Baseball/softball season a hit
Youth baseball/softballThe Parachute/Battlement Mesa Park & Recreation District recently completed a highly successful youth baseball and softball season. Seven teams took to the field this summer, four boys baseball teams and three girls softball teams. A special thanks to the businesses that sponsored these teams: Tapestry Builders, Valley Thrift Shop, Toby’s Vacuum Service, Mac’s Dirt Works, Dominos, Alpine Bank and The White Buffalo. The league spans from New Castle to DeBeque with five to eight teams in each age division. Our 8- to 10-year-old boys team, coached by Sonny Busch, won the tournament championship. The 11- to 12-year-old boys team, coached by Jim DeKam, had an undefeated season, coming home with both the league and tournament championship. Thanks to all seven teams for representing our communities!The Park and Rec District is still looking for soccer players, 5 to 7 years old. Give Shawn a call at 285-0388 or stop by their office at 101 South Frontage Road. Shawn would like to remind everyone that the Skate Park will now be locked during school hours.Grand Valley High SchoolOn Sunday evening more than 200 people enjoyed the sounds of the Hot Strings Band and feasted on hamburgers and hot dogs. The cafetorium at Grand Valley High School was standing room only when Reggie Rivers took the stage. He entertained and inspired us for close to an hour, then answered questions from the audience. Afterwards, Reggie autographed photos and the line was across the entire cafetorium. The evening was provided by the Grand Valley Booster Club – Dan Niedbalski and John Loschke grilled hamburgers and hotdogs for hours; Jody, Jordanne & Emily Williams baked cookies; Sherry Loschke baked the beans; Dani Gonzales was in charge of collecting donations; and Rose Belden counted the donations. All donations were a benefit for the instrumental music programs at the middle and high schools. Once again the generosity and devotion of our communities was evidenced. A little more than $1,100 was collected in donations, and Ken Larsen matched $500 of that, bringing the total donation to $1600. The new band director, Van Merritt, was on hand with a huge smile on his face, not only for the funds collected but also in appreciation of our community support.Please remember school starts on Tuesday, Aug. 26, so slow down in those school zones.Fitness ExpoMark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 27, the day of the Fitness Expo at the Activity Center. This looks like a day of fitness fun and education. This year’s event showcases what is available to residents of the Grand Valley. The focus of the Expo is broad and includes information about supplements, nutrition and, as an added bonus, health and beauty aids so that you’ll look your best after getting in shape. This is an all ages event – families, singles, couples, seniors and children are welcome. Vendors will feature everything from healthy snacks to beauty aids. Massage therapists, acupuncturists, foot specialists, dietitians and others will be on hand to share information with you. This is a great opportunity for all of us, and especially for our children to start a healthy lifestyle while they are young. Call the activity center at 285-9480 for further information.Mary Moore’s column “Grand Valley News” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, call her at 945-8515, ext. 108, or e-mail to MooreMOMOF7@aol.com.8-10 year old teamfront row: Isaiah Martinez, Zachary Thompson, Chris Sandoval, Conner Fisher, Kyle Hart, Jacob Sandovalback row: Coach Sonny Busch, Kendall Witt, David Witt, Tyler Cose, Danny Garcia, Jerrod Busch, Coach Jerry Witt11-12 year old teamfront row: Anthony Alogna, Tyler Radel, Kaleb Bell, Chris Forney, Coach Jim DeKamback row: Damian Fourtner, Sam Whelan, Kacey Diaz, William Waugh, Derek Witt, Josh Swindell
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