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.
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.
If you're looking for some competitive fun over the July 4 weekend and want to support some good causes, consider these three fundraising events planned in conjunction with the 71st annual Paonia Cherry Days festival.
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.
"Are YOU ready to Train Like a Champion this summer!? Our volleyball camp is coming to Paonia High School."
Delta sophomore Missa Webb played in 13 matches this season, scored 14 goals and had three assists to finish the year with 31 points for the Panther offense. Webb took 50 shots (3.8 shots a game) during the season.
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.
Delta High School track coach Matt Kevan remains highly excited about this past track season. His Panthers did not win a track title but showed steady growth throughout the season.
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.
Last Saturday Delta Rotary Club hosted 23 teams at Devil's Thumb Golf Club for the 17th playing of the Rotary Club 4-Player Scramble. In all, 94 players contested for prize monies and awards.
Delta's Ethan Keller, second from right, signed to attend Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb. Keller will be working toward a culinary diploma while attending school and is expected to see plenty of baseball action for the Hawks in their inaugural baseball season.
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.
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.
Five Delta County wrestlers were recently named to the Colorado High School Activities Association All-State wrestling team. From Paonia, senior heavyweight Trevor Smith received Class 2A First Team honors, and Sackett Chesnik (138) was named All-State Second Team.
The first quarter start wasn't fantastic, but the No. 14 Bruins led 10-8 at quarter's end. A pair of three-balls, one from Hailey Henrie and another from Makayla Mckinney, helped achieve the short-lived lead for the Bruins.
Delta High School's girls team lost four of its last five games but had high enough RPI points to make it into the field of 32 of post-season play.
The Panthers (13-9) were seeded 26th in last week's regional play in Denver.
Under second-year head coach Eric Hollembeak, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs ended the basketball season with a 16-7 overall and a 9-3 record and in fourth place in the 13-team 2A/1A Western Slope league. That is the Bulldogs' best record since the 2009-2010 season when Hotchkiss posted a 19-5 record and qualified for the 3A state tournament.
Last week's regional playoffs were held throughout the state of Colorado. Delta joined Bayfield, Alamosa and Rye in a regional challenge in Bayfield. Alamosa (No. 12) and Rye (No. 21) played in the first game on Friday. Alamosa emerged the victor, 52-44, in that contest. Delta and Bayfield played in the evening's marques matchup.
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.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs earned a berth in this week's Western Slope Region basketball tournament at Gunnison.
In district quarterfinals Hotchkiss pulled off a 65-63 win last Wednesday to eliminate Vail Christian.
There was some doubt as to whether or not the Delta Panthers' girls basketball team would be in the round of 32 post-season playoffs following a 55-35 loss to Olathe last week.
That doubt was erased on Sunday when the Panthers were paired against The Academy (18-4) for this Friday's opening round of 3A state basketball playoffs.
The Cedaredge boys' basketball team made a trip to Carbondale on Tuesday (Feb. 21) for a play-in game against Roaring Fork's Rams. The winner would advance to the 3A WSL district tournament held at Central High School in Grand Junction.
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.
Despite a rough weekend of basketball Delta High School's boys hoops team will be moving on to regional play this weekend. The Panthers got past Grand Valley in a play-in game on Feb. 21 with a score of 56-45, a far cry from the 68-32 win on Feb. 18.
Cedaredge High School's girls basketball team won its play-in game against Gunnison (33-21) on Tuesday but lost to Moffat County on Friday (49-42) and Olathe (41-38) in Saturday's third-place game.
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