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News and notes from NF sports Sept. 7, 2016

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The Curtis Hintz era in Hotchkiss football got off to a good start.

The Bulldogs beat Dolores 40-8 in their season opening road game last Saturday, winning Hintz his first game as head coach after patrolling the Hotchkiss sideline as an assistant for 13 previous seasons.

Statistics were not available at press time.

Hotchkiss gets to play in front of its home fans for the first time this season on Friday night when the Bulldogs host Coal Ridge at 7 p.m.

League Unbeaten

For the first time in at least four years, every football team in the 1A Western Slope Conference won its first game of the season.

Cedaredge beat Monte Vista 23-10, No. 10 Meeker secured a 30-14 win over Coal Ridge and Grand Valley beat Vail Christian 46-6.

League newcomer Olathe handled Roaring Fork 40-21.

Bulldogs VB 2-2

The Hotchkiss High School volleyball team continued a solid start to the season and is 2-2.

After sweeping Ouray 3-0 to open the campaign, Hotchkiss went to Caprock on August 30 and posted a second consecutive 3-0 sweep.

Then at the Rangely Tournament last weekend the Bulldogs lost two competitive matches against good teams.

Hotchkiss fell 2-1 to Soroco in a nailbiter. The Bulldogs lost in Game 1 18-25 but rallied to win Game 2 25-19. Soroco won the decisive Game 3 15-12.

Carson Collins led Hotchkiss with four kills in the match and Morgan Miller had a team high 12 assists for the Bulldogs.

Then Hotchkiss fell 12-25 and 8-25 to Telluride.

The Bulldogs have three consecutive home matches coming up. Hotchkiss hosts Hayden at 6 p.m. on Friday and then will have a rematch versus Soroco in the Bulldogs gym at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Cedaredge will be in to face Hotchkiss for a county rivalry game that will be a test for both teams on Sept. 13.

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