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This year's turnout for the annual Rockies' Skills Challenge, hosted at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, was the biggest its been in some time. Assistant Bill Heddles Recreation Director Tyler Schumacker announced this year's participants included 75 youngsters ranging in age from six to 13 years old. Each participant vied for top honors in three events; hitting, throwing and running.

A warm and sunny June day greeted competitors in eight divisions (girls and boys 6 and 7 year olds, 8 and 9 year olds, 10 and 11 year olds and 12 and 13 year olds.

The top winners in each division advance to the sectional round of the Challenge, which will be hosted at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction on July 15.

Photo submitted 2018 Skills Challenge winners The day’s competition produced the following winners in eight divisions. In the back row, left to right, is Ty Reed (boys 10/11), Eban Ficklin (boys 12/13), Morgan Barnard (girls 12/13) and Logan Sanders (boys 8/9). In the front row, left to right, is Jazlyn Naranjo (10/11), Greyson Hollenbeck (boys 6/7), Sophia Siennicki (girls 8/9) and Shea Ryan (girls 6/7). These first-place winners will advance to the sectional round of the Challenge, which will be hosted at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction on July 15.
Photo by Wayne Crick Jazlyn Naranjo demonstrates the form which produced a winning throw in last week’s Rockies’ Skill Challenge.
Photo by Wayne Crick Parker Velasquez gets a good swing on the ball in the 6/7 year old division of last week’s Rockies’ Skill Challenge.
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