Sports Briefs for June 1: Sea Sharks kick off 2012 season today in Rangely

Sea Sharks kick off 2012 season today in Rangely

The Craig Sea Sharks will compete in the first meet of the 2012 summer season today and Saturday at the Rangely Recreation Center, 611 S. Stanolind Ave.

About 35 young athletes from ages 5 to 18 will be competing, including some swimmers from beyond the Craig area such as Baggs, Wyo.

The team recently underwent its first full of week of practices at the Craig Pool Complex, with sessions from 7 to 9 a.m.

Sea Sharks teaches skills in the water and lets participants get a feel for the sport of competitive swimming, according to coach Meghan Francone. Meets are scheduled for later in the summer in Craig, Grand Junction and Aspen, among other locations.

Parks & Recreation to host British soccer camp

Craig Parks & Recreation will host a British soccer camp this summer for children ages 3 to 16.

The camp is offered by Challenger Sports, an institution which sends international experts across the country to teach game skills and sportsmanship. Running from July 9 to 13, the camp will be set up at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane.

Introductory program levels include the $78 First Kicks class for 3-year-olds from 9 to 10 a.m. and Mini Soccer for 4- to 5-year-olds from 10:30 a.m. to noon for $93. Ages 6 to 16 can participate in Half Day from 9 a.m. to noon for $115, as well as the additional afternoon session Golden Goal Camp from 1 to 3 p.m. for $43. Registration is available online at challengersports.com. Participants can register the day of the event but there is a $10 late fee for entries received fewer than 10 days before the camp begins. For more information, call 826-2004.

Regional soccer tournament set for June 8

The fourth annual Emily Johnson Play It Forward 3v3 Soccer Tournament takes place from June 8 to 10 at Gates Soccer Park on the Spring Valley Campus of Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs.

The tournament — open to all interested male and female athletes on the Western Slope — honors Emily Johnson, a Coal Ridge High School student and star soccer player who was killed in an ATV accident in 2008.

The weekend begins with the Emily Johnson Play It Forward All Star Exhibition Game, featuring the All League Western Slope Conference 3A and 4A high school players. Boys play at 5 p.m. and girls at 7 p.m.

The two-day tournament begins at 8 a.m. June 9 and continues through June 10 for boys and girls teams — split into age brackets for children younger than age 8 and younger than age 18 — as well as co-ed adult teams in both recreational and competitive divisions.

Teams can register at EmilyJohnsonPlayitForward.org. Cost is $150 per team, which guarantees at least three games, a goody bag and tournament T-shirt. The event also will include a silent auction and refreshments.

For more information, contact organizers at playitforward@sopris.net.

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