Delta County athletes and coaches garnered numerous accolades in The Denver Post's 2012 Post Preps all-state awards.
Seven seniors on the 1A state champion Cedaredge Bruins football team were recognized by the Post.
Head coach Brandon Milholland was named the Post's 1A Coach of the Year, and linebacker Carter Wasser was named the 2012 Player of the Year in Class 1A.
First team players include: wide receiver - Cade Wasser; linebackers - Dustin Stracener and Carter Wasser; defensive back - Dante Markley.
Honorable mention honors went to the following players: running back - Reid Gates (jr.); wide receiver - Kyle Ward (jr.); tight end/defensive end - Corey Reynolds (soph.).
The Bruins posted a 12-1 overall and 5-0 Western Slope Conference record and defeated top-ranked Buena Vista, 18-16, to win the state title. It was the first state football title in the school's history.
Two seniors for the Hotchkiss Bulldogs, tight end Conner Beard and linebacker Jacobe Galley, were named to the Post's 1A all-state first team. Hotchkiss had a 9-3 overall, 4-1 record and placed fourth in state 1A playoffs.
In Class 3A, three Delta seniors were honored by The Denver Post.
Wide receiver Chris Black was named to the All-Colorado first team. Quarterback Mitch Whiteside and running back/middle linebacker Robert Williams received all-state honorable mentions. The Panthers ended the season with an 8-4 overall, 6-2 league record and made it to the quarterfinal round of the state 3A playoffs.
In cross country, Hotchkiss head coach Kelly Cowan was named the 2A Coach of the Year by The Denver Post. In his 12th season as head coach, Cowan led his girls' team to the state 2A title (the team's first state title), and the boys' team to fourth in state.