High Schools

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Eagles soar to 4th straight girls track title

By Jon Mitchell

Paonia High School’s girls track and field team reached a milestone at the Class 2A state track and field championship last May. The Eagles easily won their fourth consecutive team title, outdistancing Wray to become the fourth team in ...


Local prep football teams make the playoff grade in 2016

By Matt Meyer

The Central High School football team made the Class 4A playoffs one season after playing down a classification and only three years after a winless campaign in 2013. Led by senior quarterback E.J. Barrera and his favorite target, senior ...


Never give up

By Jon Mitchell

Ryan Moeller has all kinds of memories about how he wound up playing football for Colorado — and how it almost didn’t happen. “It’s pretty nostalgic thinking back to some of the things coaches were telling me out of ...


Fruita’s focus

By Matt Meyer

Off the court, the Fruita Monument High School girls basketball team started its holiday break delivering blankets to Community Hospital. On the court, the Wildcats have been one of the most notable teams in Colorado with a 10-0 record and a ...


Making mat memories

By Dale Shrull

It’s a name familiar to Grand Junction High School sports fans. Jax Nourse, the quarterback and linebacker on the football team. Jax Nourse, the power-hitting infielder on the baseball team. But Jax Nourse, the wrestler? This year, ...


Former GJ coach Owens has successful first season at San Diego-area high school

By Matt Meyer

Former Grand Junction High School football coach Robbie Owens landed a premier prep coaching job earlier this year and he didn’t disappoint in his first season. Owens led Helix High School, a public charter school near San Diego, to the ...

Area football players well represented on all-state teams

By Jon Mitchell

Fruita Monument had some. Palisade had several. Central was represented, too. In fact, every Colorado high school football classification had a Western Slope high school player recognized when the Colorado High School Activities Association ...


Worth the wait

By Jon Mitchell

Dawson Collins knew he had it. The toughest part for him was waiting. Thanks in part to what came after that wait, the much-longer wait for a Warrior Classic team title by a District 51 school is over. Collins, a Grand Junction High School ...


Barrera’s best shot wins title at Warrior

By Dale Shrull

E.J. Barrera came to the Warrior Classic looking for redemption and a gold medal. He got both. After finishing second last year, the Central senior pulled out a tough title-match victory over Grand Junction’s Seth Latham to win the ...


Small-school wrestlers hold their own at Warrior Classic

By Dale Shrull

It was a battle between a returning state champion and a wrestler who hopes to achieve that goal this year. Palisade’s Terrance Williams went toe-toe Saturday with Garrett Niel of Pine Creek at the Warrior Classic and was in position to ...

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