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There’s no topping the ’79ers

Mike Vidakovich
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Mike Vidakovich

They came. They saw. They painted the rock – and the town.

The Glenwood Springs High School Class of 1979 gathered in town last week to celebrate 30 years of graduated bliss.

Since I am a member of this distinguished group, there may be just a bit of bias in saying that, at least in terms of athletics, we were the best class that ever walked the hallowed halls of the old GSHS building.

It’s hard to argue with a state championship in football, the same accolades for an undefeated basketball team, and a near-miss of a third state crown during the spring track season.

Do I hear any arguments from other Demon classes gone by? I think not.

What made the high school sports experience so special for me was that the chemistry and togetherness we had on those teams didn’t just come about overnight.

It was forged through years of working, playing and experiencing life together in Little League baseball, grade-school football, pee-wee basketball and, for us dedicated basketballers, countless hours spent at Sayre Park shooting jumpers and wearing out the asphalt.

Outside of the sports realm, we were classmates, first and foremost. We all had our differences at times, but the ’79ers always seemed to support one another and watch each other’s back. That camaraderie is still there, even after 30 years filled with good and bad, ups and downs.

It’s a shame I only see some of these special people once every 10 years.

It doesn’t seem right, especially since many of the stories have taken on legendary proportions, and since the Class of ’79 girls just keep getting better looking every time I see them.

Though we all did an admirable job of keeping the spirit and energy level in high gear most of the weekend, the freshly painted rock outside the Stubler Memorial Football Field tells the unfortunate, but true, story; “1979 Almost Seniors.”

Take good care of yourselves, crew, and you too, Kim. Hopefully we’ll meet again before 2019.

And thank you, Gamba family, for being such gracious hosts of our Saturday picnic. It was a wonderful time for all of us.

Mike Vidakovich is a freelance sports writer for the Post Independent.

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