Sports sidelines - July 12-18

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Billiards tournament

The 19th annual Ronald C. Romero memorial "Ball in Hand 8-Ball Tournament" is slated for July 28. Ongoing since 2000, the tournament has seen a variety of winners, including four-time champion, Stephen Montoya. Paco Lucero, who is the two-time defending champion, will be vying for an unprecedented third straight title.

This year's event will take place at the Don Carlos Lounge and is limited to the first 32 registrants. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. on the date of the tournament, and the billiards action will start at 2 p.m. For more information, contact David Martinez at (575) 613-0215.

High school biking

The Taos Composite High School Mountain Bike Team begins its fourth season of offering Northern New Mexico students the opportunity to train as a team and race mountain bikes. This team is open to anyone who rides bikes, enjoys being outside and is in high school in Northern New Mexico.

Practices take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons as well as group rides Sundays. The team competes in the Colorado league with five regular-season races during the fall season. Athletes are encouraged to join this inclusive team that promotes camaraderie and fun while developing bike handling skills, healthy competitiveness, fitness and, most important, a healthy, active lifestyle. For more information, go to fitatos.org and email info@fitaos.org.

Fly-fishing lessons

Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort and Solitary Angler are offering casting instruction classes every Saturday, May 26-Sept. 1 during the summer season.

Taught by certified fly-fishing instructors from Solitary Angler, these hands-on lessons cover the fundamentals, including how the fly rod, reel and line work together; the three elements to a good cast, how to cast overhand and backhand, even in the wind; and how to shoot line out and strip line in. Lessons occur every Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

This is a free program. However, a New Mexico fishing license is required and may be purchased at Sipapu's general store. Interested anglers are asked to meet at the Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort behind Sipapu's lodge on the patio. Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment although doing so is not required. Fly rods and reels will be available at the clinics at no charge.

Following the casting clinic, a more in-depth, half-day small stream fly-fishing class on the Río Pueblo will be offered for those who sign up for a fee. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Van at (575) 758-5653.

Up and Over

The 13th Annual Taos Ski Valley Up and Over Trail Run is slated to take place Aug. 4. This mountain 10-kilometer course will challenge your body, stimulate your senses and connect you with the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains.This is a challenging and scenic climb that peaks with amazing views of Kachina and Wheeler Peaks.

This is a 2018 Trail Runner Trophy Series event, and all registrants will receive an event T-shirt and goodie bag. Preregistration is still available and cost to enter the race is $55 until July 31. Cost on race day is $65.

Race day registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the 10k trail run race will start promptly at 9 a.m. – rain or shine. For more information or to register for the race, visit taosskivalley.com.

3-D Shoot

The Northern Río Grande Sportsmen's Club is hosting the annual 3D Archery State Championships to be held at Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort July 28-29. This event includes two rounds of 20 targets, including smoker rounds, high/low, and long-distance shoot.

Registration begins Friday at 5 p.m. with a smoker round at 6 p.m., and Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Shooting starts at at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Cost to enter is $50 for men, women and young adults (ages 15-17). Entry fees for youth (ages 12-14) and seniors is $40. Fee for cubs (ages 7-11) is $30, and peewee shooters (ages 6 and under) are free.

Northern Río Grande Sportsmen's Cub is a nonprofit club run entirely by volunteers. The club maintains shotgun, archery, pistol and rifle ranges; sponsors competitions and training; and promotes the safe enjoyment of outdoor shooting & archery activities.

Lodging and campsites are available at Sipapu Ski Resort. For reservations, call (575) 587-2240 or log on to sipapunm.comFor more information, call Monick Martinez at 505-920-3827, or Carlos Voight at (505) 920-0673. Visit nrgsc.org or find NRGSC on Facebook.

Big Ride

For the third year in a row, Zia Rides is organizing the South Boundary "Big Ride" from Angel Fire to Taos. This scenic (mostly single-track) mountain bike race/ride is scheduled to take place Aug. 4 and offers riders prizes for the top three finishers in each category. To register for this event, or for more information visit ziarides.com.

 

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