Delta High School came up with a fun and entertaining way for the entire community to help raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit organization that grants life-changing wishes to children battling critical illnesses.
The Paonia boys are in the thick of things in 2A District 5. An upset win against top-seed Vail Christian came on a late-game surge that netted the Eagles five points in less than 10 seconds. Jose Pantoja drove past the Saints defense and into the key for a goal.
After splitting games last week, the Hotchkiss girls basketball team is 12-5 overall and 6-4 in 2A District 5 standings. Those numbers are good for third place.
Despite growing pains of a young team the Cedaredge girls' basketball team has done a great job of adjusting to life in the fast lane. More on just how much the Bruins have adjusted next week as the team prepares for district tournament play at Central High School.
At last Thursday night's annual dual between Paonia and Delta, Paonia won five matches by forfeit and four by pin to defeat the Panthers, 72-12.
Paonia opened the dual with 24 points and four pins:
Hotchkiss opened the wrestling season with a few injuries that resulted in some of its top wrestlers coming into the season as late as January. But that's in the past.
The Cedaredge Bruins closed the 2018-19 dual wrestling season last Thursday with four pins and a 51-15 win over Grand Valley.
Toby Waddell (170) opened the dual with a fall (1:41) over Cardinal Brayden Harper.
The defending 2A regional champion Cedaredge Bruins will compete at this Friday and Saturday at the Region 2 wrestling tournament at John Mall High School in Walsenburg.
On the Mat ranks Cedaredge first among the 14 teams in the region.
The Panthers will take a young team into this weekend's 3A Region 1 tournament.
Delta has three returning regional placers. Delta's only senior, Aiden Barrios, is favored to repeat his win at 170 pounds.
Both the girls and boys basketball teams from Delta High School kept a firm grip on their chances to win 3A WSL titles. With two games remaining in the 3A WSL, Delta's girls are 7-0 in league play and 16-1 overall.
The Hotchkiss and Paonia wrestling teams will open the 2A Region 1 wrestling tournament this Friday at 4 p.m., at the Montrose Events Center.
Paonia High School is hosting the tournament.
There was little fanfare or media hype last Saturday when Delta High School freshman Nicole Koch became a state champion. Koch (pronounced 'Cook') pinned her way to the 118-pound title at the Colorado High School Girls Wrestling Championships at Thornton High School.
As the race for team titles nears the end of a competitive season, Delta's Panthers find themselves in place to claim 3A WSL hoops titles for the 2018-19 season. Delta's girls and boys are currently sitting on top of their respective divisions with just four games remaining, including three of four conference tilts on the schedule.
The Hotchkiss girls have a win-loss record of 11-4 and a 2A/1A Western Slope League record of 5-3 following two conference losses. On Friday, the Bulldogs lost to Soroco, 50-42.
Delta High School's swim team, comprised of members from schools within the county, has been busy the past few weeks. Previous meets the Panthers have competed in include the Gunnison Cowboy Invitational (Jan. 25) and the Wildcat Invitational, held at CMU on Jan. 26.
A 23-point second half, 13 steals, and the team's highest field goal percentage of the season resulted in a 41-31 loss for the Paonia girls basketball team last Wednesday to visiting Grand Valley. The 3A Cardinals were 10-3 going into the game, and the 2A Eagles 4-10.
The opponents were taller, had more depth and more upper classmen, and are ranked higher, but the Paonia Eagles gave their guests a good game last Wednesday in their 52-44 loss to Grand Valley.
"I was happy with our effort tonight," said head coach Tim Esgar. "Grand Valley's a good team."
Delta placed wrestlers at four weights and scored 79 points to finish 10th out of 16 teams Saturday at the Valley Viking Invitational. Senior Aiden Barrios (170, 30-7) took home silver on a 4-2 loss to Ty Garnhart (27-4) of Eaton.
Cedaredge High School's basketball teams were in New Castle last weekend for 3A WSL play. The Bruin girls eased their way to a four-point lead at halftime and had enough offense in the second half to score a 58-49 win to move to 3-2 in the 3A WSL and 11-4 overall.
The Cedaredge Bruins won two titles and scored 100 points to place fourth at the 14-team Butch Melton Memorial Invitational at Ignacio High School. Aztec, N.M. won the tournament crown with 209 points.
Junior Sean Dale (132, 25-2) won gold on a 4-3 decision over Garrett Birzer of Aztec, N.M. (33-8).
The Paonia Eagles scored 87.5 points to finish sixth at the 22-team Valley Classic at Center High School.
In a rematch of the 138-pound championship match at the Jan. 25 Screaming Eagle tournament in Paonia, Sackett Chesnik (24-7) placed second to No. 1 Wesley VanMatre on a 5-3 decision.
Hotchkiss placed 10 wrestlers and scored 169 points to place second at the 22-team Valley Classic wrestling tournament at Center High School. Piedra Vista High School (Farmington, N.M.) won the Valley Classic crown with 181 points.
Bulldogs Landen Mayberry (113), Presley Pene (126), Sergio Campos (132) and Jace Peebles (160), all won silver at Center.
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