The Delta High School Panthers' softball team added another chapter to its 2018 season with a 3-2 win over Montezuma-Cortez last Saturday. Delta won the 3A WSL title with a 19-2 overall record and finished 11-0 in league play. Not only did the Panthers win a league title, again, they finished second in Class 3A in RPI standings to mark the first time a Delta softball team has been ranked in the top five for that category.
The 3A WSL softball league sent four teams into regional competition this past weekend. Only Delta achieved a chance to host.
Delta's Panthers played just one volleyball match this past week and posted a 3-1 decision after visiting Basalt on Monday, Oct. 8.
Delta won the first two sets 25-11 and 25-8 before losing set three 25-23.
Delta and Olathe will compete Friday at the 3A Region 1 cross country meet in Aspen. The course is located at an elevation of 7,901 feet.
Delta's Panthers redeemed themselves, to a large degree, in last week's football game in Basalt. The ugliness of a torrential rain a week ago against Rifle was absent last Friday in Basalt.
Delta High School soccer traveled to Vail Mountain on Oct. 9 to face the Gore Rangers. Luck wasn't with the Panthers this time, however, as they fell in defeat to Vail 1-0.
John Ames knew heading into last Friday's Pantherfest Cross Country meet that it could be his last chance to break the Delta High School record. Rather than focus on his split times at the end of each mile, he took off his watch.
Delta High School's volleyball team has had its ups and downs in 2018, but they continue to battle and play well at times.
The Panthers traveled to Carbondale early last week and scored a 3-1 victory over the Roaring Fork Rams.
Delta Panther varsity soccer has improved its overall record to eight wins, two draws and a lone loss with a convincing defeat of the Telluride Miners on October 6. The non-conference game took place at Delta's home, Panther Stadium.
Delta's shot at knocking off a perennial power football team went by the wayside in the second half of a penalty-plagued and miscue-riddled contest. Mother Nature played the biggest part in the game with a steady downpour for the first half of play.
Alzbeta Hofmanova and Kateryna Ivlieva are making the best of their school year at Delta High School.
Hofmanova is from Prague, Czech Republic, and Ivlieva is from Kiev, Ukraine.
The 2018 state golf tournament at Boulder Country Golf Club was intimidating for many competitors last week. The chance to play at the state's highest level of competition was the ultimate goal for those who played the course.
Delta High School's 2018 softball team made history this season. The Panthers were the 3A District 5 champions with a league record of 11-0 and finished 19-2 for the season.
Just two games are left in the Panthers' regular season schedule, and both could be impacted by rainy weather. Regardless, the Delta team is confident of qualifying for regional competition next week.
Homecoming is a special time for any community. High school students celebrate their peers, their band and their football team. Parents and community members enjoy the festival of youth, a rite of passage that they themselves likely remember with fondness.
Shawna Magtutu, a counselor at Delta High School, is the recipient of an Outstanding Colorado Educator award from the University of Colorado Boulder.
The award is presented to high school educators throughout Colorado who have demonstrated a commitment to helping students achieve their higher education goals.
What is Homecoming? A time of tradition where we welcome home the alumni and former students of our Delta High School. A time where we show our school spirit and a week that consists of fun events and our Homecoming football game.
Three golfers from Delta County were in Boulder early this week for state competition. Qualifiers included Rowyn Carmichael, a senior at Delta High School; Atley Harris, a junior at Delta High School; and Lucie Sachova, a foreign exchange student from Cedaredge High School.
Katya Schwieterman cruised to her second cross country meet win of the season, finishing 20 seconds ahead of her closest competitor to win the Delta Sweitzer meet, running a season-best time of 20 minutes, 40.8 seconds.
The Eagles had three top-10 finishes and set six personal- or season-best records.
Delta High School Football edged out a tough Bennett team on Friday, Sept. 21. The game was expected to be difficult, as the Tigers bumped the Paonia Eagles from the state playoffs last season.
The games came thick and fast for the women of Delta High School's varsity softball team last week. The Panthers had five games over four days beginning against Cedaredge on the evening of Sept. 18, followed by a double header of double headers, with two games against Aspen on Sept. 21 and another two games against Meeker on Sept. 22.
Voya Financial, Inc., a leading provider of workplace retirement solutions, including savings plans for K-12 educators, announces that Ben Graves, a teacher at Delta High School, has received a $2,000 grant as part of the company's 2018 Voya Unsung Heroes awards competition.
An all-school pep rally was held Monday morning to build excitement for Homecoming activities that continue throughout this week.
The day was designated Meme Monday, followed by Clone Tuesday, Decades Day Wednesday, Character Day Thursday and Panther Pride Day Friday.
Delta celebrated a 3-0, 25-20, 25-12, 25-18 win against Hotchkiss Thursday night, Sept. 20. While they were favored to win, they were also trying out a new rotation.
Paonia senior Ethan Bartlett broke the 17-minute barrier to place fifth Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Anna Banana Invitational cross-country race at Snooks Bottom in Fruita.
Bartlett's time of 16 minutes, 52.55 seconds also broke the 2013 school record of 17:08.68 set by Jason Sturgis at the 2A Region 4 meet in Delta.
There were some anxious moments near the end of last Friday's Delta versus Montezuma-Cortez football game in Delta. After building a 12-7 lead at halftime the Panthers found themselves in the midst of an exciting gridiron contest in the fourth quarter as Cortez had several challenging possessions in the second half of play.
Delta High School's varsity team has made a winning start to league soccer in 2018. The contest was played on Sept. 13 in Delta's Panther Stadium against a ready Aspen side.
Delta High School's softball team outscored its opponents 41-10 this past week raising its season record to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in WSL play.
A visit to Gunnison on Tuesday (Sept. 11) resulted in an 11-1 victory for Delta.
Cedaredge and Delta High Schools took part in last week's Dos Rios Invitational in Gunnison.
Cedaredge High School has played its season schedule with two female golfers on the 2018 roster.
Delta's Panthers were in Paonia Sept. 11 for a long-time rivalry with the Eagles. The two teams have battled in sports for decades with little regard as to which team had the larger classification number.
Hard work is paying off for Shad Lewis. The Delta junior ran the best cross country race of his career Saturday, on one of the toughest courses on the Western Slope, placing third at the Hotchkiss Invitational.
His time of 19 minutes, 17.35 seconds bested last year's eighth-place time by a full 27 seconds.
Delta High School's soccer team had its express train slowed down this past week with tough games against Crested Butte and Roaring Fork. Both matches were on the road and proved to be difficult contests.
After digging themselves into a first-half hole, Delta's Panthers won the second half but had too much to overcome in a 28-22 loss in Salida last Friday night.
The Panthers trailed 15-6 at halftime with a Felipe Bedoy's 40-yard field goal in the third quarter one of the game's highlights for Delta.
Beki Atchley led the Delta girls to place eighth at Hotchkiss with a time of 24 minutes, 48.66 seconds. It was Atchley's third consecutive top-10 finish at Hotchkiss.
Delta High School dominated a visiting Palisade Bulldogs' softball team in a doubleheader sweep Sept. 4 by scores of 13-3 and 14-4.
Sophomore Hailee Ruble went the distance for Delta and improved her season record to 4-1 with the win.
DHS' varsity soccer men had a busy week with two games in four days as they faced Montrose on the 28th and Summit County on the 31st. Both games went down as strong wins for the Panthers against tough opposition, making the Panthers' record for the season 3-0.
A pair of diamond wins in non-conference play has Delta High School showing a 4-2 mark overall in 2018. The Panthers munched Montrose 12-0 to begin play last week on Aug. 28.
Six varsity and three middle school teams braved the adobe hills of Devil's Thumb for last Friday's Devil's Thumb Hill Climb. The meticulous course is a serious test for the most avid runner.
After beginning the season with a disappointing loss to Montrose Aug. 23, Delta's Panthers kicked off this past week with a 3-1 win over visiting Grand Junction Central. The wins kept coming over the weekend in Gunnison with a three-game tournament schedule.
Delta's Panthers began the season with purpose against Thornton's Trojans Saturday afternoon. The Panthers pitched a shutout winning by a score of 42-0 over the 4A Pioneer League team, and in doing so established a new Delta High School victory standard for coach Ben Johnson and his staff.
Second year head softball coach at Delta High School, Jerry Sandoval, has not changed his approach to helping kids earn the rewards they are working for. His Delta Panthers made it to last year's state tournament and were ousted by the eventual state champion, Strasburg.
Delta's Panthers missed the playoffs last season and there's a sense of determination among players and coaches to rectify that in 2018. "We were very disappointed we were not in the playoffs.
The Delta Barracuda swim team kicked off the 2018 season with a two-day meet in Gunnison June 1, and closed out competition Aug. 5 at the seasonal state meet Aug. 5 in Colorado Springs.
The team was comprised of 38 swimmers ranging in age from 4 to 13:
Delta's Panthers outshot host Central 24-8 en route to a 3-0 non-conference soccer win Aug. 24.
Junior Martin Corral scored two of the three Delta goals and junior Jarrett Hernandez recorded the third Panther score.
Delta High School began its cross country season with a total of 23 names on this year's roster. Six of those individuals are seniors, including John Ames, Beki Atchley, Shanaya Deuschle, Andrew Toole, Shoshanna Vigil and Abby Williams.
A collaboration between Uncompahgre/Com and the U.S. Forest Service offered Delta High School students an opportunity to job shadow Forest Service professionals and gain work experience assisting on projects. Each intern had an individual research project based on his or her field of interest.
A shift in soccer coaching duties for Delta High School included moving long-time boys' coach Elaine Wood to the girls' program while Paul Shean takes over head coaching duties for the boys.
Shean acknowledged the fact soccer was one of his top boyhood sporting endeavors and is elated to be at the helm of Delta's boys team.
Delta High School's cross country teams opened the season with a split squad over last weekend. A partial team participated in the Grand Mesa County Line meet while a few athletes were participants in Saturday's Central Warrior Invitational at The Trails at Matchett Park.
The Panthers were 16-9 last season with an 8-1 record in the 3A WSL. Delta finished second to Coal Ridge in the league race and went on to play two Class 3A Region 8 matches before ending their season.
A new school year often brings new coaching assignments and an excitement of the coming challenges. For Jeff Reiher, the golf season at DHS has begun and he has the reins of a young Panthers' team.
There may not have been a better day for the opening day of golf season for last week's Delta Panther Invitational at Devil's Thumb Golf Course in Delta.
A high sky, glazed with the smoke from numerous fires in the western United States, did not deter play allowing a successful start to the 2018 golf campaign for new Delta coach Jeff Reiher and his Panthers.
Delta High School hosted a three-day Tackle Football Camp beginning on Sunday, July 22. The camp was open to all area football players entering grades 5-8.
Delta High School science teacher Ben Graves has been selected as one of this year's Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows in recognition of his commitment to geographic education. The 2018 Fellows, a group of 40 highly respected educators from the United States and Canada, will embark on global expeditions to Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic to explore the rapidly changing marine ecosystems of the Far North.
Delta High School's Class of 1958 is planning its 60th reunion during Deltarado Days. Alumni are invited to gather at Cleland Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28.
Delta High School's Class of 1973 is planning a reunion during Deltarado Days. Classmates, whether they graduated in 1973 or not, are invited to the 45th class reunion Saturday, July 28, from noon to dusk in Confluence Park, sites #4, #5 and #6.
There seems to be a growing number of success stories for Delta County track athletes these past few months. Hotchkiss' Katy Parsons and Jennifer Celis have demonstrated their success by sports staff writer Tamie Meck's recent story of competition between the two Hotchkiss standouts running in the same heat in an 800m event at the college level.
Johnathan Grasmick of Delta, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, was named to the spring 2018 honor list at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
The 2018 Western Slope All-League baseball honors were released recently. Delta, the 3A WSL champion, landed six athletes on the 23-member first-team roster with one other player earning honorable mention honors. Cedaredge garnered four first-team selections and landed one honorable mention player.
Delta High School juniors and seniors who participated in a CHSAA activity/sport and maintained a GPA of 3.6 or higher have been named CHSAA Academic All-State.
Skylyn Webb, a graduate student at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, won the women's 800m run at the 2018 NCAA Division II outdoor track and field event in Charlotte, N.C. She is the first women's outdoor track and field student-athlete at UCCS to win a national championship.
For the third consecutive year -- and to the delight of physics teacher Ben Magtutu -- AP Physics 2 students from Delta High School were able to launch a high altitude balloon, then retrieve the payload when it touched down about 71 miles from the launch site, as the crow flies.
For the Delta Panthers baseball team, the 3A state tournament was a hurry up and wait affair and ultimately a disappointing end to a very successful season, including the Western Slope League title.
Over the span of a few days, Delta prepared and then changed travel plans three times as rains pushed the entire playoff schedule back a week.
On Wednesday evening, May 23, 113 Delta High School graduates marched down the field at Panther Stadium to begin the 120th commencement ceremony.
After assistant principal Rosie Johnson welcomed friends and family to the evening's program, Derek Carlson, principal, introduced the co-salutatorian speakers with GPAs of 4.2, Alexia Quinn and Lucy Streich.
Rains continue to delay the 3A baseball tournament, in which the Delta Panthers were scheduled to begin play last Friday, May 18, in Niwot. Expected rains prompted officials to move the opening round to Monday, May 21.
This year's Colorado State Track and Field Championships concluded last Saturday with Cedaredge High School's boys track team just short of a third straight team title in the 2A division. Resurrection Christian was the 2018 boys champions with 63 points while the Bruins and Lyons tied for second with 58 points.
