Photo courtesy Randall Palmer
The Paonia Lady Eagles volleyball team claimed the Region 3 championship and are the first Paonia volleyball team to qualify for state since 1990. Back row, from left, assistant coaches Kriss Allen and Amy Lacey, Shylar Wilson, Susan Nieman, Taylor Plymale, Carson Pipher, Easton Hartigan, Taylor Carsten, Morgan Hartigan, Claire Tracy and head coach Krista Carsten. Front row players are, from left, Ce’rra Carsten and Abby Campbell. The state tournament begins Friday at the Denver Coliseum.For the first time in 22 years, Paonia will be represented at the state volleyball tournament after the Lady Eagles upset Vail Mountain and defeated Dolores to win the 2A Region 3 tournament at Vail on Saturday.
Paonia was coming off three losses a week earlier at the district tournament, including a 3-1 pummeling by Vail Mountain.