When Natalie Anderson found out her 3A cross country team would be splitting off with Paonia High School and dropping to Class 2A, she already knew who her strongest competition would be.
Crested Butte's Amber Scott and Telluride's Rachel Hampton are ranked first and second going into today's 2A Region 4 meet.
The Lady Bulldogs suffered a disappointing three-set loss to visiting Rangely Friday. With three games remaining, Hotchkiss is in seventh place in the 2A Western Slope League with a 5-10 overall, 2-6 league record.
About the only thing to put a damper on the Bulldogs' 55-6 homecoming win over Roaring Fork was the little bit of rain that fell at the end of the first period.
Two touchdown runs by Jacobe Galley, a 28-yard pass play from Josh Hardin to Colton Farmer and a 5-yard scoring run by Trenton Tamayo gave Hotchkiss a 29-0 lead just 10 minutes into the first quarter.
Despite the benching of their best hitter, who missed an entire week of play while battling an illness, the Lady Bulldogs managed to pull off a 2-3 win Saturday over the visiting Lady Tigers of Hayden.
Hotchkiss pulled off a 27-25 win in game one. Setter Kelli Buhrdorf had a long string of serves, including two aces, to give the Lady Bulldogs an early 9-1 lead in game two.