November 28, 2022

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Grand Junction Basque handball court returns to life after 50 years

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GRAND JUNCTION — Take the crack, crack, crack of hard leather balls smacking into concrete, mingled with cheers yelled out in Euskara, a language unrelated to any other. Add the scent of roasting lamb and sloshes of red jug wine here and there. And you have the revival of a bit of Grand Junction’s most colorful heritage.

Plaza Urrutia — Colorado’s only Basque handball court, known as a fronton — came alive this past weekend for the first Basque handball exhibition in Colorado in nearly half a century. Pro-level players came from San Francisco and Los Angeles to sweat out this tough, bare-handed game on an iconic and symbolic court, 39 tons of beat-up concrete that juts incongruously from a spic-and-span, modern city park known more for soccer and baseball…

Nancy Lofholm

2022-09-28 04:21:00

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