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B-4 Calendar High School Sports Baseball Park City vs. Ben Lomond April 6 3:30 p.m. Park City vs. Ben Lomond April 6 3:30 p.m. North Summit @ Gunnison April 6 3:30 p.m. Park City @ Tooele April 9 3:30 p.m. North Summit vs. Duchesne April 10 3:30 p.m. South Summit vs. Morgan April 10 3:30 p.m. Wasatch vs. Timpanogos April 10 3:30 p.m. Park City vs. Tooele April 11 3:30 p.m. North Summit @ Layton Christian April 11 3:30 p.m. South Summit @ Morgan April 11 3:30 p.m. Wasatch @ Timpanogos April 12 3:30 p.m. North Summit @ Duchesne April 13 3:30 p.m. South Summit vs. Morgan April 13 3:30 p.m. Wasatch vs. Timpanogos April 13 3:30 p.m. Softball Park City @ Stansbury April 4 3:30 p.m. North Summit vs. Am. Leadership April 9 4:00 p.m. North Summit @ Rowland Hall April 10 4:00 p.m. South Summit @ Judge Memorial April 10 3:30 p.m. South Summit @ Morgan April 11 3:30 p.m. North Summit vs. Altamont April 12 3:30 p.m. Wasatch @ Provo April 12 3:30 p.m. Park City @ Bonneville April 13 3:30 p.m. North Summit vs. Duchesne April 13 3:30 p.m. South Summit vs. Summit Acad. April 13 3:30 p.m. Boys Soccer Park City vs. Juan Diego April 4 3:30 p.m. North Summit @ APA W. Valley April 4 3:30 p.m. North Summit @ Grantsville April 6 4:00 p.m. South Summit @ Layton Christian April 9 4:00 p.m. Wasatch @ Skyridge April 10 4:00 p.m. Park City vs. Ben Lomond April 11 3:30 p.m. North Summit @ Wendover April 11 3:30 p.m. Park City @ Stansbury April 13 3:30 p.m. The Park Record Wed/Thurs/Fri, April 4-6, 2018 Continued from B-1 North Summit @ Layton Christian April 13 3:30 p.m. South Summit @ Judge Memorial April 13 3:30 p.m. Wasatch vs. Timpanogos April 13 4:00 p.m. Track & Field Park City @ Arcadia, CA April 7 9:00 a.m. Park City @ Tooele April 11 3:00 p.m. Park City @ Ben Lomond April 18 3:00 p.m. Park City @ Stansbury April 21 9:00 a.m. Boys Tennis Park City vs. Stansbury April 12 3:00 p.m. Park City @ Rowland Hall April 16 4:00 p.m. Park City @ Tooele April 17 3:00 p.m. Park City @ Ogden April 24 3:00 p.m. Girls Lacrosse Park City @ Olympus April 5 6:00 p.m. Park City vs. Lone Peak April 17 TBA Park City @ Corner Canyon April 20 TBA Park City vs. Herriman April 24 TBA Boys Lacrosse Park City vs. Logan April 6 8:00 p.m. Park City vs. Skyline April 10 8:00 p.m. Park City vs. Corner Canyon April 17 TBA Park City vs. Bountiful April 19 TBA Park City vs. Coronado, NV April 21 TBA Park City vs. Palo Verde, NV April 22 TBA Park City vs. Olympus April 24 TBA Weather Hotline (cancellations) 615-5432 Park City Ice Arena Ice Hockey Park City @ Tooele April 19 10:00 a.m. Park City @ Juan Diego April 25 1:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Basin Recreation Fieldhouse (655-0999) Drop-in Sports Basketball (age 16 ) Tues/Thurs Noon-2:00 p.m. Basketball (age 16 +) Tues. 8:30-10:00 p.m. Basketball (age 16 +) Sat/Sun 8:00-10:00 a.m. Pickleball (age 16 +) Mon/Wed/Fri 2:00-4:30 p.m. Pickleball (age 16 +) Sun–Friday 8:30 a.m. Noon Volleyball (age 16 +) Thurs. 8:00-10:00 p.m. Soccer (age 16 +) Wed. 9:00-11:00 p.m. Drop-in Soccer (age 30 +) Tues 9:00-11:00 p.m. Masters Swim Tues/Thurs Noon-1:00 p.m. South Summit Aquatics & Fitness Center (783-2423) Adult Basketball Thursday 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Women’s Volleyball Thursday Rock Wall Girls Golf 615-5707 Gold League Sunday Silver League Wed/Thurs/Sun Saturday 7:00-9:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Pickleball Open Gym Wed. – Fri 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Recreation Sports Park City Recreation Services (615-5401) Soccer 7v7 Coed League Wednesday 6:00-9:00 p.m. To include an upcoming sports event in the calendar, please send an email to Joe Lair at firstname.lastname@example.org Olympic biathletes retire New York, said the last lap amounted to a victory lap for the veterans, who have participated in every Winter Games since Torino, Italy, in 2006. “I feel really lucky that that’s the way it got to end,” Burke said. “We just chatted the whole last loop. On the last climb we said, ‘Oh, the last climb of our racing career.’ It was a special moment.” From his career, Burke said he has many moments to look back on fondly. “And it doesn’t always have to do with the best results,” he said, though taking over the leader’s jersey on the 2010 World Cup tour was an undeniable highlight. “It has to do with the memories of being around great people and great friends; memories I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.” He said he’s leaving the team in a good position, with strong athletes rising on both the women’s and men’s sides, and looks forward to spending more time with his family, after spending an aver- TANZI PROPST/PARK RECORD Four-time Olympians Tim Burke (12) and Lowell Bailey (11) pose for photos in the finish area at Soldier Hollow during the U.S. Biathlon National Championships Saturday morning. After competing in every Winter Olympics since Torino, Italy, in 2006, the two are now retired from racing. age of seven months on the road every year for the past 14 years. Bailey, also a resident of Lake Placid, said those training moments flooded his mind as the two made the last turn. “We have been on the same team since we were 14 years old, and literally we’ve been doing intervals together like this since that point,” he said. “So it’s just crazy that it ended this way. You know, it ended the way it began.” He and his wife plan to move to Montana, where they will help direct operations at the Crosscut Mountain Sports Center, which fields a biathlon and cross country team. He also anticipates becoming one of USA Biathlon’s biggest fans, and giving back to an athletic community that has given him so much — the 2017 individual world championship title among them. “The high points of my career, I will always remember,” Bailey said. “But I’ll remember moments like this — the end of a race, the end of a career. And the way it went today, the way the targets fell, it ended with me and Tim skiing the last lap together. I mean, you can’t script that stuff.” Continued from B-1 Staff keep biathlon track cool also helped athletes assemble at the start line, could relax after a season-long gauntlet of stress and hard labor. “We got lucky,” Birdsill said with a laugh. “Typically at this time of year we don’t have anything but flowers and green grass, but this year we got lucky and we have a 3.3-kilometer track of man-made snow -- the only Nordic skiing in Utah right now.” Back in January, he said that outcome was doubtful at best. The season had been unseasonably warm and dry, and the lack of snow — compounded by a string of snowmaking issues, including faulty pipes, plus pump-house and electrical issues — had forced Soldier Hollow to scrap some high-profile events. The TUNA/Soldier Hollow Nordic Center SuperQualifier, which draws youth athletes from around the Intermountain division, was moved. Officials also canceled the University of Utah cross country team’s Utah Invitational, which moved to West Yellowstone, Montana. And the snow that Soldier Hollow did make faced long spells of warm weather, even at night. “One week, we lost a foot of man-made snow back in February,” Peterson said. According to Birdsill, who was at Soldier Hollow for the 2002 Winter Games, it was the first time the venue had to outright cancel an event, and canceling the Utah Invitational and the SuperQualifier did not bode well for the rest of the season. “I didn’t think it was a possibility,” Birdsill said of hosting a race in late March. “If I’m canceling races in January when I typically have snow, there’s no way we’re going to make our goal of getting there.” Peterson said he was equally doubtful, and thought Soldier Hollow would have to cancel the rest of the events for the season, including a National Guard biathlon tournament, and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Cross Country Junior National Championships. But in late February, Midway