Delta senior KC Carlson, flanked by parents Kevin and Ingrid, signed a letter of intent to continue his educational endeavors,
Delta senior Brandon Harper, flanked by Delta High School head coach Wood (left) and Raul Ortiz, recently signed a letter of intent to attend Nebraska Wesleyn University in Lincoln, Neb.
A mandala is a tool that can be used to ease through life's transitions. A mandala on the sidewalk in front of Delta High School helped DHS students come together to support one another and to honor those who have died, including two DHS students who died earlier this year.
Delta's Panthers had an uneasy beginning to its baseball season losing five of the first eight games played, including losses to 2A powerhouse Paonia, 4A Erie, 5A Montrose, and a double header event against 4A Roosevelt. Since those first eight games the Panthers have lost once (to Paonia) in the last 13 games.
Ag, science and JROTC students are combining their efforts to beautify the campus of Delta High School. Along the way, they're learning new skills, discovering career possibilities, and applying their math lessons to real-life problems.
The Delta girls tennis team will send a doubles team to this week's 3A State tennis tournament, which opens Thursday at Centennial Park in Greeley.
The four doubles team of Shoshana Vigil and Kendyll Siettmann qualified for state on a challenge match.
It's been another bizzare week for Delta High School. One of its young student/athletes, junior Clayton Abila, was diagnosed with a reported Type B lymphoma (a tumor which was hand-sized with fingers spread) on the outside of his heart. There is no contact with main arteries at this time and Abila, if the report is true, will have chemotherapy with a 90 percent chance of recovery.
Delta High School's track teams collected some season best marks at last weekend's Western Slope Multi League Meet in Grand Junction.
Delta's boys scored 77 points to finish fourth in the 11-team 3A field while the Panther girls picked up 81.25 points to place sixth in their 3A division.
The Delta Panthers played in three games this past week and won all three to move to 8-0 in 3A WSL play and 12-6 overall. More importantly the Panthers won their third straight league title with their 10-0 win over Aspen on Friday of last week.
Delta's girls and boys scored in the top five at last weekend's Montrose Invitational track meet. The girls placed fourth with 68 points in a field of 23 teams.
In the April 18 DCI, a top-three placer was inadvertently omitted from results of the Delta Twilight meet held April 13.
Delta High School's baseball team has climbed into the driver's seat in the 3A WSL standings after winning a conference ball game against Cedaredge (10-0) on April 19.
The Panthers improved their overall record to 9-6 after a 9-0 win over Class 4A Rifle April 18.
Delta High School's baseball fortunes included a pair of wins and a loss last week. Wins came against Olathe (0-3 and 1-10 in 3A WSL) and Hotchkiss (2-0 and 9-1 in 2A District 3/5).
Of the four girls teams at the Delta Twilight Invitational, Cedaredge had 31 top-three placers and won eight events to take first with 111 points, followed by Delta with 90 points. Olathe finished third with 32 points, and Hotchkiss placed fourth with 31 points.
At Friday's four-team Delta Twilight track and field meet, Hotchkiss scored 83 points and won six events to win the meet. Delta was second with 76 points, Cedaredge third with 60, and Olathe finished fourth with 27.
After a rigorous season of hockey, Sami Cassel, a sophomore in Delta, achieved a memorable experience many athletes most likely will never experience ... unless they play hockey and make it to the USA Hockey National Tournament.
Despite a forecast of winter-like weather and high winds, last Friday was almost perfect for the Delta Twilight track meet. The tiny "quad" twilight meet, which began at 3 p.m., was the first of its kind for the area since the days of the annual Delta County meets.
When Billie Flonnes, a senior at Delta High School, walks into Yost Family Dentistry she isn't stopping by for a check-up or filling. She's there to work as part of the Delta County Schools high school internship program.
Coach Al Blanc was inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) Hall of Fame on March 24 in Denver. He is pictured here with his wife, Becky, and several former Delta High School basketball players and manager.
This photo is a reprint from last week's edition due to the omission of Lisa Oeltjenbruns' name in the list of family members.
After winning the Class 3A state heavyweight wrestling title in February, Delta High School senior Logan Church achieved another dream. Church became an All-American wrestler in March after placing fifth at the National High School Coaches Association High School Nationals senior class wrestling tournament.
Delta High School was highly successful at last week's Grand Valley Open on April 3.
The boys finished the meet with 97 points to outdistance the 12-team field while Delta's girls finished in second place with a total of 84 points to Cedaredge's 117.
Last week's soccer action resulted in a tie and a win for the Delta Panthers. A tie with Roaring Fork (1-1) came after two overtime periods failed to produce a winner.
Four Delta County high school seniors who have demonstrated exceptional character, leadership, and commitment to the community have earned a place in the Daniels Scholarship Program.
Among the 238 students selected as 2018 Daniels Scholars are Kayla Kensler, Cedaredge High School; Thomas Neil, Delta High School; and Slater Podgorny and Anders Schopp, Paonia High School.
Delta and Aspen are tied, 3-0, at the top of 3A WSL standings as of last week's play. Aspen is listed first by virtue of its 6-1 overall record with the Panthers owning a 5-5 mark.
Last week's action, for Delta, was taking on the visiting Gunnison Cowboys on April 3.
Peyton Schuster, Taylor Bess, Oceana Bergholtz and Sami Wollert, HOSA students from Delta High School, have qualified for national competition in creative problem solving.
HOSA is a student organization for future health professionals.
Delta High School honored the memory of one of its outstanding baseball players at a recent game against Roosevelt's Roughriders. Prior to the playing of the March 28 contests, members of Luke Oeltjenbruns' family gathered to pay homage to one of the most-liked student athletes who played the game of baseball for the Panthers.
Prior to the March 24 baseball game against the visiting Montrose Indians, Delta High School honored a member of the Delta baseball community, Amos Leon, who had been instrumental in helping local youngsters learn about and play the game of baseball.
In an attempt to enhance the chances of progressing to post-season play in baseball, the Panthers added a few top-notch baseball teams to their spring schedule in hopes of increasing RPI standings. That philosophy works well when there are wins sprinkled in with losses.
The Delta Panthers had a split team for last weekend's track competitions.
Delta's varsity team traveled to Grand Junction for the Mickey Dunn Invitational at Stocker Stadium while its junior varsity squad was at Cedaredge's Invitational track meet on Saturday.
A pair of one-goal losses leaves Delta High School's girls soccer team with an 0-3 record in 2018.
The Panthers gave up one goal in the first half of their soccer match against Montrose on March 20 and lost by a 1-0 decision to Grand Junction Central last Saturday.
Delta High School girls track team earned two first-place finishes in Hotchkiss last Saturday. One was an individual competition with junior Kaley St. Peter winning the long jump for the second straight week.
The Delta Panther boys scored 72 points to finish sixth in a field of 18 teams at the Hotchkiss Invitational track meet. Montrose won the team title with 91 points.
Delta's Panthers are sitting in second place in 3A WSL baseball standings with a 3-3 record following last week's split against Grand Junction and Montrose. The Panthers came from behind to slip past Grand Junction, 6-5, on Tuesday, March 20 but fell short in another comeback bid against Montrose in an 8-4 loss on Saturday.
The defending Class 2A state champion Paonia Eagles opened the season Thursday with a 7-1 home win over Delta. Senior Kaden Seriani, one of four returning all-state players for the Eagles, allowed four hits in five innings and struck out 10.
Delta senior Jaspar Carmichael is heading to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., to study engineering, physics and math. Carmichael will also play some baseball for the Blue Jays while working toward his degree.
Lamar Community College will be Dylan Hollenbeck's next residence when a new school year begins. Hollenbeck signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Lamar and has chosen to pursue a career in biology and chemistry to keep him occupied when not playing baseball for the Lopes.
For Delta senior Logan Church the third time might be the charm. Church attended the national high school championships in the past and was runner-up last year.
This year's venue is Virginia Beach with planned activities scheduled for March 22-25.
Delta High School's baseball team played through a typical spring in Colorado recently with games in blustery winter-like temperatures to more soothing and warmer games over the weekend in Erie and Niwot.
Following the previous week's contest against Roaring Fork where game-time temperatures were in the high 50's and lower 60's, Delta's game in Paonia was played in windy and much cooler temperatures with the Eagles claiming a 7-1 victory (see related story by Tamie Meck).
Delta High School's girls track team scored the bulk of its 104 points with wins coming in first through third place finishes (72 points).
Delta's boys scored 56 of their 73 points with first and second place finishes on Saturday.
Vicente Trevino, a senior at Delta High School, placed first at the Western Colorado Regional Science Fair in Grand Junction on Feb. 26. Up to 20 projects, including Trevino's, qualified for the 2018 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Fort Collins April 5, 6 and 7.
LULAC chapters in Delta, Montrose and Olathe are planning a Cinco de Mayo Festival Saturday, May 5. A Monte de Rosas parade is planned at 10 a.m.; the festival will take place in Centennial Plaza from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Former Delta High School basketball coach Al Blanc has been selected to enter the Colorado Coaches Hall of Fame.
Blanc has been a part of coaching the game of basketball for 45 years and jokingly stated, "I've been selected because of longevity!"
The 2018 baseball season began as it did a year ago with a win over Roaring Fork's Rams. Delta defeated the Rams 8-1 in its season opener last year and dealt a 10-0 loss to them to begin the 2018 season on March 9.
The Colorado High School Activities Association, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps have announced their annual all-state wrestling teams for the 2018 season. Among the top wrestlers in the state, six are from Delta County.
Delta High School's girls basketball team was six points away from advancing to the Great 8 round in this year's Class 3A State Basketball Tournament. Some key turnovers in the late stages contributed to a 57-52 loss on Saturday, to No. 1 seed Kent Denver, and ended Delta's hopes of reaching the quarterfinal round (Great 8) in this year's state tournament.
A shot at playing in the 3A state basketball tournament was more than worth the 401 mile trip to Sterling last week. Riding a school bus for more than 15 minutes would be enough to cause depression for many who deplore such confining quarters for any length of time.
Delta High School's speech and debate team recently competed in the national qualification tournaments. The Congress tournament was hosted at Central High School Feb. 9-10, and the main event tournament was hosted by Grand Junction High School March 2-3.
Paula Strickland, an Elmira College education major from Delta, recently participated in a hands-on simulation with faculty and staff from the Elmira Heights School District, along with the nonprofit organization, Pro Action, to better understand what it's like to live in poverty.
For the third time in a row, the Casper College livestock judging team has placed in the top five finishers at a national judging show.
The most recent win came at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo where the team was second in horses, second in sheep and goats, second in reasons, and fifth overall.
Eleven schools participated in a regional speech and debate tournament hosted by Delta High School coach Danielle Lopez and Central High School coach Britny Walker at Central High School. Participating schools included Ouray High School, Summit High School and several in between.
Delta's boys basketball team opened the week with a purpose in mind. A chance to redeem losses suffered earlier in the season, and a raise in seeding rankings, were goals targeted by the Panthers.
Though Cedaredge High School's girls basketball team stumbled in the semifinal round of last weekend's 3A district playoffs on Friday, the Bruins managed to bounce back to secure a third-place finish in the tournament and advanced to the first round of this year's 3A state tournament.
After finishing the regular season in fourth place, Delta's girls looked to improve on a final standing with games at last week's district tournament in Grand Junction Central High School.
The Panthers made sure they would play in this year's district tournament with a big 51-36 win at home over Gunnison Feb. 20.
A pair of wins, including an exciting venture to Parachute, elevated Delta High School boys' basketball team to third place in the final 3A WSL standings.
The Panthers rolled to a much-needed victory over league foe Moffat County on Friday, winning by an 80-43 margin.
Delta's Panthers made a run at the 3A WSL title last weekend but came up just short. A win both nights could have handed the team title to Delta. Unfortunately, the Panthers stumbled in Parachute with a 58-41 loss to Grand Valley and finished fourth in the team race with a 7-2 league mark and 14-5 overall.
A select group of Paonia and Delta high school junior and senior students performed recently with some 600 other choir members from across the state at the annual Colorado All-State Choir, held Feb. 1-3 in Denver.
PHS students Derek Holt sang in the men's choir, Cade Meilner sang mixed choir, and Jordan Evans sang in the women's choir.
An event planned months before two student deaths at Delta High School became a rallying point for the community last week. A sold-out crowd of 600-plus filled the school gymnasium to watch the Harlem Wizards take on the Panther Pack -- a team comprised of teachers, school administrators and law enforcement.
After winning the Class 3A heavyweight title Saturday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Logan Church walked over to coaches Clayton Curtis and Luis Meza and asked which one he should lift up in celebration. Rather than choosing, he swept both coaches off the floor and gave them a big bear hug.
The Delta FFA Chapter has been active and growing since the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. The students have been working hard and learning about various facets of the agricultural industry, agricultural education and the FFA organization.
Western State Colorado University in Gunnison made a good decision when it signed Delta senior Logan Church to its wrestling program. Church will be the No. 1 seed when the Class 3A State Wrestling Championships open tomorrow at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Delta High School senior Kendra Hillman entered last week's state swim meet ranked ninth in the 50 yd. freestyle and finished 10th. Hillman posted a personal best time of 25.93 in the race.
Delta senior Elena Gilliam has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Lamar Community College.
Gilliam will pursue a degree in education or secondary education.
As the 2017-18 basketball campaign nears the end of regular season play, Delta High School's basketball teams are gearing up for strong finishes with hope of finishing high enough RPI ratings to advance to this year's 3A state basketball playoffs in early March.
Losses to Cedaredge by both teams mark the third loss to the Bruins for the girls and the second for the boys this season.
Delta High School has been rocked by two student deaths in three weeks. The most recent, the result of suicide, prompted school administrators to reach out to law enforcement and to the Center for Mental Health early Sunday.
