Delta's second annual "Kickoff to Christmas" takes place Saturday, Nov. 25. This event is sponsored by the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and First Colorado National Bank.
Student leaders from Hotchkiss High School joined the members of the Hotchkiss Town Council for the trustees' monthly meeting -- a tradition that is repeated in the spring, when the trustees meet at the high school and award two scholarships to graduating seniors.
Student body president Nolan Egging opened the meeting with a quote from John F. Kennedy, while Mayor Wendell Koontz selected a quote from Ronald Reagan appropriate to Veterans Day.
Last Friday night's gridiron battle between host Cedaredge High School and Hotchkiss' Bulldogs was an epic defensive battle for over four quarters. Neither team had the solution for finding the end zone with a touchdown.
The Hotchkiss volleyball team didn't make it to Saturday's district finals at Grand Valley High School, but the team still had much to celebrate. Friday's 3-1 tournament win over the Hayden Tigers meant more than just a win.
The Hotchkiss volleyball team will take a 9-10 overall record and a 6-6 record in the 2A Western Slope League into this week's district tournament at Grand Valley High School in Parachute. The record marks the Bulldogs' best win-loss record since 2009.
It was a grinding, methodical 21-14 win for the Hotchkiss Bulldogs as they hosted the Olathe Pirates on Friday, Oct. 20. The Bulldogs now have a 5-3 season record, and are 2-2 in league play.
Two seniors will represent Hotchkiss this Saturday at the Class 2A state cross country meet in Colorado Springs. Sam Rodriguez will make his second state cross country appearance after placing fifth at the 2A Region 4 meet.
A recent Hotchkiss High School graduate was one of a dozen members of the Colorado Northwestern Community College flight team that recently qualified for national competition.
Will Drbohlav captained the CNCC team that placed second at the annual National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Region 1 Intercollegiate Flying Competition held Oct. 7-14 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
For the first time in recent years, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs are set to advance to the district volleyball tournament without having to play an elimination round pigtail game.
Hotchkiss is now 9-9 overall and 6-5 in the 2A/1A Western Slope League after ending the week with a non-conference, 3-2 (18-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 12-15) loss to De Beque (9-9, 5-6, 1A District 1).
In the last regular meet of his four-year high school career, Hotchkiss senior Sam Rodriguez had his fifth top-10 finish of the season at last Thursday's Rifle Cross Country Invitational. Rodriguez finished ninth out of 200 competitors with a time of 17 minutes, 16.5 seconds.
The North Fork Bowl trophy will remain at Paonia High School for a fifth consecutive year after the Eagles defeated rival Hotchkiss Friday night by a score of 28-21.
Eagles quarterback Caden Meilner had one of his best nights of the season, completing six of seven passes for 127 yards and one touchdown, running for two touchdowns, and going four-for-four in PATs.
In cross country, this time of year a new personal best time can mean everything. With state-qualifying regional competition less than two weeks away, Hotchkiss senior Sam Rodriguez couldn't be happier with last Friday's performance at the Delta Pantherfest invitational meet.
There's no denying Hotchkiss and Paonia are rivals, but the Bulldogs will have to wait another season to attempt a win over the Eagles after playing to a 3-0, 25-21, 25-7, 25-18 home loss last Friday.
Hotchkiss coach Peter Nethington said that while it was a tough loss, he wasn't unhappy with the team's performance.
At Friday's third annual Delta Sweitzer Lake Invitational, six Hotchkiss runners set new personal best times.
In the boys' division, all three competitors set new personal records, including Tevin Keller, who finished 33rd with a time of 18 minutes, 59.66 seconds, Kenny Drbohlav (34th, 19:06.58), and Will Ela (51st, 20:26.44).
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs opened the conference season Friday night with a disappointing 36-7 loss at Meeker.
The reigning league champion Cowboys put all of their points on the board in the first half.
Hotchkiss' Bulldogs were 8-6 overall and 6-2 in 2A/1A WSL play heading into their Oct. 3 match at Rangely (10-2, 6-0). On Sept. 26, Hotchkiss defeated Vail Mountain in straight sets and on Friday it was routed by Meeker (11-2, 6-0) in straight sets 25-13, 25-12 and 25-12.
Devin Curtis ran for 72 yards and three touchdowns in 13 carries in the Hotchkiss Bulldogs' 44-0 win Saturday against Vail Christian.
Colton Peebles carried for 219 yards and one touchdown in 23 carries.
The Hotchkiss volleyball team upped its record to 7-5 overall Friday with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, 25-16) conference win at Vail Christian in Edwards. Hotchkiss hosted Vail Mountain Tuesday (results were not available at press time).
Hotchkiss senior cross country runner Sam Rodriguez had his best finish of his career Friday after placing second at the Ouray-Ridgway Ramble at the Reservoir. Rodriguez's 20 minutes, 54 seconds time was just over four seconds off the winning time of 19:56.11, run by Ouray junior Cooper Rondinelli.
The Bulldogs were without a Homecoming opponent after Center canceled its season due to a lack of players. They found a worthy opponent in the Montrose junior varsity squad.
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team battled a scrappy, and much improved, Hotchkiss team on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Bruins played well, giving up just one set to the Bulldogs, in a 3-1 victory in 3A WSL play.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs played hard but came up short Saturday in their league loss to visiting West Grand. It was their first league loss of the season.
Head coach Peter Nethington wasn't unhappy with the outcome after hearing how the Mustangs, a state qualifying team in 2016, beat up on the team last year. "They're a good team," he said.
At the high-altitude Mountaineer Cowboy Invitational, Sam Rodriguez led Hotchkiss' boys to place 11th out of 87 runners with a time of 18 minutes, 2 seconds. Will Ela and Tevin Keller finished in 20:46 and 20:47, respectively, and freshman Kenny Drbohlav was close behind with a time of 20:52.
With a theme of Decades, Hotchkiss High School is celebrating Homecoming Week 2017!
Throughout the week, each class will represent a separate decade. Seniors are '90s, juniors are '70s, sophomores are '50s, and freshmen are '20s.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs volleyball program is seeking sponsors and donations for its Oct. 6 game against rival Paonia. "Hotchkiss Volleyball Pink Out" will recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Week by raising money to support the oncology department at Delta County Memorial Hospital.
About two thirds of the way through Saturday's Hotchkiss Cross Country Invitational, Paonia senior Caden Meilner trailed Hotchkiss senior Sam Rodriguez as they cruised across the high ridgeline of the adobe desert course. "He's just such a phenomenal runner and I kept him in my sights throughout the race," said Meilner.
After three years of placing in the top four, Montrose senior Evan Graff pulled off a convincing win Saturday at the Hotchkiss Cross Country Invitational. As part of his training, Graff delayed his start by 30 seconds and finished the course in 18 minutes, 11.35 seconds.
