Delta has struggled in recent years to qualify athletes for state. Last season, as one of the smallest schools in Class 4A, the Panthers qualified a total of three athletes for state.
Lily Lockhart's track and field season is off to a good start. At Saturday's Delta Panther Invitational Lockhart handily won the shot put and discus.
The Delta High School baseball team is 2-2 on the new season with some impressive teams it has done battle with.
The Panthers began their 2017 campaign against Roaring Fork with an 8-1 win on March 10.
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.
Delta's Ethan Keller, second from right, signed to attend Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb. Keller will be working toward a culinary diploma while attending school and is expected to see plenty of baseball action for the Hawks in their inaugural baseball season.
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.
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.
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.
Graduation is just three months away, but some Delta High School seniors are still undecided about post-graduation plans. To provide direction, DHS hosted a "Procrastinator's Fair" that featured six four-year and vocational colleges, as well as the opportunity to explore careers in the military, mechanics, health, emergency services, engineering, construction trades and more.
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.
The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity for the Delta FFA chapter. The year started with county fair.
Delta junior heavyweight Logan Church was the top placer for Delta at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament in Denver last weekend. Church was seeded 12th, which is a tough place to be in any wrestling tournament.
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.
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.
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 Orchard City student of the month for February is Cristina Caballero, a senior at Delta High School.
Cristina has a 4.13 grade point average and has completed advanced coursework in language and composition, statistics, calculus, physics and environmental science.
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.
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.
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.
Delta senior Tristen Brown signed his national letter of intent to play football at UNC last Wednesday.
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.
Thomas Neil excels in both vocal and instrumental music, but it's his voice that took him to Colorado All-State Choir last week. Neil, a junior at Delta High School, was invited to participate in the men's choir after a live audition last fall.
Delta High School swim team is finished with its regular schedule for the 2017 season. The Panthers have showed vast improvement through the season and will end the year with district competition this week.
The Delta High School FFA chapter attended the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver last week. It was all fun and games with a little work thrown in for good measure.
Two seniors from Delta High School were honored to be part of the "small school" All State Jazz Band at the annual CMEA conference in Colorado Springs during the last week of January.
The Panthers were involved with plenty of wrestling action last weekend. The varsity boys were at Valley High School for the Viking Invitational while the junior varsity boys were in Mead. And, Makayla Mills competed in the Chatfield Invitational where she placed third.
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.
Delta's wrestling team competed against Montrose on Friday night and traveled to Rifle for the Rifle Duals on Saturday.
The Panthers defeated Montrose 46-27 and won all five of their duals in Rifle with wins over Basalt 69-9, Rifle 69-6, Grand Valley 66-9, Rifle 78-8 and Steamboat Spring 45-18.
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.
A crowdfunding site has been launched for the Delta High School class that won the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow challenge for the state of Colorado. The students are using STEM principles to address a real-life problem -- excessive noise in the cafeteria at Lincoln Elementary School.
Delta High School has been named the Colorado state winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).
"I'm really proud of all these guys," said physics instructor Ben Magtutu. "This is excellent stuff."
Delta's Panthers were on the mat twice this past week, plus had a female wrestler, Makayla Mills, participate in an eastern slope meet just for girls.
Delta hosted Palisade's Bulldogs on Jan. 12 and were defeated 45-33.
Delta High School's wrestling week began on Thursday, Jan. 5. The Panthers were in Rifle for a triangular meet where they fell to the Bears, 37-36 on a tie-breaker.
Delta senior Landre Whelan (right lane) swims the 200m freestyle for the first time this season to work on her conditioning
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.
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.
Members of Delta's Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571 and auxiliary gathered with friends for their annual Christmas banquet Dec. 12 and to honor patriotic writing by local students.
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.
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.
Orchard City's student of the month for December is Madiea Lyons, a senior at Delta High School.
She was presented with the honor during the town board's regular Dec. 14 meeting.
The Civil Air Patrol recently conducted a promotion ceremony at Delta Middle School, the first to be held in Delta in many years.
Cadet/Senior Airman Jezreel Couch, Cadet/Tech Sgt. Micah Yeager, Cadet/Airman Bolton Couch and Cadet/Chief Master Sgt. Jack Jones were promoted to their current ranks.
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.
Two groups from Delta High School and three others have been named state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a competition that encourages students to solve issues in their community using science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) for a chance to win a share of $2 million in technology.
AP Physics 2 and STEM students from Delta High School hope to reach new heights in this year's high altitude challenge.
Physics instructor Ben Magtutu challenged his students to design a unique scientific payload that can reach a minimum altitude of 120,000 feet and be returned safely to their possession.
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.
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.
Delta High School's head wrestling coach Clayton Curtis enters the 2016 campaign with 10 years as a head coach and three as an assistant. Joining Curtis, as assistants, are Luis Meza (10 years), Tyler Morfitt (7 years), Chad Roberts (first year), Kory Mills (first year) and Alejandro Medina (first year).
Delta High School swim coach Karoline Roome brings genuine enthusiasm to practice each day.
The Panthers' second-year head coach likes to think of her athletes as top swimmers from top to bottom.
Delta High School's first swim meet was held in Gunnison on Dec. 3.
Placing third in Gunnison was Landre Whelan in the 200 individual medley, Olivia McCracken in the 100 butterfly and Whelan in the 500 freestyle.
The students walking the halls of their high school every day have a unique perspective about facilities, curriculum and expectations for academic, athletic and behavioral performance. It was that unique perspective the school district was seeking when it invited juniors and seniors from Cedaredge and Delta high schools to a student forum.
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.
