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PHS juniors participate in military summer programs

Two Paonia High School juniors were recently selected to participate in elite summer military programs and experience what life is like in the armed forces. The programs they attended are designed to help applicants in their post-secondary education decisions.

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Paonia grads commit to college athletics
Paonia grads commit to college athletics

Three Paonia High School student-athletes signed their national letters of intent to participate in college sports on April 24.

Warren Minerich will compete in track and field as a thrower for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, where he plans to study mining engineering. Minerich was a three-year state qualifying thrower in discus and shot put.

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Seriani Post's All-Colorado baseball 2017 selection
Seriani Post's All-Colorado baseball 2017 selection

With six Paonia baseball players receiving all-state honors from the Colorado High School Activities Association, it's easy to see why the Eagles went undefeated this season. They are loaded with talent.

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PHS seniors play in CHSCA All-State tilts

Four Paonia High School student-athletes and two head coaches were nominated to participate in the annual Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games June 6-10.

All team coaches and senior athletes who participate in the games are nominated and voted on by CHSCA member coaches.

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Paonia baseball team leads all-state ballots

The 2017 high school all-state baseball selections were released recently.

Several athletes from Delta County were honored with selections to the state's elite baseball squads.

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Summer Duals provide PHS gym with action

A changing of the guard in Paonia hasn't altered the gathering of wrestlers from around the state, and out of the state, for an annual event which traditionally draws some of the best wrestlers who want to compete against someone they don't often see.

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McRae bids farewell to Paonia High School
McRae bids farewell to Paonia High School

Paonia High School math teacher and sports coach Brent McRae said that leaving Paonia was one of the toughest decisions he's ever made. McRae has accepted a teaching position at Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch.

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Paonia 2A baseball champs
Paonia 2A baseball champs

The Paonia Eagles baseball team topped off a historic season at Hobbs Field in Pueblo Saturday, holding its opponents scoreless in state semifinal and final games to bring home the trophy and end the year with a perfect 25-0 record.

Head coach Nate Miller called the win a "huge redemption" after the Eagles suffered a heartbreaker 4-2 state semifinal loss to Limon last May.

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A big day for PHS grads
A big day for PHS grads

In light of the two-day weather delay of the 2017 state track meet, the Colorado High School Activities Association held a special graduation ceremony Sunday morning for all athletes who missed their graduation ceremonies at home.

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Lions awards
Lions awards

This year's Lions Club memorial scholarships were presented to PHS students Blake Benson and Kelsey Stroud.

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Masonic awards
Masonic awards

During the Paonia High School senior scholarship awards ceremony May 11, Doug Cline, master of Paonia Masonic Lodge, presented a vocational scholarship from the Colorado Masons Benevolent Fund Association to Alexis Triantos.

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Paonia moves on in 2A play
Paonia moves on in 2A play

Paonia's baseball team remained undefeated last weekend and heads to the fateful semifinal round which kayoed the Eagles title run in 2016 when Limon knocked off Paonia in a late innings rally.

The Eagles won their opening round contest against No. 16 Sargent (11-11 overall and 7-1 in 2A District 1 play) on Saturday morning in Pueblo.

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An unusual setting for  Pomp and Circumstance
An unusual setting for Pomp and Circumstance

In light of the two-day weather delay of the 2017 state track meet, the Colorado High School Activities Association held a special graduation ceremony Sunday morning, May 21, for all athletes who missed their graduation ceremonies at home.

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PHS hosts unique graduation ceremony

The graduates of Paonia High School's Class of 2017 finish what they start, excel in all they do and they stand out like no other class -- so it's only fitting they should have an entirely distinctive graduation ceremony. With those words -- and the announcement that the Paonia girls had just won their fifth consecutive state track title -- assistant principal Karla Head welcomed friends and family members to the graduation celebration Sunday afternoon.

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Outstanding juniors

At the Paonia High School senior scholarship awards ceremony May 11, Linda Osborn, representing the Paonia Eastern Star Chapter, presented the Outstanding Junior Girl Award to McKenna Palmer.

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Paonia girls penta-sensational
Paonia girls penta-sensational

If seeding was any indication, the Paonia girls track team had a shot at winning its fifth state track title by under 10 points. Instead, it dominated, Lady Eagles style, outscoring its closest competitors by 36 points to win the Class 2A state title.

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Paonia girls coast to 2nd
Paonia girls coast to 2nd

While some athletes were hoping for one last chance to hit that state-qualifying height, distance or time last Saturday at the Cedaredge Bruin Invitational track meet, Brian Mitchem's girls team, for the most part, took it easy. Their relay teams are already sitting comfortably in top-18 rankings and were mostly working on handoffs.

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Paonia, Hotchkiss in regional/state bracket  at Runyon in Pueblo
Paonia, Hotchkiss in regional/state bracket at Runyon in Pueblo

Paonia and Hotchkiss will advance to regional baseball competition in Pueblo this week after placing 1-2 at the 2A District 3/5 tournament at Grand Valley High School in Parachute Saturday.

Hotchkiss, which is seeded eighth in the state, takes a 15-5 record into the regional tournament.

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Paonia throwers on final state meet trek
Paonia throwers on final state meet trek

This week two of Paonia's throwers are making their second and final trip to state. Seniors Warren Minerich and Blake Benson are both ranked in the top five in their respective event -- Minerich in shot put and Benson in discus.

Since they started throwing back in middle school, qualifying for state their senior year has been their goal all along.

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Dogs, Eagles; one more game

Because they are on the same side of the bracket, Paonia and Hotchkiss could face each other again this Friday.

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Paonia qualifies five for state tennis meet
Paonia qualifies five for state tennis meet

The Paonia tennis team qualified a singles player and two doubles teams for the Class 3A state tennis tournament in Greeley. This is the most players a Delta County team has qualified for state in a single season, and the first time Paonia has qualified doubles teams for state.

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Paonia boys post strong showing at district track
Paonia boys post strong showing at district track

As Paonia's top distance runner, junior Caden Meilner can run all out for more than three and a half miles in a single day. You might say he's driven.

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Paonia, Hotchkiss 1 & 2
Paonia, Hotchkiss 1 & 2

Paonia will take a 19-0 record into this week's District 3/5 tournament after wins over Nucla and Sanford.

Last Tuesday's 9-1 home win over Nucla was a little closer than their first meeting.

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Paonia girls capture 1A/2A district track title

The Paonia girls track team won eight events and were runners up in six more events to win the 2A/1A Western Slope district track and field meet, held Friday and Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

Sophia Anderson won the district title in the triple jump with a mark of 36 feet, 9 inches.

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Paonia tennis players eye state post-season
Paonia tennis players eye state post-season

Class 3A Region 8 tennis competition opens this Thursday at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction, and local teams are hoping to send players to the state tournament opening next Thursday in Greeley.

In its final competition ahead of the regional tournament, Aspen swept Paonia last Wednesday at Apple Valley Park, with two matches going into a tiebreaker.

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Eagles win 2A NF series
Eagles win 2A NF series

If there was any question as to who the best team is in 1A/2A District 5 competition, it was answered last week as No. 1-ranked Paonia swept a two-game series against No. 2 Hotchkiss.

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Paonia gears for regionals
Paonia gears for regionals

With high temperatures in the mid-40s, last Friday's annual Montrose Invitational wasn't the best meet for setting new speeds, distances and heights, but it didn't slow Paonia senior Sophia Anderson.

Anderson won both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, resetting her personal best marks in both events.

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Area track teams have top 18 performers

In track and field competition, a fraction of a second or an inch can mean the difference between a win and a loss. To qualify for the Colorado High School Activities Association's state track meet, athletes must be ranked in the top 18 in the state in their respective class.

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Eagles win WSCU-GHS track meet Saturday
Eagles win WSCU-GHS track meet Saturday

At Saturday's Western State Colorado University -- Gunnison High School Combined Invitational track meet Saturday, the Paonia girls track team set 10 season-best marks. In the process the four-time defending state 2A champions scored 134 points to win the 13-team event. Class 2A Buena Vista scored 130 points to finish second, and 3A Gunnison placed third with 111 points.

