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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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Delta doubles teams stopped short of state
Delta doubles teams stopped short of state

Three of four Delta doubles teams saw chances for a state tennis qualification disappear last Saturday at the Class 3A Region 8 tennis tournament in Grand Junction.

The four doubles team of Peyton Schuster and Lucy Streich advanced to finals on a 6-1, 6-3 win over Vail Mountain and a quarterfinal 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) win over Aspen.

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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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Delta defeats Bruins, 5-2, in tennis action
Delta defeats Bruins, 5-2, in tennis action

Delta High School's tennis team posted a 5-2 decision over Cedaredge at Bill Heddles Recreation Center last week. The Panthers won all four of the doubles matches and won at one singles.

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Four doubles team leads DHS

Mike Chastain, Delta's head tennis coach, recently spoke about his 2017 edition of Panther tennis.

The Panther tennis team has 32 members, led by seniors Meysa Mulfor, Lizzy Ward, Hannah Branson, Lupita Portillo and Cassidy Parker.

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3A tennis class could mean more qualifiers

With regional tennis just two weeks away, local tennis teams are considering the possibility of qualifying for state in a new light.

Beginning this year the Colorado High School Activities Association has three classes of tennis, 5A, 4A and 3A. Schools with enrollment of up to 1,059 students drop from Class 4A to 3A, which means smaller schools like Paonia, the smallest school in Region 8 with 152 students, Cedaredge with 259, and Delta with 610 students, won't compete against true 4A schools for the first time since the CHSAA sanctioned the sport in the 1990s.

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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 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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Delta slips by Bruins in tennis
Delta slips by Bruins in tennis

Delta hosted Cedaredge on the tennis courts at Bill Heddles Recreation Center on March 27. Delta won the match 4-3, earning its first win of the season.

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CHS tennis team falls to GJJV

The Cedaredge Bruins were in Grand Junction to face Central's Warriors on the tennis courts. Central won the match 5-2 with Cedaredge's two wins coming in 1 and 4 Doubles play.

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Delta off to 1-2 start in tennis

Delta High School girls tennis team has played twice (with results reported) so far this season with losses to Glenwood Springs (2-5) and Central (3-4).

On March 4 Delta was in Glenwood Springs to face the Demons.

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Bruins looking for tennis wins
Bruins looking for tennis wins

Paonia defeated Cedaredge 6-1 in tennis action last week, Tuesday (March 21). The Bruins did not go easily, despite the difference in set wins.

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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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County golfers play Bookcliff

A late report was submitted Monday evening from assistant Delta golf coach Dwain Bush.

Delta High School and Cedaredge High School participated in the Grand Junction Invitational held at the Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction.

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Youth tennis camp begins in August

Attention, all 8- to 13-year-olds. Register for a week of tennis instruction Tuesday, Aug. 9, through Saturday, Aug. 13. The City of Delta, Bill Heddles Recreation Center and Christina Curtis have joined to offer tennis instruction each morning from 8 to 10 a.m.

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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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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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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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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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County tennis teams hold own

Last week's Delta County tennis tournament was played in Grand Junction at Canyon View Park. Delta's venue is simply too small to accommodate a large tournament such as last weekend's tournament.

Ten teams participated in the two-day event, with Central's Warriors swatting their way to first place with 72 points.

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Spring sports underway

The prep baseball, track and tennis seasons are just getting started. Whether or not the weather cooperates, the spring sports season in Delta County is underway.

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Panther tennis team loses two

Delta's Panthers tennis team has played twice in March.

The first contest was against Glenwood Springs in Delta, on March 5. The Demons won the match 4-3.

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Bruins fall to Fruita in tennis

Cedaredge's first tennis match of the season was a 4-3 loss to Fruita Monument High School on March 8.

Playing at home, the Bruins won three of seven matches against the Wildcats.

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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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Cleland tennis courts closed

Due to safety concerns, the tennis courts at Cleland Park have been closed indefinitely. The tennis courts at Confluence Park provide an alternative for local players.

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Cedaredge, Delta state golfers perform well

Delta County golf teams had a banner year as five players earned trips to this year's state tournament Oct. 5-6.

Delta's Panthers, after getting their golf program back, qualified two players who attended this year's state championships at Fox Hill Country Club in Longmont.

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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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Town board ponders court sports funding

Cedaredge trustees find themselves in the position of playing referee for a contest between local tennis players and a community of pickleball players.

The pickleball players are working to establish their popular new sport using town facilities -- once the preserve of tennis -- and they have asked the town to budget funding of their activity.

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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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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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