Hotchkiss head coach Peter Nethington said he was very happy to see his Bulldogs come back from a three-game losing streak to win two conference matches last weekend.
At the Sept. 1-2 tournament at Rangely the Bulldogs lost three games, including a 2-1 loss to Hayden (25-20, 8-25, 15-10).
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs are 1-1 heading into week three of the prep football season following a 14-26 non-conference loss to Class 2A's Coal Ridge Friday at New Castle.
Chase Hiatt connected on eight of 11 passes for 144 yards and one touchdown.
The Hotchkiss High School spirit team will compete this Saturday at the 20th annual Spirit Fest at Elitch Gardens in Denver.
The event includes a variety of cheer and dance divisions, with teams competing for 2018 season passes to Elitch's.
Students at Hotchkiss High School (HHS) have an amazing opportunity to get a jump start on their education from the moment they walk into the commons as freshmen. Advanced Placement (AP) classes, created by the CollegeBoard, offer college level education to high school students in both the U.S and Canada.
If Hotchkiss senior Sam Rodriguez was uncertain about how his cross country season will go, his performance at last Friday's Devil's Thumb Hill Climb should quiet any doubts in his mind. Rodriguez placed fifth out of 107 runners.
The Hotchkiss football team got a glimpse of what they're capable of Friday night in its non-conference 42-6 win over Dolores. Head coach Curtis Hintz said that for a season-opener, he liked what he saw. "They played fast and they played physical, which you always like to see," said Curtis.
For Hotchkiss head coach Curtis Hintz, Chase Hiatt was the obvious choice for quarterback. "It's kind of a natural fit."
Hotchkiss volleyball coach Peter Nethington is constantly looking to the future. He's evaluating players, deciding which ones fit best where today, and thinking about where they will work best next season. He then begins giving them the skills they will need to fill in the gaps after the seniors graduate.
With a total of nine runners, Hotchkiss High School's cross country teams are small in numbers this year, but big on goals and enthusiasm for the coming season.
Hannah Hatheway is in her second season at Hotchkiss.
When the Hotchkiss volleyball team opens the season this Thursday at Ouray, it'll have a new head coach. Peter Nethington replaces two-year head coach Taralee Williams. He brings some 30 years of volleyball experience to the program.
That the first day of the 2017-18 school year in Delta County also fell on the day of the great solar eclipse was something students are likely to remember for the rest of their lives.
At Hotchkiss High School, all students received a pair of "SAFE" eclipse glasses and watched the event from the athletic field.
Hotchkiss High School was named one of five finalists for the "Succeeds Prize," considered the state's most prestigious award in recognition of honoring transformational public schools and educators.
The diagram on the left represents the blueprints for the proposed Hotchkiss High School/North Fork Pool and Parks Recreation District baseball/softball fields provided by Mesa Engineering and Surveying Co., Inc., in Montrose.
Friends and former students are invited to a party for former Hotchkiss teacher, Mary Woodruff. It will be held at the Hotchkiss Senior Citizen Center at 276 W. Main Street Saturday, June 17, from 2-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and memories shared.
The 2017 high school all-state baseball selections were released recently.
Several athletes from Delta County were honored with selections to the state's elite baseball squads.
Hotchkiss FFA Alumni vice president Jason Wrich awarded scholarships to two outstanding 2017 seniors. Lacey Rodriguez and Roggen Frick were awarded the Hotchkiss FFA Alumni Scholarship for $500 each and the Mopar Alumni Scholarship for $300 each.
A changing of the guard in Paonia hasn't altered the gathering of wrestlers from around the state, and out of the state, for an annual event which traditionally draws some of the best wrestlers who want to compete against someone they don't often see.
Hotchkiss High School academic award recipients were recognized May 11:
Delta County Federal Credit Union Scholarship -- Wade Katzdorn, $1,250.
Peace Circle has awarded $1,000 scholarships to six Hotchkiss-area graduating seniors.
The Hotchkiss girls finished seventh overall at the CHSAA 2A state track meet. Of their 35 total points, Kaiya Firor has her name on all of them.
For Hotchkiss the trip to state baseball tournament play was more than just another chance to play for a state title. It was about reaching round two for a chance to face Paonia's Eagles for the fourth time this season.
Paonia's baseball team remained undefeated last weekend and heads to the fateful semifinal round which kayoed the Eagles title run in 2016 when Limon knocked off Paonia in a late innings rally.
The Eagles won their opening round contest against No. 16 Sargent (11-11 overall and 7-1 in 2A District 1 play) on Saturday morning in Pueblo.
Though small in number, the graduates of Hotchkiss High School garnered $533,404 in scholarships. As the graduates crossed the stage to receive their diplomas, those scholarships and each student's career plans were read aloud.
At the 2017 Class 2A State Track and Field Meet, Hotchkiss senior Zack Allen topped off a four-year career in the high jump with a silver medal after clearing the bar at 6 feet, 2 inches. Allen placed eighth as a sophomore and seventh as a junior.
Because they are on the same side of the bracket, Paonia and Hotchkiss could face each other again this Friday.
Ever since the Colorado High School Activities Association did away with regional meets and began qualifying athletes for state track and field based on the top 18 times, heights and distances, the Cedaredge Bruin Invitational has marked the last chance to qualify for state.
The 4x800m team of Zack Allen, Gabe Rodriguez, Myles Zouette and Sam Rodriguez ran for a season-best time of 8 minutes, 33.20 seconds to win the event. The time moved the team up from fifth to third place in state top-18 rankings, behind Cedaredge and Burlington.
Hotchkiss High School senior Dylan Jacob Ashby, son of Jalce Ashby, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Betty Wolverton Scholarship. He is planning to go to college to become a veterinarian.
Hotchkiss High School senior Joseph Nathaniel Nault, the son of Jessica Thomas-Houg, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Kathleen Wheeler Memorial Scholarship. He is planning to attend Colorado Mesa University at Grand Junction to study culinary arts.
The Hotchkiss girls 800-meter sprint medley relay team posted its season-best time of 1 minute, 54.46 seconds to win silver at the 2A/3A Western Slope League track meet. Hotchkiss also took silver in the 4x100 relay with a time of 51.52.
Paonia will take a 19-0 record into this week's District 3/5 tournament after wins over Nucla and Sanford.
Last Tuesday's 9-1 home win over Nucla was a little closer than their first meeting.
The Hotchkiss boys scored 45 points to place eighth at the 1A/2A Western Slope League meet, held Friday and Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
In his first year in the 800-meter run, junior Sam Rodriguez took more than 10 seconds off of his season-best time to win bronze.
On his final throw in district shot put competition Saturday, Darrin Young hit a mark of 46 feet, 7.5 inches to win the 2A/1A WSL district title. "It was a good throw," said Young, a soft-spoken junior.
Class 3A Region 8 tennis competition opens this Thursday at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction, and local teams are hoping to send players to the state tournament opening next Thursday in Greeley.
