Sports briefs for July 18

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— The U.S. Ski Team officially named its 2008 Nordic Combined Team on Friday, with six of its 10 members representing the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. The team remains the same as the 2007 squad, with World Championships silver medalist Bill Demong and former sprint world champion and Steamboat Springs native Johnny Spillane topping the four-member A Team, which also includes Park City, Utah, brothers Brett and Eric Camerota.

"Billy's in a great spot after his medal at the World Championships and already has his sights set on even bigger achievements, and now that Johnny's healthy, we expect him to come back quickly to where he was when he was winning at the top level," U.S. Nordic director Luke Bodensteiner said.

Steamboat brothers Alex and Davis Miller are back on the B Team, along with locals Alex Glueck and Bryan Fletcher. Vermont native Willy Graves and Park City's Skyler Keate complete the squad.

"We gave the Nordic Combined B Team its first full season of international competition last year knowing that it'll take some years to build up their training volume and to get more international experience," Bodensteiner said. "Everyone scored World Cup-B points last year, and that shows we have some good talent with this group."

The team heads to a training camp in Europe beginning in August.

Riders qualify for mountain bike nationals

A slew of local mountain bikers headed to Snowmass Village this weekend hoping to wrap up state championship titles with wins at the fourth stop of the 2007 Mountain States Cup Rocky Mountain Regional Championship Series, called "Blast the Mass."

While top finishes eluded Steamboat's bikers, many earned a top-10 finish in their given race category/age group, qualifying them to compete at the national championships, July 17 to 22 at Mt. Snow Resort, Vt.

In the Shimano Big Burn cross-country race, which featured a 12-mile 'long-loop' course with 2,300 feet of climbing, Nate Bird took 10th in the expert men 25-29 class, David Gale took second in the sport men 25-29 class, Sean Geisler took seventh in the junior sport men class and Brett Gordon took third in the junior beginner men's. Peter Daley and Jamie Morgan just missed the cut, finishing 11th and 14th in the junior expert and pro classes, respectively.

In the 2.4-mile, 2000-foot Banzai Downhill event, Jon Somenek took second in the beginner men 19-25 class, the same division that Ian Gale took sixth. Ned Kajko rounded out the top local finishes, earning seventh in the sport men's 40-plus division. The next Mountain States Cup event is July 28 to 29 in Telluride.

Cowboy Shootout golf tournament times set

The entry deadline for the 12th annual Steamboat Golf Club Cowboy Shootout is fast approaching. The entry fee of $20, which includes the July 25 tournament fee, food and prizes, is due by Tuesday and can be turned in at the Steamboat Golf Club Pro Shop (879-4295). The 18-hole tournament, for boys and girls ages 14 to 18, begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start on the 25th, otherwise the nine-hole tourney for youths ages 10 to 13 starts with a 12:30 p.m. tee time and the five-hole, 9-and-under tournament starts at 2 p.m. Contact Wayne Garrison at the Steamboat Golf Club for more information.

- To reach Dave Shively, call 871-4253 or e-mail dshively@steamboatpilot.com

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nordicskier 7 years, 5 months ago

Go Billy, Johnny and everybody else the Steamboat ski touring center is cheering you on more and more every year

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