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Deeter leads softball team to first win

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

Makayla Deeter struck out 6 for the complete-game win. Photo by Lora KingcadeJOHNSTOWN – All coach Alan Gibson could’ve asked for was a little better weather Tuesday afternoon to sweeten the first home game for the Roosevelt High School softball team.

The Riders got their first win of the season, 10-3 over Erie at Nelson Farm Park Ball Fields. The win puts them 1-2 overall and in Tri-Valley play.

Despite the sun being hidden behind clouds for the majority of the game, senior Makayla Deeter shined in the pitching circle.

“She worked really hard this week,” Gibson after the game. “We talked about the difference between throwing strikes and throwing tough strikes to hit, and she really did that well today.”



Sports Barn open to all

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

JOHNSTOWN – Whether you’re an athlete looking to sharpen your skills, a parent looking for a place to host your child’s next birthday party, or just someone who wants to put on a T-shirt, sneakers and a pair of shorts – and Icy Hot – and play a game of pick-up basketball, The Sports Barn has you covered.

The facility, located at 5936 Weld County Road 46, has provided competitive sports teams with a place to train and the Johnstown/Milliken community with affordable fun for almost a year.

The Sports Barn is owned by two husband-and-wife teams – Rex and Sara Beall and Billy and Mollie Schmitz – and a father-son team – Randy and Cade Lehl.



New owner will serve same cinnamon rolls

Johnson’s Corner pursues sale to TravelCenters of America chain

By Lynn Klyde-Silverstein/The Johnstown Breeze

Chauncey Taylor remembers his first day working at Johnson’s Corner. It was May 30, 1994. His mother and the owner of the facility, Virginia Johnson, needed someone to run the establishment, so Taylor gave up his job at Hewlett-Packard.

When Taylor arrived at the truck stop, it was raining very hard. He walked in to the old kitchen, and rain was falling through the roof. The staff had jerry-rigged a system to prevent the entire place from flooding.

He asked the general manager what should be done, and the GM shot back “Talk to your mother!”



One big, softball-playing family

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

JOHNSTOWN – If you’re not a fan of sports clichés, chances are you’ll groan at the next sentence: The Roosevelt High School softball team is a family.

That camaraderie is going to be a key factor if the team wants to make the regional playoffs for a fourth-straight year.

“We just have to keep our heads screwed on,” senior third baseman Mariah Lopez said. “No … no … no attitude. No drama. Once you step between the lines, it’s just ball.”




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Riders fall to Wizards

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

WINDSOR – Thunder could be heard at H.J. Dudley Field Friday night in Windsor, but the hits of the Roosevelt Rough Riders and Windsor Wizards were louder.

In a hard-hitting, ground-and-pound contest, the Wizards would hit just a little bit harder and muster a few more yards on the ground to come away with a 24-7 victory over Roosevelt High School.


Johnstown one of safest towns in state

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

JOHNSTOWN – Johnstown is No. 13 on the Safewise list of the 30 safest cities in Colorado.

“Awfully proud of our Johnstown Police Department,” Mayor Mark Romanowski said Friday. “They always do a good job.”

To develop the list, Safewise looked at cities with a population of 2,000 residents or more, eliminating any that did not fully report their crime statistics in the 2012 Unified FBI Crime Report.


Bateman not selected as Loveland fire chief

By Zant Reyez/The Johnstown Breeze

JOHNSTOWN – Johnstown and Milliken Fire Protection Chief Ron Bateman announced Friday that he was not selected to the same position in Loveland.

Bateman wrote in an email that he was informed of the decision Friday afternoon.

“I am thankful for your understanding and support over the past few, sometimes stressful, weeks,” Bateman wrote.



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