In its final competition ahead of the regional tournament, Aspen swept Paonia last Wednesday at Apple Valley Park, with two matches going into a tiebreaker.
The Hotchkiss boys earned three silver medals at last Friday's Montrose Invitational track and field meet.
Sam Rodriguez placed second in the 1600-meter run with a new personal-best time of 4 minutes, 45.80 seconds.
It's springtime, and for a high school junior or senior, thoughts of prom and upcoming graduations take center stage. The dress, the tux, the scholarship deadlines, and the countdown to that last day of school ... it's all so exciting, so full of promise.
If there was any question as to who the best team is in 1A/2A District 5 competition, it was answered last week as No. 1-ranked Paonia swept a two-game series against No. 2 Hotchkiss.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs increased their overall record to 12-2 Saturday, outscoring Rangely by 31 points in a two-game series at Rangely.
Hotchkiss opened the series with a 17-0 conference win over the Panthers.
At Friday's annual Coal Ridge Invitational track and field meet at New Castle, sophomore Kaiya Firor won the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.85 seconds. Firor also took more than two seconds off of her prior best time to win the 300m hurdles event in 48.16 seconds.
In track and field competition, a fraction of a second or an inch can mean the difference between a win and a loss. To qualify for the Colorado High School Activities Association's state track meet, athletes must be ranked in the top 18 in the state in their respective class.
With six games remaining in regulation play the Hotchkiss Bulldogs are now 10-2 overall and 3-0 and in second place in the 2A District 3/5 baseball standings ahead of this Saturday's doubleheader at Rangely.
In their 11-2 win over Nucla, the Dogs took a 6-0 lead in the opening inning.
Hotchkiss ended the week with an 8-2 record after sweeping a conference doubleheader Saturday against Meeker. The games opened conference play for the Cowboys, who were 6-0 heading into the series.
The throwers were the big point winners for Hotchkiss Saturday at the Eagle Valley Invitational meet.
Junior Darrin Young had the winning throw of 44 feet, 8 inches in the shot put, and added almost 20 feet to his prior personal best for a winning throw of 126 feet, 6 inches.
The Bruins of Cedaredge had a strong week with wins over 2A Hotchkiss and 3A Moffat County. A big second inning got Cedaredge off to a lead it would never relinquish in an 11-1 non conference victory. A weekend encounter against Moffat County was another win, 9-2, for the Bruins.
The issues facing the Hotchkiss Town Council may seem mundane, but Hotchkiss Mayor Wendell Koontz stressed the importance of hard work and common sense in keeping the Town of Hotchkiss running smoothly. His comments were addressed to the Hotchkiss High School students who were invited to participate in the council's regular meeting.
The Hotchkiss baseball team is in second place in 2A District 3/5 standings after opening conference play Saturday with wins over Dolores and Ignacio.
In the Bulldogs' first win of the day sophomore Jamison Yanish was two-for-two including a three-run homer in the Bulldogs' 9-3 win over Ignacio.
The Hotchkiss girls scored 34 points at Cedaredge. Hotchkiss placed in four relays, with Kaiya Firor, Jasmine Gaub, Fatima Rodriguez and Jordan Tamayo earning silver in the 800-meter sprint medley with a time of 1:57.61.
The Hotchkiss boys scored 49 points to finish fifth at the annual Hotchkiss Invitational track and field meet.
Due to ongoing upgrades to their home track, the Bulldogs held their meet at Delta.
The Hotchkiss baseball team found itself without a game Friday after Dayspring Christian Academy in Greeley canceled its trip due to a snowstorm that hit the Front Range. In early-season rankings Dayspring is sixth in Class 2A state rankings, and Hotchkiss is ranked seventh.
Hotchkiss sophomore Kaiya Firor's season is off to a good start. At the March 18 Delta Invitational Firor set a new personal best height of 4 feet, 8 inches.
The Town of Hotchkiss is pinching pennies, which means fewer donations are going out the door, as the Hotchkiss Booster Club and Hotchkiss Grad Night committee learned last week.
Each year, the Booster Club asks the town for a contribution for ongoing booster activities and for a second donation specifically for grad night.
A walk-off two-run double by Kale Litzelman in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Hotchkiss a 14-4 season-opener win against Roaring Fork last week.
Hotchkiss opened with a 4-0 lead, with Jonathan Gonzalez hitting a one-run double and Chase Hiatt following with a two-run double.
In his first meet of the season, Hotchkiss senior Zack Allen raised the bar. Last Saturday, Allen opened the track and field season with a state-qualifying high jump of 6 feet, 4 inches to win the Delta Panther Invitational. Allen, a senior and two-time state placer, was one of three to clear the bar at 5-10, but was the only remaining competitor after clearing 6 feet.
The Hotchkiss girls 800-meter sprint medley team had a golden start to the track season Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational. Jordan Tamayo, Kaiya Firor, Jasmine Gaub and Fatima Rodriquez earned their first gold medal of the season with a time of 1 minute, 57.45 seconds.
Under second-year head coach Eric Hollembeak, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs ended the basketball season with a 16-7 overall and a 9-3 record and in fourth place in the 13-team 2A/1A Western Slope league. That is the Bulldogs' best record since the 2009-2010 season when Hotchkiss posted a 19-5 record and qualified for the 3A state tournament.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs earned a berth in this week's Western Slope Region basketball tournament at Gunnison.
In district quarterfinals Hotchkiss pulled off a 65-63 win last Wednesday to eliminate Vail Christian.
Hotchkiss' boys basketball team survived a frantic last second effort from Vail Christian's Saints. The Bulldogs finished the exciting game with a 72-71 score.
The prep basketball playoff season is officially underway. Each of the state's eight districts are now down to eight teams after pigtail games were held Monday, with second-round playoffs continuing today.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs' girls team ended its regular season with a loss in Edwards to Vail Christian's Saints, 60-39.
Hotchkiss kept it close in the first quarter but stumbled in the second frame when the Saints exploded for a 24-6 run and a 36-16 halftime lead.
Senior Conner Collins is a three-time state qualifier for Hotchkiss.
Hotchkiss brought home two silver medals and a bronze and finished in sixth place with 92 points at the 2A state wrestling tournament in Denver. At 113 pounds, Sergio Campos took silver Saturday night on a loss to sophomore Dillon Jaramillo of Rocky Ford.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs increased their winning streak to six games following weekend basketball wins over West Grand and North Park.
In Friday's 71-47 conference win over West Grand, the Mustangs came out strong in the first half, leaving Hotchkiss with a narrow one-point lead heading into the second half.
The Hotchkiss girls split their two hoops games for the week, losing, 47-33 Friday against West Grand and playing a hard-fought 63-57 win Saturday against North Park.
Freshman Shay Glaser put 12 points on the board Friday against the Lady Mustangs, and sophomore Kaiya Firor added nine.