Delta's Panthers were big winners during the 2A prep football season, finishing with an 8-4 season following a loss to Kent Denver in the Class 2A state football playoffs.
Delta picked up several more accolades in the post-season with the selection of 12 Panther football players to the 2016 2A Intermountain League All-Conference team.
Delta High School's volleyball team recently completed a trip to the Class 3A State Volleyball Championships in Denver. A successful season earned the Panthers plenty of post-season traveling opportunities the past few weeks.
Students at Delta High School have come up with three engineering projects they believe will solve real problems in the community.
The juniors and seniors are students in Ben Magtutu's PhLEM -- Physics Learning, Engineering and Mathematics -- class.
Delta High School had two players on the CCGS volleyball team recently.
Delta High School soccer coach Elaine Wood released the names of six Panthers who were selected to this year's All-Conference teams. Only 11 players from the 3A WSL were chosen for All-Conference First Team honors.
Delta's Panthers will have to settle for being one of the top four teams in Class 2A football in Colorado after falling, 21-14, to No. 6 Kent Denver last Saturday. The semifinal round game was played in Denver on a bright, sunny day on a field surrounded with snow.
No. 10 Delta stumbled on its first possession and punted the ball away after three plays.
The goal was to get out of pool play in last weekend's 3A State Volleyball Championships. Coach Beth Nelson had confidence her Panthers were up to the task after drawing the No. 10 seed in Pool 3.
The Orchard City Town Board has chosen Delta High School senior Emily Nortnik as its student of the month.
Emily has been a three-sport athlete throughout middle and high school.
Delta High School has advanced to the semifinal round of the 2016 Class 2A State Football Championships. The Panthers defeated No. 2 Resurrection Christian, which came into last Saturday's game undefeated (10-0), to earn a berth in the semifinals.
The last story on Delta High School's soccer team mistakenly reported the 3A WSL team title was won by Vail Mountain High School. That information was in error as Delta's Panthers were this year's league champions with their 8-1 league mark.
Delta High School volleyball coach Beth Nelson was more than happy with the way seeding worked out after last weekend's Region 10 qualifying play in Colorado Springs. The Panthers, had they hosted a regional, may not have drawn an equally favorable pair of opponents they faced at St. Mary's High School in Arvada last Friday.
Delta High School's latest adventure was its first-ever sorte into the Class 2A state high school football championships last weekend. The Panthers, No. 10 seeded and 6-3 overall, traveled to Faith Christian High School to take on the No. 7, and 6-3, Eagles in first 2A first round playoff action.
Delta High School Student Council, the Delta Police Department and Delta Food Pantry are teaming up for a food and toy drive as part of the school's Spirit of Giving campaign that will take place through the month of November. The campaign kicks off with a tribute to local Law Enforcement during the Nov. 5 regional volleyball playoff game.
A great soccer season came to a screeching halt last weekend in the second round of this year's 3A state soccer playoffs.
Delta won its opening round contest against Peak to Peak (the number 13 seed) by a 3-0 score.
Delta's Panthers have completed the 2016 regular season schedule for volleyball. Last weekend's action was played at Coal Ridge's year-end tournament, which was designed to act as a tune-up for Delta for the coming 3A state volleyball tournament. Delta
To say Delta was dominating would be an understatement in a 41-0 football win over Gunnison's Cowboys last Friday night in Gunnison.
Delta raced to a 21-0 lead after the first 12 minutes of play and then coasted the rest of the way in the must win game.
High school students in Delta will build their own solar system, look for sunspots and flares on the sun using a solar telescope and more, thanks to an outreach program offered through the University of Colorado Boulder.
The CU-STARs -- undergraduate and graduate astronomy students -- head to Delta High School Nov. 3 and 4 to lead hands-on science classes and informal demonstrations.
Eaton sophomore Allie Hobbs was taking a page out of Delta's Lily Lockhart's historic softball run in Delta. The hard-hitting slugger cranked a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning to elevate the Reds to a 5-1 lead after one inning of play.
Last year's 2A state football champion played like they were champions last Friday night in Delta. The Wolverines from Bayfield limited Delta to 170 yards of offense and shut down the state's leading rusher, Damon Jensen, holding him to just 38 yards on 13 carries.
Another two wins look good on Delta's resume after last week's matches in Moffat County and Carbondale. The Panthers took care of business with a 1-0 win against Moffat County and ran past Roaring Fork, 4-1, on Thursday.
Delta High School's volleyball team heads into the final week of regular season play with a three-game tournament schedule to navigate in Coal Ridge this weekend (Oct. 28-29).
First on its schedule is a match against a familiar foe, Glenwood Springs on Oct. 28, at 12 noon.
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.
Five Western Slope 3A softball teams began the past weekend seeking second-round berths in the 2016 state playoffs. All but Gunnison have advanced past regional competition and are set to participate in this weekend's state tournament held in Aurora.
Delta's Panthers had an easy time of their football contest in Cortez. Delta outscored the host Panthers 21-0 in each of the two quarters in the opening half. Tristan Brown scored two touchdowns on the ground while teammates Kole Roberts and Damon Jensen scored one each.
A win and a loss highlighted last week's soccer competition for Delta High School.
The Panthers blasted past Caprock Academy, 10-0 on Oct. 11 and suffered a double overtime loss, 2-1, against Vail Mountain over the weekend.
Delta High School stayed in control of the 3A WSL standings with three wins this past week. The Panthers defeated ninth-place Basalt (1-8 and 4-12) in three sets, held off upstart Cedaredge (4-4 and 8-12), the sixth-place WSL team, in three sets and raced past number eight Moffat County (2-8 and 5-13) in three sets as well.
