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Demons’ Barham picks Black Hills State

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
contributed photoGlenwood Springs High School seniors Jolie Dubois and Blaze Barham, center, pose with their respective coaches (GSHS track and field coach Blake Risner, left, and GSHS football coach Rocky Whitworth) after signing letters of intent on Wednesday. Dubois is headed to the University of Wyoming to compete in track and field and Barham is bound for Black Hill State University to play football.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Black Hills State University has always been Blaze Barham’s first college choice. Both his mom and dad competed in track and field at the South Dakota school, which is located in Spearfish, S.D.

On Wednesday, Barham realized his long-held dream, signing a letter of intent to play football for the Yellow Jackets.

“I’ve been looking at this school pretty much my whole life,” the offensive lineman said. “Both my parents went there. I’ve always dreamed that I could be good enough to play football for them. I finally get to fulfill that. It’s pretty exciting.”

Barham was a standout lineman for Glenwood in the fall, helping the Demons reach the 3A state title game. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound tackle and his line mates paved the way for more than 3,100 rushing yards and more than 1,300 passing yards.

Barham’s not sure what position he’ll play at Black Hills. All he knows is that it’ll be somewhere on the offensive line.

“Wherever they need me,” Barham said. “Here at Glenwood, I’ve played guard, tackle.”

Off the football field, Barham won’t be out of his element in Spearfish. As someone who enjoys outdoor pastimes, he won’t have to give anything up.

“It’s really pretty,” Barham said. “It’s similar to Glenwood. It’s not like this high up in the mountains, but it’s real pretty. There’s good hunting and fishing – outdoors stuff – which I love to do. It’s a perfect fit.”

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