A couple of tough-luck games at the 2017 boys' Class 2A State Basketball Championships were all that stood in the way of Paonia High School's shot at a state basketball title.
The Eagles had some early difficulty handling the No. 3 Del Norte Tigers in quarterfinal play before dispatching them with a 45-37 win.
Paonia High School girls' basketball coach remembered the scenario which unfolded in the 2010 championship matchup between the Eagles and Akron. "Down eight with 2:30 left in the game. I asked the girls to look me in the eye and I told them we were going to win," quoted Paonia girls coach Scott Rienks.
To say basketball is in the family history is a certainty in speaking of Delta High School's Webb sisters.
The saga began with Skylyn Webb, who was a four-year starter for the Panthers.
Delta High School's girls team lost four of its last five games but had high enough RPI points to make it into the field of 32 of post-season play.
The Panthers (13-9) were seeded 26th in last week's regional play in Denver.
The first quarter start wasn't fantastic, but the No. 14 Bruins led 10-8 at quarter's end. A pair of three-balls, one from Hailey Henrie and another from Makayla Mckinney, helped achieve the short-lived lead for the Bruins.
Paonia girls head basketball coach Scott Rienks has one of the most athletic teams of his career. The Eagles were league and district champions, and last weekend they won their 22nd consecutive game of the season to qualify for this week's final 8 state tournament.
The Paonia Eagles will make their sixth consecutive trip to the girls state basketball championships this week after defeating Center, 78-37, Saturday at the West Slope regional tournament at Gunnison. They enter the Great 8 bracket as the No. 2 seed and with a 22-0 record.
After a shaky start the Paonia Eagles pulled off a convincing 63-33 regional win over Telluride Saturday to advance to the final eight round of the CHSAA state basketball championships.
"We were the last ones to punch our ticket," said head coach Chase Roeber after the late evening 63-33 win at Western State Colorado University's Mountaineer Field House in Gunnison.
Last week's regional playoffs were held throughout the state of Colorado. Delta joined Bayfield, Alamosa and Rye in a regional challenge in Bayfield. Alamosa (No. 12) and Rye (No. 21) played in the first game on Friday. Alamosa emerged the victor, 52-44, in that contest. Delta and Bayfield played in the evening's marques matchup.
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.
Paonia girls head coach Scott Rienks is eyeing his sixth consecutive trip to the Class 2A state basketball tournament. With an undefeated season and a top seed at this week's Western Slope regional playoffs, odds are they'll get there.
The Cedaredge boys' basketball team made a trip to Carbondale on Tuesday (Feb. 21) for a play-in game against Roaring Fork's Rams. The winner would advance to the 3A WSL district tournament held at Central High School in Grand Junction.
There was some doubt as to whether or not the Delta Panthers' girls basketball team would be in the round of 32 post-season playoffs following a 55-35 loss to Olathe last week.
That doubt was erased on Sunday when the Panthers were paired against The Academy (18-4) for this Friday's opening round of 3A state basketball playoffs.
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.
Paonia head basketball coach Chase Roeber knew ahead of post season play that there would be no easy games on the road to the state tournament. Of top seven teams vying for the 2A District 5 title, the tournament could go to any of them, said Roeber. "They're all right there."
Cedaredge High School's girls basketball team won its play-in game against Gunnison (33-21) on Tuesday but lost to Moffat County on Friday (49-42) and Olathe (41-38) in Saturday's third-place game.
Despite a rough weekend of basketball Delta High School's boys hoops team will be moving on to regional play this weekend. The Panthers got past Grand Valley in a play-in game on Feb. 21 with a score of 56-45, a far cry from the 68-32 win on Feb. 18.
Ryan Hilbig's Cedaredge Bruins' basketball team delivered two wins over the weekend to keep its hold on the second spot in the 3A WSL girls standings. The Bruins rumbled past Roaring Fork 46-27 and edged Moffat County, 43-38, on Saturday.
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.
Paonia's boys basketball team was expected to win last Friday in Rangely. A 66-36 decision was as lopsided as it sounds with everyone on Coach Chase Roeber's roster seeing action.