Delta High School carved out a 90-minute block last week to expose juniors to career options in medicine, business, banking, science, education and a variety of other fields. During the same block of time, freshmen were learning and practicing self-advocacy skills through role play scenarios of everyday events.
Alamosa's Maroons were in town for last Friday night's 2A Intermountain League football matchup and brought a 1-0 record with them. When they left, the Maroon had a 1-1 league record and had dropped to 3-3 overall following a 28-6 loss to Delta.
Delta's Panthers are the only undefeated 3A WSL team following its 3-0 win over the visiting Aspen Skiers last week. The Panthers stand at 4-0 in league play and are 11-3 overall. Coal Ridge is second with its 5-1 and 8-2 marks while Roaring Fork is third with records of 6-2 and 10-5.
Even though Delta's Panthers lost their softball game against Basalt, 6-5, the Panthers own an 11-8 overall record after defeating Aspen in doubleheader action 20-0 and 19-0 this past week.
Delta is third in 3A District 5 standings behind Basalt (11-1 and 15-4) and Cedaredge (10-2 and 14-5) with the regular season play completed. All three teams are headed to post-season play.
Two more wins for Delta's soccer team and the Panthers are now the top team in 3A WSL standings at 5-1 and 9-2 overall. Delta outplayed Basalt's Longhorns, 2-1, on Oct. 4 and easily downed Aspen, 6-0, on Oct. 8. Both contests were played on the Cottonwood Fields in North Delta.
Delta High School's boys cross country team scored just 44 points to win last Friday's Pantherfest Invitational cross country meet at Confluence Park. John Ames had his best time of the year as he crossed the finish line in 16:52.43, which was nearly nine seconds faster than last week's time at Sweitzer Lake.
Delta's softball team picked up some serious ground this past week with four wins in 3A District 5 play. The week began with Gunnison coming to town on Sept. 26 and ended with a doubleheader against the visiting Cortez Panthers on Friday, Sept. 30.
Delta High School made the long trek to Pagosa Springs last Friday and was rewarded for its effort with a 42-0 shutout over the Pirates. A running clock was initiated early in the fourth quarter as the Panthers picked up their third win of the season against two setbacks (Durango and Palisade).
Delta was in a thrilling 3-2 match against Coal Ridge on Sept. 24. That win left the Panthers on top of the 3A WSL with a 3-0 and 10-3 record. The Titans slipped to second with records of 4-1 and 6-2.
As a senior at Delta High School, Hannah Owens is looking to make an impact on her school and the community that's been home most of her life. So when she heard about the Montrose Youth Council, she decided the concept was so admirable, a youth council should be established in Delta.
Delta High School's golf season was successful in many ways, including a trip to state (as a varsity team) for the first time in the school's history.
A playoff at regional play in Delta made it possible for the Panthers to make the trip to state as a team.
Delta's Panthers had an excellent week of soccer. Coal Ridge is ranked third in Class 3A soccer with its 2-1-0 and 8-1-0 record in 2016.
Delta High School's volleyball team took a giant step toward a 3A WSL title with its 3-2 win against Coal Ridge on Sept. 24 in Delta.
Delta senior Emily Baier pounded 21 kills and had 36 digs for the Panthers (2-0 and 9-3) who are now the leaders in 3A WSL play.
Delta, playing in its new 2A classification, wasn't able to keep up with 3A Palisade in a battle of fierce competitors last Thursday night at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. The Bulldogs scored the game's first two touchdowns to take an early 14-0 lead and then held on to outscore Delta 20-6 in the fourth quarter for a 41-17 non-conference victory.
This story was omitted last week and in fairness to our readers it has been included in this issue of the DCI.
Delta senior Emily Baier had a monster day with 16 kills against Gunnison on Sept. 15.
Two swings of the bat and Delta had a 7-6 lead over the visiting Meeker Cowboys in game one of a 2A WSL doubleheader softball encounter. The Panthers would add one more to its total and finished the game with an 8-6 win.
Delta's cross country teams were entered in last Saturday's Anna Banana Memorial Wildcat Invitational. Delta's boys scored 270 points and placed ninth out of 18 teams entered.
No one seems absolutely sure, with records not easily obtained, but there's plenty of speculation going around that the 2016 Delta golf team has made history by qualifying its entire team for the state playoffs (played on Sept. 26-27 in Colorado Springs).
A two-way playoff between Basalt and Delta was needed to determine the 3A Regional Golf Tournament's two teams who carded the top two scores.
Delta's Panthers were never threatened in their soccer match against the 3A WSL ninth-place team Grand Valley. Delta's offense worked the ball methodically throughout the contest and scored five goals in the first half on its way to a 7-0 shutout.
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).
Two softball wins within the WSL is a lot to be thankful for. Cedaredge's softball team defeated league foes Meeker and Delta last week but suffered a tough loss to 4A Rifle during a busy week of action.
Cedaredge battled past the Cowboys, 15-10, on Sept. 13 and powered its way past first-time league foe Delta, on Sept. 15, 13-3, to record two important wins in the 3A WSL race. Unfortunately, a late inning run spelled defeat (6-5) in Rifle.
Delta's Panthers split a pair of softball games this past week defeating Gunnison on Sept. 13, 13-9, and losing to Cedaredge, 13-3, on Sept. 15.
In Gunnison, the Panthers started with a three-run first inning for a 3-1 lead through three innings of play.
Delta County golf teams from Cedaredge and Delta competed at The Bridges and Cobble Creek in Montrose recently.
Montrose won the team title at The Bridges with a score of 217. Glen-Michael Mihavetz was the medalist with a 71.