With one match remaining last Friday night at Delta High School, the host Panthers were leading by a slim three points against Paonia.
For Class 2A Paonia to win the annual dual against the Class 3A Panthers, 126-pound sophomore Zeb Etter needed at least a major win over Ayden Tucker.
Delta senior Kendra Hillman was the top 50 yard freestyle swimmer last weekend on the campus of CMU in the multi teams and Southwester Conference League Championships.
Teams competing in the competition included Fruita Monument (361), Glenwood Springs (359), Grand Junction (291), Gunnison (255), Durango (246), Aspen (246), Summit (245), Montrose (156), Delta (75), Moffat County (58) and Montezuma-Cortez.
This Friday and Saturday, wrestlers from around the state will compete at one of four regional meets for a chance to wrestle at the 82nd annual State Wrestling Tournament, scheduled for Feb. 15-17 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
In Delta County, 14 teams will compete in the Class 2A Region 1 tournament at Delta High School.
Delta High School's varsity basketball teams were successful over the past week with victories at Aspen and in Gunnison. The Panther girls defeated Aspen, 51-19, on Feb. 1 and scored a 54-49 win in Gunnison on Feb. 2.
What does it take to be a top college athlete? Many Delta High School faculty members and family and friends, in Delta know the answer to that question.
Delta High School senior Colton Galvin recently signed a letter of intent to play football at Presentation College, with campuses in both South Dakota and Minnesota.
The college is split across campuses in Aberdeen, and Sioux Falls in South Dakota and Fairmont, Minnesota.
Panther freshman Ben Koch won the 120-pound division, defeating Sterling's Zach Loft, ranked seventh in state, by fall (0:56) to win the championship Saturday at the Valley Viking Wrestling invitational at Gilcrest.
On Jan. 25 Delta was beaten 39-35 by Montrose's Indians. A trip to Eaton on Friday ended with the Reds winning by a score of 65-10. Delta's undefeated, and No. 1 ranked, 285-pounder, Logan Church missed the dual competitions this past week.
In the midst of a tragedy it is utterly amazing how the walls of division, once separating the beloved Delta High, break down, bringing the students and faculty together in an undeniable bond of unity. The past couple of weeks have been, without a doubt, a trial as the people of the school grieve the loss of a beloved junior boy.
Delta's girls are on a four-game winning streak and have improved to 10-3 overall and 5-0 in 3A WSL play. The Panthers' earned wins over Coal Ridge, 63-51, on Friday and powered past Olathe, 46-28 last Saturday.
Delta won its final home swim meet on Jan. 27. The Panthers earned 434 points to outswim Moffat County (380) and Cortez (21).
The Delta Panthers were the only team to go undefeated Saturday at the annual Rifle Duals. The Panthers defeated Rifle in two separate duals, 66-6 and 42-36.
The Cedaredge Bruins survived a scare against Delta for the second time this season with a 41-39 win in overtime and had their hands full in a 51-42 win at home against Coal Ridge.
On the boys side, the Bruins evened their record against Delta for the season with a 49-45 win on Jan. 16 in Delta.
Delta High School had a few high finishes in last weekend's swim meet at Bill Heddles Rec Center. One of the most rewarding, for head coach Karoline Roome, was the first-place finish by Kendra Hillman in the 50 yard freestyle event.
Last week's basketball action was hectic with three games played, beginning on Tuesday (Jan. 16) with Cedaredge in Delta. The Bruin girls won the second encounter of the season between the two teams with a 41-39 score in overtime (see related story).
A huge first period from Montrose senior Kade Terrell was instrumental in propelling the Indians to a 49-43 non-conference basketball win in Delta last Friday night. Terrell tossed in 14 points (including four three-point goals) enabling Montrose to take a 16-7 lead to the second quarter.
Logan Church won two matches by technical fall and pinned his final opponent to win the heavyweight title at the annual Mel Smith Invitational at Florence. Church's second-round 17-1 win by technical fall was the second fastest technical fall of the tournament.
Last weekend's basketball games were a mixture of ups and downs for Delta High School's girls. On Friday, Montrose visited the Panthers and refused to give any quarter for the first eight minutes of the game.
Delta High School's swim team traveled to Frisco to participate in the Summit Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 13. The Panthers placed third out of five teams with 141 points. Glenwood Springs won the team title with 418 points.
Tatum Gilmore, a Delta High School student, was honored by Mayor Ken Volgamore and the Orchard City Board of Trustees as the January Orchard City Student of the Month. With a GPA of 4.25, Gilmore has received academic letters for the past two years.
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.
A new year brought about changes which were pleasing for some and not so for others in Delta High School's basketball camp. The girls' program suffered its first loss of the season last year in the First Colorado National Bank tournament when Cedaredge's Bruins won a closely played title game.
Delta senior Logan Church joined an elite group of wrestlers Saturday night, winning his second heavyweight title at the 41st annual Warrior Classic wrestling tournament at Central High School in Grand Junction.
Church was the defending Warrior champion and was seeded first at the 42-team tournament.
Last week's swim meet held in Montrose was an eight-team event. Glenwood Springs won the Montrose High School Girls Swim and Dive Invitational on Dec. 16 with 443 points.
The Panthers finished sixth with a score of 167 points.
Former Delta High School student athlete Skylyn Webb competes on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's indoor track and field team. Webb recently earned NCAA Division ll provisional qualifying marks.
Absolute zero has been declared physically impossible due to the third law of thermodynamics. Entropy of a system can never reach zero, students from Delta High School learned during their research.
Elegantly transitioning into the Christmas holiday cheer, the ambassadors took part in the 11/11 campaign. An effort made by Student Council to rein in the kindness within us all and bring to light efforts made by clubs and students.
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).
Paonia won last year's girls division of the First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament and Emily Pieper was named MVP. This year's Paonia Eagles are competitive but lack experience and the depth of last year's squad.
Delta coach Rob Ames congratulated his Panther basketball team following last Saturday's championship win in the second annual First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament. Ames also praised his squad for accomplishing one of several team goals for the season.
Delta placed at three weights, including one champion, at the 41st annual Warrior Classic wrestling tournament.
Senior heavyweight Logan Church scored 34 team points and won four matches by technical fall on his way to his second straight Warrior title.
Delta High School collected over 1,535 items and over 1,228 pounds of food during a food and toy drive sponsored by the student council in partnership with the Delta Police Department, Jerry Reiher State Farm and Kevin Parks State Farm.
Despite missing wrestlers at four weights, the Delta Panthers scored 103 points to place fifth Saturday at the 13-team Panther Invitational.
Delta produced one tournament champion.
Delta's Panthers picked up a pair of dual wins last week with matches against Rifle and Olathe on Dec. 7. Delta scored a 45-35 win over Rifle and notched a 51-12 decision against Olathe.
Thirty-three swimmers are keeping the water at BHRC in constant motion during practice times for Delta High School's swim team. The participating team members are from all four Delta County schools.
A promising 2017-18 hoops season didn't look that promising in the early going against either Hotchkiss or Basalt last week for the Delta High School boys basketball team. Hotchkiss was determined to stay with the Panthers in the early going of a game played on Dec. 5, but couldn't keep pace in an 84-62 loss at Delta.
Last week's basketball games were similar in the way they began and similar in the way they ended; with big victories. The Panthers hosted Hotchkiss on Tuesday, Dec. 5, and pulled off a 64-38 win.
Last week's report of an all-state soccer player's selection was incorrect.
In a three-team swim meet held last Friday, Delta's Panthers finished second with 342 points. Gunnison won the meet with 347 points and Montrose placed third with 270 points.
Kendra Hillman finished first in the 100 yard breaststroke with a winning time of 1:20.48.
Delta High School will be looking for another successful wrestling season under the guidance of 11th year head coach Clayton Curtis.
The Panthers sent three athletes to state last season with Logan Church (SR) finishing the year with a 42-3 record and second-place finish in the 285-pound division.
Delta head boys wrestling coach, Clayton Curtis, can take what he learned from last week's CMU Duals and begin piecing together what could become a league title winner.
Expectations remain high following dual competition last week with four Panthers going 5-0 and two others finishing 4-1 in dual competition last Saturday.
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).
What would our world look like if every person, did one nice thing for someone else every day for 11 days? To find out, the Delta High School student council and ambassador team designated November part of the school's "I Care Campaign."
Record-wise, Delta's Panthers weren't the shining jewel in the basketball display case with its 13-11 overall record. The Panthers did finish fourth (6-3) in a highly competitive 3A WSL conference which landed five teams in last year's state tournament.
The wait is about over for Delta High School girls basketball season to begin. Second year girls coach Kyle Crowder is probably as anxious to tip the season off as his team is.
Delta High School's soccer team landed five athletes on this year's Western Slope League All-Conference Team. Senior middle fielder Brandon Harper and junior fullback Jose Pantoja were selected to the league's All-Conference Team while senior fullback Ian Downey and striker Marco Edmondson were Honorable Mention picks.
Even with a sub-par season, Delta High School's Panthers landed eight athletes on the 2017 2A Intermountain League all-conference team. Four Panthers were First Team selections while four were named to the Honorable Mention squad.
For Rob Ames, the start to the 2017-18 basketball season may seem a bit strange. Ames, the freshman boys basketball coach for 24 years at Delta High School, finds himself with more leisure time in the mornings than he's used to. His 5:45 practice time each morning for 24 years became just another routine for him over the years.
Delta High School senior Logan Church prepares to sign his letter of intent to wrestle at Western State College University on Nov. 14.
In the midst of Delta High a group of students are titled as our Future Business Leaders of America. These teens belong to an established, nationwide organization known as FBLA.
Paige Bowling, a 2013 graduate of Delta High School, has been named an outstanding collegiate member for leading the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) collegiate section at the Colorado School of Mines, and for expanding SWE's mission by helping others find mentors and STEM-related opportunities.
Bowling, a chemical and biochemical engineering major with a double major in biochemistry, joined her SWE collegiate section in her first year at Mines and has led critically important roles ever since.
If one were to walk down the halls of a small town's high school, they would find themselves heaving through to successfully travel the difficult path of hormone-crazed teenagers. They would pass four jocks standing tall, the seemingly dominant male.
An early score by Colorado Springs Christian's soccer team had Delta fans on edge. A vicious wind made any kick, or pass, anything but a sure bet to arrive at an intended target last Saturday in Colorado Springs' UCCS Mountain Lion Stadium.
For Delta High School, the 2017 volleyball season has ended.
The year ended in regional playoffs with the Panthers losing to Region 8 host Valley, 3-0, and posting a 3-2 decision over Denver Science and Tech Stapleton, to complete regional play with a 1-1 record.
A disappointing season ended with a big 53-0 win over Gunnison for the Delta Panthers football team. The one-sided victory left Delta's record for the season at 3-2 in 2A Intermountain League standings and 4-5 overall.
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.
Delta High School's cross country season came to an end with the running of last weekend's State Cross Country Meet in Colorado Springs.
The Panthers had two runners who competed in this year's race.
The Delta Panthers survived a torrid 80 minutes of physical exertion and overcame a determined Bayfield Wolverine soccer team in the opening round of this year's 3A state soccer championships. The match, played in Delta, was evenly matched for nearly 80 minutes of play.
Everything was good as the game began. Delta's Panthers had just scored two runs in the top of the first inning and expectations were high.
A rough schedule the last part of the week could have hurt the Panthers chance for a good seed in this year's 3A Boys State Soccer Championships.
Delta's win over Moffat County was an 8-0 rout and did more harm than good in building the prime seeding instrument seemingly used by CHSAA for its pairings.
A lot of things would have to happen for Delta's Panthers to be included in this year's state football playoffs. Last week's loss to 2A Intermountain League leader Bayfield paints a bleak picture for the Panthers.
Last week's Class 3A Region 1 qualifying cross country races were held at Confluence Park in Delta.
The start of the 2A boys' race was near perfect with bright skies and a gentle breeze.
Delta's volleyball team hasn't lost a match since Oct. 3 when league leader Coal Ridge blanked the Panthers 3-0. Since that time, "We had a heart-to-heart after that game and got some things figured out," noted Delta coach Beth Nelson.
Even though Delta's Panthers had an up and down softball season they believed in themselves and proved that belief by securing a berth in this week's 3A state softball tournament in Aurora.
Delta played last Saturday in Region 4 (in Lamar) as the 13 seed, defeated 20th seed Lyons 10-4 in first round play last.
Anyone for swimming in the ocean? And, not just a brief leisure excursion either. Try a 2.4 mile swim off the island of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Last year, Delta High School was the state winner of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest for a student project designed to reduce the noise level in the cafeteria at Lincoln Elementary School. Students in Ben Magtutu's class employed STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) skills to design soundproof walls to absorb excess noise in the school cafeteria.
Ben Magtutu, a science/physics teacher at Delta High School, has been named a 2017 Outstanding Colorado Educator by the University of Colorado Boulder. Magtutu was nominated by DHS principal Derek Carlson.
The Outstanding Colorado Educator award is presented to educators across the state who have demonstrated a commitment to helping students achieve their higher education goals.
Even the weather cooperated in aiding Delta High School's football team to earn a victory over visiting Montezuma-Cortez last Thursday evening. Clear skies and cool temperatures made the 2A Intermountain League contest an enjoyable experience.
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.
Weather had something to do with last Friday's Delta versus Vail Mountain soccer match. The match, played at Delta High School's football field, had strong winds blowing from the south.
With one week remaining in regular season cross country competition, the Delta Panthers opted to travel to Rifle last week to take part in the Rifle Invitational.
Delta's John Ames clocked a 17:00.90 and placed third in boys division standings.
