First year coach Terry Montoya orchestrated a successful baseball season for Cedarege High School in 2017. The Bruins finished 14-5, with three of those games being losses by two or less runs.
Montoya's Bruins also tasted post-season play with a Class 3A Region 1 matchup against Sterling. That outing became a 17-7 loss for the Bruins, but it also signals the next beginning for Montoya's team.
"It was a good first step towards rebuilding a program. We finished 14-5 and we could feel a change in culture as we went through the season, and a lot of that was due to our senior leaders. They did a great job of adjusting to a new coach with high expectations and led by example."
Going on, Montoya also noted, "That was a great group, but we have some juniors that will fill those shoes and have seen the post-season and are hungry to start working towards taking the next step. We have a group of competitors coming up from the middle school ranks. They are a hard-nosed, scrappy bunch and whenever you get that you have no choice but to be excited for the future. I believe we will be in the mix again next year and can take the next step as a program. The future of this program starts with the youth programs, and I feel like our volunteer coaches have really bought in to what we are doing up here at the high school and are eager and willing to learn it and teach it. I'm proud to be a Bruin, and I'm proud of this community for what it is doing for kids!'
The Bruins landed four players on this year's 3A WSL all-conference squad.
Those selected were catcher Tre' Labossiere, first baseman Chase Meyers, outfielder Brandon O'Hern and pitcher Jacob Lewis.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.