FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Colorado Ice had three weeks off before Sunday night’s Indoor Football League playoff game at Fairbanks. Now, they have the rest of the season off following a 42-14 loss to the host Grizzlies.
The first-round loss was the fourth straight defeat and eighth in 10 games for Colorado (5-10), which hadn’t played since a 51-18 loss at El Paso on June 27. One of those previous losses was a 50-36 loss at Fairbanks.
The Grizzlies move on to play Billings this weekend for the Pacific Division title.
CHL Announces Conference Alignments, Playoff Setup
The Central Hockey League announced that the Colorado Eagles will play in the seven-team Northern Conference for the 2009-10 season.
The CHL added two teams, but subtracted three from last season, thus a new alignment was designed to maintain as much consistency as possible.
Joining Colorado in the Northern Conference will be Bossier-Shreveport, Mississippi, Missouri, Rapid City, Tulsa and Wichita. The Southern Conference will consist of Allen, Amarillo, Arizona, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Odessa, Rio Grande Valley and Texas.
Ten teams — five from each conference — will make the Ray Miron President’s Cup playoffs. The postseason will remain four rounds with the first round being a best-of-three matchup between the 4th and 5th seeds in their respective conferences. The remaining rounds will be best-of-seven series.
Spartans Hosting Fast-Pitch Softball Tryouts
The Berthoud Spartans girls’ competitive fast-pitch softball program is holding tryouts for four age groups for the 2009-10 season.
The 10-and-under and 12-and-under teams will conduct tryouts July 31 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Town Fields (5th and Welch). The 14-and-under and 16-and-under teams will hold their tryout on Aug. 1 from 9-11 a.m., also at the Town Fields. Players must be of that respective age by Jan. 1.
Players should bring a water bottle, bat, glove and helmet.
For more information, contact Kami Puchino at (970) 402-1703 or email@example.com. If players are unable to attend the tryout, call to make arrangements.
Also, a few coaching positions are available. Contact Kami Puchino if you are interested in the positions.
BYAA Conducting Week-Long Football Camp
The Berthoud Youth Athletic Association will be hosting its 2009 football camp at Turner Middle School, starting Monday and running through July 31.
The camp will run from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.
Physicals and all BYAA paperwork are required and registration fees must be paid in full in order to participate.
For more information, e-mail BYAA at FootballBYAA@live.com.
Budweiser Events Center to Host NHL Exhibition Game
The Phoenix Coyotes and Tampa Bay Lightning will play a National Hockey League exhibition game at the Budweiser Events Center on Wednesday, Sept. 23, the Colorado Eagles announced.
The game will be the second time in the BEC’s seven-year history that the arena has hosted an exhibition game. The Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers, the finalists in the 1996 Stanley Cup championship series, played at the Budweiser Events Center in September 2003.
“This matchup is another opportunity for the people of Northern Colorado to experience great entertainment at the Budweiser Events Center,” said Colorado Eagles President and General Manager Chris Stewart. “The Eagles are proud and excited to be hosting an event of this magnitude. Providing our fans — and everyone in the region — with such high-end entertainment is just a small way of saying ‘thank you’ for the incredible support we’ve received since day one.”
The preseason contest also offers fans a chance to see former NHL great Wayne Gretzky, who is the Coyotes’ managing partner, alternate governor and head coach.
Borsheim Golf Tournament Scheduled for Sept. 4
The second-annual Les Borsheim Celebrity Golf Tournament is set for Sept. 4 at Water Valley’s Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club.
Borsheim, a former Colorado Eagles hockey player, was involved in a motorcycle accident in June 2008 that left him paralyzed. He has regained limited movement in his extremities.
Last year’s inaugural event raised $30,000 for the Les Borsheim Recovery Fund. The tournament will be a scramble format with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. For those interested in participating — either as a player or a sponsor — visit the Colorado Eagles Web site at www.ColoradoEagles.com or call Benson Verbel at (970) 686-7468 for more information.