The 1-1 and 4-2 Delta soccer team regrouped, after last week's 2-1 loss to Roaring Fork, with a 6-0 rout over Colorado Rocky Mountain School (Carbondale).
Delta tallied two goals in the opening half of play and added another four goals in the second half for the 6-0 conference win.
Delta senior Emily Baier had a monster day with 16 kills against Gunnion on Sept. 15. Baier had 40 attacks and got 16 hits to fall for a .300 hitting percentage agaisnt the Cowboys.
Delta's Panthers own a share of the lead in 2A Intermountain League play. Bayfield, Delta and Gunnison all sport records of 2-1 but have yet to play each other this season.
A return to the gridiron in Craig was a successful one last week for Delta High School.
The Panthers were dominant on both sides of the scrimmage line in a 50-13 win in 3A WSL action against Moffat County.
Delta's Panthers picked up a pair of wins in softball with a sweep of doubleheader action in Durango. The Panthers won the first game 12-5 and scored a 16-1 decision in game two. The wins leave Delta at 0-1 in 3A WSL play and 3-5 overall.
The Delta High School Student Council is emphasizing school unity for Homecoming Week, building Panther Pride through fun activities, boisterous cheers and recognition of both athletic and academic accomplishments.
The fun began Monday with Camo Day, the first dress-up day of the week.
Delta High School AP Physics 2 and STEM students wrapped up the 2015-16 school year by launching a large weather balloon into the atmosphere. The balloon reached an altitude of 102,000 feet above sea level before coming down on a ranch between Cedaredge and Hotchkiss.
Delta's Panthers were busy playing volleyball last week. The action began on Thursday, Sept. 8, in Montrose.
Delta's soccer team is looking to make some noise in its new conference (3A WSL) and has played well so far this season. The Panthers have defeated Cortez, Grand Junction Central and Palisade early in the season.
Delta High School was not able to run at Devil's Thumb last week but did make the Battle Mountain Husky Invitational on Sept. 3.
The Panthers finished fifth in the boys' race with 161 points.
Delta High School's soccer team upped its season record to 2-1 after recording a 7-0 win over Central last week.
The Panthers had seven players score goals including Luis Munoz, Marcos Edmondson, Martin Corral, Danny Mendoza, Luis Meraz, Isaac Fuller and Pedro Montes.
A much-needed win for Delta's softball team came in Montrose last week. The Panthers came into the Aug. 30 contest sporting an 0-4 record.
Cedaredge and Delta High School had busy schedules this past week in volleyball. The Bruins played Ridgway early in the week and then attended a tournament in West Grand over the weekend.
With 20 returning players from last season's squad, Delta High School boys soccer coach, Elaine Wood enters her 14th year with plenty of optimism. She will have Steve Hartman, in his fourth year, as an assistant and Raul Ortiz who will join the coaching staff for his first year of mentoring.
Delta High School's golf team participated in a pair of tournaments last week. Delta placed third at Yampa Valley-Craig on Monday.
Delta High School's cross country season began last Saturday at the Basalt Longhorn Cross Country Invitational which was held at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel.
There were 15 high schools registered for the 5000 meter race, both boys and girls, on Saturday.
In his eighth season, Ben Johnson may be heading into a very rewarding football season at Delta High School. Not that the past few seasons haven't been rewarding, but, dropping from Class 3A to Class 2A could be the beginning of a new era of potential higher rewards.
Things are looking up for Delta High School's Panthers. The prospect of competing in a league suited to the enrollment of the school is gratifying for Delta softball coach Steve Reiher.
Beth Nelson will enter her fourth season as the head volleyball coach at Delta High School. She will be heading into a new challenge as the Panthers become a member of the Class 3A Western Slope League.
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.
A late report was submitted Monday evening from assistant Delta golf coach Dwain Bush.
Delta High School and Cedaredge High School participated in the Grand Junction Invitational held at the Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction.
Delta's Panthers played well enough to have won last Friday's football encounter with Durango, but a number of miscues prevented them from claiming their first win in 2016.
Three interceptions, one for a touchdown, helped doom the Panthers.
Despite a 13-hit attack, Delta's Panthers could not contain the bats of Basalt in an 11-8 loss that took eight innings to complete.
Playing in its new Class 2A league, Delta was able to stymie the Longhorns for much of the game but didn't have enough offense to finish the deal.
Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers (WCAF) have awarded a $4,325 college scholarship to Cidney Fisk, the newly-graduated Delta High School student who has been outspoken about what she believed to be Christian proselytizing in Delta County's public schools.
The scholarship is WCAF's largest to date.
Delta High School's golf team is getting into the swing of things as a new prep season gets underway. With golf season getting an early start in prep sports, many teams have already participated in a meet or two.
There were 71 golfers who played on 18 teams at last Sunday's Deltarado Days Weekend annual Delta Alumni Association Golf Tournament held at Devil's Thumb Golf Club. First Colorado National Bank was the sponsoring organization offering a variety of prizes for those who played the course.
Steve Reiher's summer baseball program is progressing toward the final weeks of competition. To date, the Panthers sport a 13-5-1 record following last week's action.
The Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) committed $108,625 in scholarship awards to support 49 Delta County students over the next four years of their college career. WCCF manages thirty-six scholarship funds across western Colorado, and 15 of those funds are specifically for Delta County students.
Delta High School's Panthers represented the Class 4A WSL well at last weekend's state playoff action in Frederick. Delta was in all three games, even though losing scores may not reflect it, right to the end.
