It was a rough, but rewarding, road trip to Rangely for the Cedaredge girls' basketball team. The play was physical and a win made it all the more special.
A trip to Rangely over the weekend proved to be an exciting adventure for Craig Cerise's Cedaredge Bruin boys basketball team. The Bruins and Panthers were involved in a back-and-forth ballgame for much of the night with the outcome in doubt until the end.
The Cedaredge Bruins, who have been at the top of the state 2A rankings since late December, scored 144.5 points to place fourth Saturday at the Bulldog Invitational at Centennial High School in Pueblo.
The Bruins were the highest placing team among small schools, finishing behind Dumas (Texas) with 213.5 points, and Class 4A Grand Junction Central (154 points) and Pueblo South (145
In a battle between the two top teams in Class 2A On the Mat rankings, No. 2 Paonia defeated No. 1 Cedaredge Thursday night, 39-33. Of the 13 matches wrestled, four were won by decision.
Last week's lone basketball action for Cedaredge High School was against Olathe. The girls team stayed unbeaten with a lopsided 40-15 decision.
After coming in at No. 1 in Class 2A On the Mat rankings, Cedaredge Bruins wrestlers scored 180 points and won one title match to win the annual Eagle Valley Varsity Invitational at Eagle Valley High School Saturday. The Bruins sent seven into the championship match, with freshman Trey Geyer claiming the only title on a win over Grand Valley's A.J. Serna. Geyer pinned Serna with nine seconds remaining in the match.
In a dual between two of the top three teams in class 2A state rankings, Cedaredge claimed all but one match and gave up six points to a forfeit to defeat Hotchkiss last Friday, 65-12.
The dual opened at 126, with No. 2-ranked sophomore Sean Dale pinning Bulldog freshman JD Miller in 1 minute, 54 seconds.
After strong team and individual finishes at the Warrior Classic, Cedaredge, Paonia and Hotchkiss are in the top three spots, respectively, in the Class 2A On the Mat team rankings heading into the new year. That could make for an interesting run for the Region 1 title on Feb. 9-10.
If there's a tournament that tests a wrestler's ability before February's state tournament, it's the Warrior Classic. The highest placer for the Bruins at last week's Warrior was Trey Geyer, who at 120 pounds placed third on a 12-5 decision over a wrestler from Pueblo South.
A big win over Hotchkiss (69-63) in Friday's first round of the First Colorado National Bank Tournament had Cedaredge High School's boys basketball team anticipating a highly competitive game in the title game on Saturday night.
That title game turned out to be against the tournament host school Delta High School.
After rolling over Paonia 48-36 in their opener in this year's First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament, Delta's Panthers had control of the title game over Cedaredge but suffered lack of consistency in the second half in a 47-43 overtime loss to the Bruins (see related article).
Cedaredge High School senior Axyle Belveal was acknowledged as the Orchard City Student of the Month.
Axyle maintains a 3.95 GPA and has received awards in a number of scholastic areas.
This year's First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament was an interesting event for the four Delta County high school teams involved in the two-day tournament. On the girls' side of the tournament there was not a single team returning a squad which had more than a handful of players who saw considerable playing time last season.
For the second year in a row, Cedaredge High School students have created a story for the Surface Creek Trail StoryWalk ®. The original work was written and illustrated by a team of five students from the CES gifted and talented program.
Cleo the fish is sad as the holidays approach. He is alone at the bottom of the lake, anticipating the festivities that will go on without him. Will Cleo have a blue, blue, Christmas this year?
Ask and ye shall receive. Last week, the Delta County Planning Department and the Delta County School District joined forces and solicited the opinions of Cedaredge High School students in an effort to better direct strategic planning within both entities. Administrative staff from the two agencies got what they asked for -- an earful, from a group of engaged, thoughtful and refreshingly honest kids.
Craig Cerise, and the Cedaredge Bruins, played four games away from the friendly confines of Cedaredge High School and made the most of playing on the road with three wins and a single loss.
Cedaredge began the week in Ridgway with a game on Dec. 5 with a 47-24 victory.
For the second consecutive year Cedaredge claimed the team win at the annual Delta Panther Invitational wrestling tournament. Thirteen teams competed at this year's tournament.
There was plenty of wrestling to keep fans happy over the weekend. There were 15 teams listed for competition at the annual Maverick Duals held at Colorado Mesa University last Saturday.
Cutter Garrison returns as Cedaredge High School's wrestling coach for the 2017-18 season. Garrison took six wrestlers to state last season with Sean Dale placing fourth in his 120-pound weight division and Jerad Hulteen earning a sixth-place finish at 152.
The Paonia Eagles opened the wrestling season Saturday at the annual Maverick Duals at Colorado Mesa University. They also opened the season under a new head coach.
The Cedaredge High School girls basketball had a successful season a year ago and finished second in the 3A WSL. The Bruins put together an eight-game winning streak just before entering last year's 3A District tournament.
Craig Cerise, 11th year as a head coach (second at Cedaredge High School), will be looking to improve on last year's 9-11 record overall. The Bruins finished 3-6 in league play and failed to reach post-season play after losing to Roaring Fork in the 3A District Tournament quarterfinals.
Cedaredge girls basketball coach Ryan Hilbig wanted to start the season off right in Meeker last weekend. The Bruins granted their coach his wish with three victories to win the annual White River Shootout.
A long season of volleyball has finally come to an end with the announcements of All-Conference awards going out to six Delta High School and four Cedaredge High School athletes.
The Panthers' All-Conference selections include seniors Harlee Roberts (Libero) and Lexi Quinn (OH) and junior Lauren Davey (MH).
On Nov. 17 and 18, the Cedaredge High School Theatre Department performed its fall production of "The Love of Three Oranges," a modern adaptation of an Italian fairytale originating in 1761. The comedy incorporated elements new to the CHS Theatre Department, including more sound effects, pyrotechnics, and blocking that moved actors to all corners of the auditorium.
Holly Jenkins, a senior at Cedaredge High School, was recognized by Orchard City Mayor Ken Volgamore, as the November Orchard City Student of the Month.
Holly was the VFW Patriot Pen speech winner in her junior year.
Cedaredge High School and Middle School (CHS and CMS) combined to celebrate Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 10, with an assembly honoring military veterans and their families. The moving and inspirational program included patriotic music and speeches, heartfelt essays, and a stirring video -- all performed by students with assistance from area veterans and teachers and staff.
This year's Cedaredge High School volleyball team may have surprised lots of folks, but not the Bruins' volleyball team. Even without dominant team members from a year ago, the Bruins figured out what was needed to move on to the next level and achieved that goal in 2017.
Last Friday night's gridiron battle between host Cedaredge High School and Hotchkiss' Bulldogs was an epic defensive battle for over four quarters. Neither team had the solution for finding the end zone with a touchdown.
Delta High School's volleyball team ventured to New Castle last weekend for a four-game challenge against some stiff competition. The plan for Delta coach Beth Nelson was to earn a few RPI points for seeding purposes in the coming regional playoffs.
From canyons to mountains, rivers to lakes, Delta County offers nearly limitless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Cedaredge High School students are especially fortunate, as many of those outdoor adventures are within walking distance of the school.
A week ago, Cedaredge and Grand Valley shared the cellar in 1A WSL standings. Both came into last Thursday's prep football game in Cedaredge with identical 0-3 league marks and 2-5 overall.
Cedaredge High School completed its regular season volleyball schedule with three games last week. The Bruins defeated Caprock Academy, 3-0, on Oct. 17 and cruised to a 3-0 win against Roaring Fork on Oct. 19.
At the Oct. 11 Orchard City town board meeting, Grace Andrews was presented a certificate naming her Student of the Month. Andrews is a senior at Cedaredge High School.
Cedaredge High School's softball season came to an abrupt halt last Saturday in Brush.
The Bruins, playing in 3A Region 1, were seeded 17th and faced number 16 seed, Valley, out of 3A District 5.
A formidable task was assigned to the Cedaredge football team last week. It was scheduled to face 1A WSL leader Meeker (in Meeker, 3-0 and 7-0).
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team split four matches played last week. All but one was against 3A WSL foes.
The Bruins began the week with a win at home against Gunnison.
Delta High School's volleyball team has been playing well the past few weeks and the Panthers' record shows a 5-1 mark since Sept. 28 through last week. Coal Ridge dealt the Panthers a 3-0 loss on Oct. 3 and the last four matches have all been wins.
Cedaredge High School's softball team won two of three games played this past week. The Bruins cruised past Gunnison, 11-3, on Oct. 3 and played a doubleheader against Gunnison Oct. 6.
Match details for three volleyball contests played by Cedaredge High School were not available prior to deadline.
The Bruins had some tough luck this past week winning just one match and losing two others.
