Josh Applegate, far right, is joined by Patty Blanco (Farmers Insurance customer service representative), left, and Delta High School athletic director Jeremy McCormick during halftime of the Delta boys Cedaredge versus Delta basketball game.
The Paonia girls basketball team easily rolled over rival Meeker Friday night for a 72-44 win.
The Eagles forced steals on Meeker's first two possessions to take a quick 4-0 lead and never looked back, ending the game with 22 steals.
The Paonia Eagles' boys took care of business Friday, defeating visiting Meeker, 46-38.
"It was a tale of two halves," said head coach Chase Roeber.
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.
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.
A big win, 60-42, over Cedaredge helped Delta's Panthers keep a foothold on a top-four place in the tough 3A WSL.
Beau Byers scored 17 of his game-high 21 points in the second half, 13 coming in the third period, to lead Delta's third win of the season over the Bruins.
The Delta Panthers qualified six wrestlers for the Colorado High School Activities Association's 81st annual State Wrestling Tournament. Delta placed fifth with 134 points and placed in nine weight divisions at the 3A Region 1 wrestling tournament, held Friday and Saturday at Buena Vista. Moffat County scored 196 points to win the 14-team tournament.
These three Delta High School athletes, and their coaches, pose at last week's intent-to-play signings at Delta High School. In the front row; left to right, are Dani Sakala, Lily Lockhart and Megan Sandoval.
With a week left in regular season play Delta's Panthers are resting in fourth place in 3A WSL girls standings.
Last week's loss to Cedaredge, 39-36, and a win in Carbondale, 53-36, leaves the Panthers with a 5-2 league mark and 12-5 overall.
Cedaredge will send 10 wrestlers to state. The Bruins weren't ranked in the top five heading into the regional tournament and finished fourth with 196 points, just five points shy of first place.
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.
With one match remaining in the 2A Region 1 wrestling tournament, Paonia trailed Meeker, 200-198. Both the heavyweight and team titles hung in the balance when No. 1 seed Trevor Smith stepped on the mat to face Meeker's No. 2 seed, Tyler Ilgen. After three rounds, the score was tied, 2-2 -- two escapes each.
The Paonia Eagles boys' team added three games to the win column last week to remain undefeated and in first place in 2A District 5 standings.
On Feb. 3 they pulled off a come-from-behind 62-47 home win over Vail Mountain (10-4 overall, 9-3 district).
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.
Eli Etter felt a bit of pressure going into the last home match of his high school wrestling career. Paonia led Delta in the final dual of the regular season by a mere two points, and Etter's was the last match of the dual. He didn't want to lose.
Delta senior Tristen Brown signed his national letter of intent to play football at UNC last Wednesday.
Cedaredge Bruins' boys basketball team has been close to winning several games that came down to a one, two or three possession swing. Most of those games went to the Bruins' opponents.
A pair of key wins last week have the Cedaredge Bruin girls hungry for a team title in its new league. The Bruins battled top teams from the 2A/1A ranks the past few years and have had good competition playing the likes of Paonia, Soroco and Meeker during that time span.
With a pair of wins last week, Delta's Panthers are 4-1 in 3A WSL and 11-4 overall. Two other teams (Cedaredge and Moffat County) also carry 4-1 league marks.
Last week's games were with Aspen (Feb. 2) and Gunnison (Feb. 3). Delta defeated Aspen 44-22 and ran away from the Cowboys in a 59-37 decision.
Delta's boys had a good basketball week with wins over Aspen (61-40) and Gunnison (61-39).
The two wins vaulted the Panthers into third place in a tough 3A WSL.
Two Paonia High School seniors who played for one of the most successful football programs in state history are headed to Division II schools after signing their national letters of intent last Wednesday as part of National Signing Day.
Trevor Smith signed with Western State Colorado University, and Dagan Rienks signed to play at Colorado Mesa University.
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