Tom Backhus believes that every kid who wants to plays football should have the right skills and good coaching.
Backhus, who lives in Paonia with wife Tess, founded the annual Vail Summer Football Camp in 1982. Now
This year's turnout for the annual Rockies' Skills Challenge, hosted at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, was the biggest its been in some time. Assistant Bill Heddles Recreation Director Tyler Schumacker announced this year's participants included 75 youngsters ranging in age from six to 13 years old.
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.
Four Hotchkiss Bulldog baseball players were named all-state players by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Jonathan Gonzalez received All-State First Team honors.
For the second consecutive year, Paonia pitcher Kaden Seriani was named Class 2A baseball player of the year by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Seriani, who made the CHSAA first team three consecutive years, batted .600 for the season and was second in home runs regardless of class with 13. At the plate Seriani had an ERA of 0.84.
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.
Registration is being taken for the 2018 Cherry Days softball tournament scheduled for June 30-July 1 at Volunteer Park in Paonia. A men's wood bat tournament will be held June 30, and a co-ed tournament (with men using wood bat only) will be held July 1.
An estimated 250 wrestlers from three states took the opportunity last weekend to wrestle at the Paonia Summer Duals. While the number was down, those who showed up are likely to see their efforts rewarded this winter when the 82nd annual Colorado High School wrestling season opens.
The following eight members of the 2018 Cedaredge boys track and field team were honored by being named to this year's Class 2A All-State First Team in track and field by the Colorado High School Activities Association:
Cedaredge and Delta 18U baseball teams competed in a weekend tournament to provide playing-time experience for returning athletes from both schools. According to Delta High School baseball coach Steve Reiher the summer season generates a compliment of full-season games for the Panthers and Bruins.
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