Four area athletes were privileged to have had the opportunity of playing in this year's 3A State Golf Tournament at Indian Peaks Golf Course in Lafayette on Oct. 3.
An unexpected spring storm delayed the playing of the 3A tournament in Lafayette.
A perfect night for football provided the backdrop for last Friday night's 1A WSL prep football contest between the visiting Cedaredge Bruins and Olathe's Pirates.
Cedaredge kept pace with the second-place Pirates for much of the game with an early miscue changing momentum for the Bruins.
Meeker's Cowboys have sewn up the 3A District 5 softball team title after sweeping through last week's schedule with wins over Cedaredge, Gunnison (doubleheader wins) and Aspen. The Cowboys are 10-1 in league play and 15-3 overall.
In what could be its toughest match of the season, the Paonia volleyball team battled to a non-conference 3-2 win over Cedaredge Friday night. The game also marked the annual Pink Night fundraiser for HopeWest in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team has not had the most successful season in 2017. The team is finding its stride as the season progresses.
For Paonia fans, Friday night's conference-opening win was another victory under a new coaching staff and in a season dubbed "New Year, New Team, One Dream."
For Cedaredge fans, it was a long night that ended in a 49-8 loss.
Cedaredge High School's softball team created an electric atmosphere with its enthusiasm last Friday during the early innings of a key 3A District 5 softball matchup. The Bruins built a 9-4 lead before Delta put together back-to-back seven and six-run innings to forge an improbable come-from-behind 19-9 victory.
Under favorable skies last Friday night, Cedaredge High School rolled up 262 total yards on its way to a convincing 41-16 1A WSL win over the Cowboys in Gunnison.
Seniors Pedro Madaleno and Ty Grant ran for 51 and 50 yards respectively as Cedaredge compiled 208 yards on the ground.
After playing in Gunnison on Tuesday, Sept. 19, Cedaredge Bruins' softball team raced past the Cowboys, 21-8, and now rests in second place in the 3A WSL District 5 race.
Cedaredge (4-1, 4-7 overall) broke a 7-7 tie in the sixth inning with a 14-run barrage to propel the Bruins to a 21-8 decision over Gunnison (2-3, 2-11).
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team battled a scrappy, and much improved, Hotchkiss team on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Bruins played well, giving up just one set to the Bulldogs, in a 3-1 victory in 3A WSL play.
Last week's Cedaredge (3A) homecoming week softball action included a big win over Meeker (3A) and a pair of losses in games with Delta (3A) and Rifle (4A).
The Bruins hosted Meeker, and won 7-5, on Tuesday (Sept. 12).
A quick start helped Cedaredge High School get by a scrappy Vail Christian football team at last Friday night's Homecoming game in Cedaredge.
A brisk evening greeted a full house of Bruins' fans for the opening kickoff. Vail Christian won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball to start the game.
Cedaredge High School is celebrating Homecoming this week with dress-up days, class games, softball, volleyball and football competitions.
The Cedaredge softball team will take on Delta Thursday, Sept. 14, with games at 4 and 6 p.m.
The Cedaredge Bruins are still looking for their offensive mojo two weeks into the season. On Friday, Sept. 8, the Bruins suffered their second loss of the season, falling 40-0 to Aspen in a non-conference game.
After opening with a solid softball victory in Aspen the previous week, Cedaredge's Bruins found Faith Christian's Eagles a bit more scrappy in an 11-3 loss in Gunnison last Saturday.
The Bruins trailed 9-0 after just two innings of play and were searching for their offense throughout the contest.
As this school year opens, visitors to Cedaredge High School may be greeted by a seven-foot-tall bronze bear-with-cub sculpture.
The piece of art was donated to the school by a Montrose man w ho had kept it in storage for some 15 years, explained Randy Brown, principal.
Cedaredge High School's softball team opened its 2017 campaign on a successful note by racing past Aspen, 25-8, on Aug. 21.
The contest, played in Aspen, took just four innings to complete with the Bruins dominating after the first inning of action.
Cedaredge High School won the Class 1A State Football Championship (over Buena Vista 18-16) in 2012 and has built a tradition of excellence extending to last season's 8-3 season which saw the Bruins reach quarterfinal play before losing to eventual state champion Strasburg, 29-11. Strasburg went on to defeat Paonia 49-28 in semifinal action and dumped Meeker 34-14 in the finals.
The Cedaredge High School volleyball team enjoyed a good summer with several camps providing skills enhancement for many new and returning players.
Cedaredge participated in camps in Parachute (Grand Valley) and Alamosa where teams enjoyed a measure of success.
Cedaredge High School graduate Lexee Wilson on Aug. 10 was named the top vocational agriculture student in the state and presented with the Future Farmers of America Colorado Star Farmer award. She will be leaving soon for college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins with plans to continue her success in agriculture by pursuing a veterinary medicine career and eventually giving back to the community that she says "has given me so much."
A completely reconstructed announcer's booth, also known as the "Crow's Nest," will greet Cedaredge Bruin football fans at home field games this fall.
The new Crow's Nest will be accompanied by a new set of grandstand bleachers for the Bruin fans.
There were 11 varsity golf teams playing for medalist and team honors last Thursday (Aug. 10) at Cedaredge Golf Club. There was plenty of sunshine and temperatures were conducive to excellent conditions for the Bruins and visiting linksters hoping to finish the day with the top scores of the day.
A changing of the guard in Paonia hasn't altered the gathering of wrestlers from around the state, and out of the state, for an annual event which traditionally draws some of the best wrestlers who want to compete against someone they don't often see.
Several questions were asked of Cedaredge track and Coach of the Year recipient, Kirby Henderson. The 2017 track season was most successful for the boys team who finished as the Class 2A state champions.
The Cedaredge High School Class of 2017 officially graduated 62 class members during commencement ceremonies at the school on Sunday afternoon.
Two of the 62 class members listed on the official program were designated as honorary graduates.
In light of the two-day weather delay of the 2017 state track meet, the Colorado High School Activities Association held a special graduation ceremony Sunday morning for all athletes who missed their graduation ceremonies at home.
First year coach Terry Montoya orchestrated a successful baseball season for Cedarege High School in 2017. The Bruins finished 14-5, with three of those games being losses by two or less runs.
Cedaredge High School students Tory Wilson and Gus Sandels received scholarships from Eckert Masonic Lodge #136 AF&AM at the school's scholarship awards banquet May 23.
In light of the two-day weather delay of the 2017 state track meet, the Colorado High School Activities Association held a special graduation ceremony Sunday morning, May 21, for all athletes who missed their graduation ceremonies at home.
The Cedaredge boys won their second consecutive 2A team title with 97 points, a full 34 points ahead of runner-up Wiggins. Last year's seniors, including Shane Gates and Bryce Klaseen, set the tone for this year's team, said head coach Kirby Henderson.
Local businesses, organizations, and individuals stepped up along side of national organizations and displayed their support for the community's youth and its future on May 16. Over $380,000 in scholarship assistance for CHS graduating seniors was presented during the school's annual senior awards banquet.
Cedaredge's track team culminated a successful regular season with 16 boys and 13 girls qualified to attend this week's state track meet in Denver.
Last weekend's Bruin Invitational was a runaway win for Montrose's boys (219) with Cedaredge finishing second with 136 points.
Competition for final spots in the field of 18 was keen around the state last weekend with athletes looking to make one last bid to make it to state.
Montrose's girls claimed the team title in Cedaredge with 181 points while the Bruins finished fourth with 81 points.
Unfortunately for the Cedaredge Bruins, their baseball season ended abruptly in the first round of the 3A Region 1 playoffs in Lamar. Cedaredge fell behind early in its contest against number three seed Sterling (11-8) and eventually lost 17-7 and was eliminated from this year's 3A state tournament.
Twenty-four young women who will graduate from Cedaredge High School this month were guests of the Cedaredge Women's Literary Club last week for a spring tradition that dates back to 1951.
The annual Senior Tea was hosted by members of the club at the Stolte Shed on May 3.
The 12 boys teams participating in last week's 1A/2A league meet in Grand Junction were dominated by Cedaredge's Bruins. Cedaredge scored 170 points to outdistance the nearest competition by 89 points.
Cedaredge High School's baseball team ended the regular season with a win over visiting Aspen on May 2 and then won a doubleheader in New Castle with Coal Ridge on May 6, 3-2 and 12-2.
Most of the game against Aspen was close until the sixth inning when the Bruins erupted for eight runs to seal the 10-1 win.
Delta High School's tennis team posted a 5-2 decision over Cedaredge at Bill Heddles Recreation Center last week. The Panthers won all four of the doubles matches and won at one singles.
Cedaredge attended the Montrose Invitational track meet last Friday. The Bruins' boys scored 91.5 points and recorded three first place finishes on their way to a second place finish.
