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Dream chaser: Seward County’s Barrios on way to fulfilling baseball goals

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Jake Barrios has always known what he wanted to do. The Seward County (Kan.) Community College freshman shortstop is well on his way. “I tried (baseball) when I was young and loved it,” Barrios said. “The first time I tried ...


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Bernie Williams expounds on parallels of baseball, music at JUCO banquet

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It wasn’t until a couple months ago that Bernie Williams began to learn about Grand Junction and the Alpine Bank National Junior College World Series. After arriving in town Friday and speaking at the pre-tournament banquet at Two ...


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JUCO banquet gives players a chance to relax and unwind before the games begin

By Patrick Bahr

Having the same routine is important for baseball players at all levels. With the first pitch of the 2011 Alpine Bank Junior College World Series scheduled for today at 9 a.m., Friday night at the JUCO banquet was a departure from the ...


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Pure joy: Buddies, players have a blast at Challenger season finale

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Cory Carlton stepped in the batter’s box and didn’t hesitate. The 14-year-old Grand Junction Challenger baseball player raised his bat and called his shot in the Challenger Program season finale Thursday at Columbine Park. The ...


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Kids’ Clinic gives area youth a chance to learn skills from JUCO players

By Patrick Bahr

Youth baseball players have plenty of passion for the game. That was demonstrated Thursday at Suplizio Field, where 250 kids from the community participated in the 11th annual JUCO Kids’ Clinic. The kids, ages 5-12, were taught some of ...


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Instead of playing in JUCO, former GJ player Berk is rubbing baseballs with mud

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Aaron Berk planned on being part of this year’s Alpine Bank Junior College World Series one way or another. The Grand Junction High School graduate preferred to be playing in the tournament this week, but is happy to be back on the ...


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Brown, Arnold, GJ Chamber latest JUCO Home Run Alley Heroes

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For more than 50 years, scores of dedicated Grand Junction residents have contributed to the sport of baseball as a whole and the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series in particular. Three, however, were singled out Wednesday as having ...


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Workers getting Suplizio Field ready for JUCO

By Patrick Bahr

Suplizio Field is taking shape. “At this point we are just spit-shining everything,” said Bill Johnson, who’s worked on the grounds crew at Suplizio Field for the past 16 Alpine Bank Junior College World Series ...


JUCO field set with 10 teams; Iowa Western headed back to GJ

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Since 2000, only one team that won the NJCAA Division I baseball championship has returned to Grand Junction the next season. Make that two. Iowa Western Community College beat John A. Logan Community College twice Sunday, 8-4 and 8-7, to ...


Central Arizona earns fifth trip to GJ for JUCO

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The top-ranked team in junior college baseball went the distance to get to the national tournament. Central Arizona College, ranked No. 1, defeated No. 4 Salt Lake (Utah) Community College twice Saturday in Coolidge, Ariz., to win the Western ...


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