SLV Dust Devils take first in division

The SLV Dust Devils pose as a team during the Special Olympics tournament in Pueblo on Feb. 18. (Courtesy photo)

PUEBLO — SLV Special Olympics basketball athletes had a fine showing at their regional competition in Pueblo on Sunday, February 18.  Athletes have been practicing hard on Saturday mornings since November to get ready for this event.

The SLV Dust Devils basketball team took first place in the Division IV, 22 years & older traditional team bracket by winning both of their games.  They narrowly beat the Rams 28-24 the first game and again defeated the Rams 130-34.  Team members include:  Marc Alfaro, Andrew Allee, Michael Burns, Andromna Espinoza, Maria Garcia, Andrew Griego, Loren Guymon, Ed June, Amy Montoya, Christine Quintana, Michele Schaak & Virgil Wyatt.

Skills competition resulted in first place finishes for Robert Allaart & Loren Velasquez, 2nd place finishes for Chris Martinez, Michael Maez & Steven Guymon, 3rd place finishes for John Bailey, Sharon Bailey, Sandra Espinoza-Allaart, & Priscilla Monciviaz, 4th place finishes for Karie Valdez, Anthony Herrera & Joe Ray Medina, and a 6th place finish for Charles Silva in their respective divisions.  Skills competition includes dribbling, shooting and passing contests.

The next program is track & field, with practice starting the end of March on Saturday mornings.  Running, walking, wheelchair & selected field events are offered.   Prospective athletes need to have a completed Special Olympics physical on file in order to participate.  Special Olympics is an international organization which provides a year round program of sports training & competition for individuals 8 years & older who have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability. 

For more information or to volunteer with the San Luis Special Olympics program, contact Peggy Johnson at 587-74