The Bruins won both games scheduled for last week. A scrappy Olathe team visited Cedaredge on April 25 and put up a good battle in a 19-16 loss to the Bruins. Cedaredge outhit the Pirates in the high-scoring game, 16-10.
Cedaredge needed to keep on pace to be a part of the top tier in 3A WSL baseball.
The Bruins remained in third place (3-2, 9-5) after splitting with Delta and Roaring Fork last week.
A large field meant keen competition for Cedaredge's track teams at Coal Ridge last week. The Bruins boys scored 98 points to finish second in the 19-team field while the girls finished seventh with 49 points in a 17-team field.
In track and field competition, a fraction of a second or an inch can mean the difference between a win and a loss. To qualify for the Colorado High School Activities Association's state track meet, athletes must be ranked in the top 18 in the state in their respective class.
A key showdown in 3A WSL baseball was last week's Delta versus Cedaredge baseball game played in Cedaredge. The Panthers (5-0 and 11-4) were on a current winning streak (five games) that stretched to seven after a 19-0 win over Moffat County (3-2 and 5-7) on Saturday.
A visit to Gunnison on April 11 turned out to be disastrous for Cedaredge as it lost a 14-0 conference decision to the Cowboys. Later in the week, the Bruins returned to their winning ways with a doubleheader sweep over the visiting Basalt Longhorns on Saturday.
The Cedaredge boys track team placed fourth in a field of 20 teams at the Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs, and Cedaredge's girls finished 15th, out of 21 teams, with 15 points.
Cedaredge's girls scored 101 points in Parachute and placed third behind Delta and Grand Valley on April 4.
The Bruins scored 35 points Saturday (April 8) to place ninth in the 15-team field in the Frank Woodburn at Stocker Stadium.
The Bruins of Cedaredge had a strong week with wins over 2A Hotchkiss and 3A Moffat County. A big second inning got Cedaredge off to a lead it would never relinquish in an 11-1 non conference victory. A weekend encounter against Moffat County was another win, 9-2, for the Bruins.
Cedaredge's 4x200 relay team has the boys holding the edge in most races they run in. The team of Isaac Swoffer, Drew Markley, Brendon Klaseen and Ty Grant are unbeaten so far in the three meets they have competed in.
Kirby Henderson's boys track team had most everything going the right direction last Saturday as the Bruins scored 148 points to win their own Cedaredge Invitational track meet.
There were 17 teams entered and all four Delta County track teams finished in the top 10.
Cedaredge's girls scored 45 points to place 11th at last week's Cedaredge Invitational. Coal Ridge and Paonia scored 81 points each to share the team title on Saturday. Meeker was third (77) and Delta fourth (75) in the 17-team field.
The Cedaredge Bruins were in Grand Junction to face Central's Warriors on the tennis courts. Central won the match 5-2 with Cedaredge's two wins coming in 1 and 4 Doubles play.
Cedaredge's Ty Grant and Drew Markley were first place winners at last Saturday's Hotchkiss Invitational track meet.
Junior Ty Grant crossed the finish line with a time of 23.47 to win the 200m dash last Saturday helping the Bruins place second in a field of 17 teams.
Competition was keen on Saturday as 16 teams battled for top honors at the Hotchkiss Invitational track meet in Delta.
The Bruin girls did not have a first place finish and used second place points from Emily Tullis (100 meter hurdles - 18.0) and Katie Hyke (shot put - 35' 11") to score 51 points to finish fifth in last weekend's Hotchkiss Invitational track meet.
The Cedaredge Bruin baseball team continues its early season battles with upper division schools and is gaining valuable experience along the way. Last week's matchups included a rematch with Eagle Valley (a team the Bruins lost to, 3-1).
Paonia defeated Cedaredge 6-1 in tennis action last week, Tuesday (March 21). The Bruins did not go easily, despite the difference in set wins.
The Cedaredge men's track team had 27 top-eight placers and scored 140 points to finish second Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational. In their first meet of the season the Bruins won four golds, four silvers, and five bronze medals.
The Cedaredge girls scored 56 points to place fifth Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational.
Freshman Brie McGovern placed fourth in the 400m dash, and sophomore Emily Tullis placed third in the 100-meter hurdles and was fifth in the 300 hurdles.
Cedaredge High School's baseball team has split the first four games of the year. A new regime of coaches are on board in Cedaredge and they have serious intent to make the Bruins the best they can be.
The following information was submitted by Joe Carlson as a means of introducing the passion Cedaredge High School's new baseball coach, Terry Montoya, has for the community and Bruin baseball team.
Cedaredge High School has a new baseball coach, Terry Montoya.
A Cedaredge High School senior who graduated early to pursue her nursing career plans is Orchard City's student of the month for March.
Mikaylah Saenz graduated early last semester from CHS with a 3.8 grade point average.
The first quarter start wasn't fantastic, but the No. 14 Bruins led 10-8 at quarter's end. A pair of three-balls, one from Hailey Henrie and another from Makayla Mckinney, helped achieve the short-lived lead for the Bruins.
The Cedaredge boys' basketball team made a trip to Carbondale on Tuesday (Feb. 21) for a play-in game against Roaring Fork's Rams. The winner would advance to the 3A WSL district tournament held at Central High School in Grand Junction.
Cedaredge High School's girls basketball team won its play-in game against Gunnison (33-21) on Tuesday but lost to Moffat County on Friday (49-42) and Olathe (41-38) in Saturday's third-place game.
Ryan Hilbig's Cedaredge Bruins' basketball team delivered two wins over the weekend to keep its hold on the second spot in the 3A WSL girls standings. The Bruins rumbled past Roaring Fork 46-27 and edged Moffat County, 43-38, on Saturday.
Craig Cerise's Cedaredge Bruins boys basketball team fell to a tough Roaring Fork team, 59-42, on Friday of last week and hosted Moffat County on Saturday emerging with a solid 65-47 victory.
Cedaredge sent 10 wrestlers to the state tournament and came home with three medals. The Bruins scored 58 point to place eighth out of 48 teams.
A big win, 60-42, over Cedaredge helped Delta's Panthers keep a foothold on a top-four place in the tough 3A WSL.
Beau Byers scored 17 of his game-high 21 points in the second half, 13 coming in the third period, to lead Delta's third win of the season over the Bruins.
Cedaredge will send 10 wrestlers to state. The Bruins weren't ranked in the top five heading into the regional tournament and finished fourth with 196 points, just five points shy of first place.
With a week left in regular season play Delta's Panthers are resting in fourth place in 3A WSL girls standings.
Last week's loss to Cedaredge, 39-36, and a win in Carbondale, 53-36, leaves the Panthers with a 5-2 league mark and 12-5 overall.
A pair of key wins last week have the Cedaredge Bruin girls hungry for a team title in its new league. The Bruins battled top teams from the 2A/1A ranks the past few years and have had good competition playing the likes of Paonia, Soroco and Meeker during that time span.
Cedaredge Bruins' boys basketball team has been close to winning several games that came down to a one, two or three possession swing. Most of those games went to the Bruins' opponents.
Five of the top 10 teams in state 2A rankings will compete in the 2A Region 1 wrestling tournament, which opens at 1 p.m. Friday the Colorado Mesa University Brownson Arena in Grand Junction. Saturday's semifinal and consolation quarterfinals begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Cedaredge participated in, and won, last weekend's Butch Melton Invitational wrestling tournament in Ignacio with 164.5 points.
The Bruins picked up individual titles at 120 (Sean Dale), 195 (Tre' LaBossiere) and 220 (Taj Van der Linde).
A short note submitted by Merle Lynch of Cedaredge brought forth news of Paonia's Ashley Van Vleet's involvement with track at Idaho State University.
Paonia's Ashley Van Vleet wasted no time in her continued winning streak on the track.
During the Jan. 26 meeting of Grand Mesa Post 9221 VFW and Auxiliary, awards were presented to students of Cedaredge Middle School for the Patriot Pen Essay contest and to students of Cedaredge High School for the Voice of Democracy Essay contest.
A split for the Bruins girls and a double-loss for the boys created a rough weekend for Cedaredge basketball teams.
Cedaredge's girls got the better of the rough weekend with a split with Grand Valley and Basalt.
Cedaredge's basketball fortunes are on a roller coaster ride for the boys while the girls have rebounded from a loss to Paonia two weeks ago and posted a pair of wins this past week.
The boys hosted Delta on Jan. 17 and suffered a 69-58 loss. Later in the week Cedaredge visited Coal Ridge where it was thumped 83-63 by the Titans.
Cedaredge had a great week of wrestling competiton. The Bruins won duals against Montrose (48-29) and Hayden (68-6) and finished fourth at the annual Screaming Eagle in Paonia.