Twenty-six professionals shared their stories with Delta High School juniors last week, exposing the students to careers in education, engineering, natural resources, health, the military, communications, cosmetology and more. School counselors organized the event so students could gain insight into possible career pathways from real life professionals.
Delta's back was to the wall and it needed a gridiron win last Friday night in Alamosa. The Mean Moose, ranked 11th in Class 2A football, had impressive credentials coming into the game.
Delta High School's softball team faced a brutal schedule its final week of regulation play. The Panthers were in Cortez on Monday (Oct. 2) where they split a doubleheader, losing 12-2 and winning 10-9.
The Delta High School soccer team is still on a roll of no losses after a second-game loss to Montrose Aug. 29. Since that time the Panthers have won nine straight contests including a 4-0 win Oct. 3 in Basalt and escaped injury, and a loss, in Aspen last week with a 0-0 tie after playing two overtime periods.
The 2017 cross country season is drawing to a close and teams are gearing up for the final races. The Montrose Relays are next for teams with district competition set for Oct. 20 at Confluence Park in Delta.
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.
For the Delta High School volleyball team last Thursday's game couldn't come soon enough. The last time the Panthers played was Sept. 23 against Gunnison.
With a threat of rain, and lightning off in the distance, last Friday night's Homecoming football game should have been more exciting and entertaining for Delta faithful. The Panthers were lethargic on offense and their defense was unable to stop Pagosa Springs' offense when it needed to be stopped.
Delta's Panthers have been riding high on success this season and added to the list of wins by scoring a 2-1 win over Coal Ridge's Titans last week in New Castle.
The Panthers (3-0 and 9-1) scored twice, once in each half, to effect a sweep over the Titans (1-1-0 and 6-2-1).
The school district is preparing to defend teachers, guidance counselors, administrators and itself against accusations of retaliation by a Delta High School graduate.
The lawsuit alleges that school officials retaliated against Cidney Fisk, Class of 2016, when she spoke out against religious activities during school hours on school property. Cidney Fisk, Class of 2016, filed suit in U.S. District Court through her counsel, Jeffrey Springer and Andrew Reid of Springer & Steinberg.
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.
Delta High School's cross country teams have steadily improved this season and times have come down.
Last week's Sweitzer Lake Invitational produced some good times for Delta runners.
Paint up, green up and shout out -- that's the challenge being issued to Delta High School Panthers for Homecoming 2017. Students are encouraged to take photos or short videos of Panther spirit in action to be entered in the Colorado High School Activities Association's #BackMyTeam Challenge.
Delta High School would like to recognize our students and community businesses which are part of the school's "Gold Card" incentive program. Delta High School sophomores, juniors and seniors have a chance every year to earn a gold school ID card that gives them discounts to local vendors.
The 3A WSL leading Delta Panther soccer team notched two more victories this past week and takes records of 2-0-0 and 8-1-0 overall into this week's action.
Delta defeated Crested Butte (4-2 and 4-4 overall in 3A Intermountain League) by a score of 4-0 Sept. 19. On Saturday, Sept. 23, the Panthers pounced on Grand Valley for an 8-0 victory.
Delta and Palisade renewed a long-time gridiron rivalry last Friday night in Delta. A warm, partly cloudy evening with a few sprinkles, did not deter fans from enjoying a hard-fought prep football game.
The steadiest playing team in 3A District 5 softball play in 2017 has been Meeker's Cowboys, which just happen to be the league's top team with a 7-1 league record and 12-3 overall. Delta, the league's fourth-place team at 3-2 and 6-6, traveled to Meeker for doubleheader action last week.
Delta junior John Ames is becoming a more recognized name in prep cross country on western slope courses. The determined runner has steadily improved his times and has aspirations of making the list of athletes who will travel to state competition this season.
In an early game played last week, Delta High School's softball team hosted Gunnison's Cowboys in a 3A District 5 contest.
Delta lit a fire around the base paths in the first inning to score seven runs on its way to a 13-3 decision.
Last week's journey to Basalt to play football did not play out the way the Panthers would have hoped. On a cold, rainy evening in Basalt, the host Longhorns scored 14 points in the opening quarter on their way to a 35-7 non-conference win.
Senior Lexi Quinn fueled a three-set victory in volleyball for Delta's Panthers last Thursday, Sept. 14, in Gunnison. An earlier meeting in the season was a 2-1 win for the Cowboys.
Last week's soccer action was played on Delta's Cottonwood Fields with Central High School and Colorado Rocky Mountain School visiting the North Delta fields.
Delta faced Central's Warriors on Sept. 11 and scored a 4-0 non-conference win.
Coach Jerry Sandoval's Panthers came away with back-to-back wins during a doubleheader with the Durango Demons Friday afternoon. Durango was 7-0 coming into the contest.
Quarterback Drake Horn and receiver Colton Galvin connected on three long passes in the Panthers' throttling of Moffat County Friday night.
Horn racked up 170 passing yards and rushed for another 50 in the 40-7 victory. Galvin was credited with four receptions for 150 yards.
Despite missing two top runners, the Paonia girls' cross country team placed four runners in the top 20 and finished third with 37 points Saturday at the Hotchkiss Invitational.
Katya Schwieterman finished fourth with a time of 23 minutes, 35.9 seconds.
Beth Nelson's Delta High School volleyball team was successful in its opening weekend of competition at Gunnison's Invitational last Saturday, Sept. 2.
The Panthers played four times on Saturday with an opening round win over Alamosa, 18-25, 25-21 and 15-13.
Delta's softball season continued with a pair of contests against Montrose and Faith Christian. The Panthers and Indians played in Delta Aug. 29 and ended with Delta claiming a 14-9 victory.
Delta's Panthers began their soccer season the right way with a 6-0 win over visiting Cortez on Aug. 26. Delta's inability to put the ball in the net against Montrose on Aug. 29 cost it a 2-0 setback.
Delta High School teacher Ben Graves has earned recognition from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT). He was named NAGT's Southwest Sections Outstanding Earth Science Teacher for 2017.
Delta's cross country teams competed in two races this past week. One was the Devil's Thumb Hill Climb in Delta on Friday and the other competition was in Edwards at the Battle Mountain Invitational on Saturday.
After advancing to the second round of the state tournament last year, this year's Delta High School soccer team has its sights set on a return trip. The Panthers, winners of the 3 A Western Slope League title, were bounced from the state tournament by Vail Mountain in second round action.
Delta's Panthers took to the links in Craig and Steamboat Springs on Aug. 21 and 22, respectively.
The Panthers got solid play from senior KC Carlson both days with scores of 79 in Craig and 81 in Steamboat.
Former Delta High School graduate Jerry Sandoval has made it to the top of the ladder in coaching prep sports. Sandoval has coached softball for many years at various levels and shares an obvious enthusiasm for softball with his first-year varsity team.
Cross country runners are a different breed of athlete. Running a 5k race isn't for everyone. There is a certain strategy for a variety of variables.
The number of football players out in a given season can indicate how good a team has been over the years. Delta's Panthers boast 66 players on a roster which features enough experienced players to make another run at a state title.
Posing with their first place team trophy are members of the Barracuda Swim team.
Last year's Delta High School's Panther volleyball team finished the season at 20-7 with league and regional titles to show for the hard work players put in along the way. All the preparation and dedication resulted in a trip to state for valuable experience at the next level.
A 21-20 loss a year ago had the Panthers thinking they could play even with a Durango team that returned a good portion of its team in 2017. Play well they did with the outcome not determined until an overtime period in Durango.
A slight breeze warded off some of the heat at Cottonwood Field where Delta's Panthers swarmed all over the field on their way to a dominating 6-0 victory.
Sophomore Martin Corral, last year's leading scorer for Delta, continued his scoring prowess with a pair of goals in the win.
Sixteen varsity teams and four junior varsity teams gathered at Devil's Thumb Golf Course on Aug. 11 to play in the Delta Panther Invitational.
Aspen's Skiers won its second straight tournament with a score of 218 with Montrose (221), Fruita (227), Grand Junction (231) and Durango (237) completing list of the top five teams in the tournament.
Delta High School Class of 1997 is planning a 20-year class reunion during Deltarado Days.
On Friday, July 28, a social gathering will be held at the Throttle and Spur, 1410 Valley View Drive, beginning at 6 p.m.
Solar Energy International's (SEI) Solar in the Schools program secured solid funding this month, when Delta-Montrose Electric Association committed $150,000 to the program. DMEA's board of directors voted unanimously at its regular May board meeting to funnel $150,000 from the co-op's Unclaimed Capital Credit fund to support the installation of solar electric systems at five high schools within DMEA's service territory.
The 2017 high school all-state baseball selections were released recently.
Several athletes from Delta County were honored with selections to the state's elite baseball squads.
Delta sophomore Missa Webb played in 13 matches this season, scored 14 goals and had three assists to finish the year with 31 points for the Panther offense. Webb took 50 shots (3.8 shots a game) during the season.
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.
Delta High School track coach Matt Kevan remains highly excited about this past track season. His Panthers did not win a track title but showed steady growth throughout the season.
An engineering project that was a year in the making capped four years of education for several Delta High School graduates.
Hannah Owens, program manager and a 2017 DHS graduate, said the second annual high altitude challenge proved to be a memorable experience. It also reinforced her desire to pursue an engineering degree at CU Boulder.
A great 2017 season continued with post-season accolades for seven Delta Panther baseball players.
Those players selected, by coaches vote, included infielders Justin Violett (SR), Jaspar Carmichael (JR) and senior Blake Reiher.
Believe, succeed, achieve! This motto has been ingrained into the minds of Delta High School's Class of 2017 since middle school, and that is what they have done. They believed they could succeed in academics, athletics and other extracurricular activities, which led them to many honors.
With chances for more points, and a higher place finish, Delta High School's track teams scratched seven events in order to reach home in time to attend graduation ceremonies Sunday afternoon.
Delta's women scored 10 points during Saturday's competition and placed 23rd in a field of 38 teams.
Since January, nearly 150 Delta County high schoolers have been conducting hands-on air quality research, thanks to a partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder and four local high schools.
The public is invited to view Delta High School student projects on Tuesday, May 23, at an Air Quality InQuiry (AQ-IQ) Science Symposium.
A 12-game winning streak came to an agonizing halt last Saturday with a 20-17 loss to Valley in the Region 8 3A championship game. Many hope this year's adventure in Class 3A will be a common occurrence.
With some divisions showing some late movement in top 18 contestants for this year's state track meet in Lakewood, the actual list of participants may change as the week progresses.
Delta women's track team has battle all season long with some pleasant results.
The traditional painting of 9th Street Hill by graduates of Delta High School will result in a street closure. The City of Delta is honoring a request from the Delta High School Student Council to close the street the evening of Tuesday, May 16.
After winning a pair of conference baseball games the Delta Panthers completed the 2017 league schedule with a 9-0 record and 15-4 overall. Delta defeated Gunnison 24-1, in Gunnison, on May 4.
Three of four Delta doubles teams saw chances for a state tennis qualification disappear last Saturday at the Class 3A Region 8 tennis tournament in Grand Junction.
The four doubles team of Peyton Schuster and Lucy Streich advanced to finals on a 6-1, 6-3 win over Vail Mountain and a quarterfinal 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) win over Aspen.
The four runners on a relay team can all be the fastest on the track, but a single bad handoff can mean the difference between silver and gold.
The Delta boys 4x100m relay team put speed and good handoffs together to win the 3A Western Slope League title Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
A number of personal best performances helped Delta's Panthers' track team finish third at last week's 3A WSL meet. Delta scored 93 points to finish third behind Coal Ridge (142) and MoffatCounty (98).
There were 11 Class 3A schools represented at last week's 3A WSL track meet held at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. Coal Ridge ran away with the team title after scoring 150 points. Delta High School's girls finished with 104 points to place second.
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.
Delta's soccer team played Coal Ridge at Cottonwood Fields on Tuesday, April 25. The Titans (9-4-0 overall and 7-1-0) are currently third in the eight-team 3A Region 3 standings. Delta (4-9-1 and 2-5-0) is in seventh place.
Delta's boys had several top three finishes, which helped the Panthers score 58 points, and place fifth, at last Friday's Montrose Invitational.
For the girls, another superb day from Lily Lockhart, Kaley St. Peter and Emily Baier helped the Panthers score 87 points and place second in the team race.
With two games left on its regular schedule, Delta's baseball fortunes rest with a tough foe in Gunnison (12-3 and 6-1) and a scrappy Grand Valley team (2-13, 0-7) this week. The Panthers defeated Basalt (13-2) on April 25 and slipped past stubborn Aspen, 16-0, on April 29.
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.
Since November, the Delta High School speech team has competed all over Colorado, and has brought home dozens of trophies in various events. Now, at last, you will have the opportunity to actually see what has impressed judges about these wonderfully talented young men and women!
Mike Chastain, Delta's head tennis coach, recently spoke about his 2017 edition of Panther tennis.
The Panther tennis team has 32 members, led by seniors Meysa Mulfor, Lizzy Ward, Hannah Branson, Lupita Portillo and Cassidy Parker.
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.
Delta High Schools track teams competed against some 5A to 3A schools at last week's Phil Wertman track meet at Stocker Stadium. The boys team finished sixth in a tough 12-team field. Delta's girls had a good day as well against the big schools and scored 57 points for a seventh-place finish.
Delta High School has three national qualifiers in speech and debate. The national competition will be held in Birmingham, Ala., this summer.
In its 5-2 win over Delta the Paonia tennis team swept the singles matches in straight sets last Thursday at Apple Valley Park.
