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Safe at home: KidzPlex gymnasts enjoy competing at local gym

By Patrick Bahr

Every athlete likes to have a warm-up before the season gets into full swing. For the KidzPlex gymnasts, that was Saturday’s 25th annual Grand Junction Optional Invitational at KidzPlex on 25 road. The meet featured 46 competitors from ...


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Cabin fever cure: Golfers can prepare for warm-weather trip, practice summer swing with simulator

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Golf etiquette is not spoken here. No, when the boys get together each week to play a round of golf at Randy Hammond’s Golf Headquarters, they not only talk during a player’s backswing, they heckle. Cell phones ring. The players ...


Caleb Marquardt is new director at Indoor Tennis Center

By Allen Gemaehlich

A former nationally ranked junior tennis player and professional player is back to coach junior players. Caleb Marquardt, a former Fruita Monument High School three-time state champion, starts his new job as the tennis director at the ...


Jamie Hamilton going into Colorado Dugout Club Baseball Hall of Fame

By Allen Gemaehlich

Jamie Hamilton has been involved in baseball at all levels, and is being recognized for his contributions by a Hall of Fame. The National Junior College World Series chairman will be one of 15 people inducted into the 2-year-old Colorado ...


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Pushing the limit: Ultra runners kick off new year in tough race along monument

By Patrick Bahr

The ultra runner is always up for a challenge. Saturday, a group of 12 runners accepted the challenge of the Mesa Monument Striders’ Bangs Canyon 30K in the shadow of Colorado National Monument. The 19-mile course weaved across ...


Tryouts for new girls competitive hoops team are Saturday

By Patrick Bahr

Shaun Bryant is looking to fill a need. Bryant is the president of the new competitive girls basketball club, the Western Slope Chaos, which is having tryouts for girls grades 5-8 at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Central High School. “We are ...


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SPORTS STORIES OF 2010: Faulty refrigeration system forces Glacier Ice Arena to close

By Patrick Bahr

After 10 years of fundraising and community support, Glacier Ice Arena became a reality in 2006. Four years later, in June 2010, the popular arena closed. Glacier owners Alan and Robbie Koos were forced to shut the doors because of a failing ...


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SPORTS STORIES OF 2010: JUCO, City Council agree to improve Suplizio Field

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Two years ago, a plan to update the sports complex that houses Stocker Stadium and Suplizio Field was shelved. Expected to carry a price tag between $16 and $18 million, the plan was deemed too expensive. However, the recession brought ...


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Business as usual: Manny Talancon giving back as trainer at GJ’s Lights Out Boxing Gym

By Patrick Bahr

On a quiet street surrounded by old buildings, Manny Talancon has his new home away from home. Talancon, who moved to Grand Junction from San Diego one year ago, opened the Lights Out Boxing Gym at 821 Third St. “This isn’t a ...


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Speed Reid-er: GJ’s Reid Austin tastes success at BMX Grand Nationals

By Patrick Bahr

Reid Austin loves to ride his bike. He doesn’t just take a leisurely trip through the neighborhood, but an intense ride on a dirt BMX track against seven other competitors. Austin is only nine years old, but recently brought some ...


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