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Eagles 15-0 after DH wins

Paonia takes a 15-0 overall record into the week following two five-inning wins at Meeker Saturday.

The undefeated Eagles opened with a 14-3 conference win over the Cowboys. Meeker (10-5 overall, 2-2 in 2A District 3/5) had five hits and three RBIs in the loss.

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Eagles top 5A, 3A teams
Eagles top 5A, 3A teams

With five games remaining in the prep baseball season, it seems no one is going to touch Paonia. Even in facing a 5A team and a high-ranked 3A team last week, its record remained unscathed and it ended the week at 13-0.

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Paonia tops Delta in tennis
Paonia tops Delta in tennis

In its 5-2 win over Delta the Paonia tennis team swept the singles matches in straight sets last Thursday at Apple Valley Park.

At one singles competition, McKenna Erickson defeated Makyla Miramontez, 6-4, 6-0. At two singles Kelsey Stroud defeated Cassidy Parker, 6-1, 6-1.

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Paonia girls earn win at Demon Invitational

At Saturday's 20-team Demon Invitational track and field meet in Glenwood Springs the Paonia girls swept the long jump event, with senior Brianna Van Vleet winning gold with a mark of 17 feet, 11.75 inches. The mark also broke the meet record of 16-10.5 set by a Glenwood Springs athlete in 1985 -- the first year the Demon Invitational was held.

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Throwers, Meilner top Eagles at track meet

Returning state placers Blake Benson and Warren Minerich continue to be consistent point-earners for the Paonia boys track team.

At Saturday's 37th annual Demon Invitational at Glenwood Springs Saturday, Minerich placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 44 feet, 11 inches.

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Eagles 11-0 ahead of Grand Junction game
Eagles 11-0 ahead of Grand Junction game

Paonia continues to dominate on the diamond. Last week the Eagles outscored opponents, 46-2, in three games.

A walk-off three-run homer by Kaden Seriani in the bottom of the fifth inning gave Paonia an 11-0 non-conference win over Coal Ridge last Wednesday.

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Paonia girls win Frank Woodburn track meet
Paonia girls win Frank Woodburn track meet

Despite missing its junior teammates due to state testing, the Paonia girls track team scored 111 points to win the 15-team Frank Woodburn Track Meet in Grand Junction Saturday.

Senior Sophia Anderson won two individual events. Her winning time of 26 seconds flat in the 200-meter dash broke the 2015 school record of 26.14 set by Marisa Edmondson.

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Paonia boys fifth at GV
Paonia boys fifth at GV

At last Wednesday's Grand Valley Cardinal Open track meet in Parachute, the Paonia boys scored 55.5 points to place fifth.

Junior Caden Meilner won silver in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:55.81 seconds, and placed fifth in the 800m run with a time of 2:18.19.

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PHS students present air quality findings
PHS students present air quality findings

Since January, about 150 Delta County high school students have conducted studies in air quality. Paonia High School students of science teacher Jim Frazier carried out experiments to measure the emissions of different kinds of woods when burned, compare emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from a full versus an empty pickup fuel tank, and measure heavy VOCs contained in every-day scented items, to mention a few.

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Paonia fights hard in tennis loss to Demons
Paonia fights hard in tennis loss to Demons

Against Glenwood Springs on April 1, senior two singles player Kelsey Stroud posted the sole win for the Paonia tennis team, handily defeating Savanah Kelley, 1-6, 0-6.

The team had some long and hard-fought games against Glenwood Springs, said head coach Dee Holt, with four of the seven matches determined by 10-point tiebreakers.

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Parents of PHS student claim ADA rights violated

Parents of a 17-year-old disabled student at Paonia High School are at odds with the school administration over whether their son should be allowed to walk in school.

Alex Hood was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects body movement and coordination, and suffered a stroke at birth.

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Rienks, players honored at PHS
Rienks, players honored at PHS

At Paonia High School's basketball awards ceremony last week it's an understatement to say that there was a lot to celebrate. The most notable was the girls' Class 2A state championship.

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Paonia dominates in conference openers
Paonia dominates in conference openers

In one week, two Paonia Eagles were one walk away from pitching a perfect game.

Paonia opened conference play Saturday with a 15-0 win over Dolores and a no-hitter for junior pitcher Jaden Miller.

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Paonia girls tie for first
Paonia girls tie for first

The Paonia girls scored 81 points to tie with Coal Ridge for first place at the annual Cedaredge Invitational.

The girls won four individual events.

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Paonia throwers earn 34 points at HHS meet

The Paonia boys scored 45 points to finish sixth out of 17 teams Saturday at the annual Hotchkiss Invitational track and field meet. The meet was held at Delta High School.

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Eagles play intra-squad tilt
Eagles play intra-squad tilt

Last Saturday the Paonia Eagles were looking forward to a home doubleheader against Dayspring Christian Academy, a Greeley school ranked sixth in early-season state 2A rankings. Dayspring was scheduled to come to Delta County Friday for a game against No. 7 Hotchkiss, then face No. 1 Paonia Saturday.

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Paonia girls second at Hotchkiss Invitational
Paonia girls second at Hotchkiss Invitational

The Paonia girls won three events and scored 88 points to finish second at the Hotchkiss Invitational. Montrose won the meet with 146 points.

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Delta, Paonia battle on field
Delta, Paonia battle on field

Following two wins and a loss last week, Delta High School's baseball team is 4-3 on the season. The Panthers are 1-0 in 3A WSL action and lead the league standings with Gunnison (4-1, 1-0), Basalt (1-1, 1-0), Olathe (0-6, 0-1) and Roaring Fork (0-3, 0-1) rounding out the top five.

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Eagles baseball team loaded for 2017 year

The Paonia Eagles opened the baseball season at 2-0, sweeping a doubleheader against the Uintah Utes last Thursday in Grand Junction, 3-0, 8-4.

Last season the Eagles won the District 2 championship on a 5-4 win over rival Hotchkiss.

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Paonia thinclads shine
Paonia thinclads shine

The Paonia girls are a perennial powerhouse in both the track and field events. The Eagles will seek their fifth consecutive state team title this May.

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Smith's state medal is stolen
Smith's state medal is stolen

Trevor Smith wants his wrestling medal back. Smith, a senior at Paonia High School, won the Class 2A heavyweight wrestling title in February.

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Paonia boys lose pair of heartbreakers; 4th at state
Paonia boys lose pair of heartbreakers; 4th at state

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.

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Pipher steps down at Paonia
Pipher steps down at Paonia

It's a tradition at Paonia High School that each year, after state wrestling, the team celebrates the end of the season and enjoys some ice cream. And each year Paonia head coach Andy Pipher recaps the season and shares something personal about each wrestler.

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Paonia girls 2A champs
Paonia girls 2A champs

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.

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Paonia's Godwin to play soccer at Adams
Paonia's Godwin to play soccer at Adams

Colton Godwin is about to become a Grizzly. Last Friday the Paonia senior signed to play soccer at Adams State University in Alamosa, which competes in the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Godwin plans to study business marketing after taking a business class this year with Brent McRae.

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Paonia hoops starters all headed to college
Paonia hoops starters all headed to college

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.

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Eagles are second seed at 2A state tourney
Eagles are second seed at 2A state tourney

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.

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Unflappable Eagles soar on
Unflappable Eagles soar on

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.

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Eagles get bye in regional play
Eagles get bye in regional play

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.

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Paonia top seeded at regionals
Paonia top seeded at regionals

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."

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Paonia hosts district boys/girls games today

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.

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Eagles' boys beat Rangely; to host game

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.

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Paonia girls beat RHS; host Wednesday game

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.

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Smith wins title for Paonia
Smith wins title for Paonia

Paonia senior Trevor Smith is a little underweight for a heavyweight wrestler, but that didn't stop him from winning the Class 2A heavyweight title at the Colorado High School Activities Association State Wrestling Tournament at the Pepsi Center last weekend. Smith brought home Delta County's only state title, ending the tournament and his career with a 4-3 overtime win against Meeker senior Tyler Ilgen and a nice medal.

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First half momentum key to Eagles' win over Meeker
First half momentum key to Eagles' win over Meeker

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.

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PHS girls roll past Meeker

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.

