On Dec. 2, officers of the Delta Police Department responded to a report of an assault. Officers spoke with a 64-year-old male with a bleeding injury on his neck.
Hotchkiss senior volleyball player Carson Collins was named to the 2A/1A Western Slope League all-conference team for 2018. Collins, a middle blocker/hitter, was ranked second in the conference in blocks with 136 -- 67 solo and 69 assists, third in the conference in hitting with 174 kills in 385 attacks, and sixth in kills.
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Paonia senior Poppy Lightfoot was named to the 2018 Western Slope League All-Conference First Team in volleyball. A three-year varsity player, Lightfoot was ranked second in the league in kills and hitting percentage with 312 in 971 attacks.
Nine Paonia football players earned a spot on this year's 1A Western Slope conference teams.
Six players made the 1A WSL first team.
Delta senior Ryan Cooper has signed a letter of intent to pursue his love of golf at Lamar Community College and seek a degree in business management.
Cooper has been in Delta's golf program for several years and was a member of last year's DHS golf team.
Three Hotchkiss Bulldogs earned Class 1A Western Slope All-Conference football honors for 2018, and two were named to the All-Conference first team.
In nine games, junior running back Jace Peebles rushed for 1,081 yards and seven touchdowns in 136 carries, 278 yards on kick returns, and 81 yards on punt returns for a total 1,440 all-purpose yards.
Third year Delta County swim coach Karoline Roome is excited with this year's turnout for swimming. The Panthers show more than 25 athletes making waves at Bill Heddles Recreation Center during practice sessions.
One varsity senior. If a high school coach sticks around long enough, it's bound to happen at some point. After 26 years of coaching basketball, it's Scott Rienks' turn.
Last weekend's wrestling season began for many teams across the state.
Delta was one of many teams to participate in the annual Maverick Duals hosted on the campus of CMU. The Panthers were 3-2 on the day.
Delta head wrestling coach Clayton Curtis (12 years head and three as an assistant coach) knows there is plenty of work to be done early on in the 2018-19 wrestling season. "Even though this is a rebuilding year for us because we lost a ton of seniors last year, I still feel that we will be very competitive in 3A," noted Curtis.
After finishing second in Class 2A last February, Paonia returns six state qualifiers to the wrestling mat. The Eagles are third in preseason Class 2A rankings, as determined by On the Mat.
Hotchkiss head wrestling coach Richard Flores expects between 15-18 wrestlers to be certified for the season.
Five state qualifiers return to the mat this season: seniors Presley Pene, 132, and Sergio Campos, 138; junior Jace Peebles, 170; and sophomores Traycer Hall, 145, and Robert Cochran, 126.
Cedaredge High School's wrestling coach is ever the optimist. No matter the situation, Cutter Garrison is the epitome of positive reinforcement.
The Hotchkiss girls basketball team is off to a good start, handily winning its first three games of the season.
The Bulldogs opened the season at home Thursday with a 53-15 win over Nucla, and on Friday held the Ridgway Demons scoreless in the first period and to single digits in three periods for a 44-23 win at the annual Norwood Shootout.
Rob Ames took the reins of the Delta High School boys basketball team a year ago and enjoyed a ride through a 16-8 season which included a trip to the Class 3A State Basketball Championships. Delta defeated No. 17 Arrupe Jesuit before falling to No. 1 Sterling in the Sweet 16.
With a season of experience under their belts, Delta High School's girls basketball team is straining at the bit to kick off the 2018-19 hoops campaign.
After a 16-8 season last year the Panthers defeated Resurrection Christian in the opening round of the 3A state tournament and lost in the Sweet 16 round to top-seeded Kent Denver, 57-52, to end the season.
A new basketball season and lots of questions greet Cedaredge High School's Craig Cerise who coaches the boys team. Last year's Bruins had 14 players to work with on the varsity team and this year's total team (varsity/JV) number is 16.
Grand Junction High School (365) out-paddled the Durango swim team (347) to win last Friday's Delta Invitational at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Fruita finished third (249) with Gunnison placing fourth (217), Moffat County fifth (146) and host Delta sixth with 47 points.
The Paonia Eagles opened the basketball season at 2-0 and with a new head coach. Tim Esgar replaces Chase Roeber, a PHS graduate who stepped down last spring after seven seasons.
Roeber had a 125-54 win-loss record and two state appearances.
Hotchkiss opened the season at home with a 69-19 win over Nucla. With a three-point buzzer shot by Will Scarlett to end the half, the Bulldogs held a comfortable 41-11 lead.
Cedaredge High School's wrestling team was impressive in its first action of the season at the Maverick Duals on the campus of CMU. The Bruins went 4-1 in a day-long endurance test with wins over Montezuma-Cortez 48-23, Moffat County 42-35, Bayfield 66-14 and Olathe 54-21.
Russell Coleman began his basketball tenure at Cedaredge High School last year as the junior varsity coach for Cedaredge High School's girls program. Coleman begins his varsity coaching experience for the Bruins with 11 letter winners from last season's 21-4 team on this year's roster and has plenty of reason to be excited for the 2018-19 season.
Delta High School football coach Ben Johnson has released the names of the 2018 2A WSL Football All-Conference selections. In all, 14 players were selected for the 2018 Elite Team.
Delta County schools recently completed successful fall sports programs. The winter sports season is underway with schools preparing for their separate opening day schedules which are set to begin as soon as this weekend for some schools.
The following email was composed by Cedaredge volleyball coach Heather Dunbar, a former Mesa State College volleyball player, who played for Rusty Crick.
Dunbar finished her college career and has coached volleyball at Cedaredge High School for the past eight years.
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