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The prep baseball, track and tennis seasons are just getting started. Whether or not the weather cooperates, the spring sports season in Delta County is underway.

Hotchkiss and Cedaredge have already seen action on the baseball diamond, while Paonia opens the season this weekend with a doubleheader at home against Rangely.

Cedaredge head coach C.J. Cannell previewed the season after the Bruins swept Rangely in a twinbill last Saturday.

"Hotchkiss is extremely well coached. Blake Carlquist does a fantastic job there at Hotchkiss," Cannell said. "Paonia has a lot coming back as well, they didn't lose much with Jaden Miller and Trevor Smith and Kyle Seriani, so they're definitely going to be in the top of the league. If we want to contend for a league title, we definitely are going to have to play well against those teams."

Hotchkiss made it all the way to the 2A state semifinals last year. The Bulldogs started the season already and played at Roaring Fork yesterday. The Bulldogs' first home game is April 2.

Paonia has high expectations as Seriani will get to see his first varsity action. The transfer from Palisade had to sit out last year by rule. He is expected to strengthen an already very deep pitching staff for the Eagles, who play a home doubleheader against Rangely on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.

Look for previews and coverage of the baseball season in upcoming issues of the DCI.

Track

The first track meet for local schools is scheduled at Delta on Saturday. Paonia and Hotchkiss are both scheduled to run along with the other county schools.

Paonia seeks its fourth consecutive 2A state championship. Many of its athletes will ease into the season after just finishing basketball last weekend.

Look for previews and coverage of the track season in upcoming issues of the DCI.

Tennis

The Paonia High School tennis team, combined with Hotchkiss athletes, has its first home match at Apple Valley Park in Paonia on March 29 versus Cedaredge.

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