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Smith win gives Eagles title
Smith win gives Eagles title

With one match remaining in the 2A Region 1 wrestling tournament, Paonia trailed Meeker, 200-198. Both the heavyweight and team titles hung in the balance when No. 1 seed Trevor Smith stepped on the mat to face Meeker's No. 2 seed, Tyler Ilgen. After three rounds, the score was tied, 2-2 -- two escapes each.

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Paonia stops Delta on mat
Paonia stops Delta on mat

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.

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Local wrestlers primed for regional competition
Local wrestlers primed for regional competition

Five of the top 10 teams in state 2A rankings will compete in the 2A Region 1 wrestling tournament, which opens at 1 p.m. Friday the Colorado Mesa University Brownson Arena in Grand Junction. Saturday's semifinal and consolation quarterfinals begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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Eagles undefeated in three games last week

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).

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Caden Meilner, Derek Holt  attend All State Choir
Caden Meilner, Derek Holt attend All State Choir

Two Paonia High School juniors participated in the Colorado High School Activities Association's 2016-2017 All State Choir last weekend.

Derek Holt and Caden Meilner attended the event with PHS choir director Dee Holt. Derek Holt a Tenor II, sang in the Mixed Choir, and Meilner, a Bass II, sang in the Men's Choir.

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Rienks, Smith D-ll signees

Two Paonia High School seniors who played for one of the most successful football programs in state history are headed to Division II schools after signing their national letters of intent last Wednesday as part of National Signing Day.

Trevor Smith signed with Western State Colorado University, and Dagan Rienks signed to play at Colorado Mesa University.

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Eagles pull off home win against Saints
Eagles pull off home win against Saints

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.

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Bulldogs, Eagles score big at Valley Classic

Two Delta County wrestling teams participated in the Valley Classic in Center this past weekend.

Hotchkiss' Bulldogs were the toast of the meet after outpointing 21 other teams for the team title with 208.5 points.

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Speech meet results

Palisade finished first and Grand Junction Central took second in the the All-Congress speech and debate meet held Jan. 28 at Paonia High School.

Speaker results included:

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Speech meet is all about introducing, debating bills
Speech meet is all about introducing, debating bills

The speech and debate All-Congress meet was held Saturday at Paonia High School. Just as the 115th U.S. Congress is doing, about 35 students from North Fork, Grand Junction and Montrose area high schools wrote, introduced and debated bills on two House floors throughout the daylong event.

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Cardinals push Eagles on court
Cardinals push Eagles on court

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.

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Paonia matmen win three
Paonia matmen win three

Paonia's Eagles wrestled three duals and hosted their annual Screaming Eagle Tournament over the weekend.

Paonia's first dual was with Palisade on Thursday, Jan. 18 and were winners by a 42-30 score.

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Paonia hardwood teams unleash stifling defenses

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.

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Hotchkiss wins Screaming Eagle mat competition

The top scoring teams in this year's Screaming Eagles Wrestling Tournament were led by the Hotchkiss Bulldogs which scored 201.5 points. Cedaredge was second with 186.5 points with host team Paonia and Meeker tied for third with 186 points.

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'Dogs best Eagles, Cardinals

The Hotchkiss Bulldogs had wrestling matches on Jan. 11 and 12 last week. Hotchkiss hosted Paonia on the 11th and scratched out a 38-30 victory. On the 12th the Bulldogs were in Parachute for a tri-meet with Grand Valley and Glenwood Springs.

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Paonia screams past two hardwood foes

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.

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Eagles earn exciting win in dual with Bruins

With the stands filled with cheering fans, and a single light highlighting the action on the mat, the dual meet between Cedaredge and Paonia on Thursday, Jan. 12, was filled with anticipation and drama. And with two evenly matched teams, the competition certainly delivered. The dual was held in Cedaredge.

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Paonia wins Montrose meet
Paonia wins Montrose meet

Paonia's wrestling week began with a 53-22 victory in Olathe on Jan. 5. There were six forfeits in the match and 11 pins expediting the conclusion of this match.

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Eagles roll on in hoops
Eagles roll on in hoops

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.

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Local grapplers earn regional ranks

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.

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Hoops players post top stats

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.

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Eagles outlast tough Olathe
Eagles outlast tough Olathe

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.

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Delta County grapplers represent at Warrior

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.

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Paonia claims hoop titles

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.

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Eagle boys sink Pirates; fall to CR
Eagle boys sink Pirates; fall to CR

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.

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Paonia grapplers nab first home duals; rounding into shape

Fans got their first glimpse of the wrestling team from Paonia High School last Friday night and the Eagles gave them a lot to cheer about.

Paonia hosted its first home duals of the year.

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Kendall latest Eagle to play ball in college
Kendall latest Eagle to play ball in college

Brittany Kendall became the third member of the senior class at Paonia High School to commit to play sports in a college setting next year.

Last Wednesday Kendall signed her letter of intent to attend Dodge City Community College in Kansas and will play softball for the Conquistadors.

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'Elf the Musical' a hit
'Elf the Musical' a hit

It's been many years since a full-length musical production came to the Paonia High School stage. Musicals take work and talent. They take training and dedication, costumes, sets, a good stage manager and crew, and hours and hours of rehearsal.

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Bruins win Delta mat wars
Bruins win Delta mat wars

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.

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Paonia girls No.1 going into season; seek titles
Paonia girls No.1 going into season; seek titles

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.

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PHS boys No. 2 in hoops; veteran seniors lead way
PHS boys No. 2 in hoops; veteran seniors lead way

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.

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Eagles' wrestling team doesn't rebuild, it reloads
Eagles' wrestling team doesn't rebuild, it reloads

The wrestling team from Paonia High School kept its leader for one more year, and the Eagles are looking forward to a strong showing at state. Again.

Defying all expectations after losing the regional title for the first time in years, Paonia finished an impressive fourth in the 2A state tournament last year.

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It's a new season for speech and debate team

A new season has begun for the Paonia-Hotchkiss speech and debate team. The team has competed in two meets so far, and it has already met with some success.

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Eagles fall to SHS Indians
Eagles fall to SHS Indians

In the end, the Eagles just got worn out.

The football team from Paonia High School was up to the challenge but didn't have enough depth to beat an athletic and physical Strasburg team in the 1A state semifinals on Saturday.

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Eagles' net season over
Eagles' net season over

Paonia High School's volleyball team accomplished many things during its season. One goal was to get to state, and they did, for the fifth straight time.

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Two Eagles leaving nest; flying to college

Two of the best Eagles will be taking their talents to the next level.

Paonia High School seniors Sophie Anderson and Brianna Van Vleet signed letters of intent last Wednesday and will play for colleges next year.

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Eagles hold on to beat Cougars; back in semis
Eagles hold on to beat Cougars; back in semis

It wasn't easy by any means, but the Eagles are one game away from playing in a fourth consecutive 1A state championship game.

The football team from Paonia High School got just enough big plays on both sides of the ball to defeat Burlington 22-20 in a quarterfinal game last Saturday afternoon at Paonia Town Park.

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Eagles dominate in playoffs
Eagles dominate in playoffs

The football team from Paonia High School saved its best game of the year for the first round of the playoffs.

The Eagles dominated from the opening kickoff until the end of the running clock and crushed perennial rival Buena Vista 51-6 last Friday night at Paonia Town Park.

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PHS volleyball team earns fifth straight trip to state
PHS volleyball team earns fifth straight trip to state

Nothing comes easy for the volleyball team from Paonia High School.

The Eagles lost their senior co-captain to injury before the matches even started, but Paonia recovered and beat Meeker and Ridgway last Saturday afternoon to advance to the 2A state volleyball tournament for a fifth consecutive season.

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Pink Night raises $2,500 for HopeWest

Nancy Hovde wasn't able to make this year's Pink Night volleyball fundraiser for HopeWest at Paonia High School, but she promises she won't miss it next year. Hovde is the new development director for HopeWest.

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Paonia volleyball wins four matches; will host regional

The Paonia High School volleyball team swept through the district playoffs and now comes home for the regionals.

Paonia faced four opponents in two days at Grand Valley High School last weekend and things couldn't have gone any better for the Eagles (21-2), winning each match with clean 3-0 sweeps.