The top scoring teams in this year's Screaming Eagles Wrestling Tournament were led by the Hotchkiss Bulldogs which scored 201.5 points. Cedaredge was second with 186.5 points with host team Paonia and Meeker tied for third with 186 points.
According to 3A WSL league standings, both Cedaredge boys and girls basketball teams are holding in sixth place with no wins and no losses. Overall, both teams are 5-3 and would be third based on those records compared to teams in the league.
With the stands filled with cheering fans, and a single light highlighting the action on the mat, the dual meet between Cedaredge and Paonia on Thursday, Jan. 12, was filled with anticipation and drama. And with two evenly matched teams, the competition certainly delivered. The dual was held in Cedaredge.
By all accounts, Cutter Garrison's Cedaredge Bruins had a successful week of wrestling. The Bruins faced Salida, in Montrose on Friday, and scored a 33-12 win.
Paonia's wrestling week began with a 53-22 victory in Olathe on Jan. 5. There were six forfeits in the match and 11 pins expediting the conclusion of this match.
Against Olathe on Jan. 6 the Cedaredge girls basketball team suffered a 49-31 loss in league play to the Pirates. Cedaredge's boys were able to keep the Pirates looking for victories with a 63-49 setback.
With Colorado prep sports programs exiting their Christmas break, the 2016-17 winter sessions will commence this week. Area wrestling teams have been honing skills in preparation for their runs to post-season competition.
Area wrestling teams have earned some top rankings, as have many athletes from Delta County Schools (Cedaredge, Delta, Hotchkiss and Paonia) and Olathe.
Teams are taking a break from the 2016-17 hoops season to enjoy the Christmas holidays. Several Delta County basketball teams are putting up excellent numbers in the early stages of a long and challenging season.
Central High School in Grand Junction held its yearly Warrior Classic last weekend, the biggest early-season wrestling meet in Colorado.
Forty teams from three different states competed in the event, which draws the best wrestlers in every classification and serves as a pretty good preview of the state tournament in February.
This year's First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament began its sponsorship under the initial format of all four Delta County schools participating in a pre-Christmas tournament in Delta. In 1994, the tournament was known as the Bank of the West Basketball Tournament with all four schools in the county playing at Delta High School on two consecutive days (Thursday and Friday) before Christmas break began.
The Cedaredge Bruins' basketball teams have gotten off to a successful start in 2016-17.
The Bruin girls are 3-1 on the season and the boys match that record.
The Cedaredge High School music department presented its holiday concert to parents and the public at the school on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
The CHS Concert Choir opened the evening's program with seven arrangements beginning with a classic, Exultate Justi in Domino, and ending with two traditional holiday favorites: Away in a Manger and Silent Night.
Another wrestling season is underway and that means another Delta Invitational Wrestling Tournament has taken place. Delta hosted a 12-team tournament last Saturday at Delta High School.
Seven teams posted scores of 100 points or more, with Cedaredge's Bruins claiming the team title with 197 points.
Last year's Cedaredge Bruins' girls basketball team was one of the top teams in Class 2A. The Bruins completed the year with a 24-3 record, with two of those losses coming to state runner-up Paonia.
New Cedaredge High School boys basketball coach Craig Cerise is no stranger to Bruins athletics. Cerise graduated from CHS in 1999.
While attending Cedaredge High School, Cerise participated in two years of football (9th and 12th grade) and four years of basketball.
Cedaredge High School will face a new challenge in 2016 after moving up to Class 3A in wrestling.
Third-year head coach Cutter Garrison's Bruins posted a 7-7 dual record a year ago with Tre' LaBossiere placing fifth at 195 in 2A State Championship competition.
The students walking the halls of their high school every day have a unique perspective about facilities, curriculum and expectations for academic, athletic and behavioral performance. It was that unique perspective the school district was seeking when it invited juniors and seniors from Cedaredge and Delta high schools to a student forum.
And then there were two......Meeker and Paonia. Cedaredge's 29-11 loss to No. 2 Strasburg, in Cedaredge, eliminated the Bruins from title contention in this year's 2A State Football Championships.
Cedaredge High School's volleyball season came to a halt this past weekend following losses to No. 4 University and No. 21 Bishop Machebeuf.
The Bruins lost to University (19-6) by scores of 25-11, 25-4 and 25-13.
Twelve Cedaredge High School students are involved in a fundraising project to participate in an educational field trip to Costa Rica next year.
"We have 12 students participating," trip organizer Kevin Dunbar, a CHS instructor, told the DCI in an email.
Cedaredge, Meeker and Paonia all move on in Class 1A state football championships. The No. 10 Bruins (8-2) defeated No. 7 Crowley County's Chargers (7-2), 24-7, last Saturday in Ordway in the first round play. No. 1 Meeker mowed down Ellicott (5-5) 43-6 and No. 3 Paonia (9-1) exacted revenge on Buena Vista (6-4) with a resounding 51-6 decision.
Last Friday night's meeting between Cedaredge and Hotchkiss High Schools on the gridiron ended with a 43-6 win for the visiting Bruins.
Hotchkiss had the advantage passing with a 64-22 yard edge but Cedaredge was superior on the ground with 335 yards to just 87 for the Bulldogs.
With just one game remaining on their schedule, Cedaredge's Bruins are listed third in the 1A WSL football standings. Meeker, after its 12-7 conquest of Paonia last week, is firmly in first place with unbeaten records in both league (4-0) and overall (8-0).
A loss to Roaring Fork's Rams on Oct. 20 was a hard fought loss in five sets, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20, 19-25 and 6-15.
After winning the second and third sets, the Bruins couldn't maintain the momentum in a 19-25 loss in set four.
An off day at the plate for Cedaredge High School's softball team resulted in a sub-par performance in the Bruins' opening round of the 3A State Softball Championships in Aurora on Friday. The Bruins have been more than average in hitting statistics all year long but failed to solve Sterling's pitching on Friday in Aurora.
After 65 years of "life after high school," 19 classmates out of a graduating class of 28 attended a dinner at the Greystone and a picnic the next day at the Field of Dreams. Seven members of the Cedaredge High School Class of 1951 are deceased.
Five Western Slope 3A softball teams began the past weekend seeking second-round berths in the 2016 state playoffs. All but Gunnison have advanced past regional competition and are set to participate in this weekend's state tournament held in Aurora.
Sisters Megan and Brooke Toothaker were honored as Orchard City's students of the month by the town trustees at their Oct. 12 meeting.
The presentations were made by Mayor Ken Volgamore.
Meeker's Cowboys share the top of 1A WSL football standings with Paonia after their 42-14 win in Cedaredge. Each have a 7-0 overall record and 3-0 league marks. The Bruins fell to 1-2 in league play and are now 5-2 overall.
Cedaredge's Bruins hosted the 1A/2A San Juan Basin (SJB) League's top team on Saturday, Oct. 14. Nucla's Mustangs knocked off Ridgway, which was unbeaten at the time, to take over the top spot in the 2A SJB league and wanted to keep a lead over the Demons with a win in Cedaredge.
The final score, 25-0, didn't reflect the true pulse of the game. A slow start, mixed with miscues on both sides of the ball, didn't deter Cedaredge's Bruins from claiming a 1A WSL victory over Olathe's Pirates last Friday night in Cedaredge.
The Cedaredge Bruins were on their game when they took on Gunnison's Cowboys on Oct. 4 in Gunnison. A 13-hit attack produced a 15-5 win after the Bruins rallied for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Cedaredge won its first volleyball match of the week but fell to both Ridgway and Rangely over the weekend.
The Bruins' win was against Olathe's Bruins on Oct. 6 and took just three straight sets, 25-10, 25-17 and 25-8.
Cedaredge's Bruins are sitting in fifth place following last week's 1-2 record. Cedaredge played Coal Ridge on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and was defeated by the Titans in four sets, 18-25, 25-21, 19-25 and 15-25.
Titan senior Nicole Mooney paced Coal Ridge with 19 kills, two aces, two blocks and 18 digs.
Cedaredge's Bruins won two softball games last week; one against Meeker, 15-14, and the second was a 15-4 decision over Palisade's Bulldogs.
Against Meeker, the Bruins were outhit 19-10 but managed to get the winning run in the seventh inning.
Delta High School's golf season was successful in many ways, including a trip to state (as a varsity team) for the first time in the school's history.
A playoff at regional play in Delta made it possible for the Panthers to make the trip to state as a team.
Last Friday's prep 1A football game between the state 1A number three team, Paonia, and the number seven team, Cedaredge, was a win for both teams in regards to half of play.
The Bruins dominated Paonia for the game's first 24 minutes and used two scores in the second quarter to take a 14-6 lead to the locker room for halftime.
