Learn to cross country ski

The Casper Nordic Club is offering Mangus Ski League lessons for all ages, child and adult, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., on Sundays, Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 28, and Feb. 4.

Classes start promptly at 1:30 p.m., and organizers advise arriving early for best parking and time to gear-up.

Registration forms are available at Mountain Sports, Zeelos, 42 Degrees North and the Nordic Trail Center. Also available is online registration, http://bit.ly/2BTcV1U.

Look for updated information on the Casper Nordic Club Facebook page. Late on-site registration is available before the first session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a $5 late fee applies.

Required are ski passes, (available at the lodge, ski stores and the Natrona County Roads, Parks, and Bridges office, 538 SW Wyoming Blvd, Mills), and a signed Risk and Release Form, available with registration form.

Fees: Nordic Club members $70 for first person; $60 additional family member/s; non-member $80 for first person; $70 for additional family member/s.

Become a Nordic Club member. It saves money on lessons, clinics, and races. Members are invited to the annual trail clean-up and Oktoberfest. The Nordic Club supports local high school and middle school ski teams. With your money and help, improvements will continue to the trail system.

Questions: Call Tori at 259-9299.

Make plans for ice fishing derby

The Pathfinder Boat and Fishing Club is hosting the 29th annual “HAWG” Ice Fishing Derby, Jan. 27 and 28, 2018, at the Diabase Shelter at Pathfinder Reservoir. $57,000 in cash and prizes possible. Hourly cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25. Drawings for door prizes and ice augers. Tickets available in Casper for $35 at Rocky Mountain Discount Sports, Wagner’s Outdoor Outfitters, Sportsman’s Warehouse and the Hideaway Bar during regular business hours through Friday January 26; at Sloane’s in Alcova until 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, and at the Pathfinder Reservoir Diabase Shelter Friday, Jan. 26 until noon Saturday, Jan. 27, or online at www.hawgderby.com. Limited RV spaces with electricity available for $35 per night, or $100 for Thursday through Saturday. For reservations, call Randy Bird at 234-9308. Hot food and refreshments will be available.

Hoops for youth, high school

Registration is now open for the upcoming youth basketball league and the new high school basketball league at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming. The youth league is open to all boys and girls in kindergarten through 6th grade, while the high school league is for those in grades 9-12.

Games and practices for youth will be at the Boys & Girls Club gymnasiums Monday through Friday evenings. The season begins Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, and ends in March. Registration deadline is Jan. 9, 2018. The cost is $25 per child. All participants must be members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming. Annual memberships are $10 per child. You can register at any Club site (Lincoln, Journey, Paradise Valley, or Verda James Elementary or Main Club) in Casper. You can download a registration form at www.bgccw.org.

The high school league will hold games on Saturdays at the Boys & Girls Club with the season beginning on January 20, 2018 and running through March. Registration is $15 per child plus a club membership. Deadline to register is Jan. 10, 2018.

With more than 250 kids expected to register, volunteer coaches are needed to make the season a success.

Experience is not required, but a general knowledge of the sport is helpful. Coaching is more than teaching a sport. It’s being a trusted mentor for youth and being able to instill a sense of good sportsmanship in the players.

If you have any questions about the leagues or would like to volunteer to coach, contact Jake Wilson at 235-5694, ext. 3.

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Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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