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No looking back allowed

By Jon Mitchell

RIFLE — Rifle High School’s football team is doing its best to put its 2011 campaign in its rear-view mirror. The Bears, however, are well aware the rest of the 3A Western Slope Conference hasn’t forgotten what they ...


Running back Grasso leads the speedy Wildcats

By Nick Walter

In one year, Fruita Monument High School has the swagger back. Coach Sean Mulvey returns for his second year as head coach. There’s stability. Almost the entire team reportedly showed up for summer weight-lifting ...


Line ‘em up

By Nick Walter

They don’t always attract interviews, crack highlight reels or become the talk of a football town. Yet coaches say success starts in the trenches. Does it? Grand Junction High School should provide a pretty good answer this season. ...


As always, Bulldogs in shape to contend

By Nick Walter

The boys in T-shirts, shorts and helmets jog onto their practice field, and at the end of the snaking line, a few who don’t look like typical Palisade players stride to a stop. They’re Braxton Stewart, Forrest Trujillo and Michael ...

Third straight SWC title on the line for Tigers

By Nick Walter

There is consensus as to the Southwestern Conference favorite: Grand Junction. The Tigers, a two-time defending SWC champion, has a decided size advantage on its line, and despite losing two of their top playmakers — quarterback Sean ...

Experience could return Grand Valley to playoff contention

By Jon Mitchell

PARACHUTE — All of the experience the Grand Valley High School football team was lacking going into the 2011 season is a thing of the past going into its 2012 campaign. That, at least, is the way Mike Johnson feels. “We should be ...


Tall tales: Panthers ‘enormously tall’

By Nick Walter

When Delta takes the football field for its season opener at Gunnison on Aug. 31, there will likely be some people in the crowd who mention boys basketball. They’re that tall. “Oh my gosh, our team is enormously tall,” ...


College-bound talent leads Bruins

By Nick Walter

Cedaredge has four players coach Brandon Milholland says have potential to play college football. The Bruins are fast and skilled, but might not have the strength Milholland would like. Carter Wasser is certainly one of Milholland’s ...


Palisade, Rifle lead race for 3A Western Slope Conference title

By Nick Walter

How tough is the Class 3A Western Slope Conference? Darkhorses, it seems, have a shot at becoming state champions. Last season, Palisade was third in the conference, then hit the playoffs and finished in the final four at state, losing to ...


Pirates face uncharted territory

By Matt Meyer

The last time the Olathe High School football team finished below .500, the Carolina Panthers were in the Super Bowl and John Elway had just been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Since 2004, Ryan Corn has notched two state ...

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