After suffering their first loss of the season to Hotchkiss in early April and falling to 2A Paonia on April 16, the Cedaredge Bruins were hoping to halt a three-game losing streak at Hotchkiss on April 24.
The game was also a battle for second place in the 3A Western Slope League, which slipped out of the Bruins' hands after twin losses to first place Rifle the prior weekend.
The weekend couldn't have gone any better. After defeating Cedaredge on April 24 (see related story) and claiming wins over Basalt Saturday and Aspen Monday, the Bulldogs are tied for first in 3A Western Slope League competition.
All four Delta County tennis teams wrapped up scheduled matches last Thursday, with Hotchkiss edging out Cedaredge, 4-3, and Delta dominating Paonia.
The 4A Region 8 tournament, which is being hosted by Delta, is expected to be tough for all four schools.
With just one more meet remaining before league competition, the Hotchkiss boys 1600- and 3200-meter relay teams are still in the top 10 in state Class 3A rankings.
At Saturday's Montrose Invitational, the 1600m team of Dylan Hill, Palmer Keegan, Braeden Horton and Alex Smith placed third, as did the 3200m team of Tell Hawk, Vikash Hypio, Smith and Cody Bartlett.