Sports Briefs, August 2, 2017


Bingaman wins Assistant’s title

Competing in the Colorado PGA Assistant’s Championships, Brandon Bingaman played near flawless golf to win the title and qualify for nationals.

Bingaman, 27, shot a pair of 67s to go 10-under par in the two-day tournament at Highlands Ranch Golf Club to win by two strokes.

The 2013 graduate of Colorado Mesa only had one bogey in the tournament.

“It was awesome, I was hitting the ball really, really well,” he said. “It kind of felt like a long time coming. I played really solid throughout the whole tournament”

Bingaman is the assistant golf pro at The Bridges Golf Course in Montrose.

The national tournament will be in November in Florida.


Speed Skating

Velocity fare well at state meet


Xayvoin Crosby took first place in his age group and was a podium finisher based on his season point total, highlighting the performances of the Junction Velocity roller speed skating team at the Rocky Mountain State Games in Colorado Springs last weekend.

Crosby, competing in the 9-and-under Tier 2 division, also finished third among competitors in his age group for the season.

Second-place finishers from Velocity were Jamie Smith, competing in the 18-and-older Tier 2 category, and Roweena McGlochlin, who took second in the 9-and-under Tier 4 category in her first competition. Ayden Crosby, competing in the 9-and-under Tier 3 category, and Brian Smith, competing in the 18-and-older Tier 1 category, each earned third-place finishes.

Brian Smith also took first in the 100-meter time trials.

Taking fourth in their age groups were Sawyer Smith at 9-and-under Tier 2, and Nicholas Lhotka in the 10-to-12 Tier 1 age group.



State parks will be free on Monday


Colorado Parks and Wildlife will not charge an entrance fee at any of its 41 state parks on Aug. 7.

The move by CPW is in honor of Colorado Day, which on Tuesday marked the 141st anniversary of the day Colorado was admitted into the United States. Although Colorado Day was officially on Aug. 1, CPW is celebrating the day one week later. All other fees, including camping and reservations, will remain in effect.

Information:, or 303-866-3203.


Legion Baseball

Gene Taylor’s routed in first game at regional tournament in Denver


The opening round of the American Legion Western Regional tournament in Denver did not go well for Gene Taylor’s, the Colorado state champion.

Taylor’s gave up 14 runs on 12 hits in the first inning, including a three-run home run and a grand slam, losing 30-5 to Henderson, Nevada.

Kale Litzelman lasted only two-thirds of an inning, allowing the 14 runs, nine of which were earned. Dylan Weaver gave up 11 runs on five hits over 1 2/3 innings — Henderson put up three runs in the second and 11 more in the third before Taylor’s responded with five runs in the bottom of the third.

Stevenson Reynolds pitched the final 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits.

Nick Arcieri had two of Gene Taylor’s 10 hits, with Ryan Kirby hitting an RBI double in the third, followed by a run-scoring single by Nate Woll. Brett Wagner doubled home another run, and he came home on a single by Max Noland.

Taylor’s plays Texas at 10 this morning in an elimination game. Texas lost 15-5 to the California state champion.


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