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Fruita Monument’s Bess drafted in 39th round by Rockies

By Matt Meyer

Cuba Bess joined a rare group Saturday afternoon. When the Colorado Rockies took him the 39th round of the MLB Draft, the Fruita Monument slugger became the 19th player drafted directly out of high school in Mesa and Montrose counties since ...

Athletes of the Year back for another round

By Dale Shrull

The Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games will bring hundreds of athletes and volunteers to Grand Junction. Among them will be the Male and Female Athlete of the Year. Jeffry Van Heukelem of Englewood and Boulder’s Amanda Bammann ...


Families’ clan-do attitude most special part of games

By Rachel Sauer

Family is a big word. It encompasses not only what we’re born into but what we find for ourselves — our group, our tribe, our team. So, here’s Maggie Brown, an elfin little thing with pixie-cut brown hair and chocolate-drop ...


By Staff

Friday, June 10 Coach/athlete registration, 3-5 p.m., outside the dorms
Dinner, 5-7 p.m., University Center dining hall Opening Ceremony, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Stocker Stadium Saturday, June 11 Coach/athlete breakfast, 6:30-8:30 a.m., ...

Ongoing support of Olympians is a badge of honor for officers

By Dale Shrull

Don Hendricks loves Special Olympics. When the Colorado Summer Games came to Grand Junction, he was excited to have the opportunity to get involved. The Summer Games arrived on the Western Slope four years ago, and that’s when the Mesa ...

Let the Games begin!

By Dale Shrull

For the fourth straight year, between 1,000-1,200 athletes and coaches will meet in Grand Junction for the Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games. There will also be 500-600 volunteers that help during the games. For the second year, the ...

Fruita’s Bess, Schroeder make CHSAA all-state team

By Matt Meyer

For three years, Cuba Bess and Sam Schroeder elevated the profile of the Fruita Monument High School baseball program. The duo led the Wildcats to three consecutive playoff berths, back-to-back Southwestern League championships and garnered ...


Diamond dreams

By Dale Shrull

Sitting alone in his room a couple of days after his once healthy, powerful left knee had been shredded on the football field last fall, Sam Schroeder did something interesting. “For some strange reason, I picked up a baseball,” ...

Area players take swings at Coors Field

By Staff

Prep Baseball Area players take swings at Coors Four Western Slope standouts played in Monday’s Colorado Rockies High School All-Stars/Futures Game at Coors Field. Paonia’s Kayden Seriani got one hit for the underclassmen and ...


Paonia falls in state tournament semis

By Staff

PUEBLO — Completing a championship run sometimes requires the experience of coming all too close, only to fall short. Which should make the Paonia Eagles a very dangerous baseball team come 2017. A seventh inning rally saw Paonia fall ...

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