Paonia's Eagles kept a stranglehold on 2A District 5's top spot with a solid 61-45 win against Rangely on Feb. 17 and will host a first-round playoff game on Wednesday (Feb. 22).
Last Friday's game, played in Rangely, wasn't in doubt after the conclusion of the first half. Paonia was comfortably ahead 38-23 heading to its locker room after the first 16 minutes of play.
Delta's boys basketball team needed two wins over the weekend to secure fourth place and a chance to host for a spot in this weekend's 3A district tournament held at Central High School.
A tough final weekend of hoops caused Delta's girls basketball team to finish fifth in the 3A WSL standings and changed the site for this week's play in games to the district finals to be played in Grand Junction (Central High School) on Friday and Saturday.
Craig Cerise's Cedaredge Bruins boys basketball team fell to a tough Roaring Fork team, 59-42, on Friday of last week and hosted Moffat County on Saturday emerging with a solid 65-47 victory.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
When the three-point shots are falling with ease, points add up quickly. That's the situation the Paonia boys found themselves in Friday in a need-to-win match against visiting Vail Christian. Only it was their opponent calling the shots.
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.
Not only did the Grand Valley Cardinals push the Eagle's high-scoring offenses, they also tested Paonia's defense with some solid offensive play.
Paonia's boys lost their battle with the Cardinals, 56-44, with the girls prevailing 44-34 in a harder than usual contest for them.
A split for the Bruins girls and a double-loss for the boys created a rough weekend for Cedaredge basketball teams.
Cedaredge's girls got the better of the rough weekend with a split with Grand Valley and Basalt.
Delta High School's boys basketball team continues to have an up and down season after splitting games played at home last week. A 54-51 loss to Coal Ridge was a gut-wrencher while a 69-53 win over Olathe wasn't deeply satisfying either.
Cedaredge's basketball fortunes are on a roller coaster ride for the boys while the girls have rebounded from a loss to Paonia two weeks ago and posted a pair of wins this past week.
The boys hosted Delta on Jan. 17 and suffered a 69-58 loss. Later in the week Cedaredge visited Coal Ridge where it was thumped 83-63 by the Titans.
Delta's Panthers are looking to find the groove in their new league but have yet to realize full satisfaction in either girls or boys play so far.
The girls have a 1-0 league mark in the 3A WSL and are 8-3 overall. But both Cedaredge (1-0, 7-3) and Gunnison (1-0, 4-6) are listed above them.
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 Hotchkiss Elks Lodge sponsored the annual Basketball Hoop Shoot on Jan. 8. Students from Crawford, Paonia and Hotchkiss competed in the event.
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.
Paonia Eagles' basketball teams recorded a pair of wins last weekend. The first set of victories came against Soroco, 64-57 for girls and 88-32 for the boys.
According to 3A WSL league standings, both Cedaredge boys and girls basketball teams are holding in sixth place with no wins and no losses. Overall, both teams are 5-3 and would be third based on those records compared to teams in the league.
Hotchkiss' Bulldogs played a pair of basketball games this past week, beginning with Caprock Academy on Jan. 6.
Hotchkiss' girls left little doubt as to who the winner was going to be with a 27-0 sprint through the first quarter of play.
Against Olathe on Jan. 6 the Cedaredge girls basketball team suffered a 49-31 loss in league play to the Pirates. Cedaredge's boys were able to keep the Pirates looking for victories with a 63-49 setback.
Paonia High School began its week on the hardwood with a contest against Plateau Valley on Jan. 6. Paonia's girls had little trouble with the Cowboys in a 72-22 win. The Eagles' boys were equally successful in their 79-45 decision.
With the winter break over, athletic teams returned to competition last week. Not all teams returned with the full readiness desired. Delta High School's girls weren't in mid-season form during their matchup with Roaring Fork last Friday night.
The 2017 version of the Denver Nuggets Basketball Skills Challenge took place on Monday, Jan. 2, at Bill Heddles Rec Center in Delta.
This event is a basketball competition that allows youngsters to showcase their talents in dribbling, passing and shooting.
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.
This Paonia girls basketball story missed last week's deadline and is an addition to this week's stories.
The Eagles held on to beat Olathe 50-43 last Tuesday in the Paonia gym, beating the Pirates for only the second time in the last ten years.
