Sports Briefs: CNCC hosting girls softball clinic today

The Colorado Northwestern Community College softball team from Rangely will be hosting a fast-pitch softball clinic next weekend.

Any girls ages 8-18 interested in playing softball or learning about the game can sign up for $30.

The clinic will start at 10 a.m. today at Woodbury Sports Complex, 250 Mack Lane, and last an undetermined amount of time, depending on the number of participants.

It will teach all basic softball skills, such as hitting, fielding and running. More advanced softball players will have the opportunity to receive more advanced direction as well.

There will also be a “closest to the pin” contest, in which participants throw from the outfield and attempt to land their ball closest to home plate. Each ball will cost $5, and proceeds will go to the softball program.

For more information, contact Jason Marshall at 824-2594.

Anglers reminded to monitor water temps

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.

Nighttime tournament hosted at Yampa Valley Golf Course

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will host the first annual Shot in the Dark Midnight Golf Tournament Sept. 14 at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

The tournament will consist of teams of four, but individuals may sign up and will be put into teams by the start of the tournament. The cost to play is $25 per individual or $100 for a team.

The format is a nine-hole, four-person scramble with a twist. Each player on a team may only bring one golf club to be used by the entire team, so each team will play with four clubs total.

Prizes will be awarded to the team with the lowest gross and net scores, as well as those with the best costumes.

Proceeds will benefit Grand Futures, which is still looking for hole sponsors for $100. The tournament is scheduled to start at dusk. Grand Futures is still accepting donations and prizes. For more information, call 824-5752.

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. T

hose 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.

Youth Basketball registration open; closing this month

Craig Parks and Recreation basketball leagues for children in third through sixth grade are open now.

The four leagues (third and fourth grade boys and girls, fifth and sixth grade boys and girls) will include skills days to help participants learn basketball basics like dribbling, shooting, passing and defense.

The cost to join is $30. Skills days will take place at Sunset Elementary the week of Sept. 23-29 and league play will begin in October with practices and games.

Coaching volunteers are needed. For more information, contact Pam Maneotis at 826-2004.

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