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…
After a lackluster showing at the Warrior Classic and a dual loss to Cedaredge last week, Hotchkiss rumbled to a tie for second place at Saturday's Eagle Valley Invitational.
The Bulldogs, who were open in three weight classes, had two championships, two second-place finishers and one fourth place to earn 140 points at the 18-team tournament; the host Eagle Valley Devils placed six wrestlers in the top four to earn 140 points.
Jesse Head pinned his way to a first-place finish at 138 pounds, putting away fourth-ranked Anthony Watt of Meeker in 1:57 for the championship.
Joe Boyle also claimed a tournament championship. Boyle, who started the season at 152 pounds, defeated fourth-ranked George Stagg of Grand Valley, 9-0, to advance to the 145-pound championship round. He defeated Ruben Chagoya of Basalt, 9-8, for the win.
Garrett Toothaker had two pins at 113 pounds to advance to the championship round, where he was pinned in 3:03 to top-seeded Tristin Pelloni of Meeker.
Senior heavyweight Zach Taylor is back on the mat after recovering from a football injury. Taylor pinned Austin Reed of Coal Ridge in 3:04 and defeated Steamboat Springs, 4-2, to advance to the finals.
Taylor placed second after losing by pinfall to Stephen Terrazas of West Grand.
Senior Tony Ibarra had to wrestle back to the finals after a first-round loss at 160 pounds to Isaac Bair of Grand Junction Central. Ibarra pinned his way to the third-place round, where he was defeated by North Park's Derrick Richard.
Tanner Bizer (126) opened with a loss by pin fall to Ty Morton of Cedaredge, then avenged last Thursday's loss to Beau Hebert of Cedaredge with a pin in 2:50. Bizer ended the tournament at 1-2.
The Bulldogs will dual the Eagles at Paonia this Thursday at 6 p.m., then head to Salida where they'll dual Payton on Friday.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs will compete at the 41st annual Rob Mickel Memorial.