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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 1A Western Slope Conference will have a new look this season.
All high school classifications were redone this year for football teams in Colorado.
A late report was submitted Monday evening from assistant Delta golf coach Dwain Bush.
Delta High School and Cedaredge High School participated in the Grand Junction Invitational held at the Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Delta County golf teams had a banner year as five players earned trips to this year's state tournament Oct. 5-6.
Delta's Panthers, after getting their golf program back, qualified two players who attended this year's state championships at Fox Hill Country Club in Longmont.
The Paonia 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.
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.
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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