Sports Briefs

Montezuma Titans football registrations

Registrations for the Montezuma Titans, of the Youth American Football League, will be held today and Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cortez Public Library. This is for kids asecond- through-sixth-grade interested in playing tackle football. Registration fee is $85 with an additional $40 game jersey fee for sixth-grade players. Practice begins Wednesday, Aug. 1. The Montezuma Titans game schedule includes a minimum of seven games against Bayfield, Durango and Pagosa Springs; and, New Mexicoís, Aztec, Bloomfield, Farmington, Kirtland, Shiprock and Dulce. Parents must bring a copy of birth certificate to registration. For more information, please contact Scott Conklin at 570-7835 or Kyle Lester at 799-7964.

Ute Mountain Wolf Pack football

Ute Mountain Wolf Pack football in Towaoc is now accepting registration forms for youth tackle football. Ongoing registrations will be held at the Ute Mountain Recreation Center for kids aged 8 through 15. Cost of registration is $35 and practices begin in early August. There will also be a sing-up day on Thursday, July 19, at Steve Keetch Motor Co., in Cortez from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Nick Traweek at 564-5752 or 570-7437.

CMGA club championship

The Cortez Menís Golf Association club championship is the weekend of July 21-22. Itís $1,000 added money. Format is medalist stroke play. Players must be paid members of the CMGA. Entry is $35, including range balls both days and lunch on Saturday (does not include green fees and cart). Will be flighted according to handicap and number of players. Please call the Conquistador Golf Course Pro Shop at 565-9208 to sign up or for more information.

Mancos Days volleyball tournament

There will be a Mancos Days volleyball tournament deadline for registration on Monday, July 23. No exceptions. It will be the same place on Saturday, July 28, and will start at 8 a.m. with the first games. Payment is at 7:45. Rules are listed and prizes will be given as well. It is $5 a player for middle school and up (with current Mancos players free), and coed is allowed. Contact Dylaina Morelli at 946-6337 for more information.

M-CHS youth football camp

Montezuma-Cortez High School will hold a free youth football camp on Friday and Saturday, July 27-28, from 8 to 10 a.m. each day at M-CHS. Each player will receive a free T-shirt. The camp is open to players from second- to-eighth-grade. Players will learn basic fundamentals of football from the Panthersí players and coaching staff. Parents must fill out a registration of consent form. For more information, please call coach Casey Coulter at 719-429-0498.

Cortez Rec. Center coed softball

The City of Cortez Parks and Recreation department is now registering for coed softball. The season begins Tuesday, Aug. 14, and will continue on Tuesday nights. Itís $175 per team with an eight game guarantee and a double elimination tournament. Registration closes on Wednesday, Aug. 1. For more information, contact Joye McHenry at 564-4080.

Braidenís all nighter softball tournament

The Cortez Softball Complex will host Braidenís all nighter softball tournament the weekend of Aug. 25-26. Itís a $200 entry fee and it must be turned in no later than Wednesday, Aug 1. All proceeds go toward Braiden Smith and his family medical expenses. Smith, 7, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. The tourney is double elimination and payouts are awarded to first- and-second-place teams. For more information, please contact Bill McCoy at 739-7572.

Escalante Days bike rodeo and race

The Dolores Rotary Club is sponsoring a bike rodeo immediately after the Kiddie Parade on Friday evening Aug. 10. The event will begin about 6:30 p.m., and will be held in the parking lot behind Dolores Medical Center, located at 507 Central Ave. All participants will receive a helmet and a gift bag. Participants may also register for a bicycle drawing. On Saturday, Aug. 11, is the 14th annual Escalante Days Mountain Bike Race. The race will start at 9:50 a.m., at 5th and Central. There will be cash prizes for winners in the expert and singlespeed race categories, and prizes for first, second and third place finishers in beginner and sport race classes. Those beating the expert course record will be awarded a cash prize, as will the first rider to cross the cattle guard at the top of the hill. Proceeds from the race go to benefit Rotary youth, community and international service projects. Volunteers are needed. Contact Jason Strickland at or 676-1129 to volunteer. Register online at by Wednesday, Aug. 8, or on race day from 8 to 9 a.m. in front of the Dolores Medical Office. Preregistration entry fee is $35 and day of race entry fee is $45. Course maps and additional information are available at For additional information regarding both events, please contact Neal Stephens at 564-4440.

Medicine Horse golf tournament

The Medicine Horse ĎMastersí golf tournament will be Saturday, Aug. 11, at the South Forty Golf Course, located at 25500 Road H. Registration is at 8 a.m. with a scramble format/shotgun start at 8:30. There will also be a driving range challenge, closest to the pin and longest putt challenges. Cost is $25 per player ($100 per 4-person team). Entry fee includes nine holes of golf, course drinks and lunch. All event proceeds go to Medicine Horse programs. Please preregister by calling the local Medicine Horse Center at 533-7403.

Local runners invited

All area runners are invited to join the Montezuma Milers Summer Running Group every Tuesday and Thursday evening throughout the summer. This informal, noncompetitive event offers runners of all skill levels the opportunity to meet other runners and to put on some mileage. Local high school cross-country runners are especially encouraged to attend to build a solid base for the fall season. Meet in front of the Cortez Recreation Center at 6 p.m. Contact coach Paul Koops for details at 565-4129.

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