experienced a cold snap, which gave the Soldier Hollow crew a small window to stockpile snow. In three days, Peterson said, the team made almost as much snow as it did over the rest of the season — blowing it into huge piles that they sculpted and groomed into features on the cross-country course. The mounds were carved into plateaus, with the course rolling straight over the top, and could be used as snow reserves, ready to be spread over the track throughout the season. Peterson said humidity was a major issue in creating them. Soldier Hollow’s snowmaking system has a throughput of 1,600 gallons TANZI PROPST/PARK RECORD Artificial snow sculpted to form a cross-country track winds through trees and up hills for the U.S. Biathlon Association National Championships at Soldier Hollow Saturday morning. Warmer temperatures required stockpiles of man-made snow, which was spread over the course as needed. of water per minute, but not a drop of it will matter if it isn’t mixed at the proper air/water ratio. Only two of the team’s 19 snowguns have digital controls for reaching the right mix, and the rest must be adjusted by hand — they require one person to turn a bolt with a wrench while another stands in front of the gun, watching the snow hit his jacket, indicating whether the product requires more or less air to reach the ideal consistency. “The guys became very efficient at it,” Peterson said. “They definitely learned how to really watch each gun and make it work really well.” With the resulting snow, Soldier Hollow was able to host the rest of the events of the season up until mid-March, when prolonged rainfall jeopardized the course again. Birdsill estimated it rained for 18 hours straight, which destroyed sections of the start and finish areas and the biathlon’s penalty loop. In prior weeks, Zach Hall, the manager and head coach of Soldier Hollow’s biathlon program, had been to the Casper Mountain Trails Center in Casper, Wyoming, and had seen the contingency track. In a phone call on Monday, Hall said the Casper venue looked no better than Soldier Hollow — there essentially wasn’t a good emergency option. “That turned the heat up another notch,” Birdsill said. To prepare the course and fix the stadium area, Peterson drove to California, where he borrowed a bucket attachment for a snowcat from the Truckee area-based Auburn Ski Club. “Came back Monday (March 26), got it on Monday evening and moved quite a bit of snow,” he said. The crew also rented a front-end loader and scraped snow off the venue’s thenclosed tubing hill and brought it down to the stadium area. “It was a couple 16-hour days of moving snow to make it happen,” Peterson said. On Saturday, the temperature climbed to 53 degrees by 11 a.m. and the course was still holding together. “To pull this off this late in the season, we got really lucky,” Birdsill said. To celebrate, Birdsill, Peterson and some of the members of their six-man crew packed vans with mountain biking gear, and planned to drive south. After stressing about snow for so long, they were pleased with the thought of getting away from it. “It’s occupied all of our lives,” Birdsill said. “I mean we have guys that just sit around and watch the thermometers. ... It’s a lot of dedication between a group of six or eight guys. Let’s hope we don’t go through this next season, and let’s hope we get good natural snowfall.” Peterson and Birdsill said the 2017-2018 winter was the worst they’ve seen. The last time the snow was lousy — in late 2006 — the next season was much better. “I am hoping for a banner year,” Birdsill said. Next February, Soldier Hollow will host a Biathlon World Cup, which will make the venue the face of Utah for the international biathlon community, Birdsill said. “So I want to put our best foot forward for that,” he said. “Hopefully we get a break from Mother Nature next year and make this thing work.” But if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, Soldier Hollow staff will know how to handle it.