Tunget Gymnastics has completed four qualifying meets and one state meet so far this season. So far there have been 37 gymnasts qualify for state meet competition.
Rains continue to delay the 3A baseball tournament, in which the Delta Panthers were scheduled to begin play last Friday, May 18, in Niwot. Expected rains prompted officials to move the opening round to Monday, May 21.
Could the North Fork baseball teams face off in the state championship baseball game?
Cyrus Malek-Madani was ranked fifth in discus heading into last weekend's Class 2A state track and field meet. But in his third and final qualifying throw the senior surprised everyone with a career-best throw of 148 feet.
In a repeat of her 2017 performance, Hotchkiss junior Kaiya Firor brought home two gold medals, winning the 400-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles events at the Class 2A state track meet in Lakewood.
Firor finished the 400m a full second ahead of second place finisher Gracie Bradfield of Meeker.
The Hotchkiss boys had their best showing in recent years at the state track meet, placing in the top five in three events and scoring 43 points to place fifth overall in Class 2A.
The last time the boys did this good was in 2013 when both teams placed third, said head coach Kelly Cowan.
The Paonia girls medaled in 10 events and scored 41 points to place sixth at the Colorado High School Activities Association State Track and Field Meet.
After placing 16th as a freshman, third as a sophomore, and second as a junior, Mckenna Palmer won the triple jump.
This year's Colorado State Track and Field Championships concluded last Saturday with Cedaredge High School's boys track team just short of a third straight team title in the 2A division. Resurrection Christian was the 2018 boys champions with 63 points while the Bruins and Lyons tied for second with 58 points.
Delta senior Brandon Harper, flanked by Delta High School head coach Wood (left) and Raul Ortiz, recently signed a letter of intent to attend Nebraska Wesleyn University in Lincoln, Neb.
Steve Swartzendruber, a longtime Paonia coach in several sports, recently retired.
Swartzendruber is retiring after more than three decades of coaching ball in Paonia.
Delta senior KC Carlson, flanked by parents Kevin and Ingrid, signed a letter of intent to continue his educational endeavors,
Cedaredge High School's baseball team had a better season record (15-4) than many of the 2018 teams that began regional play last week.
After splitting games with Valley and Kent Denver the Bruins still have a better record (16-5) than four of the remaining eight teams which begin play in this year's 3A State Baseball Championships.
2018 Track State Qualifiers
The following list of 2018 state track meet qualifiers for Delta County athletes was compiled by DCI Sports Writer Tamie Meck and is intended to show who has qualified for this year's state track meet in Loveland. Some information in today's stories may not be the same as found in this presentation as changes do occur often in statistics gathered for large state venues which generate large volumes of information.
After defeating rival Paonia by a single run in conference play, Hotchkiss (17-3) was seeded first heading into Saturday's district baseball tournament at Hubbard Field in Olathe; Paonia (19-2) was seeded second. Both teams won their respective semifinal game in five innings.
There weren't a lot of first-place finishes for the Bruins in either the girls or boys division at last Saturday's Cedaredge Bruin Invitational track meet. Both teams, however, scored enough points to finish third in their divisions.
Delta's Panthers had an uneasy beginning to its baseball season losing five of the first eight games played, including losses to 2A powerhouse Paonia, 4A Erie, 5A Montrose, and a double header event against 4A Roosevelt. Since those first eight games the Panthers have lost once (to Paonia) in the last 13 games.
In the final state qualifying track meet of the season the Paonia girls scored 141 points to win the 11-team Cedaredge Bruin Invitational.
Brooke Hillman won the 800m in a season-best time of 2:27.83.
At the May 11 Cedaredge Bruin Invitational, Hotchkiss junior Kaiya Firor re-set the meet record in the 300-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 45.5 seconds.
The defending state 2A champion in the 300 hurdles, Firor's performance took more than a second off of the 2013 record of 46.17 seconds held by Abi Grace McGee of Montrose.
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