The 4A WSL All-Conference baseball selections have been released and are ready for publication. Delta coach Steve Reiher's 2016 baseball team finished first in the 4A WSL with a 14-0 record, and following last week's state playoff competition, turned in a superb 19-5 overall mark.
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 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.
Delta High School's Class of 2016 set a level of high expectations all future Panthers will strive for, principal Derek Carlson said during commencement ceremonies Sunday. During his opening remarks, Carlson said collectively the class posted the highest composite ACT score in the history of Delta High School.
A lot was on the line when Delta's Panthers took the field last Saturday for 4A District 8 baseball playoff action. The Panthers were last in a state playoff in 1984 when Delta head coach Steve Reiher played shortstop for the Panthers. Reiher acknowledged the fact it was a neat feeling to be on the ends of such a feat as a player and a coach for the same team.
The three teams representing Delta County at Thursday's 2A state track meet in Lakewood, and 4A Delta High School, went through their final paces and prepared to peak at the right time during last Saturday's track meet at Cedaredge High School.
Jaspar Carmichael limited Glenwood Springs to just two hits and the Panther defense did the rest in a 12-2 WSL win last week. Carmichael worked five innings, allowing just two hits and two runs while striking out six Demons batters.
Selections from Les Miserable, The Sound of Music, Phantom of the Opera and Rent were featured during a dessert show presented by the Delta High School Show Choir May 5.
In the spirit of gratitude, Delta High School counselors and administrators welcomed a large crowd of graduates, parents and donors to the school's seventh annual scholarship breakfast April 28. The event is an opportunity for representatives from local businesses, service clubs and nonprofit organizations to meet the students who will benefit from their generosity, and for the students, parents and staff of DHS to thank the contributors who support the students' dreams.
Delta's soccer team is currently resting on the bottom of the 4A WSL standings with its 1-10-0 and 3-11-0 ledger.
The Panthers lost, 6-0, to the league's number three team, Palisade (8-3 and 11-3-0), 6-0, and fell 3-0 to number one, Steamboat Springs (10-0-0 and 12-1-0) last week.
Brandon Flores, a Delta High School sophomore, remains in a coma at Children's Hospital after being struck while riding his bike. The accident occurred near the intersection of I and 1600 roads, in North Delta, at about 6:44 p.m. Sunday, April 24.
In looking back as far the 2007-08 season, Delta's Panthers have been involved in post-season baseball play but have not gotten out of district competition. This year's squad is looking to compete in another district playoff scenario with hopes of moving deeper into the playoffs.
Delta's Panthers maintained their lead in 4A WSL play with a doubleheader win over Summit last Wednesday. Delta rolled to a 14-2 win in game one and cruised to a 12-2 decision in game two.
Skylyn Webb of Delta was chosen as an outstanding student in psychology by the faculty and department staff at Fort Lewis College. All outstanding students will be recognized Friday, April 29, at an on-campus ceremony.
Delta's Panthers participated in last week's Phil Wertman Invitational at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. The Panthers' girls finished with 81 points and a fifth place. Delta's boys finished eighth with 38 points.
A visit to Delta on Thursday resulted in a 5-2 tennis victory for Paonia's Eagles. Paonia swept the singles competition and won two of four doubles matches in recording the decision.
Delta hosted Palisade's Bulldogs last Friday afternoon for what may have been a title-deciding baseball game in 4A WSL play.
The Panthers knocked off Glenwood Springs, 17-5 on Wednesday and then came back for a 14-10 decision over Palisade on Friday.
Delta's Panthers competed in last Saturday's Frank Woodburn Invitational at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. Lily Lockhart and Emily Baier paced Delta's girls to seventh place and 54 points. Lockhart won the discus and was second in shot put while Baier recorded a win in triple jump.
Delta was busy this past week with baseball games against Montrose and Battle Mountain.
The Indians used a big run in the late innings to defeat Delta, 15-7. Against Battle Mountain, the Panthers found enough offense to sweep a doubleheader from the Huskies, 8-2 and 6-4.
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.
A group of young fly-fishing enthusiasts have banded together to establish a fly-fishing club at Delta High School. The club has 12 members, including two females, and is headed by Pete Lousignont, club president, and Matthew Bohling, vice president.
Delta's Panthers were stumped by Montrose in an 11-9 loss in baseball action on March 22. The Indians stole the game with a six-run explosion in the sixth inning to take a 10-8 lead.
Delta High School's soccer team played in three contests last week, beginning with the Montrose Indians, on March 22. Montrose was able to score a lone goal in overtime to defeat the Panthers 1-0.
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.
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.
Perception vs. reality. That's the message Chad Williams shared with Delta High School students last week.
Williams, a former Mesa County sheriff's deputy, is the founder of Safe Teens America, a rapidly growing adolescent drug prevention program.
Lily Lockhart was excited to participate in last Saturday's discus competition in Delta. Lockhart dominated competition last year in both shot put and discus and earned a trip to state last year.
Jason Kaighn was a bright spot for Delta's boys last Saturday at the Delta Invitational track and field meet. Kaighn, a junior at DHS, won the 800-meter run by almost seven seconds over Telluride's Jaden Evans. Kaighn's win was the lone first-place finish for Delta on Saturday.
The Orchard City student of the month for March is Abbigail Nicholson.
She was presented with her honor by Mayor Don Suppes during the town board's March 9 meeting.
The 2016 high school baseball season is underway. Delta's Panthers hosted their annual baseball tournament, with three teams joining the Panthers in a two-day tournament.
Delta's Panthers began their soccer campaign with matches against Glenwood Springs, a 5-0 loss, on March 10 and with Eagle Valley, a 3-2 setback, on March 12.
Delta's Panthers tennis team has played twice in March.