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Eagles No. 3 playoff seed; face old foe
Eagles No. 3 playoff seed; face old foe

The Paonia High School football team is headed to the playoffs for the fourth year in a row and will face a familiar foe when the 1A state tournament kicks off this weekend.

The Eagles beat Grand Valley 42-8 at Paonia Town Park last Friday night, finishing the regular season 8-1.

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PHS again makes Newsweek Top 500
PHS again makes Newsweek Top 500

For the second time in three years, Paonia High School made the list of Newsweek Magazine's Top 500 high schools in America for low-income students. For the 2015-2016 school year Paonia was ranked 435th for the 2015-2016 school year; for the 2014-2015 school year PHS was ranked 449th.

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Eagles volleyball regular season ends on loss, win

The Paonia High School volleyball team lost one and won two last week as the Eagles prepared for this weekend's district tournament in Grand Valley.

The Eagles went on the road last Wednesday for a late season nonleague matchup against Class 5A Fruita Monument.

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Dransfield and Hillman in top 10; Eagles 2nd at regional XC

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.

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Bulldogs boys 2nd at XC regionals; headed 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.

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Eagles firing on all cylinders; No. 1 for playoffs
Eagles firing on all cylinders; No. 1 for playoffs

The Paonia High School volleyball team won a couple more matches and continued its march toward the state tournament.

The Eagles held off a third set rally by visiting Rangely and beat the Panthers 3-0 last Saturday afternoon.

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News and Notes from North Fork Sports Oct. 19, 2016
News and Notes from North Fork Sports Oct. 19, 2016

The Hotchkiss High School volleyball team is finishing off the regular season the right way, with a couple of wins.

And like it has been all year, nothing came easy for the Bulldogs.

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Pirates walk the plank
Pirates walk the plank

The Paonia High School football team keeps finding ways to win.

One week after just edging North Fork rival Hotchkiss 7-6, the Eagles shook off a sluggish start and dominated the second half in a 40-10 victory over Olathe last Friday night.

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Defense dominates in NF
Defense dominates in NF

The annual North Fork football game between Paonia and Hotchkiss ended up being the closest game between the rival teams in recent history.

"They played hard, they played up to their ability and the level they're capable of," said Hotchkiss head coach Curtis Hintz.

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PHS netters still unbeaten
PHS netters still unbeaten

Paonia's volleyball team didn't lose any momentum during last week's play against Hayden and Hotchkiss. The Eagles won both contests in three sets and boast a widening lead in 2A District 5 volleyball standings.

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High school students help protect cottonwood trees
High school students help protect cottonwood trees

Local high school students from Paonia, Hotchkiss and Olathe were able to get outside of the classroom recently thanks to the Youth Outdoor Network. Students ranging from freshmen to seniors waded across the chilly North Fork of the Gunnison River at Pleasure Park with tools and fencing in hand to reach young cottonwoods on the other bank.

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Paonia harriers gain new PRs at Delta meet
Paonia harriers gain new PRs at Delta meet

Paonia assistant cross country coach Shauna Meilner passed along the following meet results from last week's Pantherfest Invitational at Confluence Park.

On Friday, Oct. 7 -- exactly two weeks before the regional cross country meet -- the Paonia Eagles had a precursor run on the same course at the Delta Pantherfest Invitational (Confluence Park).

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Pink Night Friday at Paonia High

Get out your pink shoes and best pink attire, because this Friday is Pink Night!

Pink Night was started at PHS in 2007 by English teacher and volleyball assistant coach, Krissey Allen.

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Rotary camp teaches leadership
Rotary camp teaches leadership

It has been said that "leadership cannot be taught, but it must be learned."

Two outstanding Paonia High School students were given a unique opportunity last summer to experience what that means.

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Bruins challenge Paonia in 3-set loss
Bruins challenge Paonia in 3-set loss

Cedaredge's Bruins are sitting in fifth place following last week's 1-2 record. Cedaredge played Coal Ridge on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and was defeated by the Titans in four sets, 18-25, 25-21, 19-25 and 15-25.

Titan senior Nicole Mooney paced Coal Ridge with 19 kills, two aces, two blocks and 18 digs.

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Eagles win gridiron test in Cedaredge, 35-21
Eagles win gridiron test in Cedaredge, 35-21

Last Friday's prep 1A football game between the state 1A number three team, Paonia, and the number seven team, Cedaredge, was a win for both teams in regards to half of play.

The Bruins dominated Paonia for the game's first 24 minutes and used two scores in the second quarter to take a 14-6 lead to the locker room for halftime.

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Paonia cross country finishes strong in Ouray; running to state
Paonia cross country finishes strong in Ouray; running to state

The Paonia High School cross country team had its best finish of the year last weekend and the Eagles are building toward qualifying for the state meet.

The boys squad missed Caden Meilner and the girls were missing Nora Dransfield but both Eagles teams finished fourth overall in a competitive field at Ouray.

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News and Notes from North Fork Sports Sept. 28, 2016

Paonia High School is home to the No. 1 ranked football team and volleyball team.

The Eagles went to Carbondale and had no problem with Roaring Fork on the gridiron, winning 55-7 last Friday and improving to 4-0 in nonconference play.

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News and Notes from North Fork Sports Sept. 21, 2016
News and Notes from North Fork Sports Sept. 21, 2016

The Paonia High School football team won its third game in a row to open the season and the Eagles might well be back on top of Class 1A once again.

No. 2 Paonia rolled to a 38-0 win at Ridge View in Watkins last Friday afternoon and stands at 3-0.

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No. 1 Eagles' spikers win three more; 8-0 on year
No. 1 Eagles' spikers win three more; 8-0 on year

The Paonia High School volleyball team responded to its biggest test of the season so far with a come-from-behind victory and maintained its No. 1 ranking in 2A.

West Grand came into the Paonia gym last Friday and gave the Eagles a stiff challenge, winning the first set and taking huge leads in the second set before Paonia rallied to win the match 3-1.

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Paonia harriers run Eagle Valley course
Paonia harriers run Eagle Valley course

Paonia assistant cross country coach Shauna Meilner prepared the following results for Paonia High School's athletes at Eagle Valley's Invitational.

On Saturday, September 17, the Paonia Eagles cross country team was one of nineteen teams represented at the Eagle Valley Invitational.

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News and Notes from North Fork Sports Sept. 14, 2016
News and Notes from North Fork Sports Sept. 14, 2016

The Paonia High School volleyball team may have lost its first game of the year but the Eagles are rolling right along.

Paonia dropped a game to Coal Ridge at home on Sept. 6 but went on to defeat the Titans 3-1.

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County teams run 'Dobes at Hotchkiss meet

Hotchkiss High School hosted the third cross country meet of the season last Saturday morning and Delta County runners enjoyed the home field advantage.

"It's a tough course. We run it every day so we knew what to expect," Bulldogs sophomore Kaiya Firor, a state qualifier last year, said after she finished third in the girls race.

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Eagles crush Vikings, up to old tricks in win
Eagles crush Vikings, up to old tricks in win

Some of the faces may have changed on the Paonia High School football team, but the results on the scoreboard are still the same.

Behind a dynamic offense and a physical defense, the Eagles opened the season with a 49-7 homecoming win over Center last Friday night at Paonia Town Park.

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Hillman medals in CC meet at Battle Mountain
Hillman medals in CC meet at Battle Mountain

Shauna Meilner attended last Saturday's Battle Mountain Huskey Invitational Cross Country Meet in Edwards. She graciously supplied the following results for Paonia High School's athletes attending the meet.

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Eagles off to soaring start behind athletic, talented volleyball players at PHS
Eagles off to soaring start behind athletic, talented volleyball players at PHS

The Paonia High School volleyball team answered a lot of questions at Homecoming.

In front of an elaborately costumed and enthusiastic student section, Paonia swept Norwood 3-0 last Thursday night in its home opener.

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Paonia Homecoming celebrates the Olympics
Paonia Homecoming celebrates the Olympics

Costumes, interclass competition, sports and dance are all on this week's menu as Paonia High School celebrates Homecoming Week.

