Years and years of practice are paying off for Hotchkiss discus thrower Mason Oxford. After falling short of a state qualification in 2012, he has remained in the top 18 in Class 2A rankings since the start of the season and continues to improve.
After losing both games of a conference double-header against Paonia in March, Hotchkiss proved that it is a contender in the 2A Western Slope League by splitting its second double-header Saturday and outscoring Paonia 12-6 for the series.
Paonia squeaked by with a 3-2 win in game one.
The Bulldogs upped their record to 6-3 overall, 4-2 in 2A Western Slope League play after sweeping a conference double-header Saturday against Rangely (2-9, 1-5).
The Bulldogs opened the series with a 2-11 win over the Panthers.
The Hotchkiss boys' team scored 48 points at the Woodburn Invitational, tying for sixth place with Delta High School.
Cody Bartlett is in prime position to qualify for state.