As a kid David Vallem didn't have people in his life who did extreme sports. While he knew that extreme sports existed he had no way of gaining access to the equipment he would need; however, he said that this did not stop him from climbing mountains, even the ones that he should have probably been wearing pall protection on.
Special Olympics Colorado -- Delta is looking for a track and field coach for school-age athletes. If a coach can be recruited before early January, Special Olympics will prepare a flyer to share with potential athletes and schedule a meet-and-greet in early February.
Ten girls from Delta County recently brought home two national-level cheerleading awards. The Diamond Team of Grand Mesa Cheer, comprised of 10 athletes ages 10-18 years old, competed at the XtremeSpirit Battle Royale National Championships in Las Vegas, and brought home an award for Best Tumbling, as well as being named the National Cheer Champions.
This year First Colorado National Bank is bringing back two of Delta County's most beloved traditions. The basketball tournament will once again feature only the four county high schools -- Cedaredge, Delta, Hotchkiss and Paonia.
The annual Paonia Summer Duals took place over the weekend at Paonia High School and the Eagles welcomed over 315 wrestlers for the matches.
"It broke out into 24 teams. Just a really good turnout," Paonia coach Andy Pipher said. "There's a lot of local kids which is nice, then there are teams here from Wyoming, kids here from Utah and Nebraska. Just a lotta fun."
Members of Tunget Gymnastics had an Xcel Meet in Grand Junction on the last Saturday in April.
Action at Mountain View Park features play in four divisions of slowpitch softball. All four leagues have leaders with unblemished records following last week's play.
Several local high school athletes, and coaches, were able to participate in this year's Colorado All State games in Alamosa.
Check out this slideshow of photos submitted by friends and family.
A review of the Delta Barracudas swim season was received from Gary Gibson recently. The following article reflects his reports from several sites this summer.
The Delta Barracudas swim team has started their 2016 summer season. Currently, there are 33 swimmers involved with the Barracudas program, including five new swimmers this year.
Mike Morgan, a team sports coach at Cedaredge High School, has been named assistant coach of the year by the Colorado High School Coaches Association, the DCI has learned.
Morgan, who is the public works director for the Town of Orchard City, was congratulated on his recognition by members of the town board at their regular monthly meeting on March 9.
The cheerleaders at Hotchkiss High School made history.
The Bulldogs capped a record-setting season by winning third place at the state spirit competition at the Denver Coliseum last month.
The University of Pennsylvania women's cross country team split its squad for recent competition. Both turned in solid performances at both the Notre Dame and Paul Short Invitational Cross Country Meets in October.
Eric Goold began his prep sports writing career at his alma mater, Wheat Ridge High School. He has covered high school sports in three different states and has worked for nine different newspapers, the DCI being the tenth, over the course of 15 years.
Hotchkiss' Kale Litzelman had a chance to visit Chicago this summer. While in Chicago, Litzelman showed off some of his athleticism at a showcase that included 61 other prep baseball players.
The 2015 golfing campaign for Cedaredge and Delta began last week with tournament action at Cedaredge Golf Club. Fifteen teams were represented in varsity play with two junior varsity teams joining the fun on the links.
The Norwood Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests is announcing the opening of the new Thunder Trails System. The trails, located four miles south of the town of Norwood, offer more than 19 miles of single-track routes that are open for use by motorcycles, mountain bikes, hikers and horses.
Hotchkiss and Paonia will see some coaching changes for the 2015-2016 sports season.
Hotchkiss said good-bye to head volleyball coach Kendal Roberts and hello to Taralee Williams.
Brittany Tregarthen finished third in the powerlifting finals at the Special Olympics World Summer Games, currently underway in Los Angles, Calif.
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