Area athletes receive accolades for hoops

By Press Release

Delta County basketball was well represented in 2015-16. Paonia, Cedaredge and Delta landed athletes on the Colorado High School Activities Association all-state teams, announced last Friday.

Paonia High School's Ashley Van Vleet and Cedaredge's Nellie Freeman were honored with selections to First-Team status.

Van Vleet led the Eagles to a Class 2A state championship game and a runner-up finish behind Yuma. Freeman was instrumental in Cedaredge's gritty run to a third-place finish over Wray's Eagles on the final day of this year's 2A.

Junior Sophia Anderson earned a place on the second team while Bruins' junior Hannah Gilmore earned honorable mention accolades.

Delta junior standout athlete, Emily Nortnik, received an honorable mention selection in Class 4A.

In boys' basketball selections, Paonia senior Taylor Walters and junior Dagan Rienks were honorable mention picks in Class 2A.