Sports Briefs: Truckee Youth Football & Cheer holding sign-ups
Junior OlympicsFour hundred of the nations best junior cross-country skiers will compete in the 2009 Cross Country Junior Olympic Ski Championships at Auburn Ski Club Training Center from March 9-14. Athletes ages 13 to 19 will compete in a 1-kilometer sprint on March 9, classic on March 13, skate on March 11 and team relay on March 14. Auburn Ski Club is looking for volunteers. For information contact Leslie at 426-3313 ext.100 by March 3, or visit xcjuniorolympics2009.org.Truckee Youth Football & Cheer Truckee Youth Football & Cheer announced a new affiliation with the Sierra Youth Football League. Registration for boys and girls ages 5 through 14 will be held at at Truckee Elementary School on March 10 and May 12 from 6-8 p.m. A representative from SYFL will be there to answer questions along with the Truckee Youth Football and Cheer board members. Visit http://www.truckeeyouthfootballandcheer.com or SYFLs website at http://www.gosyfl.com for more information. Contact David Horan at 913-5613 or Kevin Elvrum at 386-7701 with any questions. For questions regarding the cheer program, contact Jen Barth at 550-9655.Vertical ChallengeThe fourth Annual Vertical Challenge will be held at Diamond Peak on Saturday. The best woman/man and youngest/oldest who skis/telemarks/snowboards the most vertical feet in a seven-hour period will win Diamond Peak mini-passes. The event will have two separate divisions for men and women and the contestants who slide over 50,000 vertical feet will receive $50 off a 2009-10 season pass. Entry fee is $10 and includes a commemorative T-shirt. Registration will be held in the base lodge from 8-9 a.m. and the event will be held from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held on the base lodge deck following the competition (weather permitting). For more information call (775) 832-1177 or visit http://www.diamondpeak.com.Climbing contestThe Uprising climbing competition is scheduled for Saturday at High Altitude Fitness in Incline Village. The free all-day event will feature two contests. The first is part of the Collegiate Climbing Series from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and the second is a Locals Competition from 4-6 p.m. The day will end with the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival. Discounted Homewood ticketsSeason pass holders have a perfectly good reason to pack their season pass from any mountain when visiting Homewood on Thursdays. Skiers may present their 2008-2009 season pass at any Homewood ticket window to receive an adult full-day lift ticket for $25. Limit of one adult ticket per passholder, per Thursday. Homewood will also offer $29 full-day adult lift tickets on select days throughout March and April. Visit SkiHomewood.com for more information.NASTC, LUNA Chix camp at SquawThe North American Ski Training Center (NASTC) will offer a womens ski camp taught by an elite team of female instructors at Squaw Valley on March 12-13. The course combines all-day ski instruction (including video reviews, tech talks and lift tickets) with a taste of Latin culture, as participants will join in on Argentine cooking lesson and dinner at the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, and will take part in Salsa dancing lessons. The event will raise money and awareness for The Breast Cancer Fund. For more information call NASTC at 582-4772 or visit http://www.skinastc.com.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. Truckee Little League sign-upsRegistration for Truckee Little League and Babe Ruth will be available at the Truckee Elementary School on March 14 from 5-7 p.m. Bring a copy of players birth certificate for Little League to keep. Families with more than one child in the league receive a $40 discount for each additional participant. Scholarships are available. For more information or to find forms, visit http://www.truckeelittleleague.com. Contact Truckee Babe Ruth at 584-1142, or visit truckee.baberuthnetwork.com.Prep track coaches neededTruckee High School is searching for assistant track coaches for the spring season. If interested contact Truckee Athletic Director Bob Shaffer at 582-2612.Youth soccer coaching vacancySierra Mountain Soccer Club has a paid coaching position available with its U12 Boys team. Training has just begun and the league season extends from late March to early June. Teams typically train twice per week and play one match on the weekends. Experience is required. For more information contact Director of Coaching Amy Machin-Ward at 386-6047.Sugar Bowl park contestSugar Bowl announced a new series called Working Man Wednesday in which skiers and riders take to the park for a high-flying adaptation of the classic basketball game P.I.G. Participants line up at the top of the park with one designated leader to throw the first trick, with all subsequent skiers and riders needing to throw and land that same trick to avoid receiving a letter. If a competitor receives all three letters, he or she is out of the contest. Formats will vary from week to week, with Working Man Wednesdays taking place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month throughout the season. Registration is $15 per contest, and prizes abound for the winners. Contests will run from 1:30 p.m. to approximately 4, with after-party and awards to follow. Helmets are mandatory. To register call 426-9000, extension 7720 or show up to the Mt. Judah day lodge between noon and 1 p.m. on the day of the events.Youth golf Web siteThe Lake Tahoe Truckee Youth Golf Foundation has launched a new Web site, http://www.lttygf.org, that allows visitors to learn about the nonprofit. The foundation also launched a site for its signature benefit tournament this summer, the Tahoe Cup Challenge at Timilick Tahoe Golf Course. Through the site http://www.tahoecup.com, golfers and sponsors can register for the event, view tournament information and learn how to get involved. Truckees SmallPond Studio designed both of the Web sites. To learn more about the Lake Tahoe Truckee Youth Golf Foundation, call 587-8137 or visit http://www.lttygf.org.Truckee open gymThe Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District is offering adult drop-in basketball for $3 per player year-round on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Veterans Building in downtown Truckee from 11 a.m.1 p.m. There will also be drop-in at Alder Creek Middle School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. through January 22. For more information call the TDRPD at 582-7720.Homewood youth lift ticketsFor the 10th straight winter Homewood is offering students from the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District lift tickets for $7 Sunday through Friday, valid from 1-4 p.m. and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesdays, as part of its Local Student Lift Ticket Program. Homewood is also offering youth and teen season passes for $149 (ages 5-12) and $199 (ages 13-18), as well as free lift tickets for local high school honor roll students. To qualify, a students must either achieve a 3.75 grade point average or a 3.5 with perfect attendance.