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WATERVILLE, Maine The New England Small College Athletic Conference named Colby College guard Nick Farrell its player of the week for the end of December.At the recent Maine Event tournament, the former Aspen High basketball standout earned most valuable player honors as he led Colby (Waterville, Maine) to a championship victory. He opened the tournament with 14 points, six rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists in a 78-59 win against Southern Maine. He then had 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds in a 73-61 championship game win over St. Joseph’s.Farrell, a senior co-captain, leads Colby in scoring (18.1), assists (5.2), steals (2.1) and minutes (34.7 per game).In the latest statistics, he is third in the NESCAC in scoring, third in steals, sixth in assists and eighth in free throw percentage (.781).He has 773 points and 349 assists in his four-year career with the Mules.

ASPEN The Aspen Times Town Race Series, the longest town race series in the country, officially kicks off its 26th consecutive season Saturday and Sunday with a pair of giant slaloms at Aspen Highlands. Series competitions take place on Golden Horn and Thunderbowl at Aspen Highlands. The recreational division, open to telemarkers, snowboarders, and recreational skiers, competes on Sundays. The advanced division, for skiers with prior race experience, competes on Saturdays. The Sunday recreational race includes a special division for restaurant workers and bartenders. The Bartenders Cup features six-member teams competing for prizes in the best of two runs. Race-day registration is at Crust on the Highlands mall from 8-9:30 a.m. Racing begins at 11 a.m. At 3:30 p.m., there is a post-race party at Zane’s Tavern in Aspen with free beer, snacks, video replay from the day’s competition, and a raffle for valuable prizes from race sponsors and area businesses.Entry fees – which include the race and the postrace party – are $25 a day or $125 for the entire six-race series. Teams of six can sign up for $125 per race, or $600 for the season. Racers can also purchase a special $42 lift ticket on race days.

SNOWMASS Challenge Aspen will host its largest monoski camp in 11 years Jan. 8-12 at Snowmass. More than 25 skiers with disabilities will take to the snow after a specialized seating clinic Jan. 7. Soldiers injured in the Iraq war will be among the participants at this year’s camp, which serves beginner, intermediate and advanced monoskiers.Instructors and coaches include current and former members of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team and Professional Ski Instructors of America examiners.This year’s camp will feature video analysis, a barbecue lunch on the mountain, a celebration banquet and discounted dining thanks to the generous hospitality of the Margarita Grill, Il Poggio, Village Steakhouse, Goodfellows Pizza, Paradise Bakery and Zane’s. The Silvertree Hotel and Mountain Chalet are providing housing and conference services this year. Participants also may try their new skills in the Challenge Aspen Level 1 race, Jan. 11, on the NASTAR course at Snowmass. The Level 1 Race Series is a new activity for Challenge Aspen, open to all skiers with disabilities. Locals, visitors and monoski camp participants are encouraged to join three of the world’s best monoskiers, Laurie Stephens, Chris Devlin Young and Nick Catanzarite, in the all-day clinic Jan. 11.For more information, or to register for the race, contact Helaine “Laine” Weinstein at 923-0578.