Hotchkiss scored 198 points to place third at the 2A Region 1 tournament at Colorado Mesa University, just four points off of the first-place team.
Head coach Richard Flores said he's happy to send nine to state, but lamented a couple of heartbreaking finishes by seniors.
Five of the top 10 teams in state 2A rankings will compete in the 2A Region 1 wrestling tournament, which opens at 1 p.m. Friday the Colorado Mesa University Brownson Arena in Grand Junction. Saturday's semifinal and consolation quarterfinals begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
With three games remaining in the regular season the Hotchkiss Bulldogs are coming on strong in the 2A Western Slope conference.
On Friday Hotchkiss welcomed Rangely with a 61-47 conference win.
Two Delta County wrestling teams participated in the Valley Classic in Center this past weekend.
Hotchkiss' Bulldogs were the toast of the meet after outpointing 21 other teams for the team title with 208.5 points.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs were on the road for a pair of conference games at Hayden on Friday night and Soroco on Saturday.
Hotchkiss' girls found the trip difficult with a 47-45 loss in Hayden and a 66-36 setback to Soroco in Oak Creek on Saturday.
Hotchkiss High School had a fantastic week of wrestling. The Bulldogs wrestled Olathe to a 68-4 win on Wednesday, Jan. 18. A tri-meet against Meeker and Norwood/Nucla also resulted in wins for Hotchkiss. Hotchkiss got past Meeker 41-27 then battered Norwood/Nucla 63-18.
The Bulldog boys suffered a pair of losses last week with Paonia coming to town on Jan. 19 to score a 57-33 win. Vail Mountain's Gore Rangers held on for a 44-42 win on Saturday.
The top scoring teams in this year's Screaming Eagles Wrestling Tournament were led by the Hotchkiss Bulldogs which scored 201.5 points. Cedaredge was second with 186.5 points with host team Paonia and Meeker tied for third with 186 points.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs had wrestling matches on Jan. 11 and 12 last week. Hotchkiss hosted Paonia on the 11th and scratched out a 38-30 victory. On the 12th the Bulldogs were in Parachute for a tri-meet with Grand Valley and Glenwood Springs.
Hotchkiss' Bulldogs recorded wins over De Beque Jan. 14. The games, played in Hotchkiss, were wins for the girls, 52-46, and the boys, 72-39.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs are making statements about themselves with success everywhere they go. Their latest accomplishment is a huge win at last weekend's Eagle Valley Invitational.
With Colorado prep sports programs exiting their Christmas break, the 2016-17 winter sessions will commence this week. Area wrestling teams have been honing skills in preparation for their runs to post-season competition.
Area wrestling teams have earned some top rankings, as have many athletes from Delta County Schools (Cedaredge, Delta, Hotchkiss and Paonia) and Olathe.
The Hotchkiss High School Co-ed Cheer Squad performed well again at the Colorado State High School Activities Association state spirit competition, held Dec. 9 at the Denver Coliseum. The team of two boys and 14 girls placed third in the 2A/3A Co-Ed division cheer competition.
Teams are taking a break from the 2016-17 hoops season to enjoy the Christmas holidays. Several Delta County basketball teams are putting up excellent numbers in the early stages of a long and challenging season.
The last of a series of murals envisioned by Hotchkiss High School art teacher Jamie Roeber was recently completed.
Senior art students Kayden Owens, Roggen Frick, Josh Verdeja and Gabe Rodriguez decided on their own to paint the mural for their art class project.
Central High School in Grand Junction held its yearly Warrior Classic last weekend, the biggest early-season wrestling meet in Colorado.
Forty teams from three different states competed in the event, which draws the best wrestlers in every classification and serves as a pretty good preview of the state tournament in February.
This year's First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament began its sponsorship under the initial format of all four Delta County schools participating in a pre-Christmas tournament in Delta. In 1994, the tournament was known as the Bank of the West Basketball Tournament with all four schools in the county playing at Delta High School on two consecutive days (Thursday and Friday) before Christmas break began.
Another wrestling season is underway and that means another Delta Invitational Wrestling Tournament has taken place. Delta hosted a 12-team tournament last Saturday at Delta High School.
Seven teams posted scores of 100 points or more, with Cedaredge's Bruins claiming the team title with 197 points.
Delta's Panthers took on Hotchkiss Dec. 6 with all four teams recording victories in basketball action. The Panthers' junior varsity girls won 50-18 while the boys junior varsity claimed a 68-24 decision. In varsity play it was 63-43 for the girls from Delta and 72-44 for Delta's boys.
If the first two games are any indication, the boys basketball team from Hotchkiss High School can anticipate a strong season.
At the opening event of the year, the Bulldogs won both their games in a tournament at Ridgway last weekend and are off to a 2-0 start.
The wrestling team from Hotchkiss High School hopes to build upon its success.
The Bulldogs were region champs last year, winning the 2A Region 1 crown and knocking Paonia off the top of the regional pile for the first time in years.
The girls basketball team from Hotchkiss High School has a new coach and a new positive outlook.
Haillie Taylor moved to Hotchkiss in the spring and was hired to coach the Bulldogs after getting the bulk of her coaching experience at the middle school level.
A new season has begun for the Paonia-Hotchkiss speech and debate team. The team has competed in two meets so far, and it has already met with some success.
As it has for the past five years, the Hotchkiss Town Council welcomed the Hotchkiss High School student council to the November monthly council meeting. Involving students in the democratic process allows for better interaction between the town and the school and provides students valuable experience, said Mayor Wendell Koontz in welcoming the students to the head table.
In a tradition that began about five years ago, members of the Hotchkiss High School student government will participate in the Nov. 10 Hotchkiss Town Council meeting. By being a part of the process, students witness how decisions are made at the town level.
Just how is community pride measured? In Hotchkiss, look no further than the Hotchkiss High School "H." For almost 65 years the 100-foot-tall, 60-foot-wide hillside letter has signaled that one is in Bulldog territory.
Last Friday night's meeting between Cedaredge and Hotchkiss High Schools on the gridiron ended with a 43-6 win for the visiting Bruins.
Hotchkiss had the advantage passing with a 64-22 yard edge but Cedaredge was superior on the ground with 335 yards to just 87 for the Bulldogs.
The girls cross country team from Paonia High School is going to the state meet for the first time in three years.
Brooke Hillman and Nora Dransfield finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in the individual race to pace the Eagles to state.
The Hotchkiss High School boys cross country team came to the 2A Region 4 championship race on a mission.
After finishing just short of qualifying for state last year, the Bulldogs ran all season with the intention of getting back to the state meet this weekend in Colorado Springs.
The Bulldogs are learning that wins in the 1A Western Slope Conference are hard to come by.
The Hotchkiss High School football team twice led the game in the early stages but gave up too many big plays as the visiting Grand Valley Cardinals beat the Bulldogs 36-19 last Friday night.