The first contest was against Glenwood Springs in Delta, on March 5. The Demons won the match 4-3.
Seven Delta High School students have qualified for HOSA's 39th annual International Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn., in June.
HOSA is an international student organization that exposes students to opportunities in the health care industry with health science-related curriculum, training and competitive events.
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.
The wrestling team from Delta High School finished the 2016 season with some memorable moments.
After coming within one match of winning the 3A Region 4 title and finishing second to Highway 50 rival Olathe, the Panthers qualified nine wrestlers for the state tournament in Denver last weekend.
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.
It's a busy week at Delta High School, where FFA students are dressing up to highlight the importance of agriculture and FFA to their lives. Monday was Hat Day, and on Tuesday students wore camo for "Hunting for Leaders" Day.
Wade Stinson, a senior at Delta High School, was selected for the All-State Choir held Feb. 4-6 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Stinson qualified by singing a solo at a regional audition in October.
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.
Delta High School's wrestling team held a 15-point lead over Moffat County after the first day of competition in the 3A Region 4 tournament in Montrose. The Panthers, in fact, led up until the final match of the day between Olathe's Felix Pena and the Panthers' Logan Church in the 285-pound division.
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.
At the Montrose Speech Tournament Feb. 5 and 6, the Delta High School speech team did an exceptional job. In congressional debate, Hannah Owens received first place.
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.
Two top wrestling teams met on the mat last Thursday at Delta High School. Class 2A contender Paonia is ranked seventh in the latest On the Mat Rankings. Delta, in Class 3A, is also ranked seventh.
The Delta Panthers had too much for Palisade last Thursday when the two teams met in Palisade for dual competition. The Panthers prevailed, 54-27.
There were six pins recorded by Delta along with three forfeits for wins.
Delta High School finished fourth in a swim meet hosted by the Panthers Jan. 29. Fruita Monument won the meet with 507.5 points followed by Gunnison with 362, Delta 252 and Cortez 109.5.
At Delta's home speech and debate tournament, Delta High School showed the Western Slope who was boss! Anthony Streich received first place in extemporaneous speaking. Cidney Fisk placed second, Hannah Owens placed fifth, and Allison Castrejon placed sixth in original oratory.
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.
Delta High School's swim team participated in two meets recently. On Jan. 8 the Panthers were in Gunnison for what was to be more than a dual between the Cowboys and Delta.
Had it not been for a forfeit at 113, Delta's Panthers might have posted a shutout against Eagle Valley last Thursday night. The Panthers went on to win 71-6.
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 Delta County swim team hosted a four-team meet last Friday. The winning team was Durango with 458 points and Delta finished second with a total of 353 points.
Delta's Panthers were in Alamosa over the weekend to compete in the 13-team wrestling tournament hosted by the Mean Moose. Pueblo West won the tournament with 189.5 points, with highly touted 2A school Rocky Ford finishing second with 187 points.
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.
At the Central High speech and debate tournament on Dec. 12, Delta performed exceptionally well. In Lincoln Douglas debate Cidney Fisk came in first with Hannah Owens coming in fifth.
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 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.
Last week's edition of the DCI included a feature on Delta County athletes who were honored for fall sports participation.
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.
Kelly Johnson, a teacher at Delta High School, has been awarded certified journalism educator status from the Journalism Education Association.
Journalism certification requirements for educators include earning college credit in news reporting and writing, communications, law and publications advising, or passing an examination that demonstrates the educator's proficiency in those areas.
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.
Could you send a small box of instruments up 23 miles in altitude and back safely?
This challenge was made of Delta High School students earlier this year.
Delta's Panthers landed three athletes in the top five at last weekend's Warrior Classic in Grand Junction. Delta's top placer was Kory Mills at 170 with a second-place finish to Meeker's T.J.
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.
Evan Watson and Tyler Myers are seeking $363.93 to develop a pneumatic projectile launcher for a high school physics project. They got it.
This year's Delta Panthers' wrestling team has already proven to be an exceptional squad. With Delta's football team going deep into the playoffs, several athletes were late getting to wrestling practices.
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.
Four talented local writers were honored on Monday for essays they have written that celebrate American patriotism and freedom.
Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary #3571 of Delta recognized the top middle school and high school essayists in the VFW's annual voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen writing contest.
This year's Delta High School wrestling squad is beginning to shape up. With the run through state playoffs in football over, the Panthers welcomed a big number of athletes to the mat.
According to the pre-season information sheet, there are 30 hopefuls in the mix for varsity and junior varsity starting spots.
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.
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.
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.
Turnovers dictated last Saturday's Class 3A semifinal football game outcome between Delta's Panthers and the Roosevelt Roughriders in Johnstown. A promising beginning for Delta turned into a 30-23 loss which eliminated the Panthers from this year's 2015 state football championships.
Last weekend's quarterfinal round of this year's Class 3A state football championships featured play between Delta's Panthers and The Classical Academy's Titans. The contest, won by Delta, 27-14, marked the third time in two years Delta has faced TCA on the gridiron.
The Delta High School speech team did remarkably well at the Eagle Valley Tournament on Nov. 14. Senior Cidney Fisk and junior Lydia Stalcup placed fourth in humor duet.
Five members of a health occupations organization from Delta High School attended a fall leadership conference in Denver last weekend. They sat in on sessions to develop leadership skills, explored competitive events, learned about professionalism and discussed fundraising opportunities for the national HOSA charity, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The Delta High School speech and debate team did extremely well in Paonia on Nov. 7. Senior Rodolfo Contreras and freshman Claire Corbasson took first place in duo interpretation.