This year's theme is the Olympics.

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Eagles are flying into unfamiliar territory
Eagles are flying into unfamiliar territory

The Paonia High School football team kicks off the season on Friday night against Center, and for the first time in four years, Taylor Walters will not be on the field.

Walters graduated and took his 125 career touchdowns and two state championships to Colorado Mesa University, where he will play at the next level along with former Eagles teammate Jeramiah Hillman.

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PHS volleyball seeks 5th straight state visit
PHS volleyball seeks 5th straight state visit

The Eagles seniors want to make it five in a row.

The Paonia High School volleyball team opens the season tomorrow night at home against Norwood led by four seniors who are seeking the program's fifth consecutive appearance at the 2A state tournament.

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Paonia runs at Basalt in first race of season

Soroco's Ben Kelley used just 16 minutes to traverse 5000 meters at the Basalt Longhorn Invitational on Saturday.

Paonia's Eagles were also in attendance with the boys scoring 155 points to place fifth and the girls duplicating a fifth place finish by scoring 122 points in their divisional competition.

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News and notes from North Fork sports
News and notes from North Fork sports

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.

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Van Vleet qualifies for track Junior Olympics
Van Vleet qualifies for track Junior Olympics

Paonia long-jumper Brianna Van Vleet has qualified for national competition in the U.S.A. Track & Field Junior Olympics.

Van Vleet, the daughter of David and Tracy Van Vleet, is a state record-holder in the long jump.

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Outstanding crop of royalty candidates

Six Paonia High School graduates were selected by the Cherry Days Forever Committee to represent Paonia as this year's Cherry Days royalty.

After riding in the July 4 parade, the king and queen will be crowned promptly at 12:15 p.m., at the Paonia Town Park gazebo, immediately following the flag ceremony.

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Logo is an Elena Neirmann design
Logo is an Elena Neirmann design

This year's Cherry Days art work was created by Paonia High School art student Elena Neirmann. She was among several students of art teacher Dave Kuta who submitted designs for the fourth annual Cherry Days art contest, sponsored by the Cherry Days Forever committee.

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The annual Paonia Summer Duals took place over the weekend at Paonia High School and the Eagles welcomed over 315 wrestlers for the matches.

"It broke out into 24 teams. Just a really good turnout," Paonia coach Andy Pipher said. "There's a lot of local kids which is nice, then there are teams here from Wyoming, kids here from Utah and Nebraska. Just a lotta fun."

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Summer duals return to Paonia High School
Summer duals return to Paonia High School

The annual Paonia Summer Duals wrestling camp will be held June 11 and 12 at Paonia High School.

Upward of 400 wrestlers compete in the annual duals.

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Eagles fall in late innings

There's an old adage in sports. Before you can win it all, you have to know what it's like to lose it all.

The baseball team from Paonia High School learned that lesson painfully last Sunday when the Eagles fell to Limon 4-2 in the 2A state semifinals in Pueblo.

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Eagle seniors make last meet one to remember

The Eagles seniors finished their careers undefeated at state.

After claiming their fourth consecutive 2A state track title last Saturday in dominating fashion, the six seniors from Paonia basked in the bright evening sunshine at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood and reveled in the celebration.

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Eagles' baseball title march continues on

Paonia High School's march toward another state title is alive and more than well. The Eagles made huge strides last weekend in Pueblo with an 11-1 win over Sargent in first-round play and then bounced Akron, 7-2, in game two.

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Eagles four-peat winners
Eagles four-peat winners

For the fourth year in a row, the Paonia girls' track team dominated the 2A competition at the state meet at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood and brought home another team title.

The competition was never really in doubt as the Eagles girls led after the first event and had the title locked up after the second day of the meet.

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Eagles survive 'Dogs' rally; both move on

The rubber game went to the Eagles.

In the third game of the year between baseball rivals Paonia and Hotchkiss, the Eagles won 5-4 last Saturday in Cortez to capture the 2A District 2 championship and clinch a spot in the 16-team state tournament field.

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PHS Class of 2016 is unstoppable
PHS Class of 2016 is unstoppable

The Paonia High School Class of 2016 chose philosopher Ayn Rand to provide their class quote: "The question isn't who is going to let me, it's who is going to stop me."

Not much has stopped this class from achieving lofty, if not downright mind-boggling goals.

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Delta County thinclad teams prep for state
Delta County thinclad teams prep for state

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.

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CattleWomen award scholarships

The mission of the Black Mesa CattleWomen is to promote and protect the beef industry through education and communication. One method the group uses to accomplish this is by supporting youth, education and research.

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'Dogs bite back, beat Eagles on walk-off slam
'Dogs bite back, beat Eagles on walk-off slam

The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School took one huge step toward becoming a family last Friday afternoon.

Cole Carvill hit a walk-off grand slam and the Bulldogs beat No. 1 Paonia 12-8, evening the regular season series between the rivals and giving Hotchkiss a major shot in the arm as the postseason approaches.

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Pipher signs with national champion Penn State University
Pipher signs with national champion Penn State University

"Sign your life away, Bo," said Paonia wrestling coach Andy Pipher.

With that, Bo Pipher fulfilled a lifelong dream last Wednesday when he signed a Letter of Intent to wrestle for national champion Penn State.

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Eagles win last home game; playoffs loom
Eagles win last home game; playoffs loom

It wasn't pretty, but Paonia got another win in its last home baseball game of the season.

Paonia, ranked No. 1 in 2A and rolling toward the postseason, defeated Cedaredge 11-1 last Tuesday and improved to 18-0 on the campaign.

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Paonia sends Holt, again
Paonia sends Holt, again

The tennis team from Paonia High School saved its best for last.

The squad, comprised of athletes from Hotchkiss and Paonia, posted a fifth-place team finish at regionals last weekend in Grand Junction and saw Paonia senior Jessie Holt qualify for a third straight state tournament.

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Mock crash demonstrates dangers  of driving impaired, distracted
Mock crash demonstrates dangers of driving impaired, distracted

It was supposed to be a magical night. But as the rock group The Eagles sing, "In a New York minute, everything can change."

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PHS senior Chelsea Meilner named Boettcher scholar
PHS senior Chelsea Meilner named Boettcher scholar

Paonia senior Chelsea Meilner was recently named a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship.

The scholarship covers full tuition and fees and provides a book allowance and stipend for living expenses for four years at any in-state college or university.

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Paonia nine keep winning; still unbeaten

The baseball team from Paonia High School added three more wins to its already impressive resume this past week.

The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in 2A in the recent CHSAA online poll, got the week started off right with a 12-4 win in Gunnison last Wednesday.

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Delta County thinclads perform well at Montrose
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Bruins, Eagles track teams compete at CRHS

Cedaredge sent a handful of athletes to the Coal Ridge Invitational on Friday and then followed up with a trip to Gunnison on Saturday for a weekend of track competition. Hotchkiss' Bulldogs were in New Castle with their full team but did not attend Saturday's combined college/high school meet in Gunnison on Saturday.

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Bruins play well in tennis loss to Paonia
Bruins play well in tennis loss to Paonia

In what Paonia tennis coach Brian Benson described as "an old fashioned barn-burner," the Eagles played their way to a 5-2 win over league foe Cedaredge in Delta on Tuesday afternoon.

Benson quipped, "I don't know if you really use that term for tennis matches, but we had a lot of close matches to say the least."

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Bruins, Eagles excel on oval
Bruins, Eagles excel on oval

With the exception of Gunnison High School's boys' team, the 16-team field was basically no match for Class 2A Paonia and Cedaredge on the track.

Paonia's girls won their division with 158 points with Cedaredge placing second with 109 points. The boys' division was won by Gunnison (154) with Cedaredge (134.5) second and Paonia (71) third.

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Eagles top 'Dogs on diamond
Eagles top 'Dogs on diamond

Depending upon which poll you follow, the state's No. 1 and No. 2 2A baseball teams met at Volunteer Park last Tuesday evening in Paonia.

In the first of two regular season matchups between rivals that have played baseball for over a hundred years, Paonia showed that it can execute in all three phases of the game and beat the Bulldogs 3-0.

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Paonia tennis team wins 5-2 over Delta

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.

