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Youth volleyball assessment, draft set

This year’s youth volleyball league begins Monday in the Ross Aragon Community Center gymnasium; all participants in the 9-10 division will practice from 5:30-6:30 p.m., then participants in the 11-12 division will be assessed from 6:35-8:30 p.m.

The draft for the 11-12 division is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Town Hall conference room. All head coaches in the 11-12 division should attend.

Throughout the season, all 9- and 10-year-olds will practice from 5:30-6:30 p.m. primarily Mondays and Wednesdays plus an occasional Tuesday, and 11- and 12-year-olds will practice from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the same nights. Games will only be played in the 11-12 division and will not begin until early November.

Practice and game schedules are available at the recreation office in Town Hall and have also been posted in Adobe format on the recreation department page at

For more information, contact Marky Egan, recreation supervisor, at 264-4151, Ext. 231.

7-8 basketball

Registration for this year’s 7- and 8-year-old youth basketball league runs through Friday Oct. 22.

Children who will be 7 or 8 years old as of November 15 are eligible to register. The 7-8 season is tentatively scheduled to begin in early November and will run through mid-December.

Registrations are available at the recreation office in Town Hall. Registrations are also available online in Adobe format at (click on the town departments link, then the recreation department link). Cost is $30 per player and $15 for each additional child in the same, immediate family who participates.

Please note that registration for the 9-10 and 11-12 divisions will begin in mid-November; the season for these divisions will not begin until early January.

Coaches and team sponsors for all divisions are needed and appreciated. Cost for sponsorship is $150, which includes sponsor’s name on team uniforms, commemorative plaque with team picture and recognition in media articles.

For more information call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Pick-up Pagosa contest

As part of its continuing anti-litter campaign, the Town of Pagosa Springs is again inviting local students in grades K-8 to enter the third annual “Pick-up Pagosa Country” poster and essay contests.

Through Oct. 29, children in grades K-4 can submit entries in the poster contest, while children in grades 5-8 can get involved by entering the essay contest.

The theme for entries in the poster contest (grades K-4) is, naturally, “Pick-up Pagosa Country.” Entries should focus on the impacts of litter and/or recycling on our community and should be submitted according to the following general guidelines:

• All entries should be submitted on 8.5x11 paper.

• Any art supplies can be used.

• Neatness, legibility and creativity are essential.

• Artwork must be original and handdrawn.

• Include student’s name, grade and phone number on the back of entry.

The theme for entries in the essay contest (grades 5-8) is also “Pick-up Pagosa Country.” Entries should explain why local litter prevention and/or recycling efforts are important and should follow these guidelines:

• All entries must be legibly handwritten on 8.5x11 paper.

• Entries are limited to a maximum of 250 words.

• Include student’s name, grade and phone number with entry.

Submissions can be dropped off at the front desk in Town Hall until 5 p.m. Oct. 29. Submissions can also be mailed to: Pick-up Pagosa Country Contest, Town Hall, P.O. Box 1859, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Submissions will not be returned.

Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place entries in each grade. The first-place entries in each grade will be recognized in an upcoming issue of The SUN.

Sports hotline

General information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department can be obtained by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-4151 Ext. 301.