Like many of the athletes from the Delta and Cedaredge High School volleyball teams, I attended this past weekend's state championship tournament for the first time.
The spectacle at the Denver Coliseum was truly impressive.
The Delta High School girls' volleyball team finished a strong season and showed that there's more to come from this talented group of Panthers.
On the second day of action at the Denver Coliseum, Delta beat a tough Silver Creek team in four sets 25-23, 19-25, 25-16, 25-19 and finished the Panthers' first trip to the state championship tournament in style.
Delta's Panthers have made their way to this year's quarterfinal round of Class 3A prep football playoffs. Delta (#3) crushed number seven Harrison, 47-7, in opening-round play and will host The Classical Academy this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Panther Stadium.
Delta, 10-1, hosted third-seeded TCA earlier this season (first scheduled game) and claimed a hard-fought 38-35 decision.
The Jonny Ponce show was a big hit last week when Palisade's Bulldogs visited Panther Stadium for a battle for the 3A WSL championship. Ponce ran for 246 yards and a couple of touchdowns, enabling Delta's Panthers to score a 27-21 decision over the Bulldogs.
The goal of a team title in volleyball eluded Delta's Panthers in 2015. Now that Delta is in the field of 12 for this year's state volleyball championship, there's hope for more than just a league title.
Local businesses have been contacted by a sales firm soliciting advertising on posters for Delta High School. Jeremy McCormick, the school's assistant principal, advises area residents that the posters have not been authorized by DHS.
Last week's loss to Palisade could have cost the Panthers a chance to host this week's round of volleyball playoffs. The Bulldogs played aggressively and determined in a 3-0 win against the Panthers.
Good news for volleyball fans in Delta County. Two teams will host regional play beginning Saturday, Nov. 7.
Delta's final soccer match of the season was a 1-0 win over Palisade, in a contest played on the campus of CMU.
Sophomore Ian Downey scored the match's only goal at the 27:05 mark of the first half.
In a wild and bizzare game at Stocker Stadium, Delta's Panthers managed to rally from a 20-point deficit to score a 56-32 win over Central's Warriors last Thursday night.
The Panthers spotted Central three scores off three straight miscues to start the game.
Delta's Panthers control their own destiny with two football games remaining in regular season play. A 41-0 win over Eagle Valley last week moves the Panthers to a record of 5-0 in league play and 7-1 overall.
There was a change in top-five rankings in 4A WSL standings after last week's volleyball play concluded. Delta's Panthers moved from fourth to second in team standings following their two league wins against Glenwood Springs and Rifle.
Delta High School's cross country teams ended their seasons last week with competitions in the Colorado 4A Region 6 Cross Country Meet in Delta.
Battle Mountain won the team title in the girls' division with 31 points.
Using just corrugated cardboard and duct tape, science students from across Delta County demonstrated the physics of buoyancy at Bill Heddles Recreation Center last week.
The "boats" could not exceed four feet in width and eight feet in length, and they had to fit through the doorway.
The Delta Panthers, with help from Rifle's Bears, stand alone at the top of Class 3A WSL football standings with a 4-0 record.
There's a logjam of teams tied at 3-1 that fill the second to fifth place standings, including Rifle, Palisade, Eagle Valley and Grand Junction Central.
A busy week of volleyball had league standings scrambled more than once. After the long week, Delta still finds itself in fourth place at 8-3 and 17-3.
Delta coach Steve Reiher was disappointed in the results of last weekend's Region 6 play in Pueblo. The Panthers, according to Reiher, "picked the worst time to play sub-par games."
The 2015 4A Western Slope League Softball All-Conference Team selections have been released. Delta's Panthers had the most players honored by league coaches with five making the First Team, and one other selected for Honorable Mention.
With last Friday's 15-2 win over the visiting Eagle Valley Devils, Delta vaulted into the 2015 post-season softball playoffs.
The Panthers, despite winning their third straight 4A WSL title, find themselves shunned for a chance to host a regional playoff site.
Delta County golf teams had a banner year as five players earned trips to this year's state tournament Oct. 5-6.
Delta's Panthers, after getting their golf program back, qualified two players who attended this year's state championships at Fox Hill Country Club in Longmont.
The Paonia High School volleyball team saw a little of everything last week.
The Eagles fell to a very strong Delta team, marking its third loss in four matches.
The 4A WSL volleyball standings show hotly contested play, with the top four teams separated by a mere win or loss in the league race. Steamboat Springs is leading with its 7-1 league mark and 14-2 overall record.
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.
Homecoming 2015 was a huge success for Delta High School. The Panthers enjoyed a runaway 42-0 win last Friday night against Summit's Tigers.
Despite knocking off one of the state's top 3A football teams, Delta's Panthers are listed in third place in the 3A WSL, behind Palisade, 2-0 and 5-0, and Grand Junction Central, 2-0 and 4-1. The Panthers are 2-0 and 4-1 as well and have both Central and Palisade left on their regular season schedule.
With a 5-0 4A WSL record, and 14-4 overall season mark, the Delta Panthers won their third straight softball title after defeating Palisade 12-2 in Delta last Friday.
Prior to that win for a league title, Delta faced Cedaredge on Sept. 28 at the Field of Dreams.
Delta's Panthers split matches played in volleyball this past week. A win was recorded on Oct. 1 against Glenwood Springs, 3-1. A road trip to Gypsum resulted in a 3-1 loss to Eagle Valley.
Fifteen students at Delta High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.
The College Board's Advanced Placement Program® (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams.
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 trip to Steamboat Springs to play football hasn't always been the best of experiences for Delta High School. But this year's visit had positive results as the Panthers rolled up 368 yards of offense in a 49-0 drubbing over the Sailors.
