Sports briefs: Hayden Speedway is open for racing today


— The Hayden Speedway will be open for the second time this season when it welcomes the Street Stock Showdown at 7 p.m. today.

The races are at the track, 37900 County Road 53, Hayden.

The cost is $8 for adults, and tickets can be bought at the gate.

Arroyo Memorial Golf Tournament today

The seventh annual Arroyo Memorial Golf Tournament takes place at 8 a.m. today at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Sign up and pay fees at the golf course. The tournament is a four-person scramble. Call Joe Arroyo at 639-2548.

Shooting camp planned for July 14; cost is $49

On July 14, Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball coach Steve Maneotis is hosting Jay Wolf's Star Shooter Camp, which is open to boys and girls in the fifth grade and older. The camp costs $49.

For more information, call Maneotis at 824-4422 during the day or 629-0272 all other times.

State Softball Player of the Year named

In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in partnership with ESPN RISE, announced Shelby Babcock, of Legacy High School in Broomfield, as its 2008-09 Gatorade Colorado Softball Player of the Year. Babcock is the first Gatorade Colorado Softball Player of the Year to be chosen from the school.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Babcock as Colorado's best high school softball player. Babcock is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award, to be announced this month.

The 5-foot-11-inch junior pitcher produced a 22-1 record with a 0.15 ERA and 292 strikeouts in 138 innings this past season, leading the Lightning (23-2) to their second consecutive Class 5A state championship. Babcock also fired six no-hitters and batted .457. She was named Rocky Mountain News Pitcher of the Year and The Denver Post Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons, as well as MVP of the Class 5A state tournament.

Babcock has maintained a 3.0 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as a peer math tutor and as a youth coach.

Babcock has verbally committed to play softball on scholarship at the University of Arizona beginning in fall 2010.


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