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METRO LEAGUE FINALS ON TAP

The 13th annual Metro League Wrestling Championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Doherty High School in Colorado Springs.

Twenty-four Colorado Springs area high schools will compete. The competition’s first session will kick off on Friday at 4:30 p.m., and will continue at 9 a.m. Saturday morning with session 2. The Championship Finals are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening. Admission for adults is $10 for all day passes and $15 for an all tournament pass. Student admission prices are $5 for either an all day or an all tournament pass.

The 2012 Metro League champion and 2012 Class 5A state champion Pine Creek will attempt to defend its title. Pine Creek has won the event four times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2012). Other teams to win COS Metro titles are Widefield (2001, 2002, 2005), Coronado (2008, 2010, 2011) and Doherty (2003, 2004). Among the Tri-Lakes area wrestlers ranked in the Top 10  by On The Mat include Discovery Canyon senior AJ Rees (No. 1 at 120 pounds), Discovery Canyon senior Steve Turner (No. 2, 132), Discovery Canyon junior Adrian Mack (No. 3,  170), and Palmer Ridge senior Tyler Thalhammer (No. 9, 138).

Individual medals will be given to the 1st through 8th place winners in each weight class and the top four teams will receive team awards. An Outstanding Wrestler will be named for lower and upper weights. There will also be an Outstanding Underclassman, a senior named Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Assistant Coach of the Year and Manager of the Year.

The Event finals and semifinals will be webcast live on TheMat.com (www.themat.com). USA Wrestling’s national staff organizes and conducts this tournament on an annual basis as a service to the Colorado Springs area wrestling community.

PALMER RIDGE GIRLS ROLLING

The Palmer Ridge girls basketball team improved to 11-2 after winning a tournament last weekend in Colby, Kansas.

Junior Ali Meyer came up huge in the championship game against McCook (Nebraska), scoring nine points and pulling down 23 rebounds. The Bears won 62-50 as three Palmer Ridge players scored double figures - Madison Thomas (22), Michelle DeCoud (14) and Rhyley Lane (13).

The Bears also had tournament victories over Hugoton (Kansas, 46-33) and Liberal (Kansas, 54-36). Meyer is averaging a team-leading 12.5 points and 12.4 rebounds this season

JOSH SCOTT UPDATE

Lewis-Palmer alumnus Josh Scott is averaging 13.0 points per game for the University of Colorado men’s basketball team. That is third best on the team.

Scott, a freshman, is second on the team in rebounding at 5.7 per contest. He also is second on the team in total blocks with 11.

The Buffaloes are 12-6 overall, 2-4 in the highly competitive Pac 12 Conference.

         

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GAMES

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is recruiting helpful volunteers to assist at the 2013 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Youth Championships and Pan Am Games to be held in Colorado Springs July 9 through July 14. The games will feature more than 300 blind and visual impaired athletes from more than 25 nations, all around the world. Athletes will compete in the sports of Judo and Goalball. Goalball is a team sport specifically for blind and visual impaired athletes.The volunteer duties include time and score keeping, hospitality, interpreters, registration, medal presenters, and drivers.

Goalball will be held at Colorado College El Pomar Gymnasium. Judo well be held at St. Mary’s High School Gymnasium.

If you are interested in volunteering for a specific event or would like more information, please contact Lacey Markle at 719-866-3222 or lmarkle@usaba.org.

FRANKLIN IN DEMAND

Swimming enthusiast, Olympic fans and the rest of the curious world will get their chance to see Missy Franklin swim at next month’s CHSAA state swimming and diving meet in Fort Collins. A year ago, Franklin’s appearance at the Class 5A meet became a huge distraction as fans flocked to buy tickets and get a glimpse of the future Olympics star.

Only 100 tickets were available for the finals on a first-come first serve basis. Franklin, a Regis Jesuit senior, won four Gold medals at last summer’s London Games.

This year’s state meet event will again be held at the Edora Pool and Ice center - Feb. 8-9. Schools with qualifiers will be given first opportunity to purchase tickets, starting at 10 a.m. on Feb. 5. Each school is limited to two adult tickets per qualifier each day.

The general public will get its chance to purchase tickets at noon on Feb. 6 by going online to chsaa.ticketleap.com. The meet will once again be streamed live online at chsaa.tv.

REGISTRATION OPEN

FOR STATE GAMES

Athlete Registration is now open for this summers’ Rocky Mountain State Games. Interested folks can go on line at: www.coloradospringssports.org.

The Rocky Mountain State Games is Colorado’s multi-sport gala, with competition for thousands of Colorado athletes of all ages and athletic abilities including physically disabled, visually impaired and Paralympic athletes. Recognized by the National Congress of State Games, a member of the United States Olympic Committee, the 2013 Rocky Mountain State Games will be held July 19-21 and 26-28 in Colorado Springs.

New sports added for the 2013 Games include Arm Wrestling, Disc Golf, Dog Agility, Pickleball, Orienteering, Skateboarding and Ultimate Frisbee.

Last summer, 7,035 athletes from over 120 Colorado cities and towns competed in the Games.

Organized and managed by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, the 2012 RMSG will offer competition in 35 sports. Competition will take place along the Front Range with venues including: U.S. Olympic Training Center, U.S. Air Force Academy, Memorial Park, Fort Carson, Colorado College and other venues in Colorado Springs.