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HARD-WORKING WILDCATS

By Tim Harty

Experience abounded a year ago, but for all of Fruita Monument’s senior returning starters, the final record was 4-6, and the Wildcats fell short of making Class 5A’s 32-team football playoff field once again. Now, experience is ...


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NEW TALE FOR TIGERS

By Tim Harty

Tyler Heinsma, Austin Lewis, Theron Verna, Kaleb Johnson, Quinton Walton, Michael McKnight, Robbie Gonzalez, John Wiman, Dion Martinez. The list goes on with a few more names, and they make this point: Grand Junction graduated a whole bunch ...


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INDIANS DRAW THE LINE

By Tim Harty

Returning a fullback who rushed for more than 1,500 yards and a quarterback who threw for more than 1,000 yards are a great start for any football team. But it’s what is in front of them that will be leading the way as Montrose High ...


Plateau Valley making steady progress after two winless seasons

By Tim Harty

The winless record for the second straight year didn’t show it, but Plateau Valley High School made progress, and it could pay dividends this fall. The number of juniors and seniors with three and four years of actually playing football ...


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A BRAVE NEW ERA

By Tim Harty

The city rivalry game is no more. Grand Junction won’t play Central on the gridiron for at least two years, maybe longer. The Grand Valley rivalry game between Central and Fruita Monument? Same thing. Gone. Grand Junction will still ...


Healthy backfield could make Meeker a 1A WSC contender

By Matt Meyer

With the break of a leg and the twinge of a hamstring, a Meeker High School football team that challenged Cedaredge — and eventual Class 1A state champion Paonia — saw its season unravel. Jake Phelan, who was the second-best ...


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‘Coaching legend’ ready to lead Hotchkiss

By Matt Meyer

A little after 5 a.m., Mike Sirko leaves his home in Aspen and drives over McClure Pass. At 6:45 a.m., he’s opening the weight room at Hotchkiss High School. Sirko said he gladly makes the commute — a trip that measures 96 miles, ...


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PRIMED FOR A REPEAT

By Matt Meyer

Brent McRae doesn’t pace the sideline, he bounds. He hoots and hollers and forcibly pumps his fist whenever Paonia scores a touchdown. He’s always moving, always thinking. So, it comes as no surprise that less than a year ...


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Grand Valley aims to improve under alum Manzanares

By Matt Meyer

As the light dimmed over Toby LeBorgne Stadium, different players chirped the same two words: “Get better.” That’s the motto for the Grand Valley High School football team, which lost many seniors from a 2013 squad hit with ...


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CEDAREDGE’S COMMITMENT

By Matt Meyer

The Cedaredge High School football team had a good summer. In fact, Bruins coach Brandon Milholland called it the best summer he’s seen in more than a decade of coaching high school football. “I think it’s been the spirit ...


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