Photo by Tamie Meck Kylie Hodges releases the discus at the Bruin Invitational. Hodges will compete in both the discus and shot put at this week’s state 2A track meet in Lakewood. Teammate Daryl Batt had her best throw of the season and is going to state in…
Photo by Tamie Meck Senior Josiah Spano, of Paonia, was an All-Conference first team selecton in the 2A WSL for the 2012-13 hoop year.This year's Class 2A All-Conference and All-State honors in the 2013 Photo by Tamie Meck Paonia High School senior Annavah…
Photo by Tamie Meck Paonia’s Lane Clawson (25) and Taylor Schreiner of Hotchkiss compete for possession at the 2012 County Classic tournament. The game came down to the final seconds with Hotchkiss claiming the win to advance to the finals against Delta.Paonia and Hotchkiss played a close game Friday — Hotchkiss scoring most of its points from inside, led in scoring by Mason Oxford with a game-high nine field goals and 18 points; and Paonia's Ben Linnell hitting four of the team's five three-point shots for a team-high 15 points.
But Hotchkiss, fueled by goals by Oxford and Taylor Shreiner down the stretch, claimed the win to advance to Saturday's finals.
Paonia had a slim 11-10 lead to end the first period. Jason Sturgis opened the second with a field goal, and Schreiner and Oxford combined for five points and a Bulldog lead.
Paonia shot three of five from the line, and three-point combinations by Taylor Walters and Josiah Spano gave Paonia a 24-18 lead at the half.
Oxford hit three field goals and Schreiner added one to give Hotchkiss a 28-26 lead in the third. Eagle Jason Sturgis scored four of his six game points in the third to end the period in a 34-34 tie.
Linnell opened the fourth with a trey, and Paonia took a 39-35 lead. Oxford and Schreiner each put four more points on the board for Hotchkiss. Josh Hardin scored from the paint early in the period, then drew a shooting foul with 1:40 to go. Hardin was 2-2 to give Hotchkiss a 47-43 lead. Cody Bartlett, who scored nine for the Bulldogs, drew a shooting foul for a final trip to the line, shooting 2-2 to put the win out of reach for Paonia with less than 10 seconds remaining on the clock. Linnell sank his final three-pointer at the buzzer to end the game at 49-46, Hotchkiss.
Hotchkiss and Paonia will meet again on Jan. 5 at Paonia.