Sports – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 25 Jun 2020 20:44:50 +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 Sports – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com 32 32 Youth football organizers seeking input http://www.pagosasun.com/youth-football-organizers-seeking-input-2/ Sun, 28 Jun 2020 11:00:52 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=206280 By Aubrie Limebrook
Pagosa Springs Youth Football Association

Pagosa Springs Youth Football Association is working to get an idea on how many kids will be interested in playing football this 2020 season. 

There are still questions and uncertainties with the exact details because of COVID-19, but in order to move forward, we would like to better know an amount of players and interest in the program. 

If regulations allow, practices would begin in August. Games are still being decided based on other teams in our area. If there are not enough teams, state regulations become stricter or other complications arise, the board and coaches would like to still do a six-week football camp so that we don’t lose the momentum of learning the game and staying active. 

Email pagosaspringsyouthfootball@gmail.com by June 30 if your child is interested in playing, their age and if they played before. We are also looking for coaches and volunteers.

We will have more information coming out soon. Thank you for your help.

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Tucker Jacobson http://www.pagosasun.com/tucker-jacobson/ Thu, 25 Jun 2020 21:00:36 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=206287

Photo courtesy Becky Jacobson

Tucker Jacobson receives the Reserve Champion Bull Riding buckle for the 2019-2020 Colorado Junior High Rodeo Association. Although the spring season rodeos and the Colorado state finals were canceled due to COVID-19, he earned enough points in the fall to secure second place. He also qualified for National Junior High Rodeo Finals, but that was canceled, as well. 

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High school says goodbye to decades of coaching experience http://www.pagosasun.com/high-school-says-goodbye-to-decades-of-coaching-experience/ Thu, 25 Jun 2020 10:57:40 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=206216 By Randi Pierce

Staff Writer

Archuleta School District was recently faced with hiring new head coaches for four of Pagosa Springs High School’s (PSHS) athletics programs — replacing more than a combined 50 years of head coaching experience.

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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Youth football organizers seeking input http://www.pagosasun.com/youth-football-organizers-seeking-input/ Fri, 19 Jun 2020 11:00:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=205993 By Aubrie Limebrook
Pagosa Springs Youth Football Association

Pagosa Springs Youth Football Association is working to get an idea on how many kids will be interested in playing football this 2020 season. 

There are still questions and uncertainties with the exact details because of COVID-19, but in order to move forward, we would like to better know an amount of players and interest in the program. 

If regulations allow, practices would begin in August. Games are still being decided based on other teams in our area. If there are not enough teams, state regulations become stricter or other complications arise, the board and coaches would like to still do a six-week football camp so that we don’t lose the momentum of learning the game and staying active. 

Email pagosaspringsyouthfootball@gmail.com by June 30 if your child is interested in playing, their age and if they played before. We are also looking for coaches and volunteers.

We will have more information coming out soon. Thank you for your help.

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Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo canceled due to public health order restrictions http://www.pagosasun.com/red-ryder-roundup-rodeo-canceled-due-to-public-health-order-restrictions/ Thu, 11 Jun 2020 10:55:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=205431 By Lisa Scott
Western Heritage Event Center

It is with great sadness, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Western Heritage Event Center Board of Directors is canceling the 71st annual Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo. 

This heavy decision was made after the governor released the sixth public health order — Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors -— which prohibits rodeos. This action is for the safety of our contestants, sponsors, spectators, stock contractor and staff, volunteers, and the overall safety and health of our community. The board thanks everyone for their continued support and for loving rodeo. 

While there were rodeos in Pagosa Springs dating back into the beginning of the century, the first Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo was in 1949. In 1948, a group of local ranchers organized an effort to start a regular named rodeo series for this town. The initial group of volunteers included Glen Edmonds, Fred Harman, Daily Hott, Leon Montroy, Terry Robinson and Babe Shahan, to name a few. They collaborated with the owner of the rights to the Red Ryder registered trademark to brand this rodeo with the cartoon character that is so famous in this region. In 1949, the first rodeo was held at the site of the current Ross Aragon Community Center. Photographs show how automobiles were placed in a large circular formation to create the boundary of the rodeo arena. Spectators stood behind the cars.

Later that year, the committee advertised and sold stock in the rodeo organization, named Pagosa Springs Enterprises, and raised $15,000. With these proceeds, approximately 40 acres of land was purchased for the express use of hosting the annual rodeo. That initial site continues as the current facility on the corner of U.S. 84 and Mill Creek Road. Construction of a rodeo arena with wood boards and woven wire was accomplished just prior to the 1950 Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo. Over time, the structures that exist on the rodeo grounds today were constructed as additional stock was sold for the purpose of raising money and creating a supporting membership.

