Sports Briefs

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Race Across America volunteers

The Race Across America (California to Maryland) bike race is coming through Cortez from late June 15 until mid-day June 18. Mike Francisco is coordinating a Cortez time station/information booth in the northeast corner of the Walmart parking lot. Volunteers are needed to man the time station for any time period for those days. For those who want to volunteer and meet the cyclists, please call Francisco at 882-3870.

Kiwanis Golf Tournament

The annual Kiwanis Club Fundraising Golf Tournament is on Saturday at Conquistador Golf Course beginning at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds will go toward helping children and their families in the community. Entry fee is $40/person, which includes lunch and prizes. Golf cart and green fees are not included. Registration is at the club house. Please contact Marie Rogers-Patrick at 564-9770 or Carol Click at 565-2000 for more information.

Cortez BMX Race for Life

Cortez BMX will be hosting its annual Race for Life on Saturday. All proceeds go straight to the American Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Anyone can race this race (no membership is required). A rider would need to have a bike, long sleeved shirt, long pants, and a parent or guardian to sign up. Sign in will be from 9 to 10 a.m., with racing following ASAP. The regular schedule will continue through September with races every Monday night (sign in 5:30 to 6 p.m.) and every other Saturday morning (sign in 9:30 to 10 a.m.). Please visit for more details and the complete schedule.

4 Corners volleyball camp

The ninth annual 4 Corners volleyball camp, hosted by Mancos High School and coach Ramona Shepherd, will be held June 18-20. The clinicians will again be Adams State College coach Lindy Mortensen and her Grizzlies volleyball players. Numbers have grown so much (75 last year and campers were turned away), that there is no more room in Mancos. The camp is moving to Cortez. High school players will be at Montezuma-Cortez High School and middle school players will be at Cortez Middle School. The cost per camper will be $90 this year. There is only have room for 100 campers, so early sign-up is important. For more information or a sign-up sheet, please call Shepherd at 560-1411 or Barb Chappell at 570-9990. Sign-up early to reserve a spot before the camp is full.

Southwest Football Camp

The annual youth Southwest Football Camp will again be held this year in Dolores on Thursday and Friday, June 21-22, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. This is a non-contact camp for all second- through-eighth-graders in the area to improve and learn new football skills. Enrollment forms can be picked up at the Cortez Recreation Center on the wall inside the front doors, or at High Mesa Designs, located at 44 East Main Street in Cortez. For more information, please contact Ray Weir, Dolores High School football coach, at 882-4269 or email

Knocker Athletic Club Softball Rendezvous

Knocker Athletic Club is hosting the Knocker Softball Rendezvous in Dolores the weekend of June 23-24. Open, recreation, and men’s and women’s brackets are Saturday. Coed brackets are Sunday. It’s a 4-game guarantee. Tourney entry fee is $200. Awards based on number of teams. Champions will receive 14 Champion Dri-Fit shirts. Entry deadline is Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m. To register, call Charles See at 560-3423.

M-CHS youth volleyball camp

The Montezuma-Cortez High School Lady Panthers will hold their annual fourth- through-sixth-grade coed youth volleyball camp. The camp is June 26-28, from 9 a.m. to noon at the M-CHS Main Gym. Camp fee is $60. Please arrive 15 minutes early to register on the first day. Camp clinicians are M-CHS coach Barbara Chappell and Cortez Middle School coach Valorie Bauer. Assistants will be M-CHS alumni and current volleyball players. To preregister, contact Chappell at 570-9990 or Bauer at 799-4880.

Ute Mountain strongman competition

The second annual Ute Mountain Recreation Center, strongman competition, is set for Saturday, July 14, at the Ute Mountain Rec. Center parking lot in Towaoc. It’s a $10 entry fee, one open division and five competitions. The top score wins it all, which is a trophy, cash prize and dinner. Call Rob or Nick at 564-5360 for more information.

Cortez Leopard Sharks swimming

Come swim with the Cortez Leopard Sharks swimming team. The swim season has just started and registration is ongoing throughout the spring and summer swim season. Practices are currently being held at the indoor pool of the Cortez Recreation Center on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 5:30 p.m. If interested in joining the team, want to improve swimming and make new friends, please feel free to come by and observe a practice and talk with the coaches. Children and adults are welcome to join. Registration forms can be requested at, through the team’s Facebook page of Cortez Leopard Sharks, or picked up at the Cortez Rec. Center front desk. Further questions can be directed to the Board of Directors at 570-6698.

Kokopelli Bike and Board events

Monday night trail maintenance — 5:30 p.m. at the Boggy Draw parking lot. Check the for details.

Monday night group road rides — Leaving 6:15 from the pub (Dolores River Brewery) and going to Flanders Park in Dolores.

Tuesday night time trials (TT) — 6, warm up, and 6:30 start. Meet at the Boggy Draw parking lot.

Girl’s Wednesday night group ride — starting at 5:30 at Boggy Draw.

Bike polo in Cortez — Wednesday nights at 6:30 — check for directions.

Thursday night group “night” rides — Boggy Draw at 7:30.

Saturday road bike group ride — 9 a.m. at Kokopelli Bike & Board.

Open adult soccer

Open adults soccer is being held at Parque de Vida on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. For more information, please contact Ike at 759-9581.