The Paonia High School volleyball team may have lost its first game of the year but the Eagles are rolling right along.
Paonia dropped a game to Coal Ridge at home on Sept. 6 but went on to defeat the Titans 3-1.
After beating Soroco's Rams 3-0 on Sept. 9, Paonia is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in 2A in a recent CHSAA online poll.
Paonia won Game 1 against Coal Ridge 25-14, then lost its first game of the year in the second stanza, 23-25. The Titans are a scrappy bunch that beat Paonia last year in Coal Ridge.
The Eagles avenged that loss with 25-21 and 25-19 wins in games three and four. Brianna Van Vleet and McKenna Palmer led the Eagles with 12 kills apiece to defeat the Titans.
Paonia passed a road test against Soroco with a three-game sweep last Friday, winning 25-16, 25-14, 25-11. Palmer again paced the Eagles attack with 12 kills while McKenna Hartigan hit 11 kills. Emily Pieper served three aces in the match for Paonia.
The Eagles hosted Gunnison last night and will play at home Friday against West Grand at 6 p.m. and Saturday against North Park at 3 p.m.
Eagles 2-0 on grid
The No. 2 ranked Paonia High School football team got outplayed in several statistical categories last Saturday but still came away with a win.
Paonia went to Salida and was technically the home team against Rye. The Eagles did not complete a pass in the game but still won 28-13.
Paonia led 14-7 at halftime and outscored Rye 14-6 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Junior tailback Jaden Miller led the Eagles offense with 12 carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Cyrus Malek-Madani had a short rushing touchdown as well and senior Dagan Rienks recovered a Rye fumble for the last Paonia score.
Rye senior quarterback Kevin Bailey sliced the Paonia defense for 229 yards off of 15-for-21 passing with two touchdowns. Rye ran 60 plays for Paonia's 40 in the contest and Rye had 19 first downs compared to Paonia's 12.
The Eagles will look to regain their statistical swagger on Friday in Watkins, where they will face Ridgefield Academy.
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