The annual North Fork football game between Paonia and Hotchkiss ended up being the closest game between the rival teams in recent history.
"They played hard, they played up to their ability and the level they're capable of," said Hotchkiss head coach Curtis Hintz.
Hotchkiss High School's cross country team consisted of eight runners (five boys and three girls) this past weekend at the Delta Cross Country Pantherfest Invitational. Confluence Park, the site for the coming regional qualifying meet set for next week, hosted 75 boys and 69 girls.
Hotchkiss faced three tough foes in 2A District 5 play with all three winding up being losses. The Bulldogs began the week with Vail Mountain (7-2) and fell 3-0 to the Gore Rangers in Vail.
Local high school students from Paonia, Hotchkiss and Olathe were able to get outside of the classroom recently thanks to the Youth Outdoor Network. Students ranging from freshmen to seniors waded across the chilly North Fork of the Gunnison River at Pleasure Park with tools and fencing in hand to reach young cottonwoods on the other bank.
Hotchkiss faced three tough foes in 2A District 5 play with all three winding up being losses. The Bulldogs began the week with Vail Mountain (7-2) and fell 3-0 to the Gore Rangers in Vail.
The Hotchkiss High School football team knew that competition in the 1A Western Slope Conference wasn't going to be easy.
The Bulldogs got a look at just how tough the league gets when No. 7 Meeker came to Hotchkiss and dominated from the opening kickoff till the last whistle in a 36-7 win last Friday night.
Paonia High School is home to the No. 1 ranked football team and volleyball team.
The Eagles went to Carbondale and had no problem with Roaring Fork on the gridiron, winning 55-7 last Friday and improving to 4-0 in nonconference play.
The prescription for a high school football victory doesn't usually include surrendering an opening kickoff touchdown, fumbling away your first two possessions and trailing 12-0 after the first quarter.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs recovered from all of that and more to beat Vail Christian 34-12 last Friday night on homecoming.
The Paonia High School football team won its third game in a row to open the season and the Eagles might well be back on top of Class 1A once again.
No. 2 Paonia rolled to a 38-0 win at Ridge View in Watkins last Friday afternoon and stands at 3-0.
Last weekend's cross country meet for two Delta County schools was in Gunnison at the Mountaineer Cowboy Invitational.
Gunnison (50) won the boys' event with Delta finishing fifth (158) and Hotchkiss ninth (22).
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team played three matches last week with a win and two losses being recorded. The Bruins defeated Hotchkiss 3-0, lost to Grand Valley 3-2 and fell to Palisade 3-0.
This year's Homecoming festivities are well under way at Hotchkiss High School. The days leading up to the highlight, Friday night's Homecoming football game and dance, are filled with class competitions, Crazy Day, Sports Day, Twin Day and school colors dress-up days, and the traditional Friday afternoon parade through the heart of town.
Cedaredge High School's volleyball team played three matches last week with a win and two losses being recorded. The Bruins defeated Hotchkiss 3-0, lost to Grand Valley 3-2 and fell to Palisade 3-0.
The Hotchkiss High School volleyball team is having some growing pains, but the young Bulldogs squad continues to improve and build toward the future.
After a pair of 0-3 losses last week, the Bulldogs stood at 4-4 on the campaign before last night's home match against Cedaredge.
The Hotchkiss High School football team recovered from a crazy first quarter to beat visiting Coal Ridge 28-14 last Friday night, improving to 2-0 under first year head coach Curtis Hintz.
"I'm just proud of our boys.
Hotchkiss High School hosted the third cross country meet of the season last Saturday morning and Delta County runners enjoyed the home field advantage.
"It's a tough course. We run it every day so we knew what to expect," Bulldogs sophomore Kaiya Firor, a state qualifier last year, said after she finished third in the girls race.
The Hotchkiss High School volleyball team began the new season the right way.
In front of a raucous student section last Thursday evening in the Bulldogs' gym, Hotchkiss beat Ouray 25-20, 25-12 and 25-6, showing signs of much improvement and hinting at a bright future.
The Class 1A Hotchkiss Bulldogs will be led by a new but familiar face this year on the gridiron when league play begins.
Longtime assistant Curtis Hintz assumed the head coaching duties for the Hotchkiss High School football team after Mike Sirko left the Bulldogs after two years to coach at Grand Junction.
The Hotchkiss High School cross country team is going to look a little different this year.
The Bulldogs girls team lost career standouts Mae Anderson and Sophia Schelle to graduation.
Hotchkiss High School was one of 15 teams entered (boys and girls) in the Basalt Invitational Cross Country Meet. Bulldog boys placed sixth with 182 points and the girls failed to get a team score with just two runners participating.
The 1A Western Slope Conference will have a new look this season.
All high school classifications were redone this year for football teams in Colorado.
Hotchkiss High School students were recognized for academic achievements at an assembly held May 4. Recipients included:
Kayla Milstein, a 2016 Hotchkiss High School graduate, is the recipient of a $1,000 Built Ford Tough scholarship offered through the National FFA scholarship program.
The daughter of Jeff and Karen Milstein, Kayla plans to study ag science at Colorado Mesa University. She would like to be a rancher.
The track teams from Hotchkiss and Delta may not have won team titles at the state meet last weekend in Lakewood, but the Bulldogs and Panthers got several fine individual performances and represented their schools proudly.
The rubber game went to the Eagles.
In the third game of the year between baseball rivals Paonia and Hotchkiss, the Eagles won 5-4 last Saturday in Cortez to capture the 2A District 2 championship and clinch a spot in the 16-team state tournament field.
Hotchkiss High School senior Sophia Margaret Schelle, daughter of David and Cathy Schelle, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Kathleen Wheeler Memorial Scholarship. She is planning to go to CU's College of Media Communication and Information majoring in business media.
Five Hotchkiss High School graduates are receiving $1,000 scholarships from Peace Circle.
HHS senior Will Drbohlav is the son of Matthew and Rebecca Drbohlav.
The Fort Lewis College School of Arts and Sciences held its annual undergraduate research and creative activities symposium on April 21. Student participants were selected by their departments to represent the best undergraduate research and performances done at Fort Lewis College this year, either in oral or poster presentations.
Gratia Fisher sang her last national anthem with aplomb, her family and friends cheering as she trilled the immortal lyrics, "O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave." Fisher, president of the Hotchkiss High School Class of 2016, then joined classmates Brandi Goddard and Megan Lange in a harmonious rendition of Bill Withers' "Lean on Me," accompanied on bongos by Andrew Zerr, and commencement ceremonies were underway.
The mission of the Black Mesa CattleWomen is to promote and protect the beef industry through education and communication. One method the group uses to accomplish this is by supporting youth, education and research.
