Sports Briefs for August 17: Anglers reminded to monitor water temps

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Drought conditions and low water flows throughout the state have Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminding anglers to monitor water temperature when they are out fishing, the agency reported in a news release.

Several water-specific recommendations have already been requested this summer, however aquatic biologists recognize that fish can be stressed due to temperatures in many different coldwater fishing locations, according to the release.

"Handling fish in waters that are 68 degrees and above can put undue stress on them, causing mortalities and compromising the fishery as a whole," said Ken Kehmeier, senior aquatic biologist for the Northeast region, in the release. "We ask that anglers keep in mind the production opportunity of a fishery and not solely the fishing opportunity. Get out and fish, but bring along a thermometer and try to fish early in the day for the best opportunities."

For more information about fishing in places not affected by low flows, please visit: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/Pages/Fishing.aspx.

Referees for Parks and Rec football needed

Craig Parks and Recreation needs officials for its 2012 tackle football season, expected to start in early September. Starting pay is $22 per game and candidates must be at least age 14.

Prior officiating experience is helpful, but not necessary.

For more information, call Dave Pike, Parks and Recreation director, at 826-2006. Those interested must call by Aug. 20.

Day of scrimmaging to help boys soccer team.

The Moffat County High School boys soccer team will head to Denver to prepare for the season.

The team will go to Scrimmage Days, an event featuring almost 100 teams from Colorado, on Aug. 25. Teams will play four scrimmages over the course of the day.

While other teams from Northwest Colorado, like Steamboat Springs High School and Battle Mountain High School, will participated, MCHS will not play them.

Head coach Rusty Cox requested to play against teams the Bulldogs have never seen before to better prepare his players for the coming season.

MCHS moved from Class 4A to 3A this season, meaning the Bulldogs will play mostly new teams during the regular season.

Cox said he hopes scrimmaging against unfamiliar teams will make his players ready for new foes in the regular season.

Parks and Recreation adult volleyball open for registration

The Fall Coed Volleyball league through Craig Parks and Recreation will be starting Monday, Sept. 17.

Signups for the league are now open, and close Wednesday, Sept. 5. Parks and Rec will include two different leagues this year.

A competitive league will play Monday nights and semi-competitive will play Tuesday or Thursday nights.

Those signing up for semi-competitive must be available to play Tuesday or Thursday.

The fee for registration is $125 for a team and $10 per player. For more information, call Pam Maneotis, recreation facilitator for Parks and Recreation, at 826-2004.

National attention coming to Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park

Thunder Ridge Motorsports Park will be featured as part of an annual circle track tour this month.

The AMSOIL Great American Circle Track Tour, in which a writer for Circle Track Magazine visits various tracks across the country and writes about them, will be coming to Craig the weekend of Aug. 25.

Thunder Ridge is hosting its Late Model stock car show that weekend as well.

Track owner Greg Kolbaba anticipates the Late Model Show being one of his bigger events of the summer, making it a major opportunity for the track.

Other racing events are scheduled for Aug. 18, Sept. 8 and Sept. 22. Races have a 7 p.m. scheduled start time.

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