At one singles competition, McKenna Erickson defeated Makyla Miramontez, 6-4, 6-0. At two singles Kelsey Stroud defeated Cassidy Parker, 6-1, 6-1.
Three games last week resulted in one win and two losses for Delta's girls soccer team. The Panthers defeated Vail Christian (2A Region 2, 1-6 and 2-7) 6-0 on Tuesday, April 11, but fell to league-leading Vail Mountain (7-0 and 8-1) and Aspen (3-2 and 5-4).
Delta and Olathe have had a long history of playing baseball against each other. Last week's contest, played in Delta, was all Panthers from start to finish. Delta opened with four runs in the first inning, added one more in the second and piled on 10 big runs in the third to build a 15-0 lead.
Last weekend's Demon Invitational was a challenge for the Panthers. There were 21 teams in the girls division and 20 in the boys.
Delta's girls finished eighth with 34 points and the boys scored 22 points to place 11th.
Delta's girls track team was the class of the field last week in Parachute. The Panthers scored 120 points to capture the team title in an 11-team field.
Delta's 4x100, 4x200 and the 4x800 relay teams earned first place finishes in an 11-team field last week in Parachute at the Cardinal Open. Beau Byers duplicated the three gold medal performances by the relay teams with a trio of victories in his specialties, 110 high hurdles, 300 hurdles and triple jump.
Delta High School just completed an outstanding speech and debate season. Four competitors traveled to Denver in March to compete in the CHSAA state competition.
Elizabeth Ward, a senior at Delta High School, has been selected as a recipient of the Boettcher Foundation Scholarship. She is leaning toward the University of Denver, to study data analytics.
Roger "Hutch" Hutchison started a student art show in 1988, the same year he joined the faculty at Delta High School. So it was only fitting that he capped his long career during the opening reception for this year's student art show.
Last week's baseball play wasn't as good of a start as Delta High School coach Steve Reiher wanted. His Panthers started the week with a potent Hotchkiss Bulldogs' baseball squad, which is on a five-game win streak, including its 2-1 victory over Delta on March 27 in Delta.
Lily Lockhart continues to be in the limelight as she dominated in the shot put and discus events last weekend in Cedaredge. Lockhart chucked the shot put 43'2.25" to break Delta's Bryanna Music's old mark of 42'1" set back in 2014.
Last week's Cedaredge Invitational track meet was a successful one for the Delta Panthers. The boys teams scored 112 points to place second and Cedaredge was first with 148 points.
Delta High School's soccer team owned an early 2-0 lead in the opening half of last week's soccer match against Grand Valley. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Grand Valley regrouped for a second half run to outscore Delta 3-1 and earn a 4-3 victory in 3A Region 3 play.
Delta hosted Cedaredge on the tennis courts at Bill Heddles Recreation Center on March 27. Delta won the match 4-3, earning its first win of the season.
Track fortunes for Delta High School's girls track team seem to have turned around in the early going of the 2017 season.
The Panthers have placed high in final standings in the first two weeks with a third place finish this past weekend after scoring 71 points.
There were 17 boys track teams that participated in last weekend's Hotchkiss Invitational track meet hosted by Delta High School. The Hotchkiss facility, following repairs, is expected to be ready for use sometime this summer.
Delta High School girls tennis team has played twice (with results reported) so far this season with losses to Glenwood Springs (2-5) and Central (3-4).
On March 4 Delta was in Glenwood Springs to face the Demons.
Delta's Panthers began their 2017 girls soccer season on March 11 against Ridgway's Demons on the Panthers' home field. The Demons were no match for Delta and suffered a 5-0 loss.
Following two wins and a loss last week, Delta High School's baseball team is 4-3 on the season. The Panthers are 1-0 in 3A WSL action and lead the league standings with Gunnison (4-1, 1-0), Basalt (1-1, 1-0), Olathe (0-6, 0-1) and Roaring Fork (0-3, 0-1) rounding out the top five.
Delta has struggled in recent years to qualify athletes for state. Last season, as one of the smallest schools in Class 4A, the Panthers qualified a total of three athletes for state.
Lily Lockhart's track and field season is off to a good start. At Saturday's Delta Panther Invitational Lockhart handily won the shot put and discus.
The Delta High School baseball team is 2-2 on the new season with some impressive teams it has done battle with.
The Panthers began their 2017 campaign against Roaring Fork with an 8-1 win on March 10.
To say basketball is in the family history is a certainty in speaking of Delta High School's Webb sisters.
The saga began with Skylyn Webb, who was a four-year starter for the Panthers.
Delta High School's girls team lost four of its last five games but had high enough RPI points to make it into the field of 32 of post-season play.
The Panthers (13-9) were seeded 26th in last week's regional play in Denver.
Delta's Ethan Keller, second from right, signed to attend Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb. Keller will be working toward a culinary diploma while attending school and is expected to see plenty of baseball action for the Hawks in their inaugural baseball season.
Last week's regional playoffs were held throughout the state of Colorado. Delta joined Bayfield, Alamosa and Rye in a regional challenge in Bayfield. Alamosa (No. 12) and Rye (No. 21) played in the first game on Friday. Alamosa emerged the victor, 52-44, in that contest. Delta and Bayfield played in the evening's marques matchup.
There was some doubt as to whether or not the Delta Panthers' girls basketball team would be in the round of 32 post-season playoffs following a 55-35 loss to Olathe last week.
That doubt was erased on Sunday when the Panthers were paired against The Academy (18-4) for this Friday's opening round of 3A state basketball playoffs.
Despite a rough weekend of basketball Delta High School's boys hoops team will be moving on to regional play this weekend. The Panthers got past Grand Valley in a play-in game on Feb. 21 with a score of 56-45, a far cry from the 68-32 win on Feb. 18.
Graduation is just three months away, but some Delta High School seniors are still undecided about post-graduation plans. To provide direction, DHS hosted a "Procrastinator's Fair" that featured six four-year and vocational colleges, as well as the opportunity to explore careers in the military, mechanics, health, emergency services, engineering, construction trades and more.
Delta's boys basketball team needed two wins over the weekend to secure fourth place and a chance to host for a spot in this weekend's 3A district tournament held at Central High School.
A tough final weekend of hoops caused Delta's girls basketball team to finish fifth in the 3A WSL standings and changed the site for this week's play in games to the district finals to be played in Grand Junction (Central High School) on Friday and Saturday.
The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity for the Delta FFA chapter. The year started with county fair.
Delta junior heavyweight Logan Church was the top placer for Delta at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament in Denver last weekend. Church was seeded 12th, which is a tough place to be in any wrestling tournament.
The Delta Panthers qualified six wrestlers for the Colorado High School Activities Association's 81st annual State Wrestling Tournament. Delta placed fifth with 134 points and placed in nine weight divisions at the 3A Region 1 wrestling tournament, held Friday and Saturday at Buena Vista. Moffat County scored 196 points to win the 14-team tournament.
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.
Josh Applegate, far right, is joined by Patty Blanco (Farmers Insurance customer service representative), left, and Delta High School athletic director Jeremy McCormick during halftime of the Delta boys Cedaredge versus Delta basketball game.
The Orchard City student of the month for February is Cristina Caballero, a senior at Delta High School.
Cristina has a 4.13 grade point average and has completed advanced coursework in language and composition, statistics, calculus, physics and environmental science.
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.
These three Delta High School athletes, and their coaches, pose at last week's intent-to-play signings at Delta High School. In the front row; left to right, are Dani Sakala, Lily Lockhart and Megan Sandoval.
Delta's boys had a good basketball week with wins over Aspen (61-40) and Gunnison (61-39).
The two wins vaulted the Panthers into third place in a tough 3A WSL.
With a pair of wins last week, Delta's Panthers are 4-1 in 3A WSL and 11-4 overall. Two other teams (Cedaredge and Moffat County) also carry 4-1 league marks.
Last week's games were with Aspen (Feb. 2) and Gunnison (Feb. 3). Delta defeated Aspen 44-22 and ran away from the Cowboys in a 59-37 decision.
Delta senior Tristen Brown signed his national letter of intent to play football at UNC last Wednesday.
Eli Etter felt a bit of pressure going into the last home match of his high school wrestling career. Paonia led Delta in the final dual of the regular season by a mere two points, and Etter's was the last match of the dual. He didn't want to lose.
Thomas Neil excels in both vocal and instrumental music, but it's his voice that took him to Colorado All-State Choir last week. Neil, a junior at Delta High School, was invited to participate in the men's choir after a live audition last fall.
Delta High School swim team is finished with its regular schedule for the 2017 season. The Panthers have showed vast improvement through the season and will end the year with district competition this week.
The Delta High School FFA chapter attended the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver last week. It was all fun and games with a little work thrown in for good measure.
Two seniors from Delta High School were honored to be part of the "small school" All State Jazz Band at the annual CMEA conference in Colorado Springs during the last week of January.
The Panthers were involved with plenty of wrestling action last weekend. The varsity boys were at Valley High School for the Viking Invitational while the junior varsity boys were in Mead. And, Makayla Mills competed in the Chatfield Invitational where she placed third.
Delta High School's boys basketball team continues to have an up and down season after splitting games played at home last week. A 54-51 loss to Coal Ridge was a gut-wrencher while a 69-53 win over Olathe wasn't deeply satisfying either.
Delta's wrestling team competed against Montrose on Friday night and traveled to Rifle for the Rifle Duals on Saturday.
The Panthers defeated Montrose 46-27 and won all five of their duals in Rifle with wins over Basalt 69-9, Rifle 69-6, Grand Valley 66-9, Rifle 78-8 and Steamboat Spring 45-18.
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.
Delta's Panthers are looking to find the groove in their new league but have yet to realize full satisfaction in either girls or boys play so far.
The girls have a 1-0 league mark in the 3A WSL and are 8-3 overall. But both Cedaredge (1-0, 7-3) and Gunnison (1-0, 4-6) are listed above them.
A crowdfunding site has been launched for the Delta High School class that won the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow challenge for the state of Colorado. The students are using STEM principles to address a real-life problem -- excessive noise in the cafeteria at Lincoln Elementary School.
Delta High School has been named the Colorado state winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).
"I'm really proud of all these guys," said physics instructor Ben Magtutu. "This is excellent stuff."
Delta's Panthers were on the mat twice this past week, plus had a female wrestler, Makayla Mills, participate in an eastern slope meet just for girls.
Delta hosted Palisade's Bulldogs on Jan. 12 and were defeated 45-33.
Delta High School's wrestling week began on Thursday, Jan. 5. The Panthers were in Rifle for a triangular meet where they fell to the Bears, 37-36 on a tie-breaker.
Delta senior Landre Whelan (right lane) swims the 200m freestyle for the first time this season to work on her conditioning
With the winter break over, athletic teams returned to competition last week. Not all teams returned with the full readiness desired. Delta High School's girls weren't in mid-season form during their matchup with Roaring Fork last Friday night.
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.
Members of Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571 and auxiliary gathered with friends for their annual Christmas banquet Dec. 12 and to honor patriotic writing by local students.
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.
Delta visited Olathe on Dec. 13 to face the Pirates in a non-league contest. In girls competition, Delta led for most of the game and held on for a 54-53 win. The Panther boys started fast and led from start to finish in an 89-59 victory.
Orchard City's student of the month for December is Madiea Lyons, a senior at Delta High School.
She was presented with the honor during the town board's regular Dec. 14 meeting.
The Civil Air Patrol recently conducted a promotion ceremony at Delta Middle School, the first to be held in Delta in many years.
Cadet/Senior Airman Jezreel Couch, Cadet/Tech Sgt. Micah Yeager, Cadet/Airman Bolton Couch and Cadet/Chief Master Sgt. Jack Jones were promoted to their current ranks.
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.
Two groups from Delta High School and three others have been named state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a competition that encourages students to solve issues in their community using science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) for a chance to win a share of $2 million in technology.
AP Physics 2 and STEM students from Delta High School hope to reach new heights in this year's high altitude challenge.
Physics instructor Ben Magtutu challenged his students to design a unique scientific payload that can reach a minimum altitude of 120,000 feet and be returned safely to their possession.
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.
Delta's Panthers took on Hotchkiss Dec. 6 with all four teams recording victories in basketball action. The Panthers' junior varsity girls won 50-18 while the boys junior varsity claimed a 68-24 decision. In varsity play it was 63-43 for the girls from Delta and 72-44 for Delta's boys.
The move to 3A basketball has many Delta fans thinking well past regular season play. Last year's Panthers were 9-12 in the Class 4A ranks.
Delta had 32 boys out to start the 2016 basketball season.
Delta High School's head wrestling coach Clayton Curtis enters the 2016 campaign with 10 years as a head coach and three as an assistant. Joining Curtis, as assistants, are Luis Meza (10 years), Tyler Morfitt (7 years), Chad Roberts (first year), Kory Mills (first year) and Alejandro Medina (first year).
Delta High School swim coach Karoline Roome brings genuine enthusiasm to practice each day.
The Panthers' second-year head coach likes to think of her athletes as top swimmers from top to bottom.
Delta High School's first swim meet was held in Gunnison on Dec. 3.
Placing third in Gunnison was Landre Whelan in the 200 individual medley, Olivia McCracken in the 100 butterfly and Whelan in the 500 freestyle.
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.
New Delta High School girls basketball coach Kyle Crowder is no stranger to the game of basketball. He graduated from Alamosa High School in 1997 where he played basketball for four years and ran track.
Delta's Panthers were big winners during the 2A prep football season, finishing with an 8-4 season following a loss to Kent Denver in the Class 2A state football playoffs.
Delta picked up several more accolades in the post-season with the selection of 12 Panther football players to the 2016 2A Intermountain League All-Conference team.
