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Last week’s Delta High School soccer story detailing the 2021 all-conference players had pictures of all but one of the six players who were named to this year’s 3A Western Slope Conference elite team.

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Delta High School’s volleyball team finished outside the 24-team limit qualifying number for postseason play but made the playoffs based on record and RPI standings to enter last week’s regionals as the number 23 seed. Delta head coach Beth Nelson was excited about her team’s selection and f…

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Last week’s Senior Men’s Club results show the week’s top gross honors belonging to Kevin Davis and George Bock with their score of 77 in the club’s two-man Blind Draw Best Ball tournament for the week. Second place winners in gross competition were Joe Aliota and Jim Nix who shared those ho…

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With Delta’s three wins last week, the Panthers finished the regular season with the 3A Western Slope League’s best overall record (11-3) and vaulted from a non-playoff ranking to number 23 and earned a berth in the 2021 volleyball playoffs. The Panthers will travel to Cortez this weekend fo…

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Paonia’s storied academic and athletic history will never cease to exist, but it must begin anew as a joint venture into the future with another community that too, has lost its original identity that began in the 1920s. Make no mistake about North Fork High School’s destiny, together, Hotch…

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The measure of an athletic team is how the team plays, its resolve and the coach’s ability to draw the most out of the players they are surrounded by. Delta High School’s soccer team was a mixed group of talented athletes from the schools in Delta County. Their ability to master a game forei…

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The 2021 soccer season for Delta High School recently concluded with the Panthers participating in a marathon finish the past week. Delta’s soccer team played over 200 minutes of soccer and likely called the school bus they were riding in their home after being in it for more than 24 hours.

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From May 7-9, handlers from five states and Canada will converge on Delta County to put their stock dogs through a challenging series of sheepherding paces. The Hotchkiss Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials will feature Colorado contestants and dogs as well as competitors from Arizona, California, I…

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Basalt (6-3 overall, 5-0 league) is listed on top of the 3A Western Slope League, and is the only league team to own a victory over the Panthers in the 2021 volleyball season. Delta, 8-3 and 5-1, was leading the league in overall numbers as teams entered the back end of the week.

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After missing an entire season a year ago, Cedaredge High School’s baseball team is excited to be preparing for a 2021 season. Head Coach David Blair (four seasons as an assistant, and one as a head coach) will have the assistance of Brandon Fuller (one year assistant) and Joe Carlson (first…

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It’s been a crazy year for everything, but for Cedaredge High School the year was made brighter with the Bruins’ 3-2 win over the 3A WSL leaders Basalt on Friday night in Basalt. The Bruins stayed close in the opening set but could not put the Longhorns away in a 25-22 loss. Set number two w…

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With the COVID-19 monster still lurking in the shadows, Cedaredge High School head tennis coach, Haley Benson, is finding it difficult to have concrete answers to preseason questions about who’s playing or not playing in the 2021 season.

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On top of a rather punky year of COVID, Delta High School’s baseball team will take the field this season with very little varsity experience in the relatively large number of hopefuls who have been practicing daily. According to veteran coach, Steve Reiher, “We are going to be very young th…

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Ce’rra Westerman’s Paonia Eagles split a pair of 2A/1A Western Slope League volleyball games this past week losing to Olathe’s Pirates, 3-2, on Tuesday (April 13) and defeating the Caprock Academy Eagles, 3-0, on Thursday. Paonia moved on to this week’s competition with a 4-5 league record a…

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The Hotchkiss Bulldogs have been on the wrong end of the majority of their volleyball matches in 2021. The Bulldogs have won three of 11 games this season and have gained valuable experience along the way. The young Bulldogs have just one senior, Bella Brezonick, on this year’s team and the …

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Delta High School head track and field coach, Ryan Whittington, is glad the 2021 track and field season has finally come around. But, how the season will play out is another matter. There’s no guarantee for who’s coming out with the shortened season likely eliminating some athletes for vario…

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There’s no way to begin describing the impact COVID-19 has had on teams preparing for Season D and the number of athletes who will compete in each sport offered. For Delta High School girls soccer coach Elaine Wood, the realization of a reduction in numbers may be more real than not.

