Grand County news briefs: Snowmobile fatality west of Kremmling |

Grand County news briefs: Snowmobile fatality west of Kremmling

Middle Park High School freshman soccer player Sage Michel (jersey number 1) works through a set of Liberty Common defenders Monday afternoon while her teammate Cassidy Blake (jersey number 24) waits for a pass.
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Public safety

One death in snowmobile crash west of Kremmling Saturday

A tragic spring snowmobiling accident over the weekend ended with one death as temperatures in the high country continue to climb and reduce the overall regional snowpack.

Early Saturday morning March 25 a group of three snowmobilers left a family cabin in the Gore Ridge area west of Kremmling and headed up into the mountains. The group was riding through the woods of the Routt National Forest.

According to county officials, the group had gotten up early Saturday morning and was headed up into the backcountry to find a high point from which to watch the morning sunrise. The group of three snowmobiles included the victim, 48-year-old Brett Clough of Pueblo, Clough’s son and one additional family relative. The accident occurred sometime around 5:30 a.m. that morning as Clough and the other two men were riding through the woods.

Lieutenant Dan Mayer, public information officer for the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, said Clough’s son told authorities the group was riding through a meadow when they lost track of the older man. The two other snowmobilers doubled back to search for him and discovered Clough had hit a tree. The call to first responders was received around 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene along with Grand County Search and Rescue and Grand County EMS; however, officials had EMS personnel stand down after it was discovered Clough had died from the collision. The Grand County Coroner’s Office was also called out for the incident. Authorities estimate Clough was traveling approximately 60 miles per hour when he collided with the tree.

Authorities are investigating speed and alcohol as potential contributing factors in the crash.

Sports and Recreation

Boomer family rolls into Florida

Grady Boomer is still rolling east. The Grand County resident cycling across the southern U.S. updated his progress Sunday evening.

“We left Mobile this morning and are in Pensacola now,” stated Boomer Sunday night March 26. “We will be heading through some small towns for the next few days and I am hoping to be in Tallahassee by Wednesday evening.”

According to Boomer, he is still on schedule for his multi-week bicycle journey across the US and barring any unforeseen circumstances the 41-year-old plans to dip his bike tires into the Atlantic sometime next week. When the Sky-Hi News last spoke to Grady, he had just finished riding for the day and was in Bastrop, Texas, just east of Austin.

Grady rode through east Texas and on into Louisiana, eventually stopping in Baton Rouge. While Grady headed east from the capital of the Bayou State, his wife Heather and the couple’s two kids, Eli and Kylee, headed down to New Orleans to check out the famed French Quarter before turning east to meet up with Grady again. As the Boomer family has gotten further and further east the cultural road markers have shifted.

“Our diet has changed from Mexican to chicken fried steak and catfish to crayfish, to seafood,” Grady stated. “We also got back to beaches in Biloxi Miss. and Mobile Ala. The beaches are the family favorites so far.”

The Boomer family is now preparing for the end of their fun filled journey but Grady acknowledged, “there is still quite a few miles to go as Florida is the second largest state to ride through.” The Boomers are staying focused on the ride and enjoying what time they have left on the road before they return to their regular lives in Grand County.

Baseball boys fall to The Academy & Lyons

The last week was a tough one for the men of the Middle Park High School baseball team.

After splitting a varsity doubleheader against Aspen the week before, the Panther boys headed out for two more road games, one in Westminster against The Academy Wildcats and one in Lyons versus the Lyons High School Lions. The Panthers headed into the week with a 1-2 overall record while the Wildcats sported a 1-2 record and the Lions stood at 3-1.

Tuesday afternoon’s matchup against The Academy kicked off at 4 p.m. The Wildcats got things started early and put up four points before the end of the inning while holding the Panthers scoreless. The second inning saw no points for either side. The Wildcats went on to score three runs in the third and three in the fourth while the Panther’s tally remained at zero.

