Elks Soccer Shoot showcases players’ skills

soccer players test their skills at Ranchos Aspen Park on Sept. 6. Photo special to The R-C by Dave Stewart

soccer players test their skills at Ranchos Aspen Park on Sept. 6. Photo special to The R-C by Dave Stewart

On Sept. 6, the Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670 and Douglas County Parks & Recreation department hosted a Soccer Shoot at Aspen Park in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Cheered on by Elks, members, parents, teammates, and coaches, a total of 69 boys and girls took the opportunity to exhibit their kicking skills and have some fun.

The Elks’ annual Soccer Shoot is an accuracy and distance skills competition. Players age 7 and younger advanced through a series of 5 goals that decreased in size from 48 inches to 17 inches. Contestants age 8 and older shot at a grid placed in a full-size regulation soccer goal, with the smaller-sized grids scoring more points.

Winners in each division were: Lilly Pulido and Lee Midciff, age 7 and younger; Harper Turnbeaugh and Diego Talas, ages 8-9; and Mila Quintero and Ian Lemming, ages 10-11.

The Douglas County Recreation department provided the goals and set up all the necessary equipment, and the Elks thank the Department for helping make this fun youth event possible for the community.

Nature Conservancy Guest Speaker series

Join Nevada Department of Wildlife Biologist Mark Enders at the River Fork Ranch Preserve for an exploration of Western Pond Turtle research 6-7 p.m. Sept. 28.  The discussion includes the history of Western Pond turtles in the Carson Valley and NDOW research regarding Nevada’s only native freshwater turtle.

The event takes place at 381 Genoa Lane in Genoa. A $10 donation is suggested. Contact Preserve Manager Lori Leonard at (702) 533-3255 or via email at lori.leonard@tnc.org for more information.

Fall’s arrival

We’re just three days away from the autumnal equinox and the arrival of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. The equinox takes place twice per year in March and September and marks the date when the sun shines directly on Earth’s equator, resulting in nearly equal amounts of daylight and darkness across the globe.

The fourth and final supermoon of 2023 illuminates the sky on September 29. It won’t reach peak fullness until 2:57 a.m. but weather pending, we should see a bright moon crest the horizon for a few days before and after next Friday by looking toward the eastern sky after 7 p.m.

Check out NASA’s September Skywatching highlights video at youtube.com/watch?v=FQeKZ9kmZOE for more tips and information.

Amy Roby can be reached at ranchosroundup@hotmail.com.


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