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Veteran tennis coach Christina Curtis returns for the 2021 tennis season as Delta High School’s head girls’ tennis coach. Curtis is excited for the new season and is anxious to find out who will make up the 2021 team rosters. “Although it will be a short, fast season, I am looking forward to…

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A preview of what’s to come in 2022 for baseball in Delta County will come from games Hotchkiss and Paonia will play in 2021. With the combination of the two schools a reality, a mutual agreement was made to combine the two schools to make one baseball team for the 2021 season. The team will…

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The COVID year continues with Season D stuffed into a short amount of time and with plenty of questions concerning the number of athletes who will be participating in the various sports offered. Some will choose to forego the final prep season for the current school year due to conflicting i…

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The weather has improved for the golfing community with a bit of wind to contend with on occasion. The results from Devil’s Thumb Golf Club includes scores from both Seniors (April 12) and Men’s Club (April 13) highlight regular Devil’s Thumb men’s play from last week. An added bonus for thi…

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It’s always extra nice when a smaller school defeats a larger school in prep sports. Such was the case last week when Delta High School defeated the visiting Montrose Indians, 3-2, in a non-league confrontation. Montrose dealt the Panthers a 3-0 setback earlier in the season when Delta was m…

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The race for a league title is still in progress and the Cedaredge Bruins (5-4, 4-1) are doing all they can to stay close to the front with three wins last week. The Bruins had relatively easy times with Gunnison on Tuesday (April 6), Aspen on Wednesday and Roaring Fork on Saturday. Each of …

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It was marathon week for Paonia High School last week as the Eagles faced Vail Mountain on Monday (April 5), Hotchkiss (April 8), North Park on Friday (April 9) and Meeker on Saturday (April 10). Two wins from the week (against Hotchkiss and North Park) pushed Paonia’s record to 3-5 overall …

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It’s been a difficult season so far for Hotchkiss High School’s volleyball team. The Bulldogs have a new coach who is installing a new presence for her team and the wins haven’t materialized. In spite of the lack of wins, the Bulldogs have played well with one senior, five juniors, four soph…

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Delta High School had a bout of COVID-itis recently and lost a pair of games to inactivity and no place to make them up in a CHSAA-generated schedule that is too full to accommodate makeup games. The Panthers’ season records are good enough to play in postseason, but Delta head coach Paul Sh…

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Last week’s April 5 Devil’s Thumb Men’s Club results showed a tie for the top place in gross play with Mike Brown and Kevin Davis finishing the day with identical scores of 78. Jim Timmerwilke shot an 89 to finish third in gross play.

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After suffering an unfortunate COVID incidence, Delta High School’s volleyball team appears to be back to more positive results in the matches played since the loss of five players in two games last week (March 25 and 26). The Panthers lost to both Montrose and Basalt in three sets with play…

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Last week’s volleyball matches for Cedaredge High School began on Tuesday with a non-league meeting in Palisade with the Bulldogs. The Bruins weren’t outplayed in anything but the score with Palisade winning the match in five sets, 25-21, 25-27, 25-12, 23-25 and 15-4. A four-set loss (25-22,…

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Last week’s two soccer matches, scheduled for Tuesday, March 23, against Vail Mountain, and Saturday, April 3, against Coal Ridge, were cancelled due to quarantine procedures in accordance with COVID protocol. Delta High School had a member of the soccer team test positive for COVID, which a…

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Last week’s DCI reported the list of athletes from Delta County who were honored as All-Conference basketball players for 2021. Incorrect information for Cedaredge High School’s athletes who were honored indicated senior Kimmy Milholland had been selected to the 2A/1A Western Slope All-Confe…

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It may not seem like the weather has the feel of golf, but believe it. The Devil’s Thumb Golf Club had its annual Men’s Club Opener recently with players from men’s clubs from a number of area courses joining play with Delta’s Men’s Club members. The top teams in the tournament (an 18-hole t…

