For the second consecutive year, Paonia pitcher Kaden Seriani was named Class 2A baseball player of the year by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Seriani, who made the CHSAA first team three consecutive years, batted .600 for the season and was second in home runs regardless of class with 13. At the plate Seriani had an ERA of 0.84.
Among his other recognitions, in 2017 Seriani made MaxPreps Small Schools All-American baseball team and in 2016 was on the "Small Schools Baseball Player of the Year" watch list.
The 23-2 Eagles won their second straight state title in 2018, and for the second year, head coach Nate Miller was named Class 2A Coach of the Year. In his four years as head coach the Eagles have achieved an 88-10 record.
At the receiving end of Seriani's 90-plus-mph fast balls was catcher Jaden Miller, who was named to the All-State First Team for the second consecutive year and was the Western Slope League player of the year in 2015. At the plate this year Miller and Seriani led the class in RBIs and were ranked second and third, respectively, in slugging percentage.
Anders Schopp also received All-State First Team honors from the CHSAA. Schopp made the CHSAA second team as a junior.
Senior Slater Podgorny made the CHSAA second team for the second consecutive year. Podgorny played at short stop and on offense led the class in runs scored with 59.
Second-year starting infielder Grey Neal received honorable mention and one of three Class 2A sophomores in the state to receive all-state honors.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.