High Schools

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By Dale Shrull

Rifle High School is heading to the steel city of Colorado to try to steal a Class 3A state football title. Saturday’s championship game is indeed a tale of two blue-collar towns with physical, tough, hard-nosed football ...


A return trip

By Dale Shrull

Austin Shepherd looked lost, his eyes empty with bewilderment. It was a tough day, but Rifle’s future could be seen on this disappointing day. That balmy day was back on Dec. 1, 2012. Last Saturday, Shepherd was smiling, posing for ...

Sean Mulvey out as Fruita football coach

By Staff

Prep Football Sean Mulvey out as Wildcats’ coach Sean Mulvey will not coach the Fruita Monument High School football team next season, the school announced Monday. Fruita Monument Athletic Director Denny Squibb said the school is ...



By Matt Meyer

PAONIA — Time was dwindling Saturday, but enough remained for Buena Vista to dare hope it could still come back and claim a state title. Especially with the Demons on the Paonia 2-yard line with second down. A run by Buena Vista ...



By Dale Shrull

RIFLE — Rifle earned another seven days and one more game this season. That’s been Rifle’s philosophy since the football playoffs started: Win, and the team gets seven more days together. After a powerful performance ...


Paonia takes charge early to claim title

By Tim Harty

PAONIA — Paonia linebackers Trevor Smith and Gunnar Chesnik drag down the Buena Vista fullback on fourth down for a 4-yard loss Saturday. Paonia ball at the Buena Vista 40-yard line. Five plays later: Eagles 7, Demons 0. Paonia ...



By Matt Meyer

Rulon Gardner, at 43 years old, can still “kick the snot out of” younger wrestlers. The Greco-Roman wrestling champion is training for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Gardner said he still has 50 pounds to lose, but ...


Battle to be the best

By Tim Harty

No. 1 meets No. 2 in a battle of unbeatens. That alone makes for a compelling Class 1A state football championship when top-seeded Paonia hosts Buena Vista at 1 p.m. today at Paonia Town Park. But there’s much more to this ...

Meeker coach praises both Paonia and Buena Vista

By Tim Harty

Meeker High School football coach Shane Phelan had a team this fall that nearly reached the Class 1A state final. The Cowboys finished their season 10-2 after losing to Buena Vista in a semifinal last week. Their other loss? That was to the ...

Grand Junction, Fruita combine for 16 all-conference selections

By Staff

Postseason awards for the Grand Junction and Fruita Monument football teams were released this week. For the Tigers (4-6), seniors James Antonucci and Jack Parsons and juniors Malik Jackson and Angel Bautista-Ponce were selected to the ...

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