Homecoming week was a successful event for Cedaredge sports venues. The Bruins' softball team defeated Gunnison on Tuesday and the volleyball team was a winner on Saturday.
Cedaredge High School, the 3A WSL third-place team in volleyball, got by number five Gunnison in three straight sets on Saturday afternoon.
The Bruins were in control in the first set and cruised to a 25-18 win.
No one seems absolutely sure, with records not easily obtained, but there's plenty of speculation going around that the 2016 Delta golf team has made history by qualifying its entire team for the state playoffs (played on Sept. 26-27 in Colorado Springs).
A two-way playoff between Basalt and Delta was needed to determine the 3A Regional Golf Tournament's two teams who carded the top two scores.
A six-run first inning more than set the tone for the rest of the game as Cedaredge rambled past Gunnison's Cowboys by a score of 12-2 in prep softball action during Homecoming week.
The Bruins, 6-1 and 9-4, jumped on Gunnison, 2-4 and 2-11, for six runs and added another four-spot in the third frame for a 10-0 lead heading to the fourth inning.
Cedaredge High School Homecoming 2016 got off to a high-spirited start on Monday beginning a week of activities designed to build participation and excitement into the big Homecoming weekend.
Student dress-up theme began with an American Monday and patriotic costume the day's fashion statement of choice.
Two softball wins within the WSL is a lot to be thankful for. Cedaredge's softball team defeated league foes Meeker and Delta last week but suffered a tough loss to 4A Rifle during a busy week of action.
Cedaredge battled past the Cowboys, 15-10, on Sept. 13 and powered its way past first-time league foe Delta, on Sept. 15, 13-3, to record two important wins in the 3A WSL race. Unfortunately, a late inning run spelled defeat (6-5) in Rifle.
Delta County golf teams from Cedaredge and Delta competed at The Bridges and Cobble Creek in Montrose recently.
Montrose won the team title at The Bridges with a score of 217. Glen-Michael Mihavetz was the medalist with a 71.
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team played three matches last week with a win and two losses being recorded. The Bruins defeated Hotchkiss 3-0, lost to Grand Valley 3-2 and fell to Palisade 3-0.
Behind 100 yards rushing from Pedro Madaleno and 163 yards from Isaac Swoffer, and two TDs each, the Cedaredge Bruins beat VCHS 49-6.
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team played three matches last week with a win and two losses being recorded. The Bruins defeated Hotchkiss 3-0, lost to Grand Valley 3-2 and fell to Palisade 3-0.
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team played three matches last week with a win and two losses being recorded. The Bruins defeated Hotchkiss 3-0, lost to Grand Valley 3-2 and fell to Palisade 3-0.
The Cedaredge Bruins were relentless in a 42-8 gridiron victory over Aspen High School. Cedaredge led 42-0 after three quarters of play and gave up just one touchdown, in the fourth quarter, to go 2-0 after two weeks of action.
The Cedaredge Bruins faced a brutal softball schedule this past week, beginning on Tuesday with a doubleheader in Basalt, a game in Aspen and then a weekend tournament in Berthoud in which the Bruins played four more games making it a total of seven contests in just three days.
The good news is the Bruins won four of the seven games bringing their season record to 6-3.
There were just over 54 graduates in the Cedaredge High School Class of 1966, according to one classmate who attended the 50th class reunion held last weekend.
Over 20 of those graduating 1966 class members attended the class reunion at Lions Pavilion on Friday evening, Sept. 9.
The softball season is young but Cedaredge's Bruins are playing well and served notice that they are a contender in 3A softball ranks. A 7-6 win over 3A District 1 opponent Faith Christian leaves the Bruins with a 2-0 record.
Cedaredge's Bruins played a steady game with some ups and downs along their way to a 23-10 opening night prep football victory over Monte Vista's Pirates.
The Bruins, in front of a home crowd, started the evening off right with the opening kick off.
Cedaredge and Delta High School had busy schedules this past week in volleyball. The Bruins played Ridgway early in the week and then attended a tournament in West Grand over the weekend.
Cedaredge High School softball coach Matt Hall has high expectations once again as a new season of softball gets underway.
Last year's Bruins posted a record of 13-9, including a league championship and a trip to state.
Cedaredge High School volleyball coach Heather Dunbar will begin the season playing in Class 3A, a jump from 2A league play for the past two seasons.
This year's 3A WSL schedule will be diversified, notes Dunbar. "We have a good mix for our non-league schedule ranging from 1A to 4A division teams."
The Cedaredge Bruins were 7-3 last year and finished 3-2 in Class 1A Western Slope Conference play. A loss to Crowley County in the first round of state playoffs ended the Bruins' season.
The 1A Western Slope Conference will have a new look this season.
All high school classifications were redone this year for football teams in Colorado.
A late report was submitted Monday evening from assistant Delta golf coach Dwain Bush.
Delta High School and Cedaredge High School participated in the Grand Junction Invitational held at the Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction.
Cedaredge High School enjoyed its season opener in softball with a 19-0 win over the visiting Aspen Skiers.
Brittany Kendall and Lacey Rodriguez combined efforts on the mound to produce a one-hit shutout.
Brother and sister Ryan and Rachel Latta of Cedaredge are building on the learning experience they began in the Future Farmers of America chapter at Cedaredge High School. They have both taken on the responsibility of serving as officers in the state Future Farmers of America organization.
President Barack Obama congratulates Air Force Academy 2016 graduate Michael Barnosky at the USAFA commencement ceremony on June 2. Michael, a Delta County resident, graduated from Cedaredge High School in 2012 where he was a high school All-American swimmer.
Brianna Morton, a 2016 Cedaredge High School graduate, is the recipient of a $1,000 Built Ford Tough scholarship offered through the National FFA scholarship program.
The two recipients of the 2016 Tom Alter Scholarship, both aiming for careers in health care, were entertained at a luncheon in their honor at RJ's Steakhouse on May 28.
The two graduating seniors from Cedaredge High School named as recipients of the twin $10,000 awards were Amber Jenkins and Angela Saenz.
The track teams from Cedaredge High School put all the pieces together at just the right time.
The Bruins built off of the momentum from their last meet at home two weeks ago and the Cedaredge boys rallied to win the 2A state championship last weekend at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.
Cedaredge High School's baseball team held out hopes of moving deeper into this year's 2A post-season play after earning a play-in game victory over Rangely's Panthers on May 10.
The Bruins were unable to advance any further when Ignacio dealt Cedaredge a 7-3 loss in 2A District 2 play in Cortez on May 13.
Fifty-three graduating seniors at Cedaredge High School received their diplomas at commencement exercises at the school on Sunday, May 15.
Principal Randy Brown, in remarks to the assembled students, faculty and guests, noted that the Class of 2016 was one of high academic achievement.
The three teams representing Delta County at Thursday's 2A state track meet in Lakewood, and 4A Delta High School, went through their final paces and prepared to peak at the right time during last Saturday's track meet at Cedaredge High School.
Scholarships were awarded to some 40 members of the Cedaredge High School graduating class of 2016 during the annual scholarship and senior awards celebration banquet at the school on Tuesday, May 10.
A banquet supper of barbecue brisket was prepared and served by the school's Future Farmers of America chapter.
At conclusion of the Cedaredge High School Scholarship and Senior Awards Celebration on May 10, Lydia Kuntson was awarded the Principal's Award.
The award is given on the basis of academic achievement, athletic accomplishment, community involvement and character.
Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee is pleased to announce that Mckenzie Moore is this year's recipient of the County Sheriff's of Colorado (CSOC) scholarship award for Delta County.
CSOC, Colorado's state sheriff's association, offered a total of 31 awards of $500 each to deserving high school and college students, helping to provide funding for higher-level educational expenses for the 2016-2017 academic years.
It makes no difference where a person lives if they know how to live well. And for those who know how to live well it is a gift to share.
Cedaredge High School bounced back from its loss to Paonia last week and completed its 2016 regular season baseball schedule with a twinbill sweep over Meeker's Cowboys, winning the first game 12-11 and racing to a 17-9 win in game two.
Cedaredge sent a handful of athletes to the Coal Ridge Invitational on Friday and then followed up with a trip to Gunnison on Saturday for a weekend of track competition. Hotchkiss' Bulldogs were in New Castle with their full team but did not attend Saturday's combined college/high school meet in Gunnison on Saturday.
In what Paonia tennis coach Brian Benson described as "an old fashioned barn-burner," the Eagles played their way to a 5-2 win over league foe Cedaredge in Delta on Tuesday afternoon.
Benson quipped, "I don't know if you really use that term for tennis matches, but we had a lot of close matches to say the least."
With the exception of Gunnison High School's boys' team, the 16-team field was basically no match for Class 2A Paonia and Cedaredge on the track.
