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It’s a team thing: San Jac enjoys JUCO’s work with Challenger program

By Matt Meyer

Before the coaches at San Jacinto College-North (Texas) accept any district championship trophy — and they’ve won plenty — they make two phone calls. One is to longtime JUCO team host Mike Anton, the other is to Carma Brown, ...


‘It helps me relax’Players prepare differently, but routine key for most

By Matt Meyer

There’s an art to getting ready for a baseball game and few players or coaches prepare the exact same way. For Neosho County Community College (Kansas), pregame superstitions can be extreme, and there’s good reason for it, coach ...


The Alley Heroes: Longtime supporters inducted into Home Run Alley

By Matt Meyer

In the 1960s, a Whitewater Building Materials sign hung on the center field wall at Lincoln Park Field, which was renamed Suplizio Field in May of 1990. In 1997, Whitewater Building Materials began sponsoring teams at the Alpine Bank Junior ...


Induction no small feat for Doug Little

By Dale Shrull

When it comes to junior college baseball, Doug Little is big time. After 19 years as head coach at Potomac State College in West Virginia, Little has seen great success and always targets Grand Junction as the ultimate goal. He initially led ...


Building a legacy: Culture important for perennial powers at World Series

By Patti Arnold

Marc Rardin calls it the monsters people create. “The San Jacs, the Iowa Westerns and everybody else who are consistently getting to Grand Junction,” the Iowa Western Community College baseball coach said of a couple of well-known ...


Neil Fiala all about the fun in baseball

By Patti Arnold

Neil Fiala is a St. Louis guy. He grew up in St. Louis, was a high school All-American, played junior college baseball for the hometown school, Meramec (now St. Louis Community College), and then went to nearby Southern Illinois ...


‘Cause and effect’ Baseball rituals play a big role in athlete’s faith

By Patti Arnold

Never, ever step on the foul line. It’s a longstanding baseball superstition, the equivalent of the “step on a crack, break your mother’s back” children’s rhyme. It’s not the only superstition in baseball, ...


Barry Davis cherishes the memories

By Jon Mitchell

Barry Davis still has fond memories of his time as the head coach of the Gloucester County College (N.J.) baseball team in the 1990s. “For us, in our little world, we were the team that everyone hated. We were the big guys and the team ...


Clinic enjoyable for both youths and JUCO players

By Jon Mitchell

Dustin Dolan caught the baseball players from Yavapai College (Arizona) by surprise Thursday night. Wearing a Palisade Little League uniform, the 5-year-old from Grand Junction stepped up to pitch during the 16th-annual JUCO Youth Clinic at ...


‘It makes the trip’

By Matt Meyer

There is nothing that better sums up the Challenger Baseball celebration before the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series than the postgame dinner line. Moments after eight teams of mentally or physically disabled youths finished ...

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