Even with a sub-par season, Delta High School's Panthers landed eight athletes on the 2017 2A Intermountain League all-conference team. Four Panthers were First Team selections while four were named to the Honorable Mention squad. Delta missed post-season play for the first time in several years and finished the season with a 3-2 league record and was 4-5 overall.
Seniors Brendon Starr, Logan Church, Josh Reeder and Cameron Schaal were selected to this year's 2A IML First Team.
Starr played in nine games and was Delta's leading rusher with 194 carries and 1349 yards on the season. Starr had a seven-yard average per carry for the year and rushed for nearly 150 yards a game for the Panthers in 2017. Starr had six games in which he rushed for more than 100 yards, including 274 yards against Cortez, 249 yards against Palisade and 234 coming against Gunnison in the season finale.
Starr's statistics included top five rankings in both 2A IML and Class 2A final listings. He was first in Intermountain League rushing with his 1349 yards and finished fourth in state 2A final standings for the same category.
Church played in nine games for the Panthers and finished with 33 solo and 33 assists for a total of 66 tackles on the season with 7.3 tackles per game. Those totals resulted in a seventh-place finish for tackles in league statistics.
Josh Reeder, another defensive line stalwart, played in nine games with 60 tackles (25 solo, 35 assists) and a 6.7 tackles per game year. Reeder's numbers resulted in a 10th-place finish in 2A IML tackles.
Schaal had 49 tackles in nine games (19th in 2A IML) equating to 5.4 tackles per game.
Honorable Mention honors went to Delta's Kole Granger (Sr.), Uriel Blanco (Sr.), Aiden Barrios (Jr.) and Jacob Wear (Sr.).
Granger contributed on both offense and defense this past season with 112 yards offensively and 11 tackles defensively.
Blanco played in eight games with 49 tackles (6.1/game) and was 18th in that category in 2A IML statistics.
Wear had 58 tackles and a 6.4/game average to finish 11th in that category.
Barrios had 7.6 tackles per game in 2017 (61 tackles) and was ninth in the final standings for 2A IML defensive players.
Pagosa Springs' Ty Kimsey was the 2017 Back of the Year and Ryan Phelps of Bayfield was the Lineman of the Year.
Bayfield's Carl Heide was this year's Coach of the Year from the 2A Intermountain League.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.