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  • SOFTBALL

    Special Reunion

    Central Point's Teubner celebrates 20 years with ex-teammates at Huntsman World Senior Games
  • Dale Teubner missed his high school playing days. More than that, he missed playing with his buddies.
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    • DALE TEUBNER
      WHO: A 72-year-old Central Point resident.
      • WHAT: Teubner and his former high school teammates from Riverside, Calif., win softball gold in their 20th straight year participating in the H...
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      DALE TEUBNER
      WHO: A 72-year-old Central Point resident.

      • WHAT: Teubner and his former high school teammates from Riverside, Calif., win softball gold in their 20th straight year participating in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah.
      • QUOTE: "We're going to keep this going. Some guys make excuses about the aches and pains. I say, at our age, you gotta be glad you're upright and breathing. If there's no pain then you're dead."
  • Dale Teubner missed his high school playing days. More than that, he missed playing with his buddies.
    With that in mind, Teubner rounded up his old baseball teammates for another go at it. This was 20 years ago, some 30-plus years after graduating from Riverside Poly High in Riverside, Calif., in 1959.
    In October, Teubner, now a Central Point resident, and his slow-pitch softball teammates celebrated 20 straight years competing together in the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah.
    "It's wonderful to get together," says Teubner, 72. "All the wives know each other because a lot of them went to high school with us, too. It's a really neat deal. We have a lot of fun together."
    This time, Teubner and the Raincross Classics, a squad annually made up of members from that old Riverside Poly High team, managed something they had yet to achieve at the event — win gold.
    The Raincross Classics won the age 70-up A Division. The best the squad had finished in previous years was runner-up.
    "We finally got one," Teubner says. "We've played a lot of years, so it was nice to get that gold."
    Teubner, who plays first base, was nominated for the Huntsman Hall of Fame and received a gold watch for his 20 straight years of participation.
    "That was quite an honor," says Teubner.
    The Huntsman World Senior Games began in 1987. There are about 10,000 participants competing in more than 25 events. Softball has seven different divisions with about 350 teams taking part.
    When Teubner, who previously worked for the police department in Riverside, moved to Oregon, he came up with the reunion idea. The Huntsman Games would be the perfect venue.
    "I got an Oregon team going and each year I tried to add buddies from high school," Teubner says. "I kept adding and adding and finally ended up with 11 guys.
    "It's a good group of guys, and we get to play teams from all over. We played teams from Michigan, Florida, Canada "» we got to see players from all over."
    Teubner stays busy playing in local softball leagues during the summer. He also is a driver and chauffeur at the Rogue Valley Manor.
    "I'm too hyper to be retired," he laughs. "I can't sit around for very long."
    The trip to St. George is something Teubner hopes to continue making in the years to come.
    "It's a great event," Teubner adds. "They have hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. They even have an opening ceremony, like the Olympics. A guy parachutes in and all the athletes come marching in. It's a great affair."
    The team already has reservations made for next year's event, although some players may drop out because of age and aches and pains.
    Teubner, however, knows he'll be able to find another former teammate to plug into the roster.
    "We're going to keep this going," Teubner says. "Some guys make excuses about the aches and pains. I say, at our age, you gotta be glad you're upright and breathing. If there's no pain then you're dead."
    Reach reporter Kevin Goff at 541-776-4483, or email kgoff@mailtribune.com
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