Rifle’s Kyler Smith claims top prize; Rod Branstetter takes hole-in-one in golf tourney
It was far from three straight days of the exact same action at this year’s Cottonwood Classic. The 48th annual event, which ran Friday through Sunday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, attracted 103 golfers vying for some big cash prizes, with some taking home something more than a financial payout.
As part of Moffat County Balloon Festival, Craig residents will be hosting a tournament of the game over-the-line Aug. 1 and 2 at Loudy-Simpson Park. Originally created by Old Mission Beach Athletic Club, over-the-line is a variation of bat and ball games like baseball and softball that involves three-person teams. Hitters do not run any bases, and the field consists of a triangle in place of home plate and a rectangle for fielders. For a full explanation of the setup and rules, visit http://www.ombac.org/over-the-line/otl-rules-of-the-game. Local organizers are seeking as many teams as possible for three divisions: co-ed, women and youth ages 12-15. Teams consist of a captain, two players and an optional substitute. Demonstrations will be available July 16 and 23 for those unfamiliar with the game. The cost is $60 to register by Friday, with players receiving a guaranteed t-shirt, hot dog and a beer garden ticket for ages 21 and older. Late entry will be available until July 28 for $75 with no tickets nor guarantee of shirts.
The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.
Parade, picnic, fun shoot, fireworks among activities
America’s got a birthday party, and you’re invited. Craig’s Fourth of July celebration takes place this weekend as the people of Northwest Colorado show their patriotism for the date acknowledging the independence of the United States. The fun begins Saturday morning with the fifth annual parade organized by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Post 62.
The limited license application deadline for Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s fall turkey hunting season, running September to October, is Thursday. Draw results should be available July 27. CPW encourages sportsmen of all interests to give this unique challenge a try during the season, which takes place from Sept. 1 to Oct. 23.
During the summer after his sophomore year, and again this summer, Fruita Monument High School basketball player Javen Gumber drew recruiting interest with his mix of size and athleticism playing club basketball for Denver-based Next Level Premier. Even during the half-season the 6-foot-7 junior forward played for the Wildcats after joining to Fruita Monument for the 2014-15 school year, he led the team in scoring (13.1) and rebounds (7.6) per game. Wednesday morning, Gumber made his college choice official, committing to the Air Force Academy.
BCA Pool Leagues will begin its sixth season in September at The Popular Bar, 24 W. Victory Way, and teams are already forming and seeking players. The 9-Ball league takes place at 5 p.m. Sundays starting Sept. 13, consisting of three-person teams with a total of 5 players allowed on teams. The 8-Ball games are at 6 p.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 14, with five-person teams and a total of eight players allowed on teams. Players can qualify for a Las Vegas trip during both nights. The city champions from the past season will be competing at the nationals later this month.
Baseball is creeping up to the All-Star Break already, and fantasy baseball is also finishing up its third month. It's been a rough season for my team just keeping my head above water in the middle of the pack, bouncing between sixth and seventh place. Although it's been a subpar season for my team so far, there is some hope with players like Carlos Gonzalez coming around and hitting again, Chris Davis also starting to hit some more and with the fantasy baseball MVP Paul Goldschmidt.
Bears Ears Sportsman Club and Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots will host the Freedom Fun Shoot from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Bears Ears range on Moffat County Road 7 north of Craig. The event includes multiple gun activities, including usage of the .22 rifle and long range rifle, the pistol bowling pin shoot and kid’s shoot. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Shooters are expected to bring their own firearms, ammunition and protective equipment. Tickets are $2 per person per game.
Craig Sports Briefs for June 29, 2015: Yampa Valley Golf Course’s Cottonwood, Silver Bullet tourneys approaching
The time is now to sign up for two of Yampa Valley Golf Course’s biggest tournaments, coming up in July, the 48th annual Cottonwood Classic and the 29th annual Silver Bullet Ladies Golf Classic. The three-day Cottonwood Classic runs this week from Friday to Sunday, and players will be going after a $12,000 purse, providing registration is high. The $165 entry fee includes a demo day Thursday, meals and entry in multiple contests throughout the event.
The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.
Tanner Jensen, recent graduate of Little Snake River Valley School, will represent the Baggs, Wyoming, gridiron program next week in the Can-Am Bowl in Saskatchewan, Canada. The program, which runs from Monday through July 4, takes the best in the nation among six-man football teams to test their mettle against our neighbors to the north.
The Colorado Northwestern Community College rodeo team recently competed in the College National Finals Rodeo, held June 14 to 20 in Casper, Wyoming. CNCC Rodeo ranked three athletes in the top 12 in the nation and as a team were 26th in the country.
Hugh Turner, recent graduate from Moffat County High School, committed this week to play baseball for Finlandia University, a private school on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Hugh will be receiving a partial scholarship for the NCAA Division school, where he plans to study sports medicine, physical therapy and sports management, possibly achieving a doctorate in the former two programs.
Recent Moffat County High School graduate Matt Hamilton represented the Bulldogs at the Colorado High School Coaches Association’s 59th All-State Games at Adams State University in Alamosa.