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Holt most recent Eagle to leave nest
Holt most recent Eagle to leave nest

Paonia senior Jessie Holt capped a remarkable comeback after signing a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Southern Virginia University.

After sustaining a knee injury that forced her to miss her senior volleyball season, Holt recovered from surgery in time to compete for the Eagles tennis team

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Mock crash gives hard-hitting lesson

A mock crash event scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, may look like the real thing, but it's only a drill.

With high school proms happening April 30 and end-of-school-year celebrations a month away, local EMS, fire, police and state troopers will conduct a mock crash event.

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Eagles fly to big win before 'Dogs showdown
Eagles fly to big win before 'Dogs showdown

The No. 1 Eagles found themselves in unfamiliar territory but rallied for a 14-5 baseball win in Cedaredge last Wednesday.

Paonia moved to 11-0 on the eve of yesterday's showdown with No. 4 Hotchkiss.

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Paonia girls win track title at Woodburn meet
Paonia girls win track title at Woodburn meet

Paonia High School's track teams enjoyed plenty of success this past weekend, in spite of some of Mother Nature's intervention. A brief rainstorm, accompanied by a dose of lightning, suspended activities at the Frank Woodburn Invitational for a short time.

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Eagles No. 1; stay perfect
Eagles No. 1; stay perfect

Nearing the halfway point in the high school baseball season, the Eagles are discovering that the sky is the limit.

Paonia swept a doubleheader from Meeker last Saturday afternoon at Volunteer Park, improving to 10-0 to start the season.

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Great start for PHS tennis

The Paonia High School girls' tennis team is just getting started, and the Eagles have been hot despite the cold weather at the beginning of the season.

Like the boys' tennis team, which plays in the fall, the girls' team is comprised of athletes from both Paonia and Hotchkiss High School.

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Students consider technical school options
Students consider technical school options

Delta-Montrose Technical College career services coordinator Jessica Carlson wants all area high school students to know about the career options the school has to offer. On a visit last week to Paonia High School, Carlson explained that a four-year degree used to be the standard option for graduating seniors.

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Eagles, Bruins win team titles
Eagles, Bruins win team titles

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.

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PHS grad wins state honor

Anna Burns-Meza, a 2001 graduate of Paonia High School, has been named the 2016 Colorado Manager of the Year by the Colorado School Nutrition Association. She will be recognized at the annual summer conference of CSNA in June.

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Eagles take another DH; play No. 1 this weekend
Eagles take another DH; play No. 1 this weekend

On the eve of its biggest road trip of the year, the baseball team from Paonia High School dominated another doubleheader at home last Saturday and has already hit twice the home runs it hit all of last season.

"I think last year we had six or eight home runs all season, and now we've already got 13," Paonia sophomore pitcher and catcher Jaden Miller said.

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Area athletes receive accolades for hoops

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.

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Track teams battle weather

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.

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Recent PHS grads share college experiences
Recent PHS grads share college experiences

On March 16, three recent graduates of Paonia High School who now attend West Point Military Academy, Harvard University, and Colorado School of Mines, addressed the student body and offered their perspectives and advice.

"Our classes teach critical thinking, above everything else," said Drewe Lee, an engineering student at Mines.

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Paonia girls third in Delta with 106 points
Paonia girls third in Delta with 106 points

Paonia's girls put together a solid effort last Saturday to score 106 points and a third-place finish at the Delta Invitational meet. Freshman Alexandra Eaton and senior Marisa Edmondson had first-place finishes for the Eagles.

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Paonia dominates play on diamond; hopes high
Paonia dominates play on diamond; hopes high

There's a buzz going around Volunteer Park. It's the sound of baseballs being knocked into the river.

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Paonia boys compete in Delta Invitational

A trio of third-place finishes highlighted Paonia's boys' day at last Saturday's Delta Invitational meet.

Warren Minerich posted two of those third-place scores in discus and shot put competitions.

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Paonia boys consolation titlists
Paonia boys consolation titlists

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.

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PHS girls second in 2A hoops
PHS girls second in 2A hoops

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.

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Class of 1975 supports Flight of the Eagle at PHS
Class of 1975 supports Flight of the Eagle at PHS

The Paonia High School Class of 1975 met in June 2015 for its 40th class reunion. Twenty-three members of the class met for a picnic and then activities on Cherry Day.

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Paonia girls earn State trip
Paonia girls earn State trip

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.

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Paonia boys state bound
Paonia boys state bound

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.

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Eagles beat Bruins for title
Eagles beat Bruins for title

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.

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Paonia boys District 5 titlists
Paonia boys District 5 titlists

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.

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Cedaredge girls move on
Cedaredge girls move on

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.

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HHS boys still in 2A race
HHS boys still in 2A race

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.

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Paonia hoops teams cruise

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.

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All Eagle wrestlers at state win at least twice
All Eagle wrestlers at state win at least twice

This was supposed to be a down year for the Paonia High School wrestling team.

After having its consecutive streak of three straight 2A state titles snapped by Rocky Ford last year and after finishing second to Hotchkiss at regionals for the first time in years, no one expected too much from the Eagles at state this year.

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Paonia girls still No. 2
Paonia girls still No. 2

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.

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PHS boys win 11 straight
PHS boys win 11 straight

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.

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Pipher leads eight Eagles to 2A tournament

The Paonia High School wrestling team is going back to the familiar confines of the Pepsi Center in Denver for this weekend's state championship tournament.

Last year the Eagles saw their record of three consecutive state team titles snapped by Rocky Ford, which enters this year's tournament as the No. 1-ranked team in 2A.

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Delta's Fisk qualifies for national Speech Congress

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.

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Holt, Fisher selected for All-State Choir
Holt, Fisher selected for All-State Choir

For the second consecutive year, Hotchkiss High School senior Gratia Fisher and Paonia High School senior Jessie Holt represented their respective schools and Delta County at All-State Choir.

Presented by the Colorado High School Athletic Association, Fisher and Holt joined more than 500 other students in the three-day annual event, which culminated Saturday evening in choral performances at the Bellco Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

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Paonia girls lose to Bruins
Paonia girls lose to Bruins

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.

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Bruins stun Paonia girls
Bruins stun Paonia girls

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.

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Coach Brent McRae and Paonia seniors Jeramiah Hillman (left) and Taylor Walters celebrate
Coach Brent McRae and Paonia seniors Jeramiah Hillman (left) and Taylor Walters celebrate
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PHS boys win 3; in control
PHS boys win 3; in control

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.

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Delta beats Paonia in dual
Delta beats Paonia in dual

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.

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Eagles grapplers roll on; Pipher remains unbeaten

The wrestling season is a war of attrition, and the Paonia grapplers are battling through the final part of the campaign.

The state tournament in Denver is two weeks away and Paonia has several individuals who are rounding into top form.

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PHS hoopsters perfect in league; move up in polls

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.

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NF hoop teams revving it up

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.

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Paonia wins showdown
Paonia wins showdown

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.

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Bruins place fifth at 2016 Screamin' Eagle

Cedaredge High School's Bruins finished last weekend's Screamin' Eagle wrestling tournament with 136.5 points and placed fifth. Hotchkiss won the tournament with 229 points with Meeker second (210.5), Centauri third (204) and Paonia fourth (203.5).

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Bruin girls suffer first loss
Bruin girls suffer first loss

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.

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PHS claims three titles at Screamin' Eagle meet
PHS claims three titles at Screamin' Eagle meet

Fans of Paonia wrestling were treated to quite a show last Saturday when three hometown grapplers won individual titles at the Screamin' Eagle Tournament.

Hotchkiss won the team title and Paonia finished fourth in the standings, but the Eagles were not disappointed after three of their standouts claimed championships.

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PHS matmen enjoy success
PHS matmen enjoy success

The Paonia High School wrestling team completed a very busy week after winning three duals and finishing fourth in the Screamin' Eagle Tournament last Saturday.

The No. 6 Eagles got a good look at every 2A team ahead of them except No. 1 Rocky Ford last week and Paonia has reason to think it'll be right there with them at the end of the year.

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Eagle boys flying high; No. 5
Eagle boys flying high; No. 5

The boys' basketball team from Paonia High School keeps putting up big wins and is moving up rapidly in state polls.

