Football players

Hotchkiss athletes honored; Members of the 2019 Hotchkiss High School football team who were Western Slope All Conference selections, and All State selections, posed for this picture. Pictured, not in any order, are Ethan Guy, Oliver Mendoza, Coulson Hollembeak, Jace Peebles, Adam Smith, Malykai Klaseen, Traycer Hall, Yahir Chavez and Jacob Palecki.

A number of talented football players from Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia high schools were recognized for their accomplishments throughout the past football season.

Delta was well represented in Class 2A ranks with five players earning either First or Second Team All-State honors. The Panthers, who finished 11-2 in 2019, landed junior quarterback Nolan Bynum and seniors Brandon Butler (OL/DE), Hunter Hughes (WR/DB) and Gauge Lockhart (TE/DE) on the First Team. Senior Nathan Workman (WR/DB) was selected to the Second Team.

Cedaredge senior Dusty Emig (DE/SB) was an honorable mention selection in Class 1A.

The Paonia Eagles had two players honored for Class 1A all-state accomplishments with seniors Logan Green landing on the Second Team and Grey Neal earning honorable mention as a quarterback and cornerback on defense.

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs (7-3) had a successful season due in large part to senior running back and free safety Jace Peebles, who was selected to the Colorado High School Coaches Association All State team as well as a member of The Colorado High School Athletic Association’s Class 1A All State First Team. Senior Malykai Klaseen was the WSL Lineman of the Year and was selected to the Second Team as a running back and middle linebacker.

Hotchkiss head football coach Curtis Hintz also sent his list of All-Conference selections for 2019. Three players were selected to the Western Slope League All Conference Honorable Mention list, including Ethan Guy, Oliver Mendoza and Coulson Hollembeak. First Team WSL All Conference selections were Peebles, Adam Smith, Klaseen, Traycer Hall, Yahir Chavez and Jacob Palecki.

Coach Hintz noted Peebles accomplishment as the Class 1A rushing leader this season. “This is not possible without the big guys up front, a great lead-blocking fullback and wide outs getting their edge blocks. It is a team effort to rush for almost 1,800 yards in a season,” Hintz said.

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