October 24, 2013 | by Kevin Majoros
An athletic autumn
Ski Bums, Nellie's Sports Bar, gay news, Washington Blade

Members of the Ski Bums at the Avalanche Party last week at Nellie’s Sports Bar. (Photo by Kevin Majoros)

There’s a chill in the air and the Ski Bums celebrated it last week with their Avalanche Party at Nellie’s Sports Bar. The group is hosting 20 events during its 2014 season including trips to Lake Tahoe, Snowbird, Steamboat, Lake Placid and Chamonix, France.

The Washington D.C. Ski Bums chapter is hosting its first overnight trip to Snowshoe, W.Va., Jan. 24-26 with ski-in ski-out accommodations and a coordinated carpool from D.C. for all participants. Registration is now open at ski-bums.org.

The D.C. Sentinels basketball team sent two teams to the Ballin’ on the Bayou tournament in New Orleans on Oct. 11-13. The Sentinels “A Team” was victorious in the Open Championship game defeating the San Francisco Rockdogs in a hard fought battle. The Sentinels “B Team” was defeated in the Competitive Division second round final. The ballers can be found at teamdcbasketball.org.

The D.C. Gay Flag Football League sent two travel teams to Gay Bowl XIII in Phoenix Oct. 11-13. The Washington Generals lost in the Championship Game in a slugfest with the San Diego Bolts by a score of 27-26. The game went down to the wire with time running out when the Generals were on the 8-yard line. Results are at usgsn.com and the league is at dcgffl.org.

The District of Columbia Aquatics Club and the Washington Wetskins water polo team hosted the Columbus Day Classic on Oct. 12-13. The swim meet was contested at the Wilson Aquatics Center and featured 150 swimmers from the eastern seaboard. As host club, its members removed themselves from the team competition and New York Aquatics captured the large team trophy. The small team trophy was won by Team SwimSpray. The swimmers are online at swimdcac.org.

The water polo tournament was held at Tacoma Aquatics Center and included a strong lineup of 12 teams from the Mid-Atlantic States. The Championship match was won by the Washington Wetskins as they defeated the Arlington Water Polo Club. The Consolation final was won by Rockville Water Polo as they outplayed Team New York Aquatics. The water polo players are at wetskins.org.

Capital City Volleyball has announced the return of the President’s Queer Cup Classic from Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The tournament will feature three divisions with a cap of 40 teams and will be contested at the University of Maryland, College Park. Information is at ccvclub.org.

The Stonewall Kickball League is wrapping up its fall season with the league playoffs to run Nov. 23-24. The Championship game will be contested on Nov. 24 at 5:45 p.m. on Stead Field.

The playoffs for the Stonewall Bocce League start on Nov. 7 with the semi-finals and Championship games starting at 6:30 p.m. in Logan Circle on Nov. 14. Both leagues can be found at stonewallsports.org.

If you’re still looking for some intense exercise outside, the Adventuring Group will be hosting the Big Schloss Hike on Saturday. The hike will be a very strenuous 12.7-mile circuit hike with 2,300 feet of elevation gain along the Virginia-West Virginia border. This is not a beginner’s hike and no pets are allowed. Bring beverages, lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, sturdy boots and trip/driver fees of $22. The meet-up will be at the East Falls Church Kiss & Ride lot at 8:30 a.m. Contact usblackwolf@ymail.com for more information.

The Adventuring Group is offering a less strenuous hike, the Glover-Archbold Park Hike on Sunday. The one-way 4.5-mile hike, with little elevation gain, will take about two hours. The group will enter the park at the northernmost entrance just off Van Ness Street and follow the entire trail to the C&O Canal and then turn east to Georgetown Waterfront Park to lunch along the Potomac River. Bring beverages, bag lunch, bug spray and a $2 trip fee. The group will meet at the Tenleytown Metro (Red Line) in front of Panera Bread at 10 a.m. Contact damoncmiller@verizon.net for more information. Future hikes can be found at adventuring.org.

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