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Sue Jones, longtime Pagosa Springs resident and advocate of Archuleta School District’s athletic department, hosted the 31st annual blowout charity softball tournament this past weekend, with proceeds dedicated toward the purchase of a new scoreboard for the middle school.
The softball tournament was for adults 16 and older, and 31 teams entered from five states. Four of the teams, however, were from the Pagosa Springs area.
In the women’s division, first place was awarded to the Albuquerque, N.M., team Adrenaline. Second place went to team Affliction, also from Albuquerque. Third place went to team SWAT from Alamosa.
First place in the men’s division went to Albuquerque team Duck Butter, second place went to DTF out of Ruidoso, N.M. Alamosa team Quien Es Tu Papi took third place.
Jones stated that her support over the years is because the athletic department’s programs help young adults to focus on the importance of developing into well-rounded and conscientious adults.
The charity softball tournament raised almost $4,000.
“I pledged two thousand dollars, was hoping for three thousand dollars and raised almost four thousand dollars,” Jones said.
The middle school has put $2,000 aside to assist in the scoreboard purchase, Jones reported. The proceeds from next summer’s 32nd annual softball tournament will also be put toward the goal of a new middle school scoreboard.
“That will give us another year to work on getting donations and with the proceeds, maybe we can get the scoreboard next year,” Jones said.
Jones stated the tournament was successful due to the untiring assistance of area volunteers.
Jones summed up her work by stating, “if everybody does a little bit just look what we can accomplish. A little work goes so far.”