The Paonia boys have worked their way into the top three of 2A District 5 standings and are looking to make the most of it with the playoffs looming in the future.
Paonia is 9-2 in league play and 12-6 overall. Last week's visit to Meeker resulted in one of the two league losses the Eagles show in standings.
Hotchkiss High School's basketball teams won three of four games played last weekend. The girls defeated West Grand 54-42 and fell to North Park 43-33 in 2A District 5 play.
Delta senior Elena Gilliam has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Lamar Community College.
Gilliam will pursue a degree in education or secondary education.
Cedaredge had a good start to its basketball week in boys play. The Bruins defeated Delta for the second straight time, 62-52, on Feb. 6, after losing to the Panthers 71-54 back in December.
Delta High School senior Kendra Hillman entered last week's state swim meet ranked ninth in the 50 yd. freestyle and finished 10th. Hillman posted a personal best time of 25.93 in the race.
Western State Colorado University in Gunnison made a good decision when it signed Delta senior Logan Church to its wrestling program. Church will be the No. 1 seed when the Class 3A State Wrestling Championships open tomorrow at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
As the 2017-18 basketball campaign nears the end of regular season play, Delta High School's basketball teams are gearing up for strong finishes with hope of finishing high enough RPI ratings to advance to this year's 3A state basketball playoffs in early March.
Losses to Cedaredge by both teams mark the third loss to the Bruins for the girls and the second for the boys this season.
Hotchkiss will send eight wrestlers to state this Thursday. In the Class 2A Region 1 tournament, the Bulldogs finished third with 178 points and placed 10 wrestlers.
The Paonia Eagles placed 12 wrestlers and scored 203.5 points to finish second Saturday at the 2A Region 1 tournament.
Senior Clay Campbell was one of three Paonia wrestlers to go undefeated.
Cedaredge head wrestling coach Cutter Garrison estimates that last weekend's regional team title ended a three decades long championship drought.
The Bruins placed 13 wrestlers and scored 226 points to win the Class 2A Region 1 title Saturday at Delta High School, outscoring 14 other teams, including Paonia and Hotchkiss.
Delta senior Kendra Hillman was the top 50 yard freestyle swimmer last weekend on the campus of CMU in the multi teams and Southwester Conference League Championships.
Teams competing in the competition included Fruita Monument (361), Glenwood Springs (359), Grand Junction (291), Gunnison (255), Durango (246), Aspen (246), Summit (245), Montrose (156), Delta (75), Moffat County (58) and Montezuma-Cortez.
Hotchkiss wrestlers scored 136 points to win the Norwood Maverick Wrestling Tournament Saturday. Host school, Norwood scored 103.5 points to finish second at the seven-team tournament.
While the Cedaredge girls are on a new winning streak, the Bruin boys are working hard to end an end-of-the-season funk which includes losses in the last five games (from Jan. 20 through Feb. 3) the Bruins have played. The latest losses were to Olathe (59-50) and Gunnison (65-49).
With two weeks remaining in regulation play the Eagles upped their 2A/1A Western Slope conference record to 7-2 with wins over North Park and West Grand.
The Eagles upped their winning streak to five games and their conference record to 9-1 last week with wins over Vail Mountain, North Park and West Grand.
The North Park and West Grand games marked the first starts for junior Elan Maulhardt.
With one match remaining last Friday night at Delta High School, the host Panthers were leading by a slim three points against Paonia.
For Class 2A Paonia to win the annual dual against the Class 3A Panthers, 126-pound sophomore Zeb Etter needed at least a major win over Ayden Tucker.
Cedaredge ended the dual season Friday with a 10-5 record after defeating the Cowboys, 58-19, at Meeker. "I think it was good for our boys to end the season on a win," said head coach Cutter Garrison. "The guys wrestled well."
A weekend trip to Rangely on Friday and a home contest against Meeker were close losses for both the girls and boys basketball teams.
The girls' game in Rangely was tied after three periods (26-26) and a 20-11 Rangely run in the final quarter netted the Panthers a 46-37 victory.
Delta High School's varsity basketball teams were successful over the past week with victories at Aspen and in Gunnison. The Panther girls defeated Aspen, 51-19, on Feb. 1 and scored a 54-49 win in Gunnison on Feb. 2.
This Friday and Saturday, wrestlers from around the state will compete at one of four regional meets for a chance to wrestle at the 82nd annual State Wrestling Tournament, scheduled for Feb. 15-17 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
In Delta County, 14 teams will compete in the Class 2A Region 1 tournament at Delta High School.
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