Craig sports briefs for April 10, 2013: Girls golf team has tough time in Parachute

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The Moffat County High School girls golf team took seventh place out of 12 teams at a tournament in Parachute on Monday.

The team, playing at Battlement Mesa Golf Club after a week off for spring break, struggled on the greens and posted some of its highest scores of the season. Caitlin Harjes led the way with a 99, and Katelyn Peroulis shot 113.

Head coach Ann Marie Roberts said the Bulldogs’ time off showed in their first tournament back.

“I saw a lot we can work on,” she said. “Definitely our putting and our short game, we’ll spend some time on.”

The Bulldogs host a home tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course on April 29, and the regional tournament is May 7 and 8 in Aspen.

Local skier medals at national slalom competition

Bill Sawer of Craig made waves at the 2013 Nature Valley National Standard Race (NASTAR) National Championships.

Sawer, 69, took the bronze medal in the silver division of the 65-69 men’s division championships. It was his second year in the recreational competition.

He took third place with an average time (from four runs on the slalom course) of 35.65 seconds. He was two seconds behind the winner.

NASTAR takes times from more than 100 ski resorts and thousands of participating skiers each year. The top 10 in each division of each age group are then invited to come to the national championships site.

Sawer is a ski instructor in Steamboat Springs in the winter and after learning he had qualified for the bronze division in 2012, decided to give it a try in Winter Park. He took first place in the 65-69 bronze division that year.

This season he moved up to the silver division and said he has plans of trying to race in the gold division next year.

CNCC Rangely represents at home rodeo event

Colorado Northwestern Community College hosted its first rodeo competition Monday in Rangely, and CNCC coach Jed Moore called it a great success.

At the first annual CNCC Spartan Showdown, several Spartans were among the leaders at Columbine Park in Rangely.

Brinkley Phillips took fourth place overall in the barrel racing championship round, while Devon Vondette was sixth in the long go.

In bull riding, Coty Cornia and Brice Osborne split first place in the long go as well as first overall. Cornia was also tough in the bronc riding competition, taking fourth overall after a second-place finish in the long go.

Dax Hadlock and Clay Crozier took fourth overall in team roping, but had the fastest time of the year in the long go, finishing in six seconds. A five-second penalty in the short go hurt their overall finish.

There is one week remaining in the college rodeo season, followed by the nationals in Casper, Wyo., from June 9 to 15. Cornia and Osborne are both in contention to qualify for nationals.

Registration closes today for youth baseball leagues

Today (April 10) is the last day to register for youth baseball leagues in Craig. The coach pitch, softball and T-ball leagues will play at Woodbury Sports Complex, 350 Mack Lane, while the older youth leagues will have to travel in addition to games played in Craig.

The seasons begin with practices later this month, and games in May. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 826-2029.

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