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Bill Heddles Recreation Center hosted the 2020 Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge competition on Jan. 6. Over 40 participants, both boys and girls, took part in shooting, passing and dribbling challenges.

When it comes to who’s got spirit, there’s not many spirit teams better than the Hotchkiss Bulldogs. In fact, there’s only one team that can boast being better after Hotchkiss finished the recent 2A State Pom competition with a second-place trophy. The Bulldogs were a mere 66-one hundredth o…

The 2019 fall sports season is history and local Delta County schools were major contributors in some of the year's biggest stories. With previous stories for early fall sports and athletes honored for their success, it's time to turn attention to those athletes who were honored for accompli…

Delta County has reason to be proud of its high school wrestling squads. Grapplers from Cedaredge, Delta, Hotchkiss and Paonia high schools participated in the Western Slope’s most challenging tournament of the regular season, the Warrior Classic hosted by Grand Junction-Central High School.

The Cedaredge High School Bruins boys basketball team ran into a buzzsaw of a team in the No. 9 ranked Centauri High School Falcons on Dec. 20. It’s safe to say that the Centauri High School Falcons boys basketball team is a quality Class 3A team. It wasn’t long before the Bruins found thems…

Competition began in the 160-pound division at the Dec. 19 wrestling dual in Hotchkiss between the Hotchkiss High School Bulldogs and the Delta High School Panthers. The first three matches were pins in less than 2:00 for the Bulldogs. Ethan Guy began the night with a pin over Delta’s Royce …

The week began with the Olathe High School Pirates in town on Dec. 17 and ended on a trip to New Castle to face Coal Ridge High School on Dec. 20 to complete a pair of non-conference basketball games to end the 2019 portion of Paonia High School’s basketball campaign. In girl’s action, the P…

Hotchkiss High School’s basketball teams played two games last week prior to taking a few days off for Christmas. The Bulldogs hosted the DeBeque High School Dragons on Dec. 18 with the girls posting a 52-45 decision over the Dragons and the boys losing, 64-58, to the No. 1 ranked 1A DeBeque…



The Cedaredge High School Bruins girls basketball team engaged in a highly competitive contest on Dec. 20 with the Centauri High School Falcons squad. The No. 6 Class 3A Falcons were clearly in town to prove they are deserving of their top 10 ranking.

Both Delta High School varsity basketball teams were on their games last Tuesday, Dec. 10. The girls got off to a 14-2 start in the first quarter and then used an aggressive defense to force a continuous string of Olathe High School turnovers on their way to a 57-16 win at home. The Panther …

The Hotchkiss High School girls basketball team pushed its season record to 3-0 with the Dec. 12 50-17 win on the road against Telluride High School’s Miners. In boys action, Eric Hollembeak’s varsity boys moved to 2-1 with a 63-58 decision over the Miners.

The Cedaredge High School Bruins boys basketball team learned from its early season losses. The squad came out on top 50-45 in another tight game, this time against the Rangely High School Panthers on Dec. 10. The win was Cedaredge’s eighth straight over the Panthers.

Coming off a successful weekend, the Cedaredge High School Bruins girls basketball team faced the Class 2A Rangely High School Panthers on Dec. 10. The flow of the contest wasn’t exactly what Cedaredge head coach Russell Coleman had planned on. At the end of the first quarter the Bruins had …

The 2019-20 prep basketball season has started with plenty of success for several teams. The Hotchkiss High School Bulldogs are sitting atop the girls (overall standings) with a 4-0 record with Paonia High School and Plateau Valley High School close behind with 3-0 marks. Hayden begins the y…

The Hotchkiss High School Bulldogs finished second in a field of 14 teams at the Dec. 14 Delta Invitational wrestling tournament. Cedaredge High School ran away with the team title with 207 points that included two individual titles, three runner-up finishes and three third-place finishes.

