Palisade’s Nick Stephanus selected as WSC’s lineman of the year

Palisade football Nick Stephanus was one of the biggest and fastest linemen in the Western Slope Conference this past fall.

The guard and defensive tackle was recognized for those skills in All-Conference voting as Stephanus was selected lineman of the year. Stephanus also made the first team, and was joined by three of his teammates — Nate Stephanus, Jeremy Brannon and Kelly Davis.

The Bulldogs’ Jesse Brannon and Terry Williams were both selected All-Conference Honorable Mention. Steamboat Springs’ quarterback Austin Hinder and running back Joe Dover were selected co-backs of the year and Sailors coach Aaron Finch was picked as the coach of the year.

Cross Country Skiing

Snow postpones WinterStart race

Heavy snow on Grand Mesa postponed last weekend’s WinterStart cross country ski races until Sunday.

The 5K classic race begins at 11 a.m. at Skyway on Grand Mesa, with a 5K freestyle race at 12:30 p.m.

Registration is taken on race day only, with Grand Mesa Nordic Council members paying $10 and nonmembers paying $15. The race is open to all ages and abilities. For information on the race or the Grand Mesa Nordic Council, call 434-9753 or go to


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