Sports Briefs: Free softball camp offered by North Tahoe players |

Sports Briefs: Free softball camp offered by North Tahoe players

Free softball campMembers of the North Tahoe softball team are teaching a free softball camp for children grades third through sixth in the North Tahoe High School gym on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 14 and 15. The camp will last from 10 a.m. until noon both days. Call Christina at 448-9530 for more information.Billy Dutton UphillThe Billy Dutton Uphill will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Sunday, April 12, with registration from 7-8 a.m. at the funnitel. The race benefits Cross Country Junior Olympics and is a celebration of the life of Billy Dutton, a search and rescue skier who lost his life to brain cancer more than 20 years ago. The course climbs 3.2 miles from the funnitel to High Camp, and can be done on cross-country skis, snowshoes or running shoes. A party will be held at High Camp with raffle prizes, music and food. Contact Betty Walsh at 582-4548 or LaVan Rassuchine at 587-2573 for more information.Lil Air FestivalChildren ages 10 and younger have a chance to catch big air off a little jump at the Snowbomb Lil Air Festival on April 18 at Alpine Meadows. Registration will be from 9-10:30 a.m. by the fireplace in the lodge. The contest starts at 11:30 a.m. Entry fee is $20. Everybody wins a prize and will go home with a certificate of achievement and a goody bag. Helmets are required. Additional activities will also include a snowman-making contest. More info can be found at Ruth leagues to combineNorth Tahoe and Truckee Babe Ruth have combined into one organization. Players who formerly played under North Tahoe Babe Ruth are now eligible to play in the Truckee organization. Included are those who live in Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Incline Village and other neighboring communities. Players should sign up by Monday, April 20. They may sign up at the large field at Truckee Regional Park on Tuesday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. For more information call Pat at 530-582-1121.Beacon andamp; Eggs Beacon Search ContestCombine an Easter egg hunt with an avalanche beacon search and the result is the 3rd Annual Beacon andamp; Eggs beacon search contest at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort on April 12. Free registration will be at the Beacon andamp; Eggs tent near the top of Subway Chair Lift (next to the base lodge) from 9-11 a.m. The Le Mans-style start is at noon near the top of the Subway beginner lift. Raffle tickets will also be sold, and ticket holders will win other outdoor products. Competitors must provide their own beacons, probes and shovels. For more info call the Alpine Meadows patrol office at 583-4232 or visit softball leagueThe Tahoe City Public Utilities District is offering a girls softball league from April 27 through June 6 at various fields in Tahoe City, Truckee, Kings Beach and Incline Village. The league is for players grades third and fourth, fifth and sixth, and seventh through ninth. Games will be played Monday through Saturday. Fee is $75, or $70 for residents (includes jersey and picture package). Coaches are needed. There will also be softball skills clinics at Rideout Community Center from April 6-9. Cost is $30, or $25 for residents. The clinics are from 3:45-4:45 p.m. for players grades second through fifth, and from 2:45-3:45 for sixth through ninth. Mandatory preseason meetings for all players and coaches are scheduled for April 20 at Rideout. Seventh through ninth grades meet from 3:30-4 p.m., and third through sixth meets from 4:15-4:45 p.m. Sign-ups will be taken at Rodeout through April 10. For more information call 583-3440, ext. 10, or e-mail lacrosse, softballThe Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District is holding sign-ups for its lacrosse and girls fastpitch softball leagues at the Rec Center until April 20. The lacrosse league is for players grades sixth through 12th. Games are played at Riverview Sports Park and in Reno. Cost is $60 plus U.S. Lacrosse membership. The girls softball league is for players grades second through ninth. Games are played at various fields in Truckee and start April 20.Lifeguard trainingThe Northstar Property Owners Association is offering a series of six Red Cross Lifeguard Training and Recertification classes throughout May. Cost is $125 (includes material), or $45 for recertification. Must be 15 or older. Classes will be held May 2 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; May 9 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; May 10 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; May 16 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; May 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m; and May 23 starting at 9 a.m. To recertify, participants need only attend the May 17 class. Each class will consist of pool and classroom time. Bring a lunch, swim suit, towel and change of clothes. Participants must be able to swim 500 yards continuously, dive, and surface dive and tread water. Sign up at the Northstar Property Owners Association at 2200 North Village Drive in Truckee. For more information call 562-0322.Soccer training programSierra Mountain Soccer Club will provide two, four-week training sessions at both Riverview Park in Truckee and North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista this summer. The training sessions, available for children of all abilities and taught by Director of Coaching Amy Machin-Ward, will run from June 22 to July 16, and again from July 20 to Aug. 13. Players will train twice a week at their preferred location. Truckee will host players ages 4 to 18 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tahoe Vista will host preschool- and elementary-age children Mondays and Wednesdays. To sign up, visit or contact SMSC at 530-587-2633 or basketball leagueThe Tahoe City Public Utilities District Parks and Recreation department is offering a call your own mens summer basketball league at Rideout Gym from June 14 through Aug. 16. Team registration is available until June 8. There will be 10 games played on Sundays from 5-8 p.m. Team fees are $125 and sponsor fees $150. A managers meeting is scheduled for June 8 at Rideout at 6 p.m. For more information call 583-4440, extension 11, or e-mail softball players wantedThe Calvary (Chapel) Crusaders are calling all players from their former coed softball team, and others, to compete in the Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park Districts coed D League. Teams sign up on a first-come, first-serve basis, and spaces are limited. Contact Dan Cooley for more information at 587-2244 or

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