The Eagles were ranked No. 5 in 2A in the most recent CHSAA online poll, and they might go higher after posting two big victories last week.

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PHS girls on mission; soaring to big victories
PHS girls on mission; soaring to big victories

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.

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'Dogs win duals; big week for grapplers

The wrestlers at Hotchkiss High School keep posting impressive wins. On the Mat ranks the Bulldogs as No. 6 in 2A, right behind Paonia.

The Bulldogs had only one event last week.

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Hotchkiss wins at EV meet
Hotchkiss wins at EV meet

Despite being shorthanded, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs wrestling team is showing signs of depth, ability and skill that might pay off big in the end.

In their first dual after the Christmas break, the Bulldogs battled North Fork Valley rival Paonia to a 30-30 score on the mat, but fell in the final tally 42-30 because of two open weights.

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Paonia gaining steam; pins and wins piling up
Paonia gaining steam; pins and wins piling up

The wrestling team at Paonia High School came out of the Christmas break determined to post some pins and wins.

The Eagles provided both as Paonia won two duals and placed several strong individual finishes in a tournament this past week.

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Paonia wins league openers

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.

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County athletes honored

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.

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Wrestlers recognized
Wrestlers recognized

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.

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Delta County hoop teams take a breath before 2016
Delta County hoop teams take a breath before 2016

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.

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PHS, HHS wrestle well at Warrior; dual looms

The wrestling teams from Paonia and Hotchkiss went to the Warrior Classic last weekend and got a look at some of the best competition in the state before they retired to rest during the Christmas break.

The Warrior is considered one of the top tournaments of the season and this year featured 38 teams at Central High School in Grand Junction.

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Eagles quints playing well

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.

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Paonia teams off to good start in hoops
Paonia teams off to good start in hoops

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.

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Eagles' matmen shaping up
Eagles' matmen shaping up

The wrestlers at Paonia High School don't have much time to get ready for the season.

The Eagles, who saw their three-year streak of 2A state championships snapped last year, showed no signs of a tough transition from the football season as Paonia hosted a pair of duals during week two of the young season.

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Paonia boys 3-0 in hoops
Paonia boys 3-0 in hoops

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.

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'Dogs, Eagles look for fast start, trip to state
'Dogs, Eagles look for fast start, trip to state

Walk into the wrestling room behind the gym at Paonia High School and instantly you can tell: the Eagles are back.

Even though Paonia had its streak of 2A state championships halted at three last year after the Eagles finished third, enthusiasm and energy burst through the room as the grapplers returned for the 2015 campaign last week.

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PHS girls No. 2, no limit
PHS girls No. 2, no limit

 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.

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Paonia boys' team has high ranking and hopes
Paonia boys' team has high ranking and hopes

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."

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2nd ranked Eagles poised
2nd ranked Eagles poised

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.

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Paonia's title hopes dashed
Paonia's title hopes dashed

For the first time in three years, the Eagles came up just short.

Buena Vista shut out the Eagles in the second half of the 1A state championship football game and prevented Paonia from winning its third consecutive title after the Demons won 27-20 last Saturday in Buena Vista.

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PHS seniors' legacy not lost
PHS seniors' legacy not lost

There were plenty of tears to go around for the Paonia Eagles after they lost 27-20 to Buena Vista in the 1A state championship game last Saturday in Buena Vista.

Paonia attempted to become the 20th high school team in Colorado history to win three state titles in a row.

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Family ties bind  Paonia's sports heritage
Family ties bind Paonia's sports heritage

Here on the Western Slope of the Rockies in Colorado, you can tell the history of a town through the history of its prep sports teams.

In 1902, the town of Paonia was founded by Samuel Wade.

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Paonia after 3rd straight title
Paonia after 3rd straight title

The Paonia High School football team found itself in unfamiliar territory last Saturday afternoon.

On the road. Trailing the entire game. The Eagles' season and quest for a coveted 3-peat state championship on the line.

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Eagles, Demons could be donnybrook
Eagles, Demons could be donnybrook

Paonia goes for the 3-peat on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Buena Vista. The matchup seemed fated from the very beginning of the season.

Paonia was No. 1 and the Demons were ranked No. 2 until the Eagles lost to 2A Bayfield (currently No. 1 in 2A and playing for the state title on Saturday as well) in Week 4.

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Students charged up about SEI class
Students charged up about SEI class

Tim Helmer is quick to explain how a microinverter converts energy generated by a solar panel from DC power to AC. And he does it in a way that makes it sound so simple.

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Veterans Day observed in Paonia
Veterans Day observed in Paonia

The six Paonia High School students who shared lunch with Vietnam veteran Joe Kaputa on Veterans Day paid close attention as the former Marine told of how he enlisted, his tours, and about spending time on the island of Okinawa. Much like the USO, said Kaputa, Okinawa was a place where members of the military could go and relax.

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Eagles to semis with 47-7 win
Eagles to semis with 47-7 win

Saturday's convincing 47-7 win over Burlington puts the two-time defending state champion Paonia Eagles in the semifinal game at Loveland next Saturday, where they will face the team they defeated to win last year's title.

Saturday's game against the sixth-seeded Cougars wasn't predicted to be a runaway.

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Delta County's net teams represented well

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.

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Paonia in semis; best effort in four trips
Paonia in semis; best effort in four trips

The Paonia High School girls' volleyball team posted two wins at the state championship tournament last weekend and reached the 2A semifinals for the first time.

While the Eagles fell in three sets to powerful Resurrection Christian, Paonia completed its fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament by going further than any of the previous Eagles teams that made it to the Denver Coliseum.

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Multi-sport star Van Vleet signs track letter
Multi-sport star Van Vleet signs track letter

Three-time state champion Ashley Van Vleet signed a Letter of Intent to run track at Idaho State University last Thursday in the commons at Paonia High School.

Also a standout volleyball and basketball player, Van Vleet went with her heart and decided to compete in track at the next level.

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Eagles dominate, fly by Thunderhawks in quest for three-peat
Eagles dominate, fly by Thunderhawks in quest for three-peat

Paonia began its quest for a third consecutive 1A state football championship last Saturday with a 49-6 domination of Ellicott that was in doubt for exactly 14 seconds.

That's how long it took Jeramiah Hillman to take the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, and the Eagles just poured it on after that.

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Eagles off to fourth straight state VB trip

The Eagles are going back to state.

Rebounding from a tough loss to Cedaredge in the District championship, Paonia rallied on the road last Saturday at Regionals to beat Ignacio in three sets, and defeated Ridgway in four sets to earn a fourth consecutive trip to the 2A state championship tournament this weekend in Denver.

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Paonia, Meeker seek title

Two Western Slope Conference Class 1A football teams are still alive in the playoffs as the 1A quarterfinals kick off this weekend.

No. 3 Paonia (9-1) will host perennial playoff contender Burlington (9-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Paonia Town Park.

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Bruins win VB tournament
Bruins win VB tournament

Thanks to a four-win weekend, in tournament play, Cedaredge High School earned first-place honors in Class 2A District 5 tournament play in Parachute. The Bruins faced tough competition on both days (Friday and Saturday) and scored wins in each match.

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Paonia, Cedaredge go five sets in tourney, Bruins win, claim title
Paonia, Cedaredge go five sets in tourney, Bruins win, claim title

Volleyball rivals Paonia and Cedaredge met in the finals of the 2A District 5 Tournament last Saturday, and just like the regular season matches between the Eagles and Bruins, fans at neutral Grand Valley High School were treated to an outstanding match that needed extra points to decide the victor.

In a fiercely competitive match, Cedaredge (19-4) won the five-set nailbiter 25-20, 25-23, 18-25, 13-25, 18-16.

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Three county schools in volleyball playoffs

Good news for volleyball fans in Delta County. Two teams will host regional play beginning Saturday, Nov. 7.

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Three WSC football teams in grid playoffs

The top three teams in 1A football stayed the same most of the year and each squad found out its playoff matchups when the brackets were released last Sunday morning.

Two-time defending state champion and three-time defending Western Slope Conference Champion Paonia (8-1) will play 14th-seeded Ellicott at Paonia Town Park on Saturday.

