minutes, 20.55 seconds. Pagosa took third out of three teams in Durango with 287 total points, finishing behind Gunnison with 295 points and Durango who took first with 514 points. Pagosa also competed in Durango on Jan. 18 and finished fifth out of five teams.

By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

In two separate meets in Durango on Jan. 17 and Jan 18, the Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirate swim team took third out of three teams and fifth out of five teams, respectively.

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Paden Bailey named Fall Player of the Year http://www.pagosasun.com/paden-bailey-named-fall-player-of-the-year/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 11:55:55 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195873

Photo courtesy
Stacey Barker
Pagosa Springs High School senior Paden Bailey was recently named an Intermountain League Fall Player of the Year for his work as part of the Pirate football team.

By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
Pagosa Springs High School’s Paden Bailey recently received the honor of being named one of the Intermountain League’s two fall players of the year.

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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