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Photo by Wayne Crick Delta hosted Hotchkiss for a basketball scrimmage on Nov. 20. The two teams played both their varsity and junior varsity teams in simulated game conditions. The scrimmage ended with situation plays as the two non-conference foes used

Delta County schools recently completed successful fall sports programs. The winter sports season is underway with schools preparing for their separate opening day schedules which are set to begin as soon as this weekend for some schools. If the past history of success at each of the four Delta County schools is any indication this, too, will be an enjoyable and successful endeavor for each school.

Schools began the early season competition in winter sports with concentration on physically preparing athletes for the rigors of their respective sporting venues. There are a number of scrimmage sessions infused with scrimmages which involves mastering the rules and technical aspects of each sport, while continuing the conditioning in game-like situations.

There are 11 events scheduled to be played this week beginning on Thursday, Nov. 29.

Basketball is the featured activity on Thursday with Hotchkiss facing Nucla with preliminary games beginning at 3 and 4:30 p.m. and varsity play following at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Friday's (Nov. 30) schedule has Cedaredge playing in the Vail Chrisitian tournament (two games in two days) and Delta traveling to Denver Metro to play in the Faith Christian tournament Friday and Satuday.

Hotchkiss is in Norwood on Friday for tournament action against Ridgway (3 p.m. girls; 4:30 p.m. boys). Paonia will also play in Norwood with host Norwood the opponent on Friday with 6 and 7:30 p.m. games for the girls and boys varsity teams respectively.

Delta's swim team will open its season at home with an invitational competition beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday.

The Saturday schedule has all four Delta County wrestling teams at the Maverick Duals on the campus of CMU beginning at 8 a.m.

Basketball schedules for Saturday has Cedaredge at the Vail Christian tournament, Delta at the Faith Christian tournament with Hotchkiss and Paonia playing at the Norwood tournament.

Delta's swim team will be in Gunnison for a 12 noon start on Saturday to finish its week.

Delta is the only Delta County school scheduled for any sports action early next week. The Panthers will travel to Olathe to take on an always motivated Pirates' team on Dec. 4 for varsity play at 5:30 and 7 p.m. The two preliminary games are set for 4 p.m.

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