The Delta High School Panthers continue to improve and a fifth-place finish in last Saturday’s Delta Invitational confirms the growth made by the team. Delta scored 114 points, with senior Gauge Lockhart’s 6-1 win in the 195 pound division leading the way. Lockhart (8-0) still appears to be …

For the second straight season, the Cedaredge High School Bruins girls basketball team opened its season by winning the Vail Christian High School Tournament. On Dec. 6-7, the team earned victories over the Class 3A Lake County High School Panthers and the Class 4A Battle Mountain High Schoo…

Ranked No. 4 by Tim Yount’s On the Mat, the Class 2A Cedaredge High School Bruins wrestling team had an outstanding 2019-20 debut as it went undefeated at the Maverick Duals Dec. 7. The team outscored the high schools of Grand Junction-Central (37-36), Bayfield (60-21), Durango (48-33), Mont…

A long and illustrious career in sports has paid dividends for Paonia High School’s Scott Rienks. Rienks, who has paved a golden road to a memorable legacy, will be inducted into Colorado’s coaches Hall of Fame March 20, 2020 at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southwest. Joining Rienks in inductio…

All four Delta County high school wrestling teams fared well in last weekend’s Maverick Duals hosted by Colorado Mesa University. Cedaredge capped its Saturday at the annual competition with five wins (see related story on Cedaredge wrestling team by Kirby Henderson). Delta High School finis…

Led by head coach Craig Cerise, the Cedaredge High School Bruins football program had six players earn postseason honors. Dusty Emig and Jacob Brown made the All-Conference First Team roster while Brody Wagner, Derek Sanchez, Colby Rupp and Sterling Brown earned All-Conference Honorable Ment…

The Cedaredge High School Bruins volleyball team, guided by head coach Heather Dunbar, saw six players earn postseason honors. The 3A Western Slope League (WSL) head coaches recognized Dunbar as Coach of the Year after she led the Bruins to a 20-5 record. Cedaredge High School Athletic Direc…

The Hotchkiss High School girls basketball team is off to a great start following its 2-0 run through the Hotchkiss Shootout Dec. 6-7. On Friday night the Bulldogs had plenty of defense to stymie Ridgway High School’s offense in a 48-10 win on opening night. Saturday afternoon’s contest was …

Cedaredge High School Bruins head boys basketball coach Craig Cerise found his team in a pair of tight games at the Vail Christian High School tournament, Dec. 6-7. Although it was on the losing end of both contests, the team played tough and is bound to learn a great deal from competing in …

A long trip and an early game isn’t the recipe for success in all cases, and this was so Friday. The Delta High School Panthers made a long trip to Denver to participate in the Faith Christian basketball tournament Dec. 6 and 7.

A 15-4 run in the first quarter was one of the big reason’s the Paonia High School Eagles were able to outlast Nucla in an opening round game for boys in last weekend’s Hotchkiss Shootout. Nucla High School took advantage of miscues by the Eagles in the second quarter to shave three points o…

The thought of winning a race is often on the minds of most cross country runners, or any other athlete for that matter. For Paonia High School senior Katya Schwieterman, if the thought of winning crosses her mind at all, it’s not there for long. Schwietterman has been a premier runner for P…

Delta High School had a successful soccer season with the Panthers reaching the round of eight before falling to Atlas Preparatory School and bowing out of the title chase for a Class 3A soccer title.

From the fall of 1986 to the winter of 1990, Tonya Stites (MacKendrick) of Cedaredge High School developed into one of Colorado’s best basketball players. Her skills on the court were a result of a number of factors and carried her to a storied career at Mesa State College of Grand Junction,…

Fourth seeded Delta High School will play for only its third title this Saturday, Nov. 30, when the Panthers take on second ranked Sterling High School in Pueblo at CSU-Pueblo’s Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl at 1 p.m. Both teams come into the title game with 11 wins and one loss.

A collective sigh of relief wafted through the brisk air in Basalt as shadows covered a damp playing field last Saturday. That sigh came from the visiting Delta High School Panthers’ side of the field after an exciting 17-6 victory over a determined Basalt High School Longhorn football team.…

Delta High School senior Sara Geddes signed a letter of intent to attend Colorado Mesa University in the fall of 2020. Geddes, the daughter of Jeremy Geddes and Amy Frazier, will pursue a degree in exercise science while she participates as a Maverick teammate as a member of the CMU women’s …

For Sara Geddes, the thought of not being able to play basketball was more than a thought. While attending a basketball camp early last summer in Las Vegas, Geddes suffered an injury that put a grinding halt to sports of any kind for the multi-talented athlete. In an effort to improve her ga…

With the recent volleyball campaign completed for Delta High School’s Panthers, coach Beth Nelson has submitted the names of four student-athletes who were selected for the 2019 3A WSL all-conference volleyball team.

