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Eagles seeking fourth consecutive team wrestling title

By Tim Harty

It seems like the same old movie: Paonia High School sends a bunch of qualifiers to the Class 2A state wrestling tournament, gets a bunch of top-six finishes, including a few individual champions, and walks off with the state team title. No ...



By Dale Shrull

With a trip to the state championship game on the line, Jesse Reed needed to make a tackle on a kickoff return. Driving his 130 pounds with as much force as possible, Reed drilled the returner low and dropped him in his tracks. On the ...


For prep wrestlers, spotlight the biggest at ‘state’

By Staff

* Years at state # regional title CLASS 2A CEDAREDGE (4 state qualifiers) *Alex McCracken, 19-16, Fr., 106 pounds First-round opponent: Tanner Watson, Akron, 32-1, Jr. **Zach Anderson, 19-22, So., 152 pounds First-round opponent: ...


Grand Junction wins wild game

By Matt Meyer

Grand Junction High School post player D.J. Wells threw down a slam dunk over a legitimately helpless defender. Fruita Monument guard Davis Deussen drained a three-quarter-court heave that had no business being anywhere near the ...


Chesnik makes the grade, returns to state

By Tim Harty

Winning a football state championship was the worst thing for Gunnar Chesnik’s grades in school a year ago. In turn, it was the worst thing for his junior season of wrestling. Make that, the junior season he didn’t get to ...


Tigers win cat fight

By Matt Meyer

One more time, Sydni Brandon. Brandon had lost to Fruita Monument only once in seven matchups before Tuesday night. The Grand Junction guard already knew it was senior night and a girls basketball rivalry game against Fruita Monument. But ...


GJ baseball team placed on restriction

By Matt Meyer

The Grand Junction High School baseball team was banned Monday from the Class 5A playoffs for the 2015 season after the high school self-reported contact with players on a Sunday earlier this month. District 51 and the Colorado High School ...


Central’s Blair becoming complete scorer

By Matt Meyer

As a child, Kyle Blair had what he called a “really ugly shot” that looped behind his head. It was slow and awkward. But it still worked. Blair could shoot from all over the court. As Blair grew and developed, his shot changed ...

GJ will send 9 to state after regional title

By Staff

Grand Junction claimed individual championships at five weights and qualified nine wrestlers for state as the Tigers ran away with the team title of the Class 5A Region 2 tournament Saturday at Smoky Hill High School. Dylan Martinez (106 ...


Unlikely qualifier

By Tim Harty

One of these wrestlers is not like the other. One of these wrestlers just isn’t the same. That’s you, Chase Park. At Paonia High School, most wrestlers got started in the sport in elementary school and stayed with it thereafter. ...

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