For the past several months, the Hotchkiss FFA chapter has been practicing the career development experience (CDE) of livestock judging or livestock evaluation. Team members Trenton Carr, Colton Peebles, Hailey Lofley, Morgan Miller, Ruby Shiflet, Bruce Turnbull and Dalton Raley met once a week in the Hotchkiss ag room to practice.
"Everyone has a story about how they got turned on to the blues," says bluesman Otis Taylor, whose dad introduced him to the genre.
For the students of Hotchkiss High School music teacher Jeannette Carey, their story will be about how Taylor turned them on to the blues.
The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School took one huge step toward becoming a family last Friday afternoon.
Cole Carvill hit a walk-off grand slam and the Bulldogs beat No. 1 Paonia 12-8, evening the regular season series between the rivals and giving Hotchkiss a major shot in the arm as the postseason approaches.
It was supposed to be a magical night. But as the rock group The Eagles sing, "In a New York minute, everything can change."
The Hotchkiss High School art students will host their annual art gallery opening Friday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hotchkiss Creamery Arts Center, 165 Bridge Street. Students take their "final exam" by creating the opening, said art teacher Jamie Roeber.
The No. 3 Hotchkiss Bulldogs improved to 15-1 on the season after defeating Roaring Fork 15-3 last week.
Presley Pene and Mario Espinoza pitched the game for the Bulldogs.
Carl Clay, a 1961 graduate of Hotchkiss High School and member of the HHS Alumni Association, is spearheading a project to improve the "H" located near the school. The hillside letter dates back to 1951 when three freshmen lettered in sports. Their initiation involved digging a trench in the shape of an H.
The baseball team at Hotchkiss High School didn't need much time to bounce back.
The Bulldogs recovered from their first loss of the season and beat Cedaredge in a doubleheader last Saturday.
Depending upon which poll you follow, the state's No. 1 and No. 2 2A baseball teams met at Volunteer Park last Tuesday evening in Paonia.
In the first of two regular season matchups between rivals that have played baseball for over a hundred years, Paonia showed that it can execute in all three phases of the game and beat the Bulldogs 3-0.
The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School is in a groove.
The Bulldogs swept a doubleheader from Meeker last Friday afternoon and improved to 12-0 on the campaign.
A mock crash event scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, may look like the real thing, but it's only a drill.
With high school proms happening April 30 and end-of-school-year celebrations a month away, local EMS, fire, police and state troopers will conduct a mock crash event.
As happens twice a year, the Hotchkiss town council welcomed members of the Hotchkiss High School Student Council at the April 14 town meeting. Students partook in the proceedings and witnessed the swearing in of trustees James Roberts and Larry Jakubiak and John Marta.
Senior Katy Parsons gave the Hotchkiss Bulldogs their only first-place finish at last Saturday's Frank Woodburn Invitational. Parsons won the tough 800m run against some good competiton and in doing so posted Class 2A's top time at 2:27.51. Palisade's Greta Van Calcar's time was 2:28.96.
The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School finally got to enjoy a little home cooking.
The Bulldogs improved to 10-0 for the season and swept Rangely in a twinbill last Saturday at Hotchkiss, beating the Panthers with football-esque scores of 14-0 and 39-0.
Delta County track teams fared well at last weekend's Cedaredge Invitational track meet. Paonia's girls won the team title in their division with 168 points on the strength of five first-place finishes. The Eagles' Brianna Van Vleet set a new long jump record for the meet in one of Paonia's wins.
The Hotchkiss High School baseball team kept up its winning ways and improved to 7-0 on the season after sweeping a doubleheader in Meeker last Saturday.
All of the Bulldogs wins so far have come on the road.
The high school track teams from Delta County are just in the second week of competition but already are showing signs that a great running season is in store for all.
At a snowy and windy event at Hotchkiss High School last Saturday, 16 different boys' teams and 15 different girls' teams from all around the Western Slope competed for early season bragging rights.
Hotchkiss' boys earned 37 points at last weekend's Delta Invitational and placed sixth overall.
There weren't any first-place finishes for Hotchkiss, but Zack Allen competed for a title in high jump before finishing second on misses.
The baseball team at Hotchkiss High School is wasting no time.
The Bulldogs, who last year made it to the 2A state semifinal game, made it known that they intend to be in Pueblo again this season and are off to a 5-0 start.
A first-place finish for Hotchkiss' 800-meter medley relay team helped the Bulldogs capture seventh place with 43.5 points in the girls' team race. The winning time for Hotchkiss was 1:58.57.
The basketball season for Hotchkiss' boys' team has drawn to a close following last weekend's competition in Region 3 play. The Bulldogs were the Region 3 Pool 1 number eight seed entering tournament play.
Paonia High School's run to the title game in last weekend's 2A District 5 tournament began at home with a matchup against 13-8 Meeker. The Eagles were less than hospitable, on the court, as they soared to an 83-49 victory.
Hotchkiss High School's boys are still alive and fighting for a berth in the 2016 2A State Basketball Championships in Pueblo.
The Bulldogs won their quarterfinal game against Soroco, 67-46, on Feb. 23.
The wrestling team from Hotchkiss High School peaked and won the 2A Region 1 title, then came back to earth last weekend at the state tournament in Denver.
The Bulldogs qualified an impressive 11 wrestlers for state, but many of them showed their youth and inexperience over the course of the three-day extravaganza and Hotchkiss finished in eighth place as a team with 75 points.
For the Hotchkiss Bulldog boys, the season has been up and down. Last week's loss to Meeker, 54-42, left the Bulldogs with a 7-5 2A WSL District 5 record and an 8-11 overall mark.
Meeker High School's girls' basketball team dealt Hotchkiss a loss, 55-35, last Friday in Meeker. The Cowboys doubled Hotchkiss' score, 18-9, in the game's first eight minutes.
This has been a great year for the Hotchkiss FFA chapter. We started off the year Sept. 14 with a family barbecue meeting which was a great opportunity for all members and parents to get together and spend quality time with each other and prepare for the upcoming events while enjoying well-prepared food.
The wrestling team from Hotchkiss High School is reaching heights the Bulldogs haven't climbed in a while.
Hotchkiss continued to enjoy the momentum that has been building since the New Year and triumphed at the Class 2A Region 1 tournament championship last weekend at Brownson Arena in Grand Junction.
The basketball teams from Hotchkiss High School will play their last games of the regular season tonight at Meeker.
The boys face a key matchup against the Cowboys as the Bulldogs are in the thick of the race for positioning in the 1A/2A Western Slope League.
The annual Speech and Debate Speech Congress was held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13, at Paonia High School. Eight Western Slope schools and more than 45 students participated in the Congressional and Senate house debates.
For the second consecutive year, Hotchkiss High School senior Gratia Fisher and Paonia High School senior Jessie Holt represented their respective schools and Delta County at All-State Choir.
