Latest News – December 17

Leadville Elks Hoop Shoot Finalists Move on to District

The Annual Elks Hoop Shoot was held in Leadville on Dec. 13 at the Lake County High School gym. Thirty-seven hoopsters aged 8 – 13 years took their shots in the competition. The winners in their divisions now move on to the district competitions in Rifle on Jan. 10, 2015. Here are the podium winners in their age groups.

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Girls 8 to 9 yrs.

  • First place – Jaycee Windorski
  • Second place – Marissa Montoya
  • Third place – Ranoah Gonzalez

Grills 10-11 yrs.

  • First place – Jasmine Vigil
  • Second place – Jasmine Fontana
  • Third place – Morgan Wadsworth

Girls 12 – 13 yrs.

  • First place – Michaela Sanchez
  • Second place – Brianna Baca
  • Third place – Isabella Martinez

Boys 8 – 9 yrs.

  • First place – Adrian Medina
  • Second place – James Medina
  • Third place – Jared Peters

Boys 10-11 yrs.

  • First place – Steve Valdez
  • Second place – Anthony Martinez
  • Third place – Dylan Windorski

Boys 12 – 13 yrs.

  • First place – Damon Medina
  • Second place – Soloman Guzeman
  • Third place – Isaiah Martinez


Nordic Season is Underway for Leadville Panthers

By Karl Remsen, Leadville Nordic

The Lake County High and Middle School nordic skiers had their first regular season race this past weekend at Snow Mountain Ranch. LCHS_Logo_Panther

Despite the recent sunny weather, there was a full 5-kilometer course for the high school skiers and a 3 kilometer course for the middle school skiers. The course had a tight start that made the first kilometer pretty crowded, but after than it rolled through the forests before descending to the finish.

The middle school skiers were the first to prove their mettle. Matt Koch had an excellent start and powered through the course to a 27th place finish. Julian Cannell showed his improvement from last year and was close to Matt in 31st. Hannah Holm was the only middle school girl to race, and she represented Lake County well by placing 22nd

“It was a great first race from these three,” coach Jeff Spencer remarked. “I’m looking forward to a few more of our racers being out there at the next one.”

Charlie Koch had the best skate race of his career and placed 21st. Ethan Greiner moved up throughout the course and was right behind Charlie in 25th. Both Charlie and Ethan qualified for the state meet in skating with their performance. The high school boys had a very crowded start, and a few of our younger skiers had to fight through some falls in the first part of their race. After recovering, Joe Koch and Zayden Tufte were 69th and 70th respectively. Zach Coffin was close behind and placed 80th. As a team, the boys tied for 6th.

Lara Lufkin led the girls high school team with a 10th place finish. Jayde Daigle had an excellent day to place 19th. Caroline Benney passed a dozen skiers over the second half of the course to notch a 33rd place, qualifying her for the state meet along with Lara and Jayde in skating. Whitney White had an unfortunate fall on an icy corner, but she recovered well to place 45th. Molly Lenhard rounded out the team in 56th. As a team, the girls placed 4th, one of their best finishes in years.

“It was nice to get a good workout in with some other skiers and to see where we are right now. I’m looking forward to spending some more time on snow and gearing up for the main part of the racing season in January,” coach Karl Remsen noted after the day. The team will train hard over the next week before returning to action in early January. 


Saturday Marks Pedal Power’s Third Race in Series

The third race in Pedal Power Snowshoe Adventure Series, the Pazzo’s/K.O. Eagle-Vail Holiday 5K/10K, will take place Saturday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. Racers will meet prior to the start at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion located off of Highway 6 & 24 in Eagle-Vail. 

Leadville's Mark "Smokey" Burgess gets cheered across the finish line by several of man's best friends. Photo: Pedal Power

Leadville’s Mark “Smokey” Burgess gets cheered across the finish line by several of man’s best friends. Was it a “ruff” finish? Photo: Pedal Power

The Pazzo’s snowshoe event takes place on a woodsy technical course with short steep ‘ups’ and fast ‘downs’ through the trees flanking the EagleVail area. Racers can ‘kick it out’ as they hit great open stretches through the flats. According to race organizer Bruce Kelly, it is consistently one of the most popular events of the series. 

“Each year this race attracts some of our biggest numbers. It’s one of the original courses for the series and people just love the track. As always, the more people we get, the greater the benefit to the charities we work with in Lake and Eagle Counties.  That’s been our mission all along…to do anything we can to help.” 

The next event in the Winter Race Series will be the Pedal Power Winter Mountain Bike Race.  That race will take place on Saturday, Jan. 10  at 10 a.m. at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center at Ski Cooper. 

Registration for this event is $20.  Participants can save time by pre-registering directly online at They can also register with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970 845-0931. Registration is also possible on the day of the event at the race start for $25. 

For more information and a complete series schedule, go to or call or stop by Pedal Power, on Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail, at 845-0931

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