Delta High School's volleyball team recently completed a trip to the Class 3A State Volleyball Championships in Denver. A successful season earned the Panthers plenty of post-season traveling opportunities the past few weeks.
Students at Delta High School have come up with three engineering projects they believe will solve real problems in the community.
The juniors and seniors are students in Ben Magtutu's PhLEM -- Physics Learning, Engineering and Mathematics -- class.
Delta High School had two players on the CCGS volleyball team recently.
Delta High School soccer coach Elaine Wood released the names of six Panthers who were selected to this year's All-Conference teams. Only 11 players from the 3A WSL were chosen for All-Conference First Team honors.
Delta's Panthers will have to settle for being one of the top four teams in Class 2A football in Colorado after falling, 21-14, to No. 6 Kent Denver last Saturday. The semifinal round game was played in Denver on a bright, sunny day on a field surrounded with snow.
No. 10 Delta stumbled on its first possession and punted the ball away after three plays.
The goal was to get out of pool play in last weekend's 3A State Volleyball Championships. Coach Beth Nelson had confidence her Panthers were up to the task after drawing the No. 10 seed in Pool 3.
The Orchard City Town Board has chosen Delta High School senior Emily Nortnik as its student of the month.
Emily has been a three-sport athlete throughout middle and high school.
Delta High School has advanced to the semifinal round of the 2016 Class 2A State Football Championships. The Panthers defeated No. 2 Resurrection Christian, which came into last Saturday's game undefeated (10-0), to earn a berth in the semifinals.
The last story on Delta High School's soccer team mistakenly reported the 3A WSL team title was won by Vail Mountain High School. That information was in error as Delta's Panthers were this year's league champions with their 8-1 league mark.
Delta High School volleyball coach Beth Nelson was more than happy with the way seeding worked out after last weekend's Region 10 qualifying play in Colorado Springs. The Panthers, had they hosted a regional, may not have drawn an equally favorable pair of opponents they faced at St. Mary's High School in Arvada last Friday.
Delta High School's latest adventure was its first-ever sorte into the Class 2A state high school football championships last weekend. The Panthers, No. 10 seeded and 6-3 overall, traveled to Faith Christian High School to take on the No. 7, and 6-3, Eagles in first 2A first round playoff action.
Delta High School Student Council, the Delta Police Department and Delta Food Pantry are teaming up for a food and toy drive as part of the school's Spirit of Giving campaign that will take place through the month of November. The campaign kicks off with a tribute to local Law Enforcement during the Nov. 5 regional volleyball playoff game.
A great soccer season came to a screeching halt last weekend in the second round of this year's 3A state soccer playoffs.
Delta won its opening round contest against Peak to Peak (the number 13 seed) by a 3-0 score.
Delta's Panthers have completed the 2016 regular season schedule for volleyball. Last weekend's action was played at Coal Ridge's year-end tournament, which was designed to act as a tune-up for Delta for the coming 3A state volleyball tournament. Delta
To say Delta was dominating would be an understatement in a 41-0 football win over Gunnison's Cowboys last Friday night in Gunnison.
Delta raced to a 21-0 lead after the first 12 minutes of play and then coasted the rest of the way in the must win game.
High school students in Delta will build their own solar system, look for sunspots and flares on the sun using a solar telescope and more, thanks to an outreach program offered through the University of Colorado Boulder.
The CU-STARs -- undergraduate and graduate astronomy students -- head to Delta High School Nov. 3 and 4 to lead hands-on science classes and informal demonstrations.
Eaton sophomore Allie Hobbs was taking a page out of Delta's Lily Lockhart's historic softball run in Delta. The hard-hitting slugger cranked a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning to elevate the Reds to a 5-1 lead after one inning of play.
Last year's 2A state football champion played like they were champions last Friday night in Delta. The Wolverines from Bayfield limited Delta to 170 yards of offense and shut down the state's leading rusher, Damon Jensen, holding him to just 38 yards on 13 carries.
Another two wins look good on Delta's resume after last week's matches in Moffat County and Carbondale. The Panthers took care of business with a 1-0 win against Moffat County and ran past Roaring Fork, 4-1, on Thursday.
Delta High School's volleyball team heads into the final week of regular season play with a three-game tournament schedule to navigate in Coal Ridge this weekend (Oct. 28-29).
First on its schedule is a match against a familiar foe, Glenwood Springs on Oct. 28, at 12 noon.
The girls cross country team from Paonia High School is going to the state meet for the first time in three years.
Brooke Hillman and Nora Dransfield finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in the individual race to pace the Eagles to state.
The Hotchkiss High School boys cross country team came to the 2A Region 4 championship race on a mission.
After finishing just short of qualifying for state last year, the Bulldogs ran all season with the intention of getting back to the state meet this weekend in Colorado Springs.
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.
Delta's Panthers had an easy time of their football contest in Cortez. Delta outscored the host Panthers 21-0 in each of the two quarters in the opening half. Tristan Brown scored two touchdowns on the ground while teammates Kole Roberts and Damon Jensen scored one each.
A win and a loss highlighted last week's soccer competition for Delta High School.
The Panthers blasted past Caprock Academy, 10-0 on Oct. 11 and suffered a double overtime loss, 2-1, against Vail Mountain over the weekend.
Delta High School stayed in control of the 3A WSL standings with three wins this past week. The Panthers defeated ninth-place Basalt (1-8 and 4-12) in three sets, held off upstart Cedaredge (4-4 and 8-12), the sixth-place WSL team, in three sets and raced past number eight Moffat County (2-8 and 5-13) in three sets as well.
Delta High School carved out a 90-minute block last week to expose juniors to career options in medicine, business, banking, science, education and a variety of other fields. During the same block of time, freshmen were learning and practicing self-advocacy skills through role play scenarios of everyday events.
Alamosa's Maroons were in town for last Friday night's 2A Intermountain League football matchup and brought a 1-0 record with them. When they left, the Maroon had a 1-1 league record and had dropped to 3-3 overall following a 28-6 loss to Delta.
Delta's Panthers are the only undefeated 3A WSL team following its 3-0 win over the visiting Aspen Skiers last week. The Panthers stand at 4-0 in league play and are 11-3 overall. Coal Ridge is second with its 5-1 and 8-2 marks while Roaring Fork is third with records of 6-2 and 10-5.
Even though Delta's Panthers lost their softball game against Basalt, 6-5, the Panthers own an 11-8 overall record after defeating Aspen in doubleheader action 20-0 and 19-0 this past week.
Delta is third in 3A District 5 standings behind Basalt (11-1 and 15-4) and Cedaredge (10-2 and 14-5) with the regular season play completed. All three teams are headed to post-season play.
Two more wins for Delta's soccer team and the Panthers are now the top team in 3A WSL standings at 5-1 and 9-2 overall. Delta outplayed Basalt's Longhorns, 2-1, on Oct. 4 and easily downed Aspen, 6-0, on Oct. 8. Both contests were played on the Cottonwood Fields in North Delta.
Delta High School's boys cross country team scored just 44 points to win last Friday's Pantherfest Invitational cross country meet at Confluence Park. John Ames had his best time of the year as he crossed the finish line in 16:52.43, which was nearly nine seconds faster than last week's time at Sweitzer Lake.
Delta's softball team picked up some serious ground this past week with four wins in 3A District 5 play. The week began with Gunnison coming to town on Sept. 26 and ended with a doubleheader against the visiting Cortez Panthers on Friday, Sept. 30.
Delta High School made the long trek to Pagosa Springs last Friday and was rewarded for its effort with a 42-0 shutout over the Pirates. A running clock was initiated early in the fourth quarter as the Panthers picked up their third win of the season against two setbacks (Durango and Palisade).
Delta was in a thrilling 3-2 match against Coal Ridge on Sept. 24. That win left the Panthers on top of the 3A WSL with a 3-0 and 10-3 record. The Titans slipped to second with records of 4-1 and 6-2.
As a senior at Delta High School, Hannah Owens is looking to make an impact on her school and the community that's been home most of her life. So when she heard about the Montrose Youth Council, she decided the concept was so admirable, a youth council should be established in Delta.
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.
Delta's Panthers had an excellent week of soccer. Coal Ridge is ranked third in Class 3A soccer with its 2-1-0 and 8-1-0 record in 2016.
Delta High School's volleyball team took a giant step toward a 3A WSL title with its 3-2 win against Coal Ridge on Sept. 24 in Delta.
Delta senior Emily Baier pounded 21 kills and had 36 digs for the Panthers (2-0 and 9-3) who are now the leaders in 3A WSL play.
Delta, playing in its new 2A classification, wasn't able to keep up with 3A Palisade in a battle of fierce competitors last Thursday night at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. The Bulldogs scored the game's first two touchdowns to take an early 14-0 lead and then held on to outscore Delta 20-6 in the fourth quarter for a 41-17 non-conference victory.
This story was omitted last week and in fairness to our readers it has been included in this issue of the DCI.
Delta senior Emily Baier had a monster day with 16 kills against Gunnison on Sept. 15.
Two swings of the bat and Delta had a 7-6 lead over the visiting Meeker Cowboys in game one of a 2A WSL doubleheader softball encounter. The Panthers would add one more to its total and finished the game with an 8-6 win.
Delta's cross country teams were entered in last Saturday's Anna Banana Memorial Wildcat Invitational. Delta's boys scored 270 points and placed ninth out of 18 teams entered.
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.
Delta's Panthers were never threatened in their soccer match against the 3A WSL ninth-place team Grand Valley. Delta's offense worked the ball methodically throughout the contest and scored five goals in the first half on its way to a 7-0 shutout.
Last weekend's cross country meet for two Delta County schools was in Gunnison at the Mountaineer Cowboy Invitational.
Gunnison (50) won the boys' event with Delta finishing fifth (158) and Hotchkiss ninth (22).
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's Panthers split a pair of softball games this past week defeating Gunnison on Sept. 13, 13-9, and losing to Cedaredge, 13-3, on Sept. 15.
In Gunnison, the Panthers started with a three-run first inning for a 3-1 lead through three innings of play.
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.
The 1-1 and 4-2 Delta soccer team regrouped, after last week's 2-1 loss to Roaring Fork, with a 6-0 rout over Colorado Rocky Mountain School (Carbondale).
Delta tallied two goals in the opening half of play and added another four goals in the second half for the 6-0 conference win.
Delta senior Emily Baier had a monster day with 16 kills against Gunnion on Sept. 15. Baier had 40 attacks and got 16 hits to fall for a .300 hitting percentage agaisnt the Cowboys.
Delta's Panthers own a share of the lead in 2A Intermountain League play. Bayfield, Delta and Gunnison all sport records of 2-1 but have yet to play each other this season.
A return to the gridiron in Craig was a successful one last week for Delta High School.
The Panthers were dominant on both sides of the scrimmage line in a 50-13 win in 3A WSL action against Moffat County.
Delta's Panthers picked up a pair of wins in softball with a sweep of doubleheader action in Durango. The Panthers won the first game 12-5 and scored a 16-1 decision in game two. The wins leave Delta at 0-1 in 3A WSL play and 3-5 overall.
The Delta High School Student Council is emphasizing school unity for Homecoming Week, building Panther Pride through fun activities, boisterous cheers and recognition of both athletic and academic accomplishments.
The fun began Monday with Camo Day, the first dress-up day of the week.
Delta High School AP Physics 2 and STEM students wrapped up the 2015-16 school year by launching a large weather balloon into the atmosphere. The balloon reached an altitude of 102,000 feet above sea level before coming down on a ranch between Cedaredge and Hotchkiss.
Delta's Panthers were busy playing volleyball last week. The action began on Thursday, Sept. 8, in Montrose.
Delta's soccer team is looking to make some noise in its new conference (3A WSL) and has played well so far this season. The Panthers have defeated Cortez, Grand Junction Central and Palisade early in the season.
Delta High School was not able to run at Devil's Thumb last week but did make the Battle Mountain Husky Invitational on Sept. 3.
The Panthers finished fifth in the boys' race with 161 points.
Delta High School's soccer team upped its season record to 2-1 after recording a 7-0 win over Central last week.
The Panthers had seven players score goals including Luis Munoz, Marcos Edmondson, Martin Corral, Danny Mendoza, Luis Meraz, Isaac Fuller and Pedro Montes.
A much-needed win for Delta's softball team came in Montrose last week. The Panthers came into the Aug. 30 contest sporting an 0-4 record.
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.
With 20 returning players from last season's squad, Delta High School boys soccer coach, Elaine Wood enters her 14th year with plenty of optimism. She will have Steve Hartman, in his fourth year, as an assistant and Raul Ortiz who will join the coaching staff for his first year of mentoring.
Delta High School's golf team participated in a pair of tournaments last week. Delta placed third at Yampa Valley-Craig on Monday.
Delta High School's cross country season began last Saturday at the Basalt Longhorn Cross Country Invitational which was held at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel.
There were 15 high schools registered for the 5000 meter race, both boys and girls, on Saturday.
In his eighth season, Ben Johnson may be heading into a very rewarding football season at Delta High School. Not that the past few seasons haven't been rewarding, but, dropping from Class 3A to Class 2A could be the beginning of a new era of potential higher rewards.
Things are looking up for Delta High School's Panthers. The prospect of competing in a league suited to the enrollment of the school is gratifying for Delta softball coach Steve Reiher.
Beth Nelson will enter her fourth season as the head volleyball coach at Delta High School. She will be heading into a new challenge as the Panthers become a member of the Class 3A Western Slope League.
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.
Delta's Panthers played well enough to have won last Friday's football encounter with Durango, but a number of miscues prevented them from claiming their first win in 2016.
Three interceptions, one for a touchdown, helped doom the Panthers.