Presented by the Colorado High School Athletic Association, Fisher and Holt joined more than 500 other students in the three-day annual event, which culminated Saturday evening in choral performances at the Bellco Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Hotchkiss High School Future Farmers of America member Dalton Raley will be able to purchase a heifer for his beef breeding program after being awarded a $1,500 Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) grant from the Colorado Elks Association as part of the FFA Heifer Wrangle Program. Raley was awarded the grant during the 2016 National Western Stock Show in Denver.
Hotchkiss High School wrestling coach Richard Flores has hoped all season that the Bulldogs will peak at the right time, and it's starting to look like he might get his wish.
The No. 4 Bulldogs grapplers won their last dual and a tournament heading into this weekend's regional matches in Grand Junction.
The boys' basketball team from Hotchkiss High School saw a little bit of everything over the course of three games last week.
The Bulldogs are still in the thick of things in the race for the 1A/2A Western Slope League regular season crown.
The boys' basketball team from Hotchkiss High School got another win in league play last week.
The Bulldogs beat Plateau Valley last Friday on the road 57-16 and upped their record in 1A/2A Western Slope League play to 4-2 and are 5-8 overall.
The Hotchkiss High School wrestlers keep improving.
The Bulldogs moved up to No. 4 in 2A according to the recent CHSAA online poll.
Hotchkiss entered the week fifth in 2A, just ahead of Paonia and behind Rocky Ford, Centauri, Meeker and Norwood/Nucla, respectively.
The Bulldogs got up-close and personal looks at every one of those teams but No. 1 Rocky Ford this past week, and Hotchkiss showed that it can compete on the mat with all of them.
Both basketball teams from Paonia are firing on all cylinders.
The Eagles boys' and girls' teams are both 11-1 and undefeated in 1A/2A Western Slope League play. At the end of a five-game road stretch, Paonia is at Meeker on Friday and at Hotchkiss on Tuesday.
After a 60-34 win against Hotchkiss' boys on Jan. 19, Cedaredge was looking for a sixth consecutive win heading into last Friday's encounter against Paonia's Eagles. Paonia, after starting the season with six straight wins, was dealt a loss by Grand Valley on Dec. 19.
Cedaredge High School's Bruins finished last weekend's Screamin' Eagle wrestling tournament with 136.5 points and placed fifth. Hotchkiss won the tournament with 229 points with Meeker second (210.5), Centauri third (204) and Paonia fourth (203.5).
The boys' basketball team from Paonia High School keeps putting up big wins and is moving up rapidly in state polls.
The Eagles were ranked No. 5 in 2A in the most recent CHSAA online poll, and they might go higher after posting two big victories last week.
Whispers around Paonia High School are reminding fans that this year's girls' basketball squad is starting to look a lot like another really good Eagles team.
The 2010 Eagles were the last Paonia squad to win state, and this year's version of the Eagles looks a lot like that dominating team.
The wrestlers at Hotchkiss High School keep posting impressive wins. On the Mat ranks the Bulldogs as No. 6 in 2A, right behind Paonia.
The Bulldogs had only one event last week.
The Hotchkiss High School girls' basketball team proved the old adage, "You can learn more from a loss than a win," against Meeker last Saturday evening.
The Bulldogs led after the second and third quarters but succumbed to foul trouble and cold shooting in the end as Meeker prevailed 44-40.
The Hotchkiss High School boys' basketball team finally put all the pieces together.
The Bulldogs executed in a close fourth quarter and gutted out a 59-53 win over Meeker last Saturday night.
Despite being shorthanded, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs wrestling team is showing signs of depth, ability and skill that might pay off big in the end.
In their first dual after the Christmas break, the Bulldogs battled North Fork Valley rival Paonia to a 30-30 score on the mat, but fell in the final tally 42-30 because of two open weights.
The Hotchkiss High School girls' basketball team beat Caprock and entered the New Year on a winning note.
The Bulldogs started off strong and never let up in a 57-18 win over the visiting Eagles at the Hotchkiss gym last Saturday evening.
There was plenty of wrestling action for those who followed their favorite teams this past weekend. Cedaredge and Paonia attended the 12-team Indian Invitational.
Delta was in Utah at the annual Tournament of Champions wrestling tournament hosted by Uintah in Vernal, Utah.
The Hotchkiss High School boys' basketball team has already had its fair share of close games this year, so it was nice to get a big win last Saturday.
The Bulldogs got 16 points from Clayton Oxford, Zack Allen chipped in 11 points and eight different Hotchkiss players scored in a 53-32 victory over Caprock.
The cheerleaders at Hotchkiss High School made history.
The Bulldogs capped a record-setting season by winning third place at the state spirit competition at the Denver Coliseum last month.
A number of deserving athletes in Delta County were selected to various all-conference and all-state teams from fall sports programs. The following is a capsulation of awards given to Delta County athletes, in some cases both all-conference and all-state honors. This list of elite athletes was compiled by Cedaredge High School's Kirby Henderson.
A quick look at the latest wrestling rankings from Tim Yount's On the Mat Rankings shows Hotchkiss in the number five spot in 2A, with Paonia listed sixth. Meeker is third while Norwood/Nucla is fourth.
The wrestling teams from Paonia and Hotchkiss went to the Warrior Classic last weekend and got a look at some of the best competition in the state before they retired to rest during the Christmas break.
The Warrior is considered one of the top tournaments of the season and this year featured 38 teams at Central High School in Grand Junction.
The basketball teams at Hotchkiss High School will get some needed time off during the Christmas break as the Bulldogs hoopsters are off to a 1-6 start.
Both Hotchkiss teams are led by new coaches.
The wrestlers at Hotchkiss High School are off to a great start.
Two weeks into the campaign, the Bulldogs are up to No. 5 in 2A in a recent poll and have seen several individuals put up some big wins at duals early in the season.
The Hotchkiss High School girls' basketball team has a new coach but the same old winning attitude as the Bulldogs hit the hardwood for the 2015 season.
Ginger McPherson is in her first year on the Bulldogs bench and also is teaching mathematics at the high school.
The Bulldogs boys' basketball team has a mix of veterans and young talent that it hopes will achieve new heights of glory at Hotchkiss High School.
Now the test will be putting all of the pieces together into a winning mix for the Bulldogs.
Walk into the wrestling room behind the gym at Paonia High School and instantly you can tell: the Eagles are back.
Even though Paonia had its streak of 2A state championships halted at three last year after the Eagles finished third, enthusiasm and energy burst through the room as the grapplers returned for the 2015 campaign last week.
The Hotchkiss High School girls' basketball team played four games in five days last week and showed signs that the Bulldogs are building a solid foundation for the season.
The Bulldogs have two games this week, playing at Aspen on Thursday and then hosting Vail Christian on Saturday.
If all of the Hotchkiss High School boys' basketball games play out like their first week did, head coach Eric Hollembeak is in for a lot of sleepless nights.
The Bulldogs battled through four games in five days last week.
Walter Elias Disney said that "Our greatest natural resource is in the minds of our children."
