Cedaredge High School's basketball team had one game scheduled for the past week. That game was played in Nucla on Saturday, Dec. 8. Cedaredge won the girls contest, 58-14, with help from a 30-0 second quarter, which initiated a running clock for the remainder of the game.
Hotchkiss extended its early-season dual record to 4-2 Friday on a 42-35 win over Moffat County.
The Bulldogs won three matches by pin, including Landen Mayberry (113-pounder) over Hunter Fredrickson in 3:58; Presley Pene (132-pounder) over Isiaih Herod in 4:56, and Teagan Sommers (195) over Daniel Cruz in 2:39.
Hotchkiss scored 104 points to finish eighth out of 13 teams at the Panther Invitational.
At 170, junior Jace Peebles was runner-up.
Paonia placed seven wrestlers and scored 135 points to finish third at Delta.
The Eagles sent three wrestlers into the championship match.
The Paonia girls basketball team remains undefeated after it opened conference play last Thursday with a 62-16 win over visiting Caprock Academy (Grand Junction).
With a game-high 10 points that included two three-point goals, Carly Horn was named "Player of the Game."
Delta scored 121.5 points to place fifth at its own Panther Invitational Wrestling Tournament.
Delta sent three into the championship match.
A visit from Telluride's Miners Dec. 6 had a pleasant ending for Hotchkiss High School's girls basketball team and not so pleasant for the Bulldogs boys.
Senior Carson Collins was a force in the middle of Telluride's defense as she sifted the ball through the nets for a game-high 20 points to lead Hotchkiss to a 44-9 romp.
It's sometimes a rare occasion when high school basketball teams win all four games in the same evening. Delta High School accomplished that feat last week in Olathe when the Panthers won both junior varsity games and finished the evening with wins at the varsity level.
For the third consecutive year, the Cedaredge Bruins won the team title at the annual Delta Panther Invitational wrestling tournament.
The Bruins won four championships. At 126, sophomore Trey Geyer (8-1) had three pins for the day, winning the title match by fall (3:31) over Delta's Ben Koch (6-2).
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.
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