Alumni teams from the four Delta County schools put together teams (men's and women's) to compete at half time of the First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament last week.
Players from as far back as 1986 were listed on team rosters, with several players from 2015 signed up for play on other rosters.
Delta visited Olathe on Dec. 13 to face the Pirates in a non-league contest. In girls competition, Delta led for most of the game and held on for a 54-53 win. The Panther boys started fast and led from start to finish in an 89-59 victory.
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.
The Cedaredge Bruins' basketball teams have gotten off to a successful start in 2016-17.
The Bruin girls are 3-1 on the season and the boys match that record.
The boys basketball team from Paonia High School saw a little bit of everything last week.
The Eagles fired on all cylinders in a 75-45 win at home against Olathe last Tuesday.
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.
The move to 3A basketball has many Delta fans thinking well past regular season play. Last year's Panthers were 9-12 in the Class 4A ranks.
Delta had 32 boys out to start the 2016 basketball season.
The girls basketball team from Paonia High School still remembers the score: 55-46.
Last year in the 2A state title game, the Eagles lost to Yuma by that tally and fell just short of their ultimate goal.
The boys basketball team from Paonia High School has some unfinished business to take care of.
While it's outrageous to say that a team that went 25-2 last year had a bad season, the Eagles were disappointed that one of those losses came in the first round of the 2A state tournament.
Last year's Cedaredge Bruins' girls basketball team was one of the top teams in Class 2A. The Bruins completed the year with a 24-3 record, with two of those losses coming to state runner-up Paonia.
New Cedaredge High School boys basketball coach Craig Cerise is no stranger to Bruins athletics. Cerise graduated from CHS in 1999.
While attending Cedaredge High School, Cerise participated in two years of football (9th and 12th grade) and four years of basketball.
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.
New Delta High School girls basketball coach Kyle Crowder is no stranger to the game of basketball. He graduated from Alamosa High School in 1997 where he played basketball for four years and ran track.
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.
Former basketball players from Cedaredge, Delta, Hotchkiss and Paonia are invited to participate in the Jack Hawkins Alumni Games, to be held Dec. 16 and 17 in conjunction with the First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament at Delta High.
During halftime of the basketball tournament, alumni teams will play 10-minute games.
This year First Colorado National Bank is bringing back two of Delta County's most beloved traditions. The basketball tournament will once again feature only the four county high schools -- Cedaredge, Delta, Hotchkiss and Paonia.
Little hoopsters, lace up your high tops and dribble on down to Bill Heddles Recreation Center for another season of Little League basketball. The fee is $40 for boys and girls in grades 3-6.
The seventh grade Delta girls' competitive basketball team wrapped up a very successful season. As Arienne Huff described it, "What a season this team had, playing in tournaments from Denver to Pagosa Springs and everywhere in between.
A three-on-three basketball league is being formed at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Games will be played Monday nights from June 13 through Aug. 1.
Coach Von Mitchell is announcing his annual basketball camps will be offered at Delta High School in the month of May.
The first "Li'l" Kids' Camp will be for boys and girls who will be in the third through the sixth grades and will be run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on May 24-25.
Delta County basketball was well represented in 2015-16. Paonia, Cedaredge and Delta landed athletes on the Colorado High School Activities Association all-state teams, announced last Friday.
Paonia High School's Ashley Van Vleet and Cedaredge's Nellie Freeman were honored with selections to First-Team status.
Paonia High School's boys' basketball team knew there was a good possibility of being in the state playoffs before season play began. All the preparations, dating from last summer to this year's 2A state playoffs, paid off for the Eagles. Paonia entered this year's state tournament as the No. 6-seeded team and with a 23-1 record.
The hopes of a successful basketball season began last year for Paonia High School's girls' basketball program. After winning the 2A consolation title a year ago, Paonia looked forward to a return trip, and a shot at the state title in 2016.
A great season of basketball almost became a fantastic year for the Cedaredge Bruins basketball team. A highly controversial call in the late stages of last Friday's semifinal round of the 2A girls' state basketball championships may have cost Cedaredge a shot at an all-Western Slope final matchup.