Paonia's girls won their division with 158 points with Cedaredge placing second with 109 points. The boys' division was won by Gunnison (154) with Cedaredge (134.5) second and Paonia (71) third.
It was an evening of striking formal attire, of fun centered around friends and families, and of the community's young people stepping out to display its finest at Cedaredge High School's prom on Saturday, April 16.
With family and friends watching, cheering and snapping pictures, the grand march was an hour-long procession of radiant young people strolling arm-in-arm through an Enchanted Forest.
The No. 1 Eagles found themselves in unfamiliar territory but rallied for a 14-5 baseball win in Cedaredge last Wednesday.
Paonia moved to 11-0 on the eve of yesterday's showdown with No. 4 Hotchkiss.
The Cedaredge High School Marching Band and Choir have set the evening of Tuesday, May 24, as a special "Thank You" concert for the local community, the DCI has learned.
The group has reached its fundraising goal to pay for its honors trip to Washington, D.C., over the Memorial Day weekend.
The Bruins played three games last week, beginning with Roaring Fork on April 5. Cedaredge was too much for the Rams and outhit its hosts by a 13-4 margin for a 14-3 non-league victory.
On April 8 Cedaredge was in Rangely to take on the Panthers for a doubleheader.
A jump of 18-1 in long jump does wonders for an athlete's mindset. Cedaredge senior Kenzie Henderson was all smiles on Saturday after recording the personal best jump at the Frank Woodburn Invitational. Henderson, and her Bruins teammates, finished last weekend's track meet with 79 points and placed third in the team race.
Cedaredge High School's baseball team ran into a determined Meeker team on Saturday. The Cowboys used a late-inning surge to score a 13-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader in 2A District 2 baseball play in Cedaredge.
Delta County track teams fared well at last weekend's Cedaredge Invitational track meet. Paonia's girls won the team title in their division with 168 points on the strength of five first-place finishes. The Eagles' Brianna Van Vleet set a new long jump record for the meet in one of Paonia's wins.
The win over a scrappy Aspen Skiers' baseball team on March 22 brought Cedaredge's season record to 5-2. The Paonia Eagles are 5-0 while the Hotchkiss Bulldogs show a 7-0 record.
Delta County basketball was well represented in 2015-16. Paonia, Cedaredge and Delta landed athletes on the Colorado High School Activities Association all-state teams, announced last Friday.
Paonia High School's Ashley Van Vleet and Cedaredge's Nellie Freeman were honored with selections to First-Team status.
The high school track teams from Delta County are just in the second week of competition but already are showing signs that a great running season is in store for all.
At a snowy and windy event at Hotchkiss High School last Saturday, 16 different boys' teams and 15 different girls' teams from all around the Western Slope competed for early season bragging rights.
The kind of science that excites young minds and energizes learning was on display last Thursday, March 24, at the Cedaredge Middle School's annual Science Night.
CMS science instructor Doug Craig said there were about 60 projects in the school's annual science fest.
Two of four Cedaredge High School's baseball games last week were wins, moving the Bruins' record to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in 2A District 2 play.
Cedaredge knocked off Olathe's Pirates, 22-5, on March 15 to start last week's action.
The Cedaredge boys' track team fared well at last Saturday's Delta Invitational track and field meet. The Bruins finished first in eight of 12 events with 131.5 points to place third in the 10-team meet.
At just the right moment, Cedaredge High School theater students are providing some real comic relief from an all-too-serious presidential election season.
In their funny and fast-paced spring production, "The Election," the CHS thespians have created a send-up of twisted motives, public posturing, backroom politics and outright foolishness in a battle of two egos conniving to win a presidential election.
Senior Kenzie Henderson had a record jump in long jump early Saturday morning at the Delta Invitational track and field meet. The Cedaredge senior sailed 17-08.5 and established a new Delta Invitational mark in girls' long jump. Her nearest competitor, Brianna Van Vleet from Paonia, recorded a distance of 16-09.75.
The baseball team at Cedaredge High School got the new season started out the right way and swept Rangely in a doubleheader last Saturday.
The Bruins cruised behind the pitching of Jacob Lewis and beat the Indians 15-1 in the first game, then came from behind and defeated the visitors 21-11 in the second contest.
Cedaredge's first tennis match of the season was a 4-3 loss to Fruita Monument High School on March 8.
Playing at home, the Bruins won three of seven matches against the Wildcats.
A great season of basketball almost became a fantastic year for the Cedaredge Bruins basketball team. A highly controversial call in the late stages of last Friday's semifinal round of the 2A girls' state basketball championships may have cost Cedaredge a shot at an all-Western Slope final matchup.
Mike Morgan, a team sports coach at Cedaredge High School, has been named assistant coach of the year by the Colorado High School Coaches Association, the DCI has learned.
Morgan, who is the public works director for the Town of Orchard City, was congratulated on his recognition by members of the town board at their regular monthly meeting on March 9.
Cedaredge High School placed first for Best All Around Yearbook - Small School at Colorado Mesa University's Media Day.
The yearbook title is "Recorded Live." Kristen Gardner was the editor and Michele Gillis was the adviser.
Cedaredge High School's boys' basketball team earned a No. 4 seed in last weekend's Region 3 tournament in Rifle. The Bruins played District 7's Alexander Dawson High School in a first-round matchup.
The Cedaredge girls' basketball team will return to Pueblo for the second straight year as a contestant in the 2016 2A State Basketball Tournament.
Cedaredge has two losses on its record and both of those setbacks came at the hands of Paonia High School.
Plans and arrangements for their big trip to Washington, D.C., are being finalized as members of the Cedaredge High School marching band and choir look forward to their by-invitation performance at the nation's Memorial Day celebration this year.
The community and the band members themselves have been working to raise necessary support for the $63,000 educational adventure that will include 41 members of the band and choir.
For Paonia High School, the second season for girls' basketball is underway with some positive results so far.
The Eagles, ranked second by MaxPreps, won last weekend's 2A District 5 tournament hosted in De Beque.
Paonia High School's run to the title game in last weekend's 2A District 5 tournament began at home with a matchup against 13-8 Meeker. The Eagles were less than hospitable, on the court, as they soared to an 83-49 victory.
A full week of basketball kept Cedaredge High School's girls' team busy preparing for last week's 2A District 5 tournament. The week began with quarterfinal action in Cedaredge on Tuesday.
Coach Kevin Dunbar's Bruins began their journey through the 2016 2A District 5 tournament with a 61-37 win over West Grand on Feb. 23 in Cedaredge. The win moved the Bruins into Saturday's semifinal round against Vail Christian in De Beque, where they scored a 36-29 victory.
Orchard City's student of the month for February is Kerry Ribbens, a senior at Cedaredge High School.
His award was presented during the regular monthly meeting of the Cedaredge Town Board on Feb. 10.
The wrestling team from Cedaredge High School saw what a difference a year makes when the Bruins went to the state tournament in Denver last weekend.
After posting just six team points and finishing 38th in 2015, the Bruins returned to the Pepsi Center this year and improved to 15th place overall in 2A and recorded 41 team points.
Cedaredge's boys finished the regular season with a solid win over Caprock Academy last Saturday in Cedaredge. The Bruins held the Eagles to single digits in the first and fourth quarters on their way to a 69-36 victory in District 5 play.
Cedaredge FFA started the school year with a flurry of events. In August we sent eight students to show fruit and other produce at the Colorado State Fair.
The Cedaredge Bruins have a big week of play coming up in District 5 WSL tournament action. The Bruins had a quarterfinal-round game against West Grand on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Cedaredge's Bruins will be sending seven wrestlers to this week's state tournament in Denver at the Pepsi Center.
Overall, the Bruins finished fifth in the 14-team Region 1 tournament held at Colorado Mesa University last weekend.
The Cedaredge Bruins had a couple of ballgames this past week, beginning with a Tuesday matchup against Hotchkiss on Feb. 9. The Bruin girls won their contest, 69-40, while the boys were defeated 44-35. See the related Cedaredge/Hotchkiss story in today's issue of the DCI.
The basketball teams from Hotchkiss High School will play their last games of the regular season tonight at Meeker.
The boys face a key matchup against the Cowboys as the Bulldogs are in the thick of the race for positioning in the 1A/2A Western Slope League.
A busy week for the No. 2 Paonia girls' basketball team started as usual with some big wins but ended with an extremely unusual loss at home.
With three games left on their schedule before Districts, all at home, the Eagles are 14-2 overall and are 8-1 in 1A/2A Western Slope League action.
The Cedaredge Bruin girls put themselves right back into the thick of things with their 42-40 win over Paonia on Saturday. That game was played in Paonia and avenges an earlier 54-39 loss to the Eagles on Jan. 22. (See related story.)
The Cedaredge High School girls' basketball team just learned a lot about who they can be.
