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A medley of determination: 400 IM the proving ground for swimmers

By Patrick Bahr

The way to earn respect in any sport is to do something challenging. That challenge in the pool is the 400-meter individual medley. “If you are a 400 IM’er, you are a stud,” Grand Junction Dolphins coach Dale Leonhart said. ...


Mixed combined doubles bracket popular with players

By Allen Gemaehlich

The Taco Bell Western Slope Open provides many opportunities for people to play tennis. There are events for juniors, adults and families, but one of the more unique divisions is the mixed 7.5-combined doubles. Doubles partners must be the ...


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Cool hand Luke: Ledebur rolls to Taco Bell 18-under singles title

By Allen Gemaehlich

Luke Ledebur is making his case for playing singles for the Grand Junction High School boys’ tennis team this fall. The 16-year-old defeated Grand Junction teammate Parker Hegstrom for the second time in nearly two weeks. This time, ...


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Know your opponent: Taco Bell Western Slope Open juniors division has plenty of rivalries

By Patrick Bahr

The element of surprise is gone for many of the older junior players at the Taco Bell Western Slope Open. Through a combination of the Mesa County Junior Tennis program, the Elam Junior tournament, and open court play throughout the summer, ...


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Doing what we love: Fruita’s Mendes shows his stuff during PBR stop at Mesa County Fair

By Patrick Bahr

Tony Mendes’ career in the arena is what every bull rider aspires to have. Mendes has ridden on the Professional Bull Riding tour for more than 10 years, has qualified for the PBR Finals eight times and has won $1 million in his ...


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A little family fun: Dave Proietti having fun playing with his children at Taco Bell Western Slope O

By Allen Gemaehlich

Dave Proietti usually hits tennis balls to his sons and daughter in the evenings. “I’m their (ball) feeder,” he said. This week, though, he’s playing matches with two of them in the annual Taco Bell Western Slope ...


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Jack and Julianna

By Patrick Bahr

After 52 years of tennis at the Taco Bell Western Slope Open, ‘firsts’ are hard to come by. But that’s not to say it never occurs. This year is the first time the singles 10-and-under age division has combined the boys and ...


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Fruita rallies twice to win state crown

By Patrick Bahr

The Fruita Little League Major Girls wouldn’t be denied when its fate was on the line. Tuesday at Little Salt Wash Park, Fruita overcame a seven-run first-inning deficit, and a two-run deficit in the eighth inning to defeat Shaw Heights ...


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Having some fun: Out of state players enjoy Taco Bell Western Slope Open

By Patrick Bahr

The Taco Bell Western Slope Open isn’t only for players from the Western Slope. Sherill Kerr and the players from her city-run Aspen Golf and Tennis Center make sure of that. Kerr brought 17 players to the Elliott Tennis Center at Mesa ...


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Dream meets reality: Mantlo, Cook write youth book on obstacles athletes face

By Allen Gemaehlich

Teachers Mickey Mantlo and Darren Cook have seen a lot of children come and go through the doors at East Middle School. They have seen them stumble and fall, rise and succeed. Through several conversations on numerous bicycle rides, Mantlo ...


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