Cedaredge High School's boys' basketball team earned a No. 4 seed in last weekend's Region 3 tournament in Rifle. The Bruins played District 7's Alexander Dawson High School in a first-round matchup.
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.
The 2015-16 4A WSL all conference selections include a pair of Delta High School boys. Honored as a First Team selection was sophomore Jaspar Carmichael. Honorable Mention went to senior Jonny Ponce.
Given the competition continues to rise as teams advance in playoff races, Paonia High School's Eagles used all that surrounds those contests to gain experience and momentum on their journey toward a state basketball title this week in Pueblo.
The Eagles continued their winning ways with two more victories in Rifle over opponents in the 2A Region 3 tournament.
An error in last week's DCI had the Paonia boys losing only to Hotchkiss earlier in the season, when, in fact, Grand Valley's Cardinals should have been given that victory. Grand Valley handed the Eagles their only loss of the season to date, a 60-49 decision on Dec. 19 in Parachute. Since that time, the Eagles are on a 17-game winning streak and have a 23-1 record.
The Cedaredge girls' basketball team will return to Pueblo for the second straight year as a contestant in the 2016 2A State Basketball Tournament.
Cedaredge has two losses on its record and both of those setbacks came at the hands of Paonia High School.
For Paonia High School, the second season for girls' basketball is underway with some positive results so far.
The Eagles, ranked second by MaxPreps, won last weekend's 2A District 5 tournament hosted in De Beque.
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.
A full week of basketball kept Cedaredge High School's girls' team busy preparing for last week's 2A District 5 tournament. The week began with quarterfinal action in Cedaredge on Tuesday.
Coach Kevin Dunbar's Bruins began their journey through the 2016 2A District 5 tournament with a 61-37 win over West Grand on Feb. 23 in Cedaredge. The win moved the Bruins into Saturday's semifinal round against Vail Christian in De Beque, where they scored a 36-29 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 weekend of Feb. 26-27, Hotchkiss K-8 School hosted the Delta County seventh-eighth grade girls' basketball tournament. All Delta County girls did an excellent job of showing pride for their respective schools as well as for the game of basketball.
Cedaredge's boys finished the regular season with a solid win over Caprock Academy last Saturday in Cedaredge. The Bruins held the Eagles to single digits in the first and fourth quarters on their way to a 69-36 victory in District 5 play.
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.
Last weekend's basketball games scheduled for Paonia High School required little thought as to who would win its games. The Eagles' boys found the going easy and raced to a 77-31 victory.
Delta High School's girls completed their basketball campaign for the 2015-16 season with a 4A WSL District loss to Durango last Thursday night at Grand Junction Central High School. The 48-23 loss to the Demons left a young Delta team with a 9-12 overall mark and 5-9 in league play.
It was a great learning process for Delta High School's boys' basketball team. A mixture of players ranging from freshman to senior athletes created a season which produced plenty of highs and lows.
The Cedaredge Bruins have a big week of play coming up in District 5 WSL tournament action. The Bruins had a quarterfinal-round game against West Grand on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
The Cedaredge Bruins had a couple of ballgames this past week, beginning with a Tuesday matchup against Hotchkiss on Feb. 9. The Bruin girls won their contest, 69-40, while the boys were defeated 44-35. See the related Cedaredge/Hotchkiss story in today's issue of the DCI.
Despite losing to Cedaredge at home, the Paonia High School girls' basketball team remained at No. 2 in the 2A state rankings and bounced back from the Bruins loss to post two blowout wins this past week.
Paonia is 16-2 overall and stands at 10-1 in 1A/2A Western Slope League action.
The boys' basketball team from Paonia has been in cruise control for a couple of weeks now and has reeled off 11 wins in a row.
The Eagles are 17-1 overall and 11-0 in 1A/2A Western Slope League play.
Delta High School basketball teams played three games this past week. Basalt was in town last Tuesday, Feb. 9, and the Panthers' girls dialed up a 53-33 win over the Longhorns. The boys lost, 61-52, to the Longhorns.
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.
A busy week for the No. 2 Paonia girls' basketball team started as usual with some big wins but ended with an extremely unusual loss at home.
With three games left on their schedule before Districts, all at home, the Eagles are 14-2 overall and are 8-1 in 1A/2A Western Slope League action.