The Bruins trailed virtually the entire game before rallying to beat Paonia 42-40 last Saturday afternoon, handing the No. 2 Eagles their first defeat in 1A/2A Western Slope League play.
The No. 4 Paonia High School boys' basketball team is in cruise control headed toward the post season.
Last week the Eagles posted three wins in five days and improved their winning streak to nine in a row. The boys are 15-1 overall and are undefeated in 1A/2A Western Slope League play at 9-0.
Cedaredge High School boys' basketball team is currently fifth in 2A/1A WSL standings. A loss, 61-33, in Basalt and a win, 62-56, at Meeker, has the Bruins showing a 6-1 league mark and 9-5 overall.
Cedaredge's girls' basketball team started another winning streak following last week's loss to the Class 2A second-ranked Paonia Eagles. The Bruins demolished Basalt, 61-27, on Tuesday and then rolled over Meeker, 57-30, on Saturday.
The Cedaredge Bruins picked up a team title at last weekend's Butch Melton Wrestling Tournament hosted by Ignacio. Cedaredge won the title with 205 points with second-place Pagosa Springs scoring 164.5 points.
Cedaredge junior Isaac Swoffer has been invited to play in the Down Under Sports Tournaments hosted on the Gold Coast of Australia. He will be participating in this international event on the Mountain Conference Football Team during the summer of 2016.
After a 60-34 win against Hotchkiss' boys on Jan. 19, Cedaredge was looking for a sixth consecutive win heading into last Friday's encounter against Paonia's Eagles. Paonia, after starting the season with six straight wins, was dealt a loss by Grand Valley on Dec. 19.
Cedaredge High School's Bruins finished last weekend's Screamin' Eagle wrestling tournament with 136.5 points and placed fifth. Hotchkiss won the tournament with 229 points with Meeker second (210.5), Centauri third (204) and Paonia fourth (203.5).
The Cedaredge Bruins were on an 11-game winning streak before Paonia's Eagles came to town last Friday evening. The last loss for Cedaredge was at last year's 2A State Tournament in Pueblo when Paonia did the trick.
The wrestlers at Hotchkiss High School keep posting impressive wins. On the Mat ranks the Bulldogs as No. 6 in 2A, right behind Paonia.
The Bulldogs had only one event last week.
Orchard City's student of the month for January is Brittany Chlarson, a senior at Cedaredge High School.
Brittany has attained a 4.02 grade-point average.
The Cedaredge Bruins played out of town over the weekend starting with a contest in Collbran against Plateau Valley. Both varsity basketball teams won their games, with the girls scoring an 82-47 victory and the boys posting a 50-33 decision.
Two events that are always on residents' calendars will change their dates in 2016 from the ones people have traditionally come to expect.
Cedaredge High School will host its graduation for the class of 2016 two weeks earlier than usual. Graduating CHS seniors will receive their diplomas this year at the school's commencement on May 15, a Sunday, beginning at 4 p.m.
The Cedaredge girls' basketball team scored two more victories last week, including a 51-21 win over Meeker in Cedaredge, and a 52-25 win against Rangely on Saturday.
With the wins, Cedaredge's record climbs to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in 2A District 5 standings.
The Cedaredge boys are near the middle of the standings in 2A District 5 play with a 2-0 league mark and 5-3 overall.
Last week's games were against Meeker and Rangely. The Bruins knocked off Meeker, 60-45, and slipped past Rangely, 48-41.
The wrestling team at Paonia High School came out of the Christmas break determined to post some pins and wins.
The Eagles provided both as Paonia won two duals and placed several strong individual finishes in a tournament this past week.
There was plenty of wrestling action for those who followed their favorite teams this past weekend. Cedaredge and Paonia attended the 12-team Indian Invitational.
Delta was in Utah at the annual Tournament of Champions wrestling tournament hosted by Uintah in Vernal, Utah.
A number of deserving athletes in Delta County were selected to various all-conference and all-state teams from fall sports programs. The following is a capsulation of awards given to Delta County athletes, in some cases both all-conference and all-state honors. This list of elite athletes was compiled by Cedaredge High School's Kirby Henderson.
A quick look at the latest wrestling rankings from Tim Yount's On the Mat Rankings shows Hotchkiss in the number five spot in 2A, with Paonia listed sixth. Meeker is third while Norwood/Nucla is fourth.
Congressman Scott Tipton announced this week that he has nominated Lydia Knutson, a senior at Cedaredge High School, to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Rep. Tipton nominated 24 students from Colorado's 3rd Congressional District to service academies this year.
Prep sports is taking a breather before resuming rigorous schedules beginning in early January.
Delta County athletes are taking time off but are scheduled to begin practicing for opening contests in the new year.
It's been an up and down season so far for Cedaredge High School's boys' basketball team. The Bruins find themselves near the middle of league standings with a 3-3 record heading into winter break.
The Cedaredge Bruins had several athletes advance past first-round bouts at last week's Warrior Classic in Grand Junction. Leading the way was the fifth-place finish by 195-pounder Tré LaBossiere.
It's been a terrific start for Ryan Hilbig and his Cedaredge High School Bruins basketball team. The Bruins are currently unbeaten at 5-0.
Cedaredge High School's wrestling team had three athletes place in the top three at last weekend's Delta Invitational. The Bruins scored 85.5 points to place fifth in the 12-team field in Delta.
Cedaredge High School's basketball team is now on top of the 2A District 5 girls' standings. A loss by Paonia to Olathe last week has the Bruins listed in first place with a 5-0 record.
The Cedaredge head boys' basketball coach will bring a staff that enters its sixth season with the Bruins. Joining head coach Kevin Dunbar will be assistants Derek Kehmeier and Dave Boyd.
There were some slow segments of their game, but the Cedaredge girls' basketball team, once it got rolling, was nearly unstoppable. Olathe's Pirates had the most success against Cedaredge but fell, 41-33, in first-round action of the First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament last week in Delta.
The Cedaredge boys' basketball team played three games last week, all in the annual First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament played in Delta and Paonia. Play began on Thursday, Dec. 3, for Cedaredge with a game against Olathe. Cedaredge won that contest, 56-35, and looked to be in good form to start the 2015-16 hoops campaign.
Last year's Cedaredge Bruins girls' basketball team had a marvelous season and finished with one of the best records in Class 2A basketball, 20-4. Three of the four losses came against league foe Paonia.
The holiday season was off to a musical start on Nov. 23 when the Cedaredge High School and Middle School bands and choirs presented their combined fall concert at the school.
The Commons area was standing room only for the event which began with performances by the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade choir presenting music by John Williams and Katy Perry.
Like many of the athletes from the Delta and Cedaredge High School volleyball teams, I attended this past weekend's state championship tournament for the first time.
The spectacle at the Denver Coliseum was truly impressive.
The outstanding group of seniors on the Cedaredge High School girls' volleyball team finished with a victory.
Cedaredge beat Kiowa on the second day of the state volleyball championship tournament at the Denver Coliseum last weekend in four sets 25-14, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22 and sent the Bruin seniors out as winners.
Cedaredge's standout volleyball player Kenzie Henderson was selected to play in this weekend's All-State Games at Aurora High School.
Surface Creek Valley honored its veterans on Nov. 11. An assembly at Cedaredge High School was held to honor veterans and also student writers from the high school and middle school who entered and who won the patriotic essay contests sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The Eagles are going back to state.
Rebounding from a tough loss to Cedaredge in the District championship, Paonia rallied on the road last Saturday at Regionals to beat Ignacio in three sets, and defeated Ridgway in four sets to earn a fourth consecutive trip to the 2A state championship tournament this weekend in Denver.
Last weekend's volleyball regionals produced some exciting matches for local teams. Cedaredge High School won in Region C with victories over West Grand, 25-17, 25-21 and 25-19 and Dolores, 25-16, 25-17 and 25-13.
Thanks to a four-win weekend, in tournament play, Cedaredge High School earned first-place honors in Class 2A District 5 tournament play in Parachute. The Bruins faced tough competition on both days (Friday and Saturday) and scored wins in each match.
Volleyball rivals Paonia and Cedaredge met in the finals of the 2A District 5 Tournament last Saturday, and just like the regular season matches between the Eagles and Bruins, fans at neutral Grand Valley High School were treated to an outstanding match that needed extra points to decide the victor.
In a fiercely competitive match, Cedaredge (19-4) won the five-set nailbiter 25-20, 25-23, 18-25, 13-25, 18-16.
Good news for volleyball fans in Delta County. Two teams will host regional play beginning Saturday, Nov. 7.
The top three teams in 1A football stayed the same most of the year and each squad found out its playoff matchups when the brackets were released last Sunday morning.
Two-time defending state champion and three-time defending Western Slope Conference Champion Paonia (8-1) will play 14th-seeded Ellicott at Paonia Town Park on Saturday.