For over 70 years, this organization has been run by local dedicated volunteers, funded with individual and business donations from the local community, and continues to be an independent, self-sustaining and successful entity.

In the mid-1990s, the organization obtained their IRS nonprofit status and renamed the organization the Western Heritage Event Center, whose mission is to provide an annual three-day Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo as well as a year-round venue for education and training for youth and equestrian events for Archuleta County. The Western Heritage board is dedicated to preserving the history and traditions of the American West.

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CHSAA lifts moratorium June 1, strict guidelines established for in-person conditioning http://www.pagosasun.com/chsaa-lifts-moratorium-june-1-strict-guidelines-established-for-in-person-conditioning/ Sun, 31 May 2020 11:00:23 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=204567 By Bert Borgmann
Colorado High School
Activities Association

In an email sent to Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) member schools last week, Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green informed the membership that on June 1 the moratorium against in-person condition sessions between coaches and high school participants will be lifted.

Starting on that day, any decisions regarding athletics and activities through the summer months will be made at the local school district level. The CHSAA’s administrative oversight for athletics and activities will resume when camps, clinics and fall sports practice dates are projected to begin, she noted.

“This isn’t recreational park play or a free-for-all,” said Blanford-Green. “Our schools will face some challenges, no different than professional and collegiate sports to resume any level of student participation.”

“Each district’s individual date of return has been fully supported by our office,” Blanford-Green continued. “Our school administrators have assessed their local situations and have made the best decisions based on the safety and well-being of their students and school personnel.”

In an email to schools, the commissioner provided suggested recommendations, referencing national, state and health guidelines to assist them with resuming activities and athletics while keeping safety standards and protocols a priority.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel,” Blanford-Green said. “As with [the] reopening our country and our state, taking incremental steps within the mandated and suggested guidelines will be critical in ensuring the success of transitioning from virtual to in-person.

“I have strongly recommended that each school or district have a comprehensive plan in place during this transition, and that their school communities including participants, parents and especially coaches are informed of the expectations prior to physical contact or conducting in-person sessions,” she added.

“Our students, coaches, schools and the association are ready to re-socialize back to participation,” Blanford-Green said. “The importance of returning to education-based athletics and activities reaches beyond a contest or a perceived scholarship. It is about reconnecting our students — socially, emotionally and physically.”

The CHSAA Resocialization Task Force will meet after June 1 to begin discussions on athletics and activities for high school participation for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

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Soccer: Senior Night http://www.pagosasun.com/soccer-senior-night/ Sun, 24 May 2020 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=204081 With spring sports throughout Colorado canceled due to COVID-19, Pagosa Springs High School’s senior spring athletes missed out on being recognized for their hard work and contributions. Following is each senior’s Senior Night information, provided by Pagosa Springs High School, for the Lady Pirate soccer team.

Gabrielle Gallegos played four years.
Plans for next year: attending Fort Lewis College in the fall.
Favorite memory: It was our first overnight trip of the year and we were staying at this place that had one main lodge and little cabins around. Another teammate and I were exploring and went into this small lodge with a stage. Our coaches followed and when Coach Kurt-Mason saw the stage he started to dance like a ballerina. I could not stop laughing.Thank yous:
To my coaches: Thank you for helping me grow as a player and a person. You have pushed me to build strength in myself that I never knew was possible and for the rest of my life.
To my parents: Thanks for always being there for me, especially when I felt depleted and just done, you knew I could keep going.

Annabelle Bowles played four years and lettered four years.
Plans after graduation: attend Colorado State University, majoring in health and exercise science.
Favorite memory: My favorite memory from soccer was a home game my junior year against Del Norte. We actually lost the game but it was my best game, and despite the hard loss, I felt like we still won in our own way.
Thank yous:
To my coaches: Thank you for seeing the potential in me, pushing me to be the best I can be, and showing me the leadership qualities I had all along.
To my parents: Thank you for being so supportive and encouraging through my years of hard work.
To my teammates: My girls. My family. The love I have for each and every one of you is unexplainable. Our goodbye wasn’t supposed to be this way. I hope you learn from this and not take a single moment for granted next season. This team absolutely stole my heart. Make me proud next year girls!

Halie Severs played four years and lettered one year.
Plans for next year: enroll in an online real estate program and get my Realtor license.
Favorite memory: The time I threw up on the bus on the trip home — less than 5 minutes from the school. Sorry, Coach!
Thank yous:
To my coaches: Thanks for teaching me all about soccer.
To my teammates: Thanks for your kindness and effort in this amazing sport.
To my parents: Thanks for having me play soccer when I was a wee lad!

