At their March 5 meeting Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes made two appointments to the county planning commission. Steve Shea was reappointed for a three-year term.
Delta High School's baseball team played through a typical spring in Colorado recently with games in blustery winter-like temperatures to more soothing and warmer games over the weekend in Erie and Niwot.
Following the previous week's contest against Roaring Fork where game-time temperatures were in the high 50's and lower 60's, Delta's game in Paonia was played in windy and much cooler temperatures with the Eagles claiming a 7-1 victory (see related story by Tamie Meck).
For Delta senior Logan Church the third time might be the charm. Church attended the national high school championships in the past and was runner-up last year.
This year's venue is Virginia Beach with planned activities scheduled for March 22-25.
Lamar Community College will be Dylan Hollenbeck's next residence when a new school year begins. Hollenbeck signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Lamar and has chosen to pursue a career in biology and chemistry to keep him occupied when not playing baseball for the Lopes.
Delta senior Jaspar Carmichael is heading to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., to study engineering, physics and math. Carmichael will also play some baseball for the Blue Jays while working toward his degree.
The Cedaredge Bruins are 2-2 to start the 2018 baseball campaign. An opening season game in Gypsum was a 10-0 win over 4A Eagle Valley.
In their first meet of the season, the Paonia girls scored 41 points to place sixth Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational.
Among the top Paonia placers, senior Mckenna Palmer won the triple jump with a wind-assisted (3.4 meters per hour) distance of 32 feet, 4 inches.
The Paonia boys track team finished in the top three in two events and scored 29 points at Saturday's Delta Panther Invitational.
In the 400-meter dash, junior Harley Ewart took second with a time of 55.09 seconds.
The Hotchkiss girls opened the track season with 48 points and a tie for fourth place with Telluride Saturday at the annual Delta Panther track and field invitational.
Junior Kaiya Firor won the 400-meter dash in 59.8 seconds.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs struck out 11 and allowed five hits in last Wednesday's non-conference, 7-1 win against the visiting Rifle Bears.
Eli Kirk allowed one hit and one run, walked four and struck out six in the first three innings of the game.
The defending Class 2A state champion Paonia Eagles opened the season Thursday with a 7-1 home win over Delta. Senior Kaden Seriani, one of four returning all-state players for the Eagles, allowed four hits in five innings and struck out 10.
Delta High School's girls track team scored the bulk of its 104 points with wins coming in first through third place finishes (72 points).
Delta's boys scored 56 of their 73 points with first and second place finishes on Saturday.
Last Saturday's track meet in Delta featured 14 teams. Montrose High School won both the girls and boys divisions with 176 and 116.5 points, respectively.
Teams competing at the Hotchkiss Bulldog Track and Field Invitational on March 24 will have something to really sink their cleats into following improvements to Bulldog Stadium last summer.
Among those improvements are a new surface on the eight-lane track, new high jump pad, and long and triple jump runways.
Former Delta High School basketball coach Al Blanc has been selected to enter the Colorado Coaches Hall of Fame.
Blanc has been a part of coaching the game of basketball for 45 years and jokingly stated, "I've been selected because of longevity!"
The Cedaredge Bruins have gotten off to a good start to the 2018 campaign with a 10-0 win in Gypsum over the Eagle Valley Devils on Saturday, March 10.
Details of the game were not available.
The 2018 baseball season began as it did a year ago with a win over Roaring Fork's Rams. Delta defeated the Rams 8-1 in its season opener last year and dealt a 10-0 loss to them to begin the 2018 season on March 9.
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