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Cedaredge High School’s volleyball team scored identical 3-0 wins over Paonia and Grand Valley in the Bruins’ opening week of play in the 2021 volleyball campaign. The Bruins started with a quick lead over Paonia High School on Tuesday, March 23, and found the Eagles very persistent later in…

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The four Delta County high schools had plenty to cheer about in 2021 with all four girls varsity basketball teams taking part in postseason play. Cedaredge, Delta and Paonia all earned first round byes in their respective classifications to begin state tournament play with Hotchkiss taking i…

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It’s been a rough start to the 2021 volleyball season for the Hotchkiss Bulldogs. The strain of three losses to begin the season was broken with Saturday’s 3-2 win over the visiting Hayden Tigers. Prior to that, the Bulldogs had losses to North Park, Caprock Academy and Soroco to start the season.

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After being pushed aside in the regular volleyball season, Beth Nelson and her Delta High School Panthers bided their time for the late season with minimal interference from the pandemic scene until this past week. With an already small, and relatively inexperienced squad, the Panthers were …

Spring time is the perfect time to get outdoors, soak up the sun, or just play a bit. If you’ve been looking for a fun sport that you can enjoy year round, why not try disc golf?

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It’s not a bad thing to make it to the Sweet 16 in prep basketball year after year. There’s not many teams that can maintain a consistent program that allows that to happen on a yearly basis. Delta High School’s girls basketball teams have had some success in the past of reaching that level …

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Delta High School’s volleyball team opened its 2021 season with a pair of games last week. The Panthers had a full complement of players on their roster, including the handful of basketball players who ended their hoops season on March 16.

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Finding a way to stop Meeker sophomore Emma Luce from inflicting damage to Paonia High School’s hopes of a volleyball win last Saturday was more than a challenge for Ce’rra Westerman’s crew. Luce hammered out 27 kills in Meeker’s 3-0 win at home over the weekend. She also posted 26 digs and …

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After the long wait, Delta High School’s soccer team got off to a splendid start with a pair of wins against strong opponents last week. The Panthers slipped past a stubborn Montrose team, 5-4, in a double overtime battle in Montrose (March 15) and played in Carbondale (March 18) to shut out…

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The Colorado League of Charter Schools recently honored eight of the state’s most talented educators and advocates at its annual conference. The Colorado Charter Schools Hall of Fame winners are exceptional leaders designated across eight award categories and the winners are selected by an e…

Depth can help a program thrive, in more ways than one. While providing experience at the varsity or junior varsity level, depth can also offer a multitude of options, like allowing several players to excel off one another or provide a coach with numerous lineup formulations.

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The fantastic season for Cedaredge High School’s girls basketball team came to a grinding halt on March 9, in a Great 8 Class 2A tournament round. Cedaredge’s feisty squad was certainly outsized in physical presence but not in spirit and fierce determination. It is the badger that has often …

The past week of Class 2A Girls Basketball State Tournament play took a heavy toll on teams from the 2A WSL. Only Cedaredge High School survived the week of competition with Hotchkiss, Olathe, Soroco, Plateau Valley and Paonia suffering eliminating losses to their opponents. Stories for Hotc…

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As the 2021 CHSAA State High School Basketball Tournament weekend approaches, Colorado's latest snowstorm update involving area girls state playoff games have changed, again. Cedaredge High School WILL play its Great 8 playoff game against Limon at 6 p.m., in Cedaredge, tonight. Delta High S…

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Short on numbers and time, the Paonia High School girls’ volleyball team will have game when opponents step onto the court. The Eagles are in their final season as players for Paonia High School next year will see Paonia and Hotchkiss High Schools under the same banner and playing with pride.

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The anticipated snowstorm, that has impacted much of the state of Colorado, has forced yet another change to the scheduled high school playoff games. The Great 8 games scheduled for Monday, March 15, must be completed by Tuesday, March 16. Teams that can travel safely to their Monday playoff…

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New volleyball coaches Jessica Alvarado and Chelsea Hotchkiss are using their new positions as first-year coaches, Alvarado as the head and Hotchkiss as an assistant, to instill a new team atmosphere at Hotchkiss High School.

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