The Paonia Eagles volleyball team is 3-3 overall after three straight losses and a win. Paonia opened at De Beque (6-0 overall, 4-0 2A/1A Western Slope League) with a 3-2, 23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-13, 14-16 conference loss.
After a season-opening loss, the Paonia Eagles gave Monte Vista a drubbing on its own turf Friday for a 41-0 win. The Pirates (0-2, 1A Southern Peaks League) were coming off of a 24-0 season-opening loss to 2A Alamosa.
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.
A high-scoring first quarter ended with Buena Vista holding a touchdown lead, 14-21, heading to the second quarter.
Each team scored in the second quarter leaving the Bruins trailing by seven, 28-21 at halftime.
Cedaredge's softball team found last week's diamond opponents to be stout competitors with the Bruins falling 11-1 in Meeker on Sept. 4 and splitting a doubleheader with Cortez at the Field of Dreams Sept. 8, losing the opener 11-8 and claiming a 10-9 win in game two.
In game one Cortez jumped out to an early 9-2 lead but had to hold on for an 11-8 win.
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 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.
A near-packed house enjoyed an absolutely beautiful evening for football last Friday. The Hotchkiss Bulldogs were bidding for a second straight win in the 2018 football season against the visiting Coal Ridge Titans.
Tevin Keller led the Hotchkiss boys at the team's home invitational meet Saturday. Keller placed 17th with a time of 21:10.08.
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.
Paonia senior cross country runner Ethan Bartlett continues to shatter his own records. Bartlett took second Saturday at the annual Hotchkiss Invitational, behind Montrose junior Sean Graff.
At Saturday's Hotchkiss Invitational meet, the Paonia girls owned the course. Three Eagles finished in the top 10 to win the meet with 12 points.
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.
At Saturday's Fall Classic tournament at Rangley High School, the Bulldogs volleyball team defeated 4A Rifle, 22-25, 26-24, 15-8.
Against 2A Telluride (4-3, San Juan Basin League), Hotchkiss was defeated, 2-0 (25-15, 25-17).
The Cedaredge Bruins' softball team bounced back from losses to Montrose and Palisade a couple of weeks ago to score a 16-4 decision over Gunnison's Cowboys at the Field of Dreams in Orchard City.
The Bruins countered each of Gunnison's scores with at least one run of their own each time.
The Paonia Eagles opened the volleyball season with conference wins over Caprock Academy and Vail Christian.
Taralee Mautz had one error in 19 serve receives in the Eagles' 3-1, 25-15, 25-16, 16-25, 25-19 win at Caprock Academy.
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.
That the lights at Dan Lawrence Field went out with three minutes remaining in the first half could be a metaphor for the outcome of Paonia's season-opening football game. When the field went dark, the visiting Centauri Falcons held a six point lead and had possession of the ball at midfield.
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.
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.
The only prep cross country race run in the North Fork Valley is on Saturday, Sept. 8. Races start at 9 a.m. with the middle school girls' division, followed at 9:30 a.m. by the middle school boys.
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.
Paonia was among 31 teams competing at the annual Battle Mountain Husky Invitational cross country meet at Avon. The meet attracts mostly Class 4A and 3A teams.
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.
Friday night lights set the stage for an impressive victory by the Bulldogs over returning state tournament participants Clear Creek's Golddiggers.
Clear Creek just edged Hotchkiss for a state tournament berth in the 2017 season, so the Bulldogs' win meant all the more to the team and fans.
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