Despite a 13-hit attack, Delta's Panthers could not contain the bats of Basalt in an 11-8 loss that took eight innings to complete.
Playing in its new Class 2A league, Delta was able to stymie the Longhorns for much of the game but didn't have enough offense to finish the deal.
Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers (WCAF) have awarded a $4,325 college scholarship to Cidney Fisk, the newly-graduated Delta High School student who has been outspoken about what she believed to be Christian proselytizing in Delta County's public schools.
The scholarship is WCAF's largest to date.
Delta High School's golf team is getting into the swing of things as a new prep season gets underway. With golf season getting an early start in prep sports, many teams have already participated in a meet or two.
There were 71 golfers who played on 18 teams at last Sunday's Deltarado Days Weekend annual Delta Alumni Association Golf Tournament held at Devil's Thumb Golf Club. First Colorado National Bank was the sponsoring organization offering a variety of prizes for those who played the course.
Steve Reiher's summer baseball program is progressing toward the final weeks of competition. To date, the Panthers sport a 13-5-1 record following last week's action.
The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) committed $108,625 in scholarship awards to support 49 Delta County students over the next four years of their college career. WCCF manages thirty-six scholarship funds across western Colorado, and 15 of those funds are specifically for Delta County students.
Delta High School's Panthers represented the Class 4A WSL well at last weekend's state playoff action in Frederick. Delta was in all three games, even though losing scores may not reflect it, right to the end.
The 4A WSL All-Conference baseball selections have been released and are ready for publication. Delta coach Steve Reiher's 2016 baseball team finished first in the 4A WSL with a 14-0 record, and following last week's state playoff competition, turned in a superb 19-5 overall mark.
The track teams from Hotchkiss and Delta may not have won team titles at the state meet last weekend in Lakewood, but the Bulldogs and Panthers got several fine individual performances and represented their schools proudly.
The Fort Lewis College School of Arts and Sciences held its annual undergraduate research and creative activities symposium on April 21. Student participants were selected by their departments to represent the best undergraduate research and performances done at Fort Lewis College this year, either in oral or poster presentations.
Delta High School's Class of 2016 set a level of high expectations all future Panthers will strive for, principal Derek Carlson said during commencement ceremonies Sunday. During his opening remarks, Carlson said collectively the class posted the highest composite ACT score in the history of Delta High School.
A lot was on the line when Delta's Panthers took the field last Saturday for 4A District 8 baseball playoff action. The Panthers were last in a state playoff in 1984 when Delta head coach Steve Reiher played shortstop for the Panthers. Reiher acknowledged the fact it was a neat feeling to be on the ends of such a feat as a player and a coach for the same team.
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.
Jaspar Carmichael limited Glenwood Springs to just two hits and the Panther defense did the rest in a 12-2 WSL win last week. Carmichael worked five innings, allowing just two hits and two runs while striking out six Demons batters.
Selections from Les Miserable, The Sound of Music, Phantom of the Opera and Rent were featured during a dessert show presented by the Delta High School Show Choir May 5.
In the spirit of gratitude, Delta High School counselors and administrators welcomed a large crowd of graduates, parents and donors to the school's seventh annual scholarship breakfast April 28. The event is an opportunity for representatives from local businesses, service clubs and nonprofit organizations to meet the students who will benefit from their generosity, and for the students, parents and staff of DHS to thank the contributors who support the students' dreams.
Delta's soccer team is currently resting on the bottom of the 4A WSL standings with its 1-10-0 and 3-11-0 ledger.
The Panthers lost, 6-0, to the league's number three team, Palisade (8-3 and 11-3-0), 6-0, and fell 3-0 to number one, Steamboat Springs (10-0-0 and 12-1-0) last week.
Brandon Flores, a Delta High School sophomore, remains in a coma at Children's Hospital after being struck while riding his bike. The accident occurred near the intersection of I and 1600 roads, in North Delta, at about 6:44 p.m. Sunday, April 24.
In looking back as far the 2007-08 season, Delta's Panthers have been involved in post-season baseball play but have not gotten out of district competition. This year's squad is looking to compete in another district playoff scenario with hopes of moving deeper into the playoffs.
Delta's Panthers maintained their lead in 4A WSL play with a doubleheader win over Summit last Wednesday. Delta rolled to a 14-2 win in game one and cruised to a 12-2 decision in game two.
Skylyn Webb of Delta was chosen as an outstanding student in psychology by the faculty and department staff at Fort Lewis College. All outstanding students will be recognized Friday, April 29, at an on-campus ceremony.
Delta's Panthers participated in last week's Phil Wertman Invitational at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. The Panthers' girls finished with 81 points and a fifth place. Delta's boys finished eighth with 38 points.
A visit to Delta on Thursday resulted in a 5-2 tennis victory for Paonia's Eagles. Paonia swept the singles competition and won two of four doubles matches in recording the decision.
Delta hosted Palisade's Bulldogs last Friday afternoon for what may have been a title-deciding baseball game in 4A WSL play.
The Panthers knocked off Glenwood Springs, 17-5 on Wednesday and then came back for a 14-10 decision over Palisade on Friday.
Delta's Panthers competed in last Saturday's Frank Woodburn Invitational at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. Lily Lockhart and Emily Baier paced Delta's girls to seventh place and 54 points. Lockhart won the discus and was second in shot put while Baier recorded a win in triple jump.
Delta was busy this past week with baseball games against Montrose and Battle Mountain.
The Indians used a big run in the late innings to defeat Delta, 15-7. Against Battle Mountain, the Panthers found enough offense to sweep a doubleheader from the Huskies, 8-2 and 6-4.
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.
A group of young fly-fishing enthusiasts have banded together to establish a fly-fishing club at Delta High School. The club has 12 members, including two females, and is headed by Pete Lousignont, club president, and Matthew Bohling, vice president.
Delta's Panthers were stumped by Montrose in an 11-9 loss in baseball action on March 22. The Indians stole the game with a six-run explosion in the sixth inning to take a 10-8 lead.
Delta High School's soccer team played in three contests last week, beginning with the Montrose Indians, on March 22. Montrose was able to score a lone goal in overtime to defeat the Panthers 1-0.
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.
Perception vs. reality. That's the message Chad Williams shared with Delta High School students last week.
Williams, a former Mesa County sheriff's deputy, is the founder of Safe Teens America, a rapidly growing adolescent drug prevention program.
Lily Lockhart was excited to participate in last Saturday's discus competition in Delta. Lockhart dominated competition last year in both shot put and discus and earned a trip to state last year.
Jason Kaighn was a bright spot for Delta's boys last Saturday at the Delta Invitational track and field meet. Kaighn, a junior at DHS, won the 800-meter run by almost seven seconds over Telluride's Jaden Evans. Kaighn's win was the lone first-place finish for Delta on Saturday.
The Orchard City student of the month for March is Abbigail Nicholson.
She was presented with her honor by Mayor Don Suppes during the town board's March 9 meeting.
The 2016 high school baseball season is underway. Delta's Panthers hosted their annual baseball tournament, with three teams joining the Panthers in a two-day tournament.
Delta's Panthers began their soccer campaign with matches against Glenwood Springs, a 5-0 loss, on March 10 and with Eagle Valley, a 3-2 setback, on March 12.
Delta's Panthers tennis team has played twice in March.
The first contest was against Glenwood Springs in Delta, on March 5. The Demons won the match 4-3.
Seven Delta High School students have qualified for HOSA's 39th annual International Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn., in June.
HOSA is an international student organization that exposes students to opportunities in the health care industry with health science-related curriculum, training and competitive events.
The 2015-16 4A WSL all conference selections include a pair of Delta High School boys. Honored as a First Team selection was sophomore Jaspar Carmichael. Honorable Mention went to senior Jonny Ponce.
The wrestling team from Delta High School finished the 2016 season with some memorable moments.
After coming within one match of winning the 3A Region 4 title and finishing second to Highway 50 rival Olathe, the Panthers qualified nine wrestlers for the state tournament in Denver last weekend.
Delta High School's girls completed their basketball campaign for the 2015-16 season with a 4A WSL District loss to Durango last Thursday night at Grand Junction Central High School. The 48-23 loss to the Demons left a young Delta team with a 9-12 overall mark and 5-9 in league play.
It was a great learning process for Delta High School's boys' basketball team. A mixture of players ranging from freshman to senior athletes created a season which produced plenty of highs and lows.
It's a busy week at Delta High School, where FFA students are dressing up to highlight the importance of agriculture and FFA to their lives. Monday was Hat Day, and on Tuesday students wore camo for "Hunting for Leaders" Day.
Wade Stinson, a senior at Delta High School, was selected for the All-State Choir held Feb. 4-6 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Stinson qualified by singing a solo at a regional audition in October.
Delta High School basketball teams played three games this past week. Basalt was in town last Tuesday, Feb. 9, and the Panthers' girls dialed up a 53-33 win over the Longhorns. The boys lost, 61-52, to the Longhorns.
Delta High School's wrestling team held a 15-point lead over Moffat County after the first day of competition in the 3A Region 4 tournament in Montrose. The Panthers, in fact, led up until the final match of the day between Olathe's Felix Pena and the Panthers' Logan Church in the 285-pound division.
The annual Speech and Debate Speech Congress was held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13, at Paonia High School. Eight Western Slope schools and more than 45 students participated in the Congressional and Senate house debates.
At the Montrose Speech Tournament Feb. 5 and 6, the Delta High School speech team did an exceptional job. In congressional debate, Hannah Owens received first place.
Delta's Panthers played two key 4A WSL contests this past week. On Tuesday, Delta was at home against Rifle and visited Steamboat Springs on Saturday.
Two top wrestling teams met on the mat last Thursday at Delta High School. Class 2A contender Paonia is ranked seventh in the latest On the Mat Rankings. Delta, in Class 3A, is also ranked seventh.
The Delta Panthers had too much for Palisade last Thursday when the two teams met in Palisade for dual competition. The Panthers prevailed, 54-27.
There were six pins recorded by Delta along with three forfeits for wins.
Delta High School finished fourth in a swim meet hosted by the Panthers Jan. 29. Fruita Monument won the meet with 507.5 points followed by Gunnison with 362, Delta 252 and Cortez 109.5.
At Delta's home speech and debate tournament, Delta High School showed the Western Slope who was boss! Anthony Streich received first place in extemporaneous speaking. Cidney Fisk placed second, Hannah Owens placed fifth, and Allison Castrejon placed sixth in original oratory.
Delta High School's basketball teams split varsity games against Battle Mountain's Huskies last Friday night in Edwards.
Delta's girls had to have a last-second score from Emily Nortnik to seal their win, 60-59.
Delta High School's swim team participated in two meets recently. On Jan. 8 the Panthers were in Gunnison for what was to be more than a dual between the Cowboys and Delta.
Had it not been for a forfeit at 113, Delta's Panthers might have posted a shutout against Eagle Valley last Thursday night. The Panthers went on to win 71-6.
Delta's Panthers returned to the hardwood this past week with three games being played in six days. A Jan. 19 contest at home with Palisade started the week off. The Bulldogs took advantage of a 34-7 third quarter to blow the game open for a 79-47 4A WSL victory.
Delta had few answers for the Bulldogs in a rematch game. Palisade took advantage of numerous mistakes and poor shooting by the Panthers to sweep Delta in its two-game series for the season.
The Delta County swim team hosted a four-team meet last Friday. The winning team was Durango with 458 points and Delta finished second with a total of 353 points.
Delta's Panthers were in Alamosa over the weekend to compete in the 13-team wrestling tournament hosted by the Mean Moose. Pueblo West won the tournament with 189.5 points, with highly touted 2A school Rocky Ford finishing second with 187 points.
A road trip to Frisco on a blustery winter day was made brighter after both the girls' and boys' varsity basketball teams earned victories in 4A WSL play. The girls led from start to finish and scored a 65-41 decision over the Tigers.
At the Central High speech and debate tournament on Dec. 12, Delta performed exceptionally well. In Lincoln Douglas debate Cidney Fisk came in first with Hannah Owens coming in fifth.
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.
The 2016 portion of Delta High School's girls' basketball schedule began with two games last week. The Panthers traveled to Rifle on Friday where they dropped a 49-30 decision to the Bears and hosted Steamboat Springs on Saturday and suffered a 46-42 overtime loss after leading 13-1 in the first period.
Last week's edition of the DCI included a feature on Delta County athletes who were honored for fall sports participation.
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.
Kelly Johnson, a teacher at Delta High School, has been awarded certified journalism educator status from the Journalism Education Association.
Journalism certification requirements for educators include earning college credit in news reporting and writing, communications, law and publications advising, or passing an examination that demonstrates the educator's proficiency in those areas.
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.
Could you send a small box of instruments up 23 miles in altitude and back safely?
This challenge was made of Delta High School students earlier this year.
Delta's Panthers landed three athletes in the top five at last weekend's Warrior Classic in Grand Junction. Delta's top placer was Kory Mills at 170 with a second-place finish to Meeker's T.J.
Delta began its basketball year with three wins before a 61-48 loss to Palisade on Dec. 11 squashed the Panthers' win streak. A loss to a good Basalt team on Dec. 12 provided a wake-up call for the Panthers.
Craig Cerise's Panthers have been working hard on the basketball court and last week's efforts, along with the prior week's play, are beginning to show some dividends.
After a 2-3 beginning over the past two weeks, the Panthers have put together a good stretch of games that includes three wins and a loss.
Evan Watson and Tyler Myers are seeking $363.93 to develop a pneumatic projectile launcher for a high school physics project. They got it.
This year's Delta Panthers' wrestling team has already proven to be an exceptional squad. With Delta's football team going deep into the playoffs, several athletes were late getting to wrestling practices.
