With the loss of all Delta County schools in football, volleyball and soccer, the fall sports season comes to a close for 2018.
Cedaredge and Delta enjoyed successful seasons on the softball diamonds while area cross country athletes were, again, highly successful on the various trails and race courses in the state.
The Paonia Eagles volleyball team went 1-1 last Friday at the 2A Regional 2 tournament in Lakewood to end the season with a 14-11 overall record. The Eagles opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Calhan (10-14).
With a very young volleyball team to begin the 2018 campaign, Beth Nelson's Delta High School volleyball team took on the challenge of becoming better and playing well enough to make post-season play.
The Panthers accomplished a lot in 2018, and gained valuable experience along the way.
After opening the season on a shutout loss to Centauri, the Paonia Eagles overcame the odds to enter first-round state playoffs ranked 11th in the state. On a windy field in eastern Colorado, Paonia ended the season Saturday on a 21-13 first-round playoff loss to sixth-ranked Burlington.
The cold, windy atmosphere in Kersey was a little too much for Delta's Panthers in last Saturday's first-round Class 2A State Football Championship playoff. Platte Valley's Broncos might have had more than just the weather to influence a 45-21 win that was a winning ticket to this weekend's next round against Delta rival, and No. 3 seed Basalt on Nov. 10.
The 2018 Cedaredge High School volleyball team was dynamite for a team boasting one senior. The Bruins cruised through the 2018 campaign and led the 3A WSL in wins for an early portion of the season and finished second (8-1) behind Coal Ridge, which finished with a 9-0 league mark.
Varsity football action in Cedaredge fired up on Friday, Oct. 26. When the Bruins hosted county rivals, the Paonia Eagles.
Two teams from the 1A Western Slope League advanced to this year's first-round of the 2018 state football playoffs this week.
At 6-3 overall, Paonia finished second in the 1A WSL and is 11th in state RPI rankings.
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team began its volleyball week with a key match-up against 3A league foe Aspen on Oct. 23. The Skiers (7-2 and 17-6) came into the contest in third place, right behind Cedaredge (8-1 and 19-4).
The last weekend was a busy one for local volleyball teams. Cedaredge leads the way among the local netters and has accomplished an impressive record to date. With a 19-4 overall record and an 8-1 3A WSL slate, the Bruins are a lock for post-season play.
Paonia High School senior Ethan Bartlett, who was ranked fourth heading into the race, capped a stellar season with a fourth-place time of 17 minutes, 1.1 seconds at the 2A Colorado State Cross Country Championships.
The boys team scored 109 points to place ninth out of 19 teams.
Going into this year's 3A State Cross Country State Meet, Delta senior John Ames wanted to be a top-20 runner with a decent time. "I don't know ... there's lots of fast runners at this year's meet," chirped Ames during an interview last week.
The Paonia Eagles went 2-2 to place third at last weekend's 2A Western Slope League volleyball tournament in Meeker.
In their opening game, Carly Horn had 32 assists and Poppy Lightfoot made 13 kills in 19 attacks in the 3-0 win over Vail Christian.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs ended the conference season with a 40-7 loss to the top-ranked Meeker Cowboys Friday night at Bulldog Stadium. Junior Jace Peebles had 16 carries for 74 yards and one fourth-quarter touchdown and Jacob Palecki made three receptions for 52 yards.
All that was at stake last Friday night when Delta's Panthers and the Titans of Coal Ridge met on the gridiron in Delta, was a state playoff berth in Class 2A.
Delta wanted to make the most of the opportunity to make the cut and proceeded to ensure a good look from the selection committee with a dominating 47-6 win.
Delta's Panthers wanted, and needed, a big win last week in the opening round of the Class 3A State Soccer Championships. The Panthers earned a hosting role after finishing the regular season with a second-place finish in the 3A WSL race with a 5-2 league mark an 11-3-1 overall record which translated into an No. 6 seed.
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