Maybe that was the thinking a few years back when members of the Hotchkiss town council and Hotchkiss High School student government began holding joint meetings on a semi-annual basis.
The Hotchkiss girls' cross country team capped a great season of running with a fourth place finish at the state meet last Saturday morning.
The Bulldogs finished fourth for the second straight year and were led by two seniors and two freshman.
A player was ejected. The head coaches confronted each other during a contentious postgame handshake, and 63 points were scored.
Caden Meilner never expected to make it to the state cross country championship.
"This is something I do kind of on the side.
The Hotchkiss volleyball team completed the regular season last Saturday in the Bulldogs gym. While they fell in three sets to Meeker, the Bulldogs have much to look forward to.
For Hotchkiss senior Gratia Fisher, singing The Star-Spangled Banner ahead of Saturday's varsity volleyball game against Meeker was a little more challenging than most of her past performances. Not only was it the final game of the regular volleyball season, and possibly her final home game as a volleyball player, Fisher and her teammates had just distributed 50 light pink long-stemmed roses to people in the stands whose lives have been affected by cancer as part of the team's Dig Deep, Dig Pink volleyball breast cancer benefit.
The Bulldogs are going back to state.
The Hotchkiss girls' cross country team placed three runners in the top 15 and finished second in the 2A Region 4 race last Friday at Confluence Park in Delta, qualifying for a return to this weekend's state championship race in Colorado Springs.
Football action in the 1A Western Slope Conference is only two weeks away from being complete, and teams are jockeying for position in the drive to the state playoffs.
The Paonia volleyball team recovered from a rough regular-season stretch and posted three straight 3-0 victories last week.
The Eagles rebounded to win five in a row since losing three of four matches in the middle of the season and have an overall record of 13-3.
The volleyball team from Hotchkiss High School got its first two wins of the season this past week, and it did it in dramatic fashion.
The Bulldogs won the fifth set 15-13 last Tuesday at home and defeated Caprock Academy for their first win.
The October sun made its presence felt and temperatures were almost as hot as the running by the time the boys' race got underway at the Delta Sweitzer Lake Invitational last Friday.
Like the girls before them, the boys found the 5K lake course much to their liking and ripe for a personal record.
Delta paced Delta County's contingent of participants at the Pantherfest Cross Country Meet at Confluence Park.
Hotchkiss and Paonia did not have enough participants to warrant team scores in the event but did have individual runners in both the boys' and girls' competition.
Hotchkiss got just what it needed for Homecoming.
Wade Katzdorn scored four touchdowns, the Bulldogs snagged three consecutive onside kicks and Hotchkiss scored early and often en route to a 61-0 Western Slope Conference win over Lake County last Friday night in Hotchkiss.
Action began in the 1A Western Slope Conference last Friday night in Cedaredge, and Delta County fans can anticipate great football games as local teams make their push for the playoffs.
Perennial rivals kicked off against each other when Cedaredge hosted Hotchkiss.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs are still seeking their first win in high school volleyball this season, but their play in recent matches shows that victory is right around the corner.
The Bulldogs went to Cedaredge and played the red hot Bruins last Friday and while they fell in three sets, Hotchkiss showed that it has all the pieces for a solid team and the foundation for the future is strong.
Today is the day Hotchkiss freshmen will whitewash "H" as part of traditional Homecoming festivities. At 9 a.m., prior to painting, a group of volunteers and Hotchkiss alumni will begin efforts to reconstruct the hillside letter, which measures roughly 25 feet in width and 100 feet in length.
Hotchkiss High School is a flurry of activities this week as the Bulldogs celebrate Homecoming week. This year's theme is "Super Heroes."
Personal records were set in droves last Friday as runners got a chance to race on an almost perfectly flat 5k course around Sweitzer Lake at the Pantherfest Cross Country Invitational.
Conditions were even better for the girls squads, who ran their race under brilliant blue sky with a late morning breeze as escort.
The old Hotchkiss versus Paonia rivalry was rekindled in high school volleyball last Tuesday night in a match in Paonia's gym.
While the veteran Eagles showed they are still the top team in the region, Hotchkiss demonstrated solid teamwork, a strong team attitude and proved that the young Bulldogs are getting better every match.
Monte Vista's Pirates came into last week's contest against Hotchkiss with a 1-1 record and in third place behind Center, 3-0, and Dolores, 2-1.
The Pirates' win elevated Monte Vista's record to 2-1 and it remains in third place in the 1A Southern Peaks League.
A new chapter was written in an old rivalry at the Hotchkiss Cross Country Invitational girls' race last Saturday at Hotchkiss High School.
Hotchkiss senior Mae Anderson cruised to a first-place finish, completing the hilly course in the adobes behind the high school less than 25 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Chelsea Meilner of Paonia.
Three Delta County high schools saw vastly improved performances from their boys' cross country teams at the Hotchkiss Invitational last Saturday at Hotchkiss High School.
The hilly 5k course got hotter as the day went on, and the boys ran the final test of the event. Montrose standout Ian Meek was the overall winner for the second week in a row, and he did it in impressive fashion.
Hotchkiss High School has a new principal, but Paul Rodriguez is hardly a stranger to the Delta County school system.
Rodriguez brings more than 20 years of experience in education to the school. He began teaching high school math and science at Mancos, then taught those subjects for six years at Paonia High School.
The Hotchkiss High School football team is going through some growing pains, but the young Bulldogs are learning along the way, and they are not going to roll over for anybody.
In a scintillating and often frustrating home opener at Hotchkiss last Friday night, the visiting Olathe Pirates stormed back from a late deficit to force overtime and beat the Bulldogs 29-27.
A young core of Bulldogs is supplemented by one outstanding senior, making the Hotchkiss boys' cross country team a potential force to be reckoned with.
The Bulldogs finished 10th in the team standings at the Delta Invitational last Friday at Confluence Park and are content to build a strong foundation that will hopefully peak at regionals and state.
The Hotchkiss girls' cross country team finished fourth in the state last year and early results this season show that the Bulldogs might well be among 2A's best once again.
Senior Mae Anderson finished second overall, and the Bulldogs made a strong showing at the Delta Cross Country Invitational last Friday morning at Confluence Park.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs had no opening- game butterflies during Zero Week last Friday, going on a seven hour road trip to Ignacio and winning 43-0.
What a difference a year makes.
Hotchkiss football coach Mike Sirko began his second season last week, and already the Bulldogs are showing signs of improvement.
The Hotchkiss High School volleyball team has a new coach and a new outlook this season.
After a fabulous finish at state last year and with some of the best senior running talent in the region returning, the Hotchkiss High School cross-country team begins the season with high hopes.
Hotchkiss' Kale Litzelman had a chance to visit Chicago this summer. While in Chicago, Litzelman showed off some of his athleticism at a showcase that included 61 other prep baseball players.
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