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Sports briefs

Elks’ annual hoop shoot attracts 23 boys and girls

Boulder City Elks Lodge held its annual hoop shoot Dec. 2 at the city’s Recreation Center. Twenty-three boys and girls competed in the free-throw contest.

Winners were: Jeremy Spencer, 8-9-year-old boys; Callie Torgesen, 10-11-year-old girls; Nicholas Muelrath, 10-11-year-old boys; and Spencer Torgesen, 12-13-year-old boys.

There were no competitors in the 8-9-year-old or 12-13-year-old girls categories.

Each category winner will advance to the Jan. 10 district competition, where they will vie for the chance to move up to the national event where as much as $60,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 7 served as ball retrieves for the competition.

Pickleball leagues to host Dec. 27 clinics, open house

Local pickleball leagues will hold a free clinic and introduction to the sport from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 27 at Mission Hills Park, 551 E. Mission Drive, Henderson. Paddles and balls will be provided.

The sport is geared for players of all ages. It combines elements of tennis, pingpong and badminton.

Festivities will begin at noon with an exhibition match and potluck lunch. Clinics will begin at 12:30 p.m. The will include instruction for beginners and game strategies. Additionally, there will be doubles play and an expert challenge court.

Those attending are encouraged to bring snacks to share.

For additional information, contact the Henderson Parks and Recreation Department at 702-267-4000 or one of the pickleball ambassadors:

Aliante, Sally Dobson, 916-768-6313;

Boulder City, Rick Johnson, 702-272-9650;

Las Vegas, John Sloan, 702-953-6018; or

Henderson, Ron Latorre, 702-956-1947.

Registration begins for youth sports

Registration is now being accepted from those interested in participating in Boulder City Parks and Recreation Department’s 2023 youth basketball or floor hockey leagues.

Trail provides glimpse into dam’s history

A trail passes through tunnels of Lake Mead history and hints at the challenges of taming a once-wild Colorado River to harness its water and power. The mostly flat Historic Railroad Trail allows walkers and bicyclists to travel back to the early 1930s on a path where tracks once guided trains hauling materials and critical components for Hoover Dam’s construction.

City Recreation

Youth sports return for fall

Pickleball proves popular; city to add courts

The sport of pickleball is expanding faster than the dry areas at Lake Mead, with over 5 million players nationwide. Boulder City has noticed this and, in a recent City Council meeting, approved $160,000 of the American Rescue Plan Act COVID-19 relief funds for additional courts in the city.

Fishers angle for best spot

Anglers covered the shorelines at Veterans’ Memorial Park on Saturday, June 11, as Boulder City hosted the Southern Nevada free fishing day event.

94-year-old still out on the green

Feeling younger than ever, 94-year old Virginia “Birdie” Hurst is an avid golfer who has no plans to slow down.

Catalina evokes visions of romance, nature

For many who grew up in the 1950s or ’60s, the name of Santa Catalina will always evoke the vision of California at its most romantic, thanks to the Four Preps’ influential pop song of the same name. But the actual island has helped city folk enjoy romance, nature and elegant surroundings in their preferred proportions for nearly a century.

Waterfall standout of Grand Staircase-Escalante

While it would take a lifetime to see all the extraordinary wonders of the 1.87-million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, even on a short visit you can hike to some of the highlights. One of the standouts, that most people are eager to visit, is Lower Calf Creek Falls.