Delta High School's basketball teams are struggling to find ways to win in the early stages of their hoops campaigns.
The girls are in a total rebuilding year with a new coach and his new offense and defensive schemes.
Four talented local writers were honored on Monday for essays they have written that celebrate American patriotism and freedom.
Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571 of Delta recognized the top middle school and high school essayists in the VFW's annual voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen writing contest.
This year's Delta High School wrestling squad is beginning to shape up. With the run through state playoffs in football over, the Panthers welcomed a big number of athletes to the mat.
According to the pre-season information sheet, there are 30 hopefuls in the mix for varsity and junior varsity starting spots.
Delta High School's girls' basketball team got its first taste of a new season with a new coach and new offensive and defensive systems. The results were not totally successful, with the Panthers winning just one of three games played in last weekend's First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament.
This year's Delta High School boys' basketball team will make fans, and coaches, smile a lot. The Panthers will be inexperienced but talented as they continue their season following last week's 3-0 start.
The Delta girls' basketball program has a new head coach and will be striving to make a successful transition to Craig Cerise's new offense and defense as the season progressses.
Cerise, a former head coach for the Lady Panthers for two seasons, will be in his third season at the helm for the program. Overall, Cerise has nine years experience.
Delta boys' head basketball coach Von Mitchell knows this could be a rewarding season for basketball at Delta High School. With just two seniors, Easton Metcalf and Jonny Ponce, listed on this year's varsity roster, the Panthers will be building a more experienced team that potentially has the ability to finish high in the 4A WSL.
Turnovers dictated last Saturday's Class 3A semifinal football game outcome between Delta's Panthers and the Roosevelt Roughriders in Johnstown. A promising beginning for Delta turned into a 30-23 loss which eliminated the Panthers from this year's 2015 state football championships.
Last weekend's quarterfinal round of this year's Class 3A state football championships featured play between Delta's Panthers and The Classical Academy's Titans. The contest, won by Delta, 27-14, marked the third time in two years Delta has faced TCA on the gridiron.
The Delta High School speech team did remarkably well at the Eagle Valley Tournament on Nov. 14. Senior Cidney Fisk and junior Lydia Stalcup placed fourth in humor duet.
Five members of a health occupations organization from Delta High School attended a fall leadership conference in Denver last weekend. They sat in on sessions to develop leadership skills, explored competitive events, learned about professionalism and discussed fundraising opportunities for the national HOSA charity, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The Delta High School speech and debate team did extremely well in Paonia on Nov. 7. Senior Rodolfo Contreras and freshman Claire Corbasson took first place in duo interpretation.
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 Delta High School girls' volleyball team finished a strong season and showed that there's more to come from this talented group of Panthers.
On the second day of action at the Denver Coliseum, Delta beat a tough Silver Creek team in four sets 25-23, 19-25, 25-16, 25-19 and finished the Panthers' first trip to the state championship tournament in style.
Delta's Panthers have made their way to this year's quarterfinal round of Class 3A prep football playoffs. Delta (#3) crushed number seven Harrison, 47-7, in opening-round play and will host The Classical Academy this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Panther Stadium.
Delta, 10-1, hosted third-seeded TCA earlier this season (first scheduled game) and claimed a hard-fought 38-35 decision.
The Jonny Ponce show was a big hit last week when Palisade's Bulldogs visited Panther Stadium for a battle for the 3A WSL championship. Ponce ran for 246 yards and a couple of touchdowns, enabling Delta's Panthers to score a 27-21 decision over the Bulldogs.
The goal of a team title in volleyball eluded Delta's Panthers in 2015. Now that Delta is in the field of 12 for this year's state volleyball championship, there's hope for more than just a league title.
Local businesses have been contacted by a sales firm soliciting advertising on posters for Delta High School. Jeremy McCormick, the school's assistant principal, advises area residents that the posters have not been authorized by DHS.
Last week's loss to Palisade could have cost the Panthers a chance to host this week's round of volleyball playoffs. The Bulldogs played aggressively and determined in a 3-0 win against the Panthers.
Good news for volleyball fans in Delta County. Two teams will host regional play beginning Saturday, Nov. 7.
Delta's final soccer match of the season was a 1-0 win over Palisade, in a contest played on the campus of CMU.
Sophomore Ian Downey scored the match's only goal at the 27:05 mark of the first half.
In a wild and bizzare game at Stocker Stadium, Delta's Panthers managed to rally from a 20-point deficit to score a 56-32 win over Central's Warriors last Thursday night.
The Panthers spotted Central three scores off three straight miscues to start the game.
Delta's Panthers control their own destiny with two football games remaining in regular season play. A 41-0 win over Eagle Valley last week moves the Panthers to a record of 5-0 in league play and 7-1 overall.
There was a change in top-five rankings in 4A WSL standings after last week's volleyball play concluded. Delta's Panthers moved from fourth to second in team standings following their two league wins against Glenwood Springs and Rifle.
Delta High School's cross country teams ended their seasons last week with competitions in the Colorado 4A Region 6 Cross Country Meet in Delta.
Battle Mountain won the team title in the girls' division with 31 points.
Using just corrugated cardboard and duct tape, science students from across Delta County demonstrated the physics of buoyancy at Bill Heddles Recreation Center last week.
The "boats" could not exceed four feet in width and eight feet in length, and they had to fit through the doorway.
The Delta Panthers, with help from Rifle's Bears, stand alone at the top of Class 3A WSL football standings with a 4-0 record.
There's a logjam of teams tied at 3-1 that fill the second to fifth place standings, including Rifle, Palisade, Eagle Valley and Grand Junction Central.
A busy week of volleyball had league standings scrambled more than once. After the long week, Delta still finds itself in fourth place at 8-3 and 17-3.
Delta coach Steve Reiher was disappointed in the results of last weekend's Region 6 play in Pueblo. The Panthers, according to Reiher, "picked the worst time to play sub-par games."
The 2015 4A Western Slope League Softball All-Conference Team selections have been released. Delta's Panthers had the most players honored by league coaches with five making the First Team, and one other selected for Honorable Mention.
With last Friday's 15-2 win over the visiting Eagle Valley Devils, Delta vaulted into the 2015 post-season softball playoffs.
The Panthers, despite winning their third straight 4A WSL title, find themselves shunned for a chance to host a regional playoff site.
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.
The Paonia High School volleyball team saw a little of everything last week.
The Eagles fell to a very strong Delta team, marking its third loss in four matches.
The 4A WSL volleyball standings show hotly contested play, with the top four teams separated by a mere win or loss in the league race. Steamboat Springs is leading with its 7-1 league mark and 14-2 overall record.
The October sun made its presence felt and temperatures were almost as hot as the running by the time the boys' race got underway at the Delta Sweitzer Lake Invitational last Friday.
Like the girls before them, the boys found the 5K lake course much to their liking and ripe for a personal record.
Delta paced Delta County's contingent of participants at the Pantherfest Cross Country Meet at Confluence Park.
Hotchkiss and Paonia did not have enough participants to warrant team scores in the event but did have individual runners in both the boys' and girls' competition.
Homecoming 2015 was a huge success for Delta High School. The Panthers enjoyed a runaway 42-0 win last Friday night against Summit's Tigers.
Despite knocking off one of the state's top 3A football teams, Delta's Panthers are listed in third place in the 3A WSL, behind Palisade, 2-0 and 5-0, and Grand Junction Central, 2-0 and 4-1. The Panthers are 2-0 and 4-1 as well and have both Central and Palisade left on their regular season schedule.
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.
Delta's Panthers split matches played in volleyball this past week. A win was recorded on Oct. 1 against Glenwood Springs, 3-1. A road trip to Gypsum resulted in a 3-1 loss to Eagle Valley.
Fifteen students at Delta High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.
The College Board's Advanced Placement Program® (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams.
Personal records were set in droves last Friday as runners got a chance to race on an almost perfectly flat 5k course around Sweitzer Lake at the Pantherfest Cross Country Invitational.
Conditions were even better for the girls squads, who ran their race under brilliant blue sky with a late morning breeze as escort.
The trip to Steamboat Springs to play football hasn't always been the best of experiences for Delta High School. But this year's visit had positive results as the Panthers rolled up 368 yards of offense in a 49-0 drubbing over the Sailors.
The Delta Panthers have achieved many goals this golf season. One goal was to win a tournament, and that happened at a recent golf tournament in Gunnison.
Delta scored 239 points to win the team title and had a medalist in the top three.
Delta played once last week and that contest was against Rifle's Bears in Rifle. Delta improved to 4-0 in league play and 12-4 overall after shutting out the Bears, 19-0.
The Panthers wasted little time after jumping to a 1-0 lead after one inning of play. Delta's bats exploded in the second frame for 11 runs that left little doubt as to the game's outcome.
Delta's Panthers have played some good soccer in 2015. And they have played some very good teams.
Last week, Delta lost two of the three matches played to bring its season record to 2-5 in league play and 2-7 overall.
Following its 3-1 loss to Steamboat Springs a week ago, Delta has started a new winning streak with victories over Rifle and Summit this past week.
Last Thursday's visit to Rifle resulted in a 3-0 win while Saturday's match in Delta produced the same 3-0 results.
As the leaves change colors and the temperature drops, Homecoming plans emerge. At Delta High School, Homecoming is rolling in with autumn. The Homecoming football game is set for Oct. 9 against Summit County.
As band competition season comes around the corner, the Delta High School band works hard day after day to prepare. "Preparing for competition means productive classes, evening rehearsals, and even all day Saturday rehearsals!" band director Marcos LeBlanc said.
Last week's Ramble at the Reservoir in Ridgway did not attract a large number of teams. Only eight varsity teams were listed.
Delta High School's soccer team picked up its first win of the season last week against Palisade. The Panthers got three goals from sophomore Danny Mendoza and another two from sophomore Brandon Harper. Junior Luka Htoo and sophomore Ian Downey scored goals as well.
Delta's Panthers played their second straight week of five softball games. The week began in Gypsum where Delta got the best of Eagle Valley's Devils 20-3 on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Delta High School's volleyball team played five games last week, beginning with Central's Warriors on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The Panthers also played twice on both Friday and Saturday as they hosted a volleyball tournament on those two days.
Three Delta County high schools saw vastly improved performances from their boys' cross country teams at the Hotchkiss Invitational last Saturday at Hotchkiss High School.
The hilly 5k course got hotter as the day went on, and the boys ran the final test of the event. Montrose standout Ian Meek was the overall winner for the second week in a row, and he did it in impressive fashion.
Delta High School's softball schedule is hectic to say the least. Last week was a five-game schedule and another five-game stint was scheduled for the second week in a row. The Panthers were in Palisade on Tuesday, Sept. 8, where they scored a 19-8 win in six innings.
Delta evened its prep football record at 1-1 with a 48-13 decision over the visiting Pagosa Springs Pirates. Junior Tristan Brown, playing running back for the injured Jonny Ponce, dominated offensive play for the Panthers with 18 carries, 158 yards and five rushing touchdowns. The Panthers had over 300 yards of total offense.
This year's edition of the Montrose versus Delta football game was evenly played, scorewise, for the first half of play. Each team found the end zone once in the game's first 24 minutes of play. Montrose scored in the first period and the Panthers in the second for a halftime score of 7-7.
Delta High School's volleyball team finally got a chance to play against another team. The Panthers were at last weekend's Gunnison Invitational where they competed against Olathe and Cedaredge.
The Delta Panthers wrapped up their first full week of softball competition with two wins and three losses. Even with the three losses, Delta is leading the 4A WSL with a 1-0 league mark and a 2-3 record overall.
Delta's week began with Rifle on Sept. 1. A 10-run third inning turned the game around and allowed the Panthers to score a 15-4 decision in five innings.
After 13 years of teaching American Sign Language (ASL) to those who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families, Matt Kevan decided to bring the language to the schools. Students at Delta High School can now take ASL as a second language.
Delta High School hosted last week's Delta Invitational Cross Country Meet at Confluence Park.
Grand Junction High School won both the boys' and girls' division team titles with 72 and 59 points respectively.
It was a rematch from a year ago when Delta and The Classical Academy inititated their 2015 prep football campaign in Colorado Springs. Delta came into the game with a pre-season top-10 ranking. The Titans were listed outside the top 10 contenders.
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.
Prep cross-country competition got underway this past weekend. Delta's and Paonia High School's teams chose to attend the Warrior Invitational at Matchett Park on Saturday. Hotchkiss competed in Basalt at the Longhorn Stampede.
If the summer camps and noted improvements are any indication, the Delta Panthers could be more than just a force in Class 3A football circles. Delta returns a core of performers who were at the top of the class in many categories at the end of last season's campaign.
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.
Delta High School's cross-country roster lists 26 athletes. Seven of those listed are female. The senior and freshman classes boast eight runners each. The freshman class has six athletes and this year's junior class has four on the roster.
When talking to Delta High School boys' soccer coach Elaine Wood, be ready for lots of smiles. Wood, going on 14 years as a head mentor and 24 years overall, beams with anticipation of what's to come in 2015.
After reaching regionals a year ago, Delta's Panthers lost both games they played and bowed out of the 4A state tournament.
Delta hopes to better the 14-11 mark posted last season.
What the Panthers and coach Steve Reiher want is to duplicate their successful season in 2014 where they finished the year with an 18-5 record. Three of those losses came early to Grand Junction, Fruita and Cortez.
Delta High School softball coach Steve Reiher was perplexed by his team's slow starts in a pair of scrimmage games in Grand Junction over the weekend. Otherwise, Reiher said he thought the Panthers just need to play to improve.
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