The Cedaredge Bruin girls put themselves right back into the thick of things with their 42-40 win over Paonia on Saturday. That game was played in Paonia and avenges an earlier 54-39 loss to the Eagles on Jan. 22. (See related story.)
The Cedaredge High School girls' basketball team just learned a lot about who they can be.
The Bruins trailed virtually the entire game before rallying to beat Paonia 42-40 last Saturday afternoon, handing the No. 2 Eagles their first defeat in 1A/2A Western Slope League play.
Delta's Panthers played two key 4A WSL contests this past week. On Tuesday, Delta was at home against Rifle and visited Steamboat Springs on Saturday.
The No. 4 Paonia High School boys' basketball team is in cruise control headed toward the post season.
Last week the Eagles posted three wins in five days and improved their winning streak to nine in a row. The boys are 15-1 overall and are undefeated in 1A/2A Western Slope League play at 9-0.
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.
Cedaredge High School boys' basketball team is currently fifth in 2A/1A WSL standings. A loss, 61-33, in Basalt and a win, 62-56, at Meeker, has the Bruins showing a 6-1 league mark and 9-5 overall.
Cedaredge's girls' basketball team started another winning streak following last week's loss to the Class 2A second-ranked Paonia Eagles. The Bruins demolished Basalt, 61-27, on Tuesday and then rolled over Meeker, 57-30, on Saturday.
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.
So far, everything is going right for the Paonia High School boys' basketball team.
The Eagles went to Meeker last Friday and won their sixth game in a row after defeating the Cowboys 67-56.
Delta High School's basketball teams split varsity games against Battle Mountain's Huskies last Friday night in Edwards.
Delta's girls had to have a last-second score from Emily Nortnik to seal their win, 60-59.
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.
Delta's Panthers returned to the hardwood this past week with three games being played in six days. A Jan. 19 contest at home with Palisade started the week off. The Bulldogs took advantage of a 34-7 third quarter to blow the game open for a 79-47 4A WSL victory.
Delta had few answers for the Bulldogs in a rematch game. Palisade took advantage of numerous mistakes and poor shooting by the Panthers to sweep Delta in its two-game series for the season.
The Cedaredge Bruins were on an 11-game winning streak before Paonia's Eagles came to town last Friday evening. The last loss for Cedaredge was at last year's 2A State Tournament in Pueblo when Paonia did the trick.
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 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.
Hotchkiss Elks Lodge #1807 held its annual "Hoop Shoot" free throw contest on Jan. 17, at Hotchkiss High School. The Hoop Shoot program is the largest and most visible of the many youth activities sponsored by Elks lodges.
A road trip to Frisco on a blustery winter day was made brighter after both the girls' and boys' varsity basketball teams earned victories in 4A WSL play. The girls led from start to finish and scored a 65-41 decision over the Tigers.
The Cedaredge Bruins played out of town over the weekend starting with a contest in Collbran against Plateau Valley. Both varsity basketball teams won their games, with the girls scoring an 82-47 victory and the boys posting a 50-33 decision.
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.
The Cedaredge girls' basketball team scored two more victories last week, including a 51-21 win over Meeker in Cedaredge, and a 52-25 win against Rangely on Saturday.
With the wins, Cedaredge's record climbs to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in 2A District 5 standings.
The Cedaredge boys are near the middle of the standings in 2A District 5 play with a 2-0 league mark and 5-3 overall.
Last week's games were against Meeker and Rangely. The Bruins knocked off Meeker, 60-45, and slipped past Rangely, 48-41.
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.
The Eagles soared into the New Year.
Both basketball teams from Paonia High School opened league play with road victories last Saturday afternoon at Plateau Valley.
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 2016 portion of Delta High School's girls' basketball schedule began with two games last week. The Panthers traveled to Rifle on Friday where they dropped a 49-30 decision to the Bears and hosted Steamboat Springs on Saturday and suffered a 46-42 overtime loss after leading 13-1 in the first period.
Prep sports is taking a breather before resuming rigorous schedules beginning in early January.
Delta County athletes are taking time off but are scheduled to begin practicing for opening contests in the new year.
