Sports briefs for Dec. 14 |

Sports briefs for Dec. 14

Dave Shively

Steamboat Springs — Steamboat diver heading to state — Steamboat diver heading to state

— Steamboat diver heading to state

It didn’t take long for Steamboat Springs sophomore Genna Bradley to punch her ticket to the 2008 girls swimming and diving state championships, Feb. 14 through 16 in Fort Collins. Bradley, who competes for Moffat County High School, won her first meet Saturday in Montrose with an 11-dive score of 340.1.

“I didn’t expect it at all,” Bradley said of the 300 points necessary to qualify. “I went more conservative, but did dives that still had high enough scores to qualify. I was nervous on the first couple, but then I started to have fun.”

The Moffat County girls swimming and diving team heads to Loveland for the Coaches Invitational on Saturday.

Cyclocross racers head

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to nationals in Kansas

Three local competitive cyclocross racers posted impressive finishes at Sunday’s 2007 American Cycling Association Colorado State Cyclocross Championships.

Steamboat’s Jon Cariveau, the state’s reigning Masters 35+ state champion, and local racer Glen Light competed in the top pro/open division of a challenging course set at Bohn Park in Lyons.

“It was a blast, but very cold and snowy,” Cariveau said. “It was 15 degrees out at the beginning of the race and the course was covered in hard-pack ice, so it made for some tricky riding.”

Still, Cariveau finished 11th and Light finished 19th. Steamboat’s Adam Parke raced in a competitive Category 3 division of 45 riders and finished ninth.

All three racers now are headed to Kansas City, Kan., for this weekend’s USA Cycling 2007 Cyclocross National Championships, which will feature a record 2,045 entrants.

Davenport presents

“Ski the 14ers” project

Aspen’s Chris Davenport will present a slideshow at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Mountain Theater, detailing his “Ski the 14ers” project in which he skied from all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, from Jan. 22, 2006 to Jan. 19, 2007.

Erica Fogue, owner of Epilogue Book Co., said the presentation will be preceded by a 3:30 p.m. book signing at Epilogue with Davenport, who chronicled the journey in the recently released hardcover coffee-table book named, “Ski the 14ers.”

Fogue said the presentation has a $3 suggested donation at the door.

Junior jumpers compete at Howelsen on Saturday

Saturday marks the start of the ski jumping and Nordic combined season for Steamboat’s top junior skiers. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will host the Rocky Mountain Division Winter Start competition on the K-68 and K-90 jumps at Howelsen Hill at 9:30 a.m., and then 5K and 7.5K Nordic combined, Gunderson-format races at 2:30 p.m. on Howelsen’s cross-country trails.

Some of the nation’s top club skiers, ages 14 and up, including Central Division competitors and skiers from Aspen, Lake Placid, N.Y., and Park City, Utah, will be present, Winter Sports Club head Nordic ability coach Martin Bayer said.

“We’ll get started and see how everyone looks, especially some of these Eastern guys we’ll see at the end of the month when we go to Lake Placid for Junior Worlds qualification,” Bayer said. “It’s time to compete and see what we have.”

“Ski and lunch” dates announced

The Vista Verde Nordic Center is offering three public “ski and lunch” dates this winter – Wednesday, then Jan. 12 and March 2. Steamboat Springs Nordic Council member Emily Lovett invited anyone interested in skiing, snowshoeing or sledding to come enjoy the North Routt snow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on those dates. Lunch will be served in the main lodge at noon and 1 p.m. Cost is $25 and reservations are required. Call 879-3858. Profits benefit the Steamboat Springs Nordic Council.

Lovett also announced that the 5th annual Steamboat Nordic Ski Camp – Saturday at the Lake Catamount Touring Center and Sunday at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center – has filled to capacity.

– To reach Dave Shively, call 871-4253 or e-mail