The pain and agony of an ugly leg injury in the last game of the football season in 2018 still lingers in the mind of Delta High School senior Skyler Kraai. Initially, the injury wasn’t thought to be too serious by Kraai. After all he had endured in his previous seasons in sports there was n…

With a successful season comes postseason honors, and that’s just what the Cedaredge High School Bruins softball team received. Following a trip to the Class 3A Colorado High School State Softball Championships, the Bruins had several student-athletes who were recognized for their play. Earn…

A grinding, but successful season, ended in early November with the playing of the final tournament of the year for the Delta County Force Girls Soccer Team in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A near-perfect evening for soccer made the Nov. 5 second round of the Class 3A State Soccer Championships at Panther Stadium a delight for a raucous crowd of Delta High School fans. The visiting Lutheran High School Lions brought a modest crowd to Delta to support the No. 11 ranked team. Wit…

Delta High School’s volleyball team completed its season with a pair of losses in regional play this past weekend. The Panthers (12-13) ended the season with a 3-1 loss to Eagle Ridge Academy (Brighton) and a 3-0 loss to Englewood on Nov. 8. Eagle Ridge Academy advanced to the 2019 3A State …

An atmosphere of high energy filled the Cedaredge gymnasium on Nov. 9 when the Cedaredge High School Bruins volleyball team competed in the Region 11 tournament. Fellow participants were the Bayfield High School Wolverines and the Buena Vista High School Demons.

Delta High School’s defense put together another stifling effort against an opponent in 2019. This time, the final result, 44-0, came during the first round of the Colorado 2A State Football Playoffs. The Panthers, hosting No. 13 Pagosa Springs High School (5-5), showed no mercy by limiting …

The end to a great football season came last weekend for Hotchkiss’ Bulldogs with a 14-7 overtime loss to Highland in Class 2A state playoffs. Neither team was able to pull away from the other for the first 48 minutes of action of the opening round game. Highland did put up the first points …

The No. 1 and 2 teams from the 1A WSL met Nov. 1 in Meeker to determine the league champion. Meeker High School, sitting atop the standings at 4-0, hosted the Hotchkiss High School Bulldogs (4-0) to settle who would carry the best record into this year’s 1A state football playoffs.

Winning the final four volleyball matches of the regular season wasn’t enough to bring Hotchkiss High School’s record up to playoff level standards in RPI rankings. The Bulldogs ended the regular season with a 9-14 record (45th RPI). Thirty-two teams receive playoff berths.

On Oct. 29, the Cedaredge High School Bruins made the long trip to face the Aspen High School Skiers for their final league contest of the season. The Skiers were fired up and took the first set 26-24 from Cedaredge despite a well-played set by the Bruins. After finally settling in, Cedaredg…

With four losses in last week’s 2A volleyball district tournament in Meeker, Paonia High School’s chances of making this year’s state playoff picture is fuzzy at best. The Eagles finished the 2019 volleyball campaign with an overall 9-14 record and is ranked 42nd in RPI standings for Class 2…

Last week’s year-ending volleyball tournament in New Castle was a bust for Delta High School’s Panthers. Delta played four games, beginning Nov. 1, and suffered losses in all of them. Delta started tournament play against host Coal Ridge High School and lost in straight sets, 2-0. Game two w…

It was cold and the visiting team was good. As temperatures hovered near the 20s, No. 6 Delta High School had to warm up quickly to hold off the No. 27 seeded Strive Prep-Smart Academy soccer team to earn a 2-0 win in the first round of Class 3A state soccer playoffs.

Delta High School Panthers used a fierce attack in the air and on the ground to chalk up their eighth win against one loss on Nov. 1 in New Castle. The Panthers posted 20 points in the game’s first quarter on their way to a 47-8 WSL win over Coal Ridge High School’s Titans. Delta (4-1, 8-1 i…

By standards of seasons past, the 2019 gridiron campaign was not the usual norm for play from Paonia High School’s and Cedaredge High School’s football teams. The Eagles finished the year at 2-3 in 1A WSL standings and were 4-5 overall. Cedaredge was winless in league play and was 2-7 overall.

Paonia High School Eagles finally put together an aerial attack to make any team envious. Senior quarterback Grey Neal had his most productive day passing with seven completions in 12 attempts against Grand Valley High School’s Cardinals on the night of Oct. 25. The Eagles collected 161 yard…

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