It wasn't the season they had hoped for, but the Lady Bulldogs volleyball team stayed upbeat through all the losses, urging each other on, learning all they could, and playing their best.
After losing out Saturday at the 2A regional volleyball tournament in Paonia, head coach Kendal Roberts praised her team.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs finished the season in second place in the 1A Western Slope Conference after a 28-point shutout win at Meeker Friday night.
With starting quarterback Devan Rupe out for the season, and Hotchkiss still recovering from its shutout loss to Paonia a week earlier, Bulldogs head coach Zac Lemon turned to senior Tanner Bizer.
The Hotchkiss girls' cross country team claimed its second consecutive state 2A title Saturday, placing three runners in the top 10 to score 13 points for the win.
The race marked the end of an incredible cross country run for seniors Natalie Anderson and Jennifer Celis.