Published on Thursday, July 23 2015 11:44
By Bob Gilson
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 14, three caravans departed Colorado. Similar caravans, twenty-two in all, rolled out Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. These caravans carried the players, coaches, and fans of the best softball teams in the region to the USSSA National Championship Tournament in Joplin, Missouri.
Colorado was represented by: Azteca, of Pueblo coached by Ken Ramos; Blaze Fury of Berthoud coached by Sean Lynch; and the Colorado Outlaws coached by Chris Hunnel. Lyons was represented by Abby Liquori, a pitcher and outfielder for the Blaze, and Kate Gilson, a pitcher, first baseman, and outfielder for the Outlaws.
Pool play on Wednesday and Thursday culminated with the Colorado teams well seeded; the Outlaws ranked ninth, the Blaze sixth, and Azteca first. By virtue of making the top ten, all three Colorado teams were awarded a bye into the second round of elimination play, while the lower twelve teams slugged it out. Azteca and Outlaws met in “winners' bracket” play, with Azteca being victorious. Blaze battled the Elite Heat in “winners' bracket” play, with Elite Heat coming out on top.
Azteca and Elite Heat tangled in “winners' bracket” play, with Azteca showing why it they were ranked number one. This left Azteca one win from the championship, and relaxing at the hotel pool while everyone else attempted to battle their way through the “losers' bracket” with the knowledge that their next loss would end their season.
The Outlaws took the long path through the “losers' bracket,” winning three games in a single day, including a nail biter in extra innings. Their extra innings win set up a showdown with the Blaze. The two teams have faced each other many times in earlier tournaments, and their pre-game warm-ups included knowing glances.
On this day, the Outlaws’ offense proved to be too much for the Blaze to contain. Emerging from the other half of the “loser’s backer” was the Liberty Venom. The Venom went on an incredible roll, where they eliminated the Outlaws, Elite Heat, and eventually, the highly touted Azteca to claim the championship. So the much anticipated showdown between the Colorado teams came up just short, but all three still made a lasting mark on the tournament: 1) MO - Liberty Venom, 2) CO - Pueblo Azteca, 3) MO - Elite Heat, 4) CO – Outlaws, 5) OK - Young Guns, 6) CO – Blaze.
Three Colorado teams in the top six! Congratulations! You represented Colorado well!
Published on Thursday, July 23 2015 09:18
Another week gone by; a nice one, hot but not a lot of rain. Everything is green and beautiful. It cools off at night here in Colorado. Ah, a great state in which to live.
Published on Wednesday, July 22 2015 13:39
Free participatory dance program for children, teens, and their parents. Outside on the plaza beside the Dushanbe Teahouse, 6:15 - 7 pm. Tuesdays, June 9, 23, July 7, 21, and August 4. Youngsters learn dances and experience the culture of many countries around the world.
Published on Thursday, July 16 2015 13:46
Do your kids have a grandparent living in, moving to, or frequently visiting the immediate or surrounding area to be closer to you and your family? If so, ring them up and tell them to mark their calendars for the first-ever Lyons Grandparents Mixer!
This is an opportunity to support our families in a whole new way by giving grandparents a space to meet and build their own layer of connection within our beautiful community.
All are welcome! The first mixer will be held on Thursday, September 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Common House of Lyons Valley Village. If your
Published on Thursday, July 09 2015 11:22
Iola “Neice” Smallwood Pralguske, beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully at the Longmont United Hospital on June 30, her 44th wedding anniversary. She was born on November 20, 1944 in Rock Springs, Wyoming to Marvin Lester and Iola Mae Smallwood.
Published on Thursday, July 02 2015 15:07
By Linda L. Osmundson
When we lived in the Seattle area for several years, I learned why they call it the Emerald City. It rains! The grass is always green! And the city boasts some 6000 park acres. Actually, the winner of a Convention and Visitor’s Bureau contest coined the name in the early 1980s. It correlates with the state nickname, the Evergreen State.
Published on Thursday, June 18 2015 17:34
Seven grandchildren, seven adults, a fiftieth wedding anniversary, and Dixieland Jazz; what more could my husband and I ask for a family cruise? Even though this is our third Alaskan trip, we lucked out to find it a fit with all fourteen members’ schedules. Of course, they make it fit when Mom and Dad provide an all-inclusive party for their first cruise! It will be special in many ways. We leave Seattle June 28, and return July 5. We plan to make reservations for dinner atop the Space Needle the night before we board.
Published on Thursday, June 11 2015 15:38
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that the author of this article is an elected official. Her opinions are hers, and do not necessarily reflect those of the entire Board of Trustees.
A TERRIBLE WEEK
It has finally quit raining and hailing, however, the big two-inch hailstones seemed to have affected all our roofs again (the last big hailstorm was June 28, 2013). Now roofing contractors are again converging on our town to get business.
Published on Thursday, June 04 2015 18:56
A high school senior and very talented artist, Ann Dang, was asked to paint the Bavarian Neuschwanstein Castle on the back of this ukulele. Her view may seem familiar even if you’ve never visited Bavaria, and rightly so. The castle, with its Romanesque Revival and Gothic architecture, influenced Walt Disney when he built Disneyland’s