The Middle Park men held The Academy to one run in both the fifth and sixth innings and managed to send two runners home during the top of the fifth, but it was too little too late for the boys and the game was called after six innings ending with a final score of 2-12. The Panthers recorded seven hits to the Wildcat’s 12 and two errors to their opponent’s one.

The boys continued to struggle finding their rhythm on the field in their second game last week against Lyons. The boys from the St. Vrain Valley School District came out swinging Thursday afternoon and racked up 10 points in the first inning alone. In the second inning the Panthers held the Lions to three runs but couldn’t manage to record any points of their own.

The third inning showed promise for the Panthers as sophomores Ben Kuhnel and Ricky Bugos crossed the plate along with their junior teammate Kyger Mintken. Freshman Paul Eichler recorded the three RBIs and batted 1.000 for the day. Unfortunately, the Lions rallied in the fourth and put 10 more points on the board, giving the Panthers one last shot to bring themselves back within striking distance during the top of the fifth. The Panthers were shut down, though, and the after three outs and no additional runs the game was called with a final score of 3-23. The Panthers recorded three hits to the Lions’ 17.

The Panther headed to Moffat County yesterday for a game that was postponed earlier this year due to a snowstorm. That game was held after press-time for the Sky-Hi News. Look for the results of that game in the Friday March 31 edition of the paper.

After Tuesday’s game the Panthers will get a little break from the diamond. They are not scheduled to compete again until April 11 when they will take on the Denver Science & Tech Stapleton Knights in Denver. After that game the Panthers will hold their first home game of the season as East Grand takes on Clear Creek Thursday April 13 at 3:30 p.m. at Middle Park High School in Granby.

Lady Panthers drop two on the pitch

The lady Panthers soccer squad is still struggling to find their rhythm this season.

After a dominating 9-1 performance over Arrupe Jesuit two weekends ago the Panther girls headed down to Denver to take on the Denver Science & Tech Stapleton Knights on Wednesday March 22. The girls headed into the game with a 1-1 record while the Denver girls sported a 2-3 record.

The Knights pressured the Panthers early and put in one goal before the half that the Panthers had no answer for. In the second half of the match the lady Knights put in two more goals, bringing the tally to 0-3. Unfortunately the girls of East Grand couldn’t find the back of the net and the match ended 0-3.

After the tough loss to Denver Science & Tech the ladies of Middle Park got a brief breather to prepare for their Monday afternoon home pitch matchup against the Liberty Common lady Eagles. The Eagles came into Monday’s match with a 1-1 record.

The Panthers fell to the Eagles 0-2. One of the Liberty goals came off of a free kick awarded after a penalty was called on the Panthers just outside their 18-yard box. The second Eagles goal came after a long exchange between the two teams that saw the lady Panther try repeatedly to clear the ball from their defensive space. Middle Park goalie Maddie Eichler had a total of eight saves on the day along with the two goals against.

Middle Park girls soccer Head Coach Jeff Ehlert said the ladies had five shots on goal Monday afternoon, “but never found the back of the net.”

Coach Ehlert pointed out some of the difficulties the ladies have faced early this season. “We have had a streak of bad lick with injuries to many of our key players,” Ehlert stated. “Young players are stepping up and you can see moments when things are coming together, but we are still making far too many mistakes.”

On the JV side of things the lady Panthers ended Monday with a 1-1 tie against the Eagles after falling behind 0-1 early in the game. Junior varsity goalie Lela Myers had six saves on the day and Grace Johnson kicked in the equalizing goal late in the second half.

The Middle Park girls soccer squads have two more matches scheduled for this week. The ladies will take on the Lotus School for Excellence Meters at 4 p.m. today Wednesday March 29 at home. The very next day the ladies will head down to the Aurora West College Prep Academy to take on the lady Spartans for a pair of late afternoon and early evening matches. The varsity action is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. followed by the JV game at 5:30 p.m.

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