Grace Thompson played four years and lettered one year.
Plans for next year: attend Colorado State University majoring in art education.
Favorite memory: My favorite memory is going to the playoffs my freshman year. Everybody pushed so hard and were truly a family, all invested in each other. We all wanted to win so badly for the seniors that year that we all cried together after we lost the game in the second round.
Thank yous:
My team: For always supporting me even when injuries held me back and for becoming my family.
My parents: For being at my games to cheer me on and buying me chocolate milk when I’m sad about a loss.
My coaches: For being great examples to me on and off the field. Thank you for teaching me to work hard toward my goals and accept defeat with a smile on my face. I miss you all, thank you for the memories.

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Baseball: Paden Bailey http://www.pagosasun.com/baseball-paden-bailey/ Sat, 23 May 2020 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=204088

Photo courtesy Pagosa Springs High School

Pirate senior Paden Bailey poses with family and coach Mike Remlinger Wednesday morning after signing a national letter of intent to play baseball at Colorado Christian University.

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School district releases summer sports, facilities info http://www.pagosasun.com/school-district-releases-summer-sports-facilities-info/ Tue, 19 May 2020 11:00:29 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=203550 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer

Archuleta School District (ASD)has released sports and facilities information for this summer.

The document with the information also provides guidance on when more information regarding the fall sports season may be available. 

The document on the topic explains, “Due to the current COVID 19 health pandemic, summer sports for Archuleta School District 50 JT will be suspended through June 30, 2020. At that time district leaders will re-evaluate to determine if the restrictions can be lifted. If guidance is received sooner from the state and/or health organizations regarding lifting the restrictions, then re-evaluation will be made at that time.”

That includes:

• Hosting summer camps, practices or open gyms at ASD facilities, including Pagosa Springs High School, Pagosa Springs Middle School and Pagosa Springs Elementary School.

• Attending summer camps, practices or open gyms at other facilities.

• Coaches working in-person with students at any location.

The document further notes that ASD facilities will not be available for use by outside organizations, with that provision also slated to be re-evaluated at the end of June.

Fall sports

The document notes, “More information will be posted on the school websites on July 1, 2020 regarding fall sports and activities. However, due to current health and safety regulations no students will be allowed to attend, practice, or participate in any way until they have a completed physical.”

Physicals, the document notes, are good for 365 days from the date of the exam and must be completed by a doctor.

“Sports physicals will not be offered at the schools as they have been in past years. We strongly encourage you to get your physical scheduled as soon as possible because last minute appointments may be difficult to get as the August 10th, 2020 fall sports start date approaches,” it states.

 

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Summer recreation programs canceled due to COVID-19 http://www.pagosasun.com/summer-recreation-programs-canceled-due-to-covid-19/ Fri, 15 May 2020 11:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=203567 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer

The Town of Pagosa Springs Parks and Recreation Department announced on May 7 that its summer recreation programs, including youth baseball for kids ages 7 to 12, adult softball and the Kickin’ It During Summer (K.I.D.S.) Camp, have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s pretty self-explanatory,” Parks and Recreation Director Darren Lewis said during a Combined Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting on May 7. “Limited group activities to 10 people or fewer, it’s pretty hard to put on youth baseball, adult softball, even our K.I.D.S. camp.”

Usually the K.I.D.S. camp, adult softball and youth baseball run from June 1 through July 31, Lewis explained.

According to Lewis, the K.I.D.S. Camp could have 10 kids, but all kids would have to wear masks for the entire time, as well as the camp counselors.

“With our playgrounds shut down, it’s just not worth doing. It doesn’t make any sense to force kids to wear masks all day,” he said. “To put that kind of stress on counselors to ensure that masks are staying on these children, it’s too much. It would be too chaotic.”

However, the Parks and Recreation Department is hoping to do some “mini camps” as soon as some of the public health order restrictions are lifted, Lewis explained.

“They will be more like rec programs as opposed to a K.I.D.S. Camp,” he said. “We’re going to spend the next month kind of coming up with some things, so when things open up, we are prepared to implement some of that stuff.”

In place of youth baseball, Lewis suggested baseball camps for when restrictions are lifted. An adult softball tournament could be added instead of a season, he added later.

“We just have to wait until people can gather a little more,” he said. “We’ll try and do something because I know it’s tough on families and the entire community when rec things get canceled and K.I.D.S. Camp gets canceled.”

The town did not receive any applications for the K.I.D.S. Camp, Town Manager Andrea Phillips explained in an email to The SUN on May 11.

“Staff originally opened up registration for KIDS Camp on April 1st. COVID-19 restrictions started in mid/late March. We moved the start of the registration back to April 15th. Restrictions continued, so we moved the date back to May 4th,” Phillips explained, adding that this is when it was determined to cancel the camp.

 

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