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Challenge Aspen will host the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team as well as squads from 13 countries at the International Paralympic Committee 2010 Alpine World Cup Finals, from Feb. 28 to March 5 at Buttermilk. Some 130 athletes are expected to attend.

Athletes in the sitting, standing and visually impaired divisions will compete in two downhills and one super G on March 2-5, with training beforehand.

In addition to daily awards ceremonies, The Nations Cup will be given to the country with the most World Cup points for the 2009-2010 season. Also, World Cup overall titles for downhill, super G and super combined will be awarded.

“We’re very excited to bring the adaptive World Cup back to the Roaring Fork Valley and to host the world’s best athletes with disabilities,” Kevin Jardine, director of competition for Challenge Aspen, said in a news release. “It’s a huge honor to be asked to host such a prestigious event, which caps off the World Cup season. The Aspen community is fortunate to be able to see these athletes in the final races before they compete in the Paralympic Winter Games [on March 13-21 in Vancouver, British Columbia].”

For more, visit http://www.challengeaspen.com.

After a 2008-2009 season in which she won two world championships and her second consecutive World Cup Overall crown, Lindsey Vonn was recently named athlete of the year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

The Vail skier’s nine World Cup wins set an American single-season record. She is currently second all-time in wins for an American with 28, trailing only Bode Miller (31).

University of Colorado track star Jenny Barringer and Air Force hockey player Jacques Lamoureux were named the female and male collegiate athletes of the year.

The trio will be honored at an April 20 banquet, along with a 2010 hall of fame class that includes Mike Shanahan and Joe Sakic.

The Aspen Mother Puckers won two games and tied one last weekend at the Ice Garden.

The Puckers B team defeated the Craig Puck Ewes, 2-0, on Saturday night. Team captain Julie Cox of El Jebel got things started when she scored just 34 seconds in off assists from Stephanie Costello and Erica Delak, both of Aspen.

Katherine Gleason of Snowmass Village put in an insurance goal in the second period, assisted by Stephanie Cantor of Aspen and Costello. The Puckers’ penalty-kill game got a workout as they withstood four Craig power plays throughout the game.

Margo Cuttitta of Lazy Glen continued a three-game shutout streak by stopping all 12 shots from the Puck Ewes, while the Puckers put 23 shots on the Craig net. The MP2 are now 5-0 in the Mountain League. They face Fatty’s Fury in Breckenridge on Saturday.

The Mother Puckers A team took the ice next and tied the Denver Mavericks, 5-5, in a game that went to overtime. Tina Schairer of Basalt put the Puckers on the scoreboard in the first period off a pass from Elizabeth Severy of Aspen. Tess Ferro of Basalt netted one in the second period off assists by Severy and Susie Theriot of Basalt. Ferro got a power-play goal in the same period off assists from Lindsey Utter of Carbondale and Theriot.

Schairer completed a hat trick in the third period with a shorthanded goal, assisted by Mindy Nagle of Aspen, and an unassisted goal, putting the Puckers ahead, 5-4, with four minutes to play. The Mavericks tied it up 20 seconds later, forcing overtime. Goaltender Ellen Winter of Aspen stopped 29 of 34 shots, while the Puckers put 39 shots on Denver’s net.

The two met again on Sunday morning with the Puckers A team pulling out a 4-2 win. Diane Amsden put one in just 1:30 into the first period. Schairer continued her scoring ways with a power-play goal in the second period assisted by Theriot. Heather Tattersall got the game winner with an unassisted goal later in the period. Schairer netted one more for insurance in the third off assists from Severy and Amsden.

The Puckers A team are now 5-5-1 in the A1 league. They host the University of Colorado at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ice Garden. Admission is free and open to the public.

Aspen golfer Clayton Crawford shot 72 and 77 to the win the boys’ age 13 division in the recent Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour’s season-ending Tour Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz. He won the event, which featured 25 juniors from seven states, by four strokes.

He followed up that effort with a third-place finish in the Western Regional “Desert Shootout” in Phoenix. The result qualifies him to compete in the Teen World Championships, which will be held at Pinehurst in North Carolina next summer.

Three Rivers Little League will soon be conducting 2010 registration for youth baseball (8- to 14-year-olds) and girls youth softball (9- to 14-year-olds).

Register online at eteamz.com/trll (go to handouts for the proper forms) or attend one of the following sessions to sign up in person:

• Feb. 8-10, 5-7 p.m., Glenwood Springs Elementary School lobby

• Feb. 8-10, 5-7 p.m., Roaring Fork High School lobby

• Feb. 2-10, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Basalt Middle School lobby

• Feb. 2-10, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Aspen Middle School lobby

The fee is $150 at the time of registration and you’ll need a copy of your birth certificate at the time of registration. Contact Three Rivers Little League President Paul Burbidge at 947-1101 with any questions.


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