It was a numbers game last Friday night when the Eagles defeated Cedaredge 48-7 at Paonia Town Park in the last football contest of the 1A regular season.
Six seniors, 15 Western Slope Conference wins. Two state titles, three straight conference championships.
Cedaredge High School's football team rolled over Lake County's Panthers 49-6 last Friday night in Cedaredge.
The Bruins had 387 yards of combined offense and scored seven touchdowns in the course of the game.
A second straight trip to the Class 3A State Softball Championships was a reward for a terrific season.
Unfortunately, for the second straight time, Cedaredge was unable to get past its opening game in first-round action. It was Burlington last year and Eaton this season.
At 7:15 a.m. every Wednesday, Ken Gates gathers a small group of Cedaredge High School students who desire a change in their lives that allows them to inspire their peers. Known to the school as "leadership meetings," the discussions take place in the library every week.
Rambunctious rooting for the home team and celebrations of success at the Cedaredge Bruins' Homecoming game against Aspen drew a yellow flag when the visiting team convinced the ref to have Cedaredge fans tone things down a bit.
But after a delayed review of the episode via the CHSAA rule book, it was found that the ref had been in error and that boisterous Bruin fans were playing by the rules.
There was tension and some nervous moments after Cedaredge High School's softball team failed to win its first game of the day last Saturday. Brush High School had just defeated Meeker 17-10 in the Region 6 Class 3A softball tournament at the Field of Dreams in Orchard City.
Football action in the 1A Western Slope Conference is only two weeks away from being complete, and teams are jockeying for position in the drive to the state playoffs.
The top two teams in Class 2A/1A Western Slope Grand Mesa volleyball standings are separated by one game in the overall rankings while two wins separate the league standings leaders.
Cedaredge holds the lead in both categories with records of 10-0 and 14-3 while Paonia is 8-1 and 13-3.
The Bruins were knocked out of first place in the 1A WSL football standings after losing, 32-12, to Meeker's Cowboys last Friday night in Meeker.
Meeker piled up 522 yards of offense, 438 on the ground and 84 through the air, on its way to an important conference contest.
Cedaredge High School's softball team clinched a league title a week ago. Last week's loss to a determined Gunnison team, on Oct. 8, spoiled a perfect league record but did little else. The Bruins enter this week's post-season play with a 12-7 overall record with some quality play against tough opponents that could help pave the way for Cedaredge to go deep into the playoffs.
Delta County golf teams had a banner year as five players earned trips to this year's state tournament Oct. 5-6.
Delta's Panthers, after getting their golf program back, qualified two players who attended this year's state championships at Fox Hill Country Club in Longmont.
Another solid performance on the gridiron kept Cedaredge High School's Bruins on top in the 1A WSL standings with a 2-0 league mark and 6-0 overall. Paonia is in second place with records of 2-0 and 5-1
Last week's non-conference play against Olathe, Oct. 6, was anything but easy for 2A/1A WSL leader Cedaredge. The Pirates came out with their traditional trademark of hustle and determination as they looked to deal Cedaredge a loss.
Action began in the 1A Western Slope Conference last Friday night in Cedaredge, and Delta County fans can anticipate great football games as local teams make their push for the playoffs.
Perennial rivals kicked off against each other when Cedaredge hosted Hotchkiss.
With a 5-0 4A WSL record, and 14-4 overall season mark, the Delta Panthers won their third straight softball title after defeating Palisade 12-2 in Delta last Friday.
Prior to that win for a league title, Delta faced Cedaredge on Sept. 28 at the Field of Dreams.
The Cedaredge High School softball team won three of its five softball games played last week. Action began for the Bruins on Monday, Sept. 28, against Delta (see related story in today's paper). That game resulted in an 11-6 loss.
Cedaredge High School has taken a step in the right direction toward laying claim to the 2A/1A Western Slope Grand Mesa League title. The Bruins continued their winning ways with wins over rival Paonia and Rangely this past week.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs are still seeking their first win in high school volleyball this season, but their play in recent matches shows that victory is right around the corner.
The Bulldogs went to Cedaredge and played the red hot Bruins last Friday and while they fell in three sets, Hotchkiss showed that it has all the pieces for a solid team and the foundation for the future is strong.
The Cedaredge Bruins went to 4-0 in the 1A WSL standings to take over first place after Paonia's first loss in two years. The Bruins handled Center 40-13 while the Eagles fell 35-0 to Bayfield.
The Cedaredge Bruins upped their softball league mark to 5-0 over the past week with a non-conference win over Palisade and a 3A District 5 decision over Meeker.
Against Palisade the Bruins avenged a loss to the Bulldogs, 8-4, on Sept. 18 in tournament play in the Delta Invitational Tournament. The rematch on Sept. 22 was an 8-5 win for Cedaredge.
The Cedaredge Bruins placed third at regional qualifying play at Steamboat Springs' Haymaker Golf Course.
Aspen won the team title (244), Basalt was second (253) and the Bruins were third with their 257.
The Cedaredge Bruins are keeping pace with Paonia in a tight 2A/1A WSL volleyball race. Paonia is shown on top of the league standings with a 4-0 league mark and 7-0 overall. The Bruins are second at 4-0 and 7-3. The two teams are set to meet on Oct. 1 at Cedaredge High School at 6 p.m.
Cedaredge's homecoming festivities included a 35-0 football victory over the visiting Aspen Skiers last Friday night.
The Bruins scored three times in the first quarter and were never threatened in the game.
The Bruins have played up a few times this season and have recorded an overall mark of 5-4 with a 4-0 3A District 5 League record.
All of the Bruins' opponents this past week involved 4A and 5A division schools.
The Cedaredge Bruins have won their last four volleyball matches following a 3-1 loss to Class 4A Delta. Hotchkiss and Gunnison are the latest victims for the Bruins. It took three sets to determine the victor in each match.
Students, staff, alumni, fans and friends of Cedaredge High School are well into 2015 Homecoming activities.
The excitement has been building all week.
After last week's volleyball action Cedaredge is 2-0 in 2A/1A Western Slope Grand Mesa League standings and 3-3 overall. Paonia's Eagles lead the way at 2-0 and 3-0.
You have to start somewhere to get where you're going. That is wickedly true for the Aspen Skiers who visited Cedaredge's softball team in doubleheader action at The Field of Dreams.
Following last Friday's 14-12 win in Olathe, Cedaredge has opened the season with a 2-0 record. A week prior, the Bruins dealt Basalt a 21-6 defeat.
As of last week, the Cedaredge High School marching band and choir had reached the $24,000 mark in their fundraising campaign to pay costs of a trip to Washington, D.C., in the spring.
The Cedaredge Bruins stand alone atop the 3A District 5 standings with a perfect 2-0 league mark and a 3-1 overall slate.
Last weekend the Bruins split a pair of games. On Sept. 5 Cedaredge took on Class 3A Faith Christian in Gunnison with the Eagles defeating Cedaredge 15-13.
The 2015 softball season got underway for many of the state's prep programs. Cedaredge's Bruins began their season at The Field of Dreams against Meeker last Friday. After a 1-0 start for Meeker, the Bruins put the clamps on and stymied the Cowboys the rest of the way to record an 11-4 victory.
Delta High School hosted its annual Delta Invitational Golf Tournament last Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Devil's Thumb Golf Club. There were nine varsity teams represented with 41 athletes playing. Durango won the team title with a score of 225 with Montrose placing second at 228, and Steamboat Springs finishing its with their 230.
Cedaredge's Bruins made the Class 1A state playoffs last season and lost to Resurrection Christian in the first round to finish the year at 6-4.
Head coach Brandon Milholland believes there is solid commitment from his staff and players to improve play in 2015.
Cedaredge and Delta High School's golf teams competed in last week's Wildcat Invitational. The competition took place at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team posted a 20-5 record last season. Three of those losses came at the hands of Paonia and one to Olathe's Pirates. The fifth loss came in regional play to Dolores.
Matt Hall and his Cedaredge Bruins' softball team will be looking to duplicate the success they had last season as the new year gets underway. The Bruins enjoyed a 15-7 record last year that included a league championship and a trip to state.
Following their weekend scrimmage games on Saturday, the DCI sports department contacted Cedaredge softball coach Matt Hall to get his impressions of his team's efforts.
The Bruins played three times and mixed their varsity and junior varsity players together in games in an effort to give all who made the trip a chance to get some game experience.
The invitation has been issued and accepted. The Cedaredge High School band and choir will be representing Colorado at the national Memorial Day celebration in Washington, D.C., in May 2016.
Cedaredge athletic director, and head football coach, Brandon Milholland has announced the 2015 annual Bruins' Golf Fundraiser to be held at Cedaredge Golf Club.
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