It's been an up and down season so far for Cedaredge High School's boys' basketball team. The Bruins find themselves near the middle of league standings with a 3-3 record heading into winter break.
The basketball teams at Paonia High School enter the Christmas break ranked among the top 10 teams in the state and are posting some big numbers.
The Paonia boys started the season with six straight wins before falling at Grand Valley.
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.
Delta began its basketball year with three wins before a 61-48 loss to Palisade on Dec. 11 squashed the Panthers' win streak. A loss to a good Basalt team on Dec. 12 provided a wake-up call for the Panthers.
Craig Cerise's Panthers have been working hard on the basketball court and last week's efforts, along with the prior week's play, are beginning to show some dividends.
After a 2-3 beginning over the past two weeks, the Panthers have put together a good stretch of games that includes three wins and a loss.
It's been a terrific start for Ryan Hilbig and his Cedaredge High School Bruins basketball team. The Bruins are currently unbeaten at 5-0.
Cedaredge High School's basketball team is now on top of the 2A District 5 girls' standings. A loss by Paonia to Olathe last week has the Bruins listed in first place with a 5-0 record.
The Paonia High School girls' basketball team saw the highs and the lows this past week.
The latter came last Tuesday on the road in Olathe, where the Eagles suffered their first loss of the season.
Delta High School's basketball teams are struggling to find ways to win in the early stages of their hoops campaigns.
The girls are in a total rebuilding year with a new coach and his new offense and defensive schemes.
The Cedaredge head boys' basketball coach will bring a staff that enters its sixth season with the Bruins. Joining head coach Kevin Dunbar will be assistants Derek Kehmeier and Dave Boyd.
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.
The Paonia High School boys' basketball team appears to be a very motivated bunch.
After making it to the regional championship game the past two seasons, the experienced Eagles began their quest for the state tournament with three straight wins.
Delta High School's girls' basketball team got its first taste of a new season with a new coach and new offensive and defensive systems. The results were not totally successful, with the Panthers winning just one of three games played in last weekend's First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament.
There were some slow segments of their game, but the Cedaredge girls' basketball team, once it got rolling, was nearly unstoppable. Olathe's Pirates had the most success against Cedaredge but fell, 41-33, in first-round action of the First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament last week in Delta.
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.
The Cedaredge boys' basketball team played three games last week, all in the annual First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament played in Delta and Paonia. Play began on Thursday, Dec. 3, for Cedaredge with a game against Olathe. Cedaredge won that contest, 56-35, and looked to be in good form to start the 2015-16 hoops campaign.
If the first week of the season is any indication, the Paonia High School girls' basketball team is going to be celebrating quite a few wins this year.
Many of the Paonia girls are still making the transition from volleyball to basketball, but the natural athletes that make up the deep Eagles roster showed no ill effects of a late start during the First Colorado National Bank Tournament last weekend at Paonia High School.
This year's Delta High School boys' basketball team will make fans, and coaches, smile a lot. The Panthers will be inexperienced but talented as they continue their season following last week's 3-0 start.
The Delta girls' basketball program has a new head coach and will be striving to make a successful transition to Craig Cerise's new offense and defense as the season progressses.
Cerise, a former head coach for the Lady Panthers for two seasons, will be in his third season at the helm for the program. Overall, Cerise has nine years experience.
Paonia High School boys' basketball coach Chase Roeber doesn't mince words when asked about goals and expectations for the 2015 version of the Eagles hoopsters.
"Nothing short of making the state tournament," Roeber said after the first game of the year. "If we don't get to the state tournament, it's a bust."
The Paonia High School girls' basketball team came back from the 2A state tournament last year with a trophy, just maybe not the one it really wanted.
"We finished as the consolation champs," Paonia head coach Scott Rienks said.
Last year's Cedaredge Bruins girls' basketball team had a marvelous season and finished with one of the best records in Class 2A basketball, 20-4. Three of the four losses came against league foe Paonia.
Delta boys' head basketball coach Von Mitchell knows this could be a rewarding season for basketball at Delta High School. With just two seniors, Easton Metcalf and Jonny Ponce, listed on this year's varsity roster, the Panthers will be building a more experienced team that potentially has the ability to finish high in the 4A WSL.
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