Sports Briefs for June 2: LSRV girls basketball team raises $3,800 for charity walk

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As part of the sixth annual Little Snake River Valley Walk for Life, the LSRV High School girls basketball team started the “Charity Stripe” program to help raise money. Each member of the team went outside the Baggs community to seek sponsors who would donate money for each foul shot made by the girls this season. For every foul shot missed, the girls themselves would be the donors.

The team raised $3,800 over the course of the season, and will be presenting the money at the end of the Walk Saturday to the family of Ryan SixKiller-Allen, a former Craig resident who died earlier this year after battling various forms of cancer her entire life and whose daughter, Hannah, is being treated for cancerous brain tumors.

The Walk for Life was started by cancer survivor Kathi Terkla-Herold, and benefits people with cancer in the Little Snake River Valley. It costs $25 to join the walk, which goes from Dixon to the Savery Museum. Terkla-Herold praised the efforts of the girls basketball team.

“It’s a great example of teenage girls stepping up to the plate and doing something good for the community,” she said. “Ryan was such an inspiration to so many people in this community while she was here, and by doing this, the team has inspired others as well.”

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.

Pine Creek baseball standout wins Gatorade POY

Ryan Warner was selected by Gatorade as the 2011-12 Gatorade Colorado Baseball Player of the Year, and is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year.

Warner, a Pine Creek high school standout, batted .493 with six home runs and 31 RBI last season and led his high school to the second round of the Class 5A state tournament. Warner also finished the season with a 7-1 record, a 2.18 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 51.1 innings as a right-handed pitcher for the Eagles.

Warner earned a 3.17 GPA at school and volunteered as a youth football instructor in his free time. He will be playing baseball at North Carolina State University this fall.

The Gatorade award recognizes one athlete in each state and Washington D.C. for outstanding athletic achievement, maintaining high standards of academic success, and strong character on and off the field.

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