The Delta Panthers have achieved many goals this golf season. One goal was to win a tournament, and that happened at a recent golf tournament in Gunnison.
Delta scored 239 points to win the team title and had a medalist in the top three.
Delta played once last week and that contest was against Rifle's Bears in Rifle. Delta improved to 4-0 in league play and 12-4 overall after shutting out the Bears, 19-0.
The Panthers wasted little time after jumping to a 1-0 lead after one inning of play. Delta's bats exploded in the second frame for 11 runs that left little doubt as to the game's outcome.
Delta's Panthers have played some good soccer in 2015. And they have played some very good teams.
Last week, Delta lost two of the three matches played to bring its season record to 2-5 in league play and 2-7 overall.
Following its 3-1 loss to Steamboat Springs a week ago, Delta has started a new winning streak with victories over Rifle and Summit this past week.
Last Thursday's visit to Rifle resulted in a 3-0 win while Saturday's match in Delta produced the same 3-0 results.
As the leaves change colors and the temperature drops, Homecoming plans emerge. At Delta High School, Homecoming is rolling in with autumn. The Homecoming football game is set for Oct. 9 against Summit County.
As band competition season comes around the corner, the Delta High School band works hard day after day to prepare. "Preparing for competition means productive classes, evening rehearsals, and even all day Saturday rehearsals!" band director Marcos LeBlanc said.
Last week's Ramble at the Reservoir in Ridgway did not attract a large number of teams. Only eight varsity teams were listed.
Delta High School's soccer team picked up its first win of the season last week against Palisade. The Panthers got three goals from sophomore Danny Mendoza and another two from sophomore Brandon Harper. Junior Luka Htoo and sophomore Ian Downey scored goals as well.
Delta's Panthers played their second straight week of five softball games. The week began in Gypsum where Delta got the best of Eagle Valley's Devils 20-3 on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Delta High School's volleyball team played five games last week, beginning with Central's Warriors on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The Panthers also played twice on both Friday and Saturday as they hosted a volleyball tournament on those two days.
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.
Delta High School's softball schedule is hectic to say the least. Last week was a five-game schedule and another five-game stint was scheduled for the second week in a row. The Panthers were in Palisade on Tuesday, Sept. 8, where they scored a 19-8 win in six innings.
Delta evened its prep football record at 1-1 with a 48-13 decision over the visiting Pagosa Springs Pirates. Junior Tristan Brown, playing running back for the injured Jonny Ponce, dominated offensive play for the Panthers with 18 carries, 158 yards and five rushing touchdowns. The Panthers had over 300 yards of total offense.
This year's edition of the Montrose versus Delta football game was evenly played, scorewise, for the first half of play. Each team found the end zone once in the game's first 24 minutes of play. Montrose scored in the first period and the Panthers in the second for a halftime score of 7-7.
Delta High School's volleyball team finally got a chance to play against another team. The Panthers were at last weekend's Gunnison Invitational where they competed against Olathe and Cedaredge.
The Delta Panthers wrapped up their first full week of softball competition with two wins and three losses. Even with the three losses, Delta is leading the 4A WSL with a 1-0 league mark and a 2-3 record overall.
Delta's week began with Rifle on Sept. 1. A 10-run third inning turned the game around and allowed the Panthers to score a 15-4 decision in five innings.
After 13 years of teaching American Sign Language (ASL) to those who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families, Matt Kevan decided to bring the language to the schools. Students at Delta High School can now take ASL as a second language.
Delta High School hosted last week's Delta Invitational Cross Country Meet at Confluence Park.
Grand Junction High School won both the boys' and girls' division team titles with 72 and 59 points respectively.
It was a rematch from a year ago when Delta and The Classical Academy inititated their 2015 prep football campaign in Colorado Springs. Delta came into the game with a pre-season top-10 ranking. The Titans were listed outside the top 10 contenders.
Delta High School hosted its annual Delta Invitational Golf Tournament last Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Devil's Thumb Golf Club. There were nine varsity teams represented with 41 athletes playing. Durango won the team title with a score of 225 with Montrose placing second at 228, and Steamboat Springs finishing its with their 230.
Prep cross-country competition got underway this past weekend. Delta's and Paonia High School's teams chose to attend the Warrior Invitational at Matchett Park on Saturday. Hotchkiss competed in Basalt at the Longhorn Stampede.
If the summer camps and noted improvements are any indication, the Delta Panthers could be more than just a force in Class 3A football circles. Delta returns a core of performers who were at the top of the class in many categories at the end of last season's campaign.
Cedaredge and Delta High School's golf teams competed in last week's Wildcat Invitational. The competition took place at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa.
Delta High School's cross-country roster lists 26 athletes. Seven of those listed are female. The senior and freshman classes boast eight runners each. The freshman class has six athletes and this year's junior class has four on the roster.
When talking to Delta High School boys' soccer coach Elaine Wood, be ready for lots of smiles. Wood, going on 14 years as a head mentor and 24 years overall, beams with anticipation of what's to come in 2015.
After reaching regionals a year ago, Delta's Panthers lost both games they played and bowed out of the 4A state tournament.
Delta hopes to better the 14-11 mark posted last season.
What the Panthers and coach Steve Reiher want is to duplicate their successful season in 2014 where they finished the year with an 18-5 record. Three of those losses came early to Grand Junction, Fruita and Cortez.
Delta High School softball coach Steve Reiher was perplexed by his team's slow starts in a pair of scrimmage games in Grand Junction over the weekend. Otherwise, Reiher said he thought the Panthers just need to play to improve.
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