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Seniors lead Eagles to win
Seniors lead Eagles to win

It was a numbers game last Friday night when the Eagles defeated Cedaredge 48-7 at Paonia Town Park in the last football contest of the 1A regular season.

Six seniors, 15 Western Slope Conference wins. Two state titles, three straight conference championships.

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Hotchkiss-Paonia grid rivalry gets extreme
Hotchkiss-Paonia grid rivalry gets extreme

A player was ejected. The head coaches confronted each other during a contentious postgame handshake, and 63 points were scored.

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Paonia volleyball to districts, finish strong
Paonia volleyball to districts, finish strong

The Eagles volleyball team got just what the doctor ordered.

After suffering through an uncharacteristic mid-season slump, Paonia recovered to win eight consecutive matches and heads to districts this weekend with tons of momentum.

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Paonia, Hotchkiss boys represent NF at XC meet
Paonia, Hotchkiss boys represent NF at XC meet

Caden Meilner never expected to make it to the state cross country championship.

"This is something I do kind of on the side.

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Hotchkiss girls, Paonia duo to state XC meet

The Bulldogs are going back to state.

The Hotchkiss girls' cross country team placed three runners in the top 15 and finished second in the 2A Region 4 race last Friday at Confluence Park in Delta, qualifying for a return to this weekend's state championship race in Colorado Springs.

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1A football teams in race

Football action in the 1A Western Slope Conference is only two weeks away from being complete, and teams are jockeying for position in the drive to the state playoffs.

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Paonia tennis ends strong season; builds for future success

The first high school sport of the fall season is over, and the future is bright for Paonia tennis.

The boys' team competed in the fall while the girls will hit the courts during the spring season.

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VB teams coming together

The Paonia volleyball team recovered from a rough regular-season stretch and posted three straight 3-0 victories last week.

The Eagles rebounded to win five in a row since losing three of four matches in the middle of the season and have an overall record of 13-3.

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PHS Pink Event raises money for HopeWest
PHS Pink Event raises money for HopeWest

One day each fall, the Paonia High School Eagles volleyball team goes all out for breast cancer awareness. The Colorado High School Activities Association encourages volleyball teams to "Think Pink" in honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month during a home match.

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Variety spices Paonia VB
Variety spices Paonia VB

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.

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PHS gridders pass big test
PHS gridders pass big test

The 1A Western Slope Conference still has three weeks to play, but last Friday's game between Meeker and Paonia went a long way toward determining who will be the conference champion.

Paonia put itself in the driver's seat for a third straight conference title after defeating the Cowboys 34-30 in a wild game at Paonia Town Park.

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Temps, times heat up for XC runners in Delta

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.

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County teams run in Pantherfest XC meet
County teams run in Pantherfest XC meet

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.

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Bruins beat Eagles in VB
Bruins beat Eagles in VB

Cedaredge High School has taken a step in the right direction toward laying claim to the 2A/1A Western Slope Grand Mesa League title. The Bruins continued their winning ways with wins over rival Paonia and Rangely this past week.

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Paonia VB recovers from rare dual losses

The Paonia High School volleyball team found itself in very unfamiliar territory last week after suffering its first consecutive defeats during the regular season in many years.

"Our last league loss was in 2011," Eagles coach Krista Carsten said.

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Sweitzer XC course fast
Sweitzer XC course fast

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.

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Paonia XC at 'Banana'

The Paonia cross country team competed at the Anna Banana Invitational in Fruita last weekend. The race is run in honor of Anna Janowitz, a member of the Fruita cross country team who died in a tragic car accident. Janowitz loved the sport and inspired many in the cross country family.

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PHS diploma presented 46 years after graduation
PHS diploma presented 46 years after graduation

It may have come 46 years after the fact, but Frank Michael Griffin is officially a high school graduate. Griffin was awarded an honorary diploma from Paonia High School during halftime ceremonies of Friday's Homecoming football game.

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Eagles soar and score for 48-6 Homecoming win
Eagles soar and score for 48-6 Homecoming win

Paonia had all the motivation it needed going into last Friday night's football game against visiting Centauri.

It was the Falcons who last beat Paonia, a little over two years ago, handing head coach Brent McRae and star quarterback Taylor Walters their only high school defeat.

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Paonia volleyball 5-0 in middle of schedule
Paonia volleyball 5-0 in middle of schedule

The Paonia High School volleyball team is putting all the pieces together.

After beating Plateau Valley and Gunnison last week, the Eagles are up to 5-0 and are rolling into the middle portion of their schedule with some tough challenges ahead.

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PHS tennis team better
PHS tennis team better

The Paonia tennis team is small in numbers but big in heart and enthusiasm.

The Eagles, featuring a combined team of players from Paonia and Hotchkiss, have improved steadily over the course of the season despite having to forfeit doubles matches because of a small turnout.

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Burns, PHS freshmen build a better bonfire
Burns, PHS freshmen build a better bonfire

When is a bonfire more than just a bonfire? During Homecoming Week, of course.

A little more thought and planning went into Paonia High School's 2015 Homecoming bonfire.

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It's Homecoming at PHS
It's Homecoming at PHS

School spirit will have nowhere to hide this week as Paonia High School celebrates Homecoming Week.

This year's theme is "A Lifetime of Music." Throughout the week, classes will compete in sports and other events, vying for both class points and bragging rights.

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Eagles win 25th behind Walters, stingy defense
Eagles win 25th behind Walters, stingy defense

Make it 25 in a row for the Eagles.

Paonia's high school football team played in front of its home fans for the first time this year last Friday night and the Eagles showed that the present and the future are looking good.

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County XC boys shine on Saturday
County XC boys shine on Saturday

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.

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PHS netters start hot
PHS netters start hot

The Paonia High School volleyball team is back to its winning ways.

After defeating Caprock and Rangely in its first home matches of the year last week, the Eagles are showing signs of the chemistry and teamwork that got them to the state tournament last year.

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Eagles soar again

No. 1 Paonia opened defense of its third straight 1A state championship on the road last Friday night at No. 7 Monte Vista.

The Eagles won the game 21-7 behind Player of the Year Taylor Walters and a stingy effort from its young defense.

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Meilner 5th at XC meet
Meilner 5th at XC meet

The Paonia girls' cross country squad showed that the Eagles have one of its deepest, most talented teams yet.

Leading the way last Friday was senior Chelsea Meilner, who completed the course in 20:23.75 to finish fifth overall.

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Paonia boys making strides
Paonia boys making strides

Paonia's boys' cross country team continues to make strides and is starting to set higher goals for itself as more and more talented Eagles join the squad.

In the second meet of the year at Confluence Park in Delta last Friday morning, nearly all of the Eagles posted times that improved upon their first meet marks.

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Eagles' team cruises
Eagles' team cruises

The Paonia football team has its season opening kickoff on Friday night, and the quest for the coveted 3-peat will officially begin.

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Delta, Paonia XC teams run
Delta, Paonia XC teams run

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.

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Paonia tennis team solid
Paonia tennis team solid

The Paonia tennis team served and volleyed in its first matches of the year last Saturday at Apple Valley Park, and the Eagles showed that they are in for a promising season.

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Eagles look for third grid title
Eagles look for third grid title

Two consecutive state titles. A 23-game winning streak. The reigning Player and Coach of the Year.

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Eagles' VB team salty
Eagles' VB team salty

The Paonia High School volleyball team keeps resetting the standard for excellence.

The Eagles took to the floor last week and began the season looking to equal or better their stellar campaign last year.

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New XC coach at PHS
New XC coach at PHS

The Eagles had to hit the ground running. And fast.

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Prep tennis now in Paonia
Prep tennis now in Paonia

The diverse landscape of high school tennis in the North Fork Valley is hard to predict, and coach Brian Benson has a whole new set of changes to deal with this season.

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Coaching changes at Paonia, Hotchkiss
Coaching changes at Paonia, Hotchkiss

Hotchkiss and Paonia will see some coaching changes for the 2015-2016 sports season.

Hotchkiss said good-bye to head volleyball coach Kendal Roberts and hello to Taralee Williams.

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