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TAKING HOME HARDWARE: There’s a story behind every award

By Patti Arnold

Roberto Vaz and Frank Rodriguez needed an assist in hauling all of their trophies to the bus after leading their respective teams, Northeast Texas and Howard College, to national championships in the Alpine Bank Junior College World ...

Colorado Rockies Spring Training in Scottsdale, Arizona

‘If you can play ball, you can play ball’

By Patti Arnold

You must forgive Dante Bichette for perhaps being just a little bit jealous of the players on the 10 teams he’ll address as the featured speaker at the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series banquet. You see, he was one good swing away ...

Patti Arnold’s ‘JUCO’s Journey’

By Staff

Jamie Hamilton wanted to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Junior College World Series with something that portrayed what the tournament means to Grand Junction. An avid reader, Hamilton wanted a book to tell the story of JUCO. He ...


Longtime Connecticut coach Roger Bidwell among inductees

By Dale Shrull

Roger Bidwell wasn’t expecting his first head coaching job to also be his last job. But that’s how it worked out, and Bidwell is OK with that. “This job opened up and they asked me if I wanted to leave grad school and take ...

Longtime Cochise ambassador gets HoF call

By Matt Meyer

The University of Arizona was looking at James “Bo” Hall, then a teenager in tiny Bowie, Arizona, a railroader’s town in the southeastern portion of the state, as a football player. “They were recruiting me as a ...


Middle Georgia’s Young stunned by honor

By Jon Mitchell

The phone call Craig Young received when he found out he’d been inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame came in an unexpected place. “I was getting my oil changed,” the former Middle Georgia College coach said ...


Magical tournament began with Mesa

By Jon Mitchell

Bus Bergman knew that if he was given a chance to host a national college baseball tournament, people would come. Bergman, who in 1959 was the baseball coach at Mesa College — now Colorado Mesa University — figured Grand Junction ...


AIMING HIGHER: High-scoring McLennan hoping to take back title

By Dale Shrull

McLennan Community College (Texas) is back and the Highlanders hope to win one more game than they did in 2015. The final game. Two years ago, the Highlanders made the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series championship game but lost to ...

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