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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 ...


It’s the power game as usual for the Olathe Pirates

By Dale Shrull

Tough, physical players and power football is the Olathe way. For the past decade, coach Ryan Corn has embraced that simple philosophy, and it’s led to a pair of Class 2A state titles in 2008 and 2010. This season will be no different, ...


Class 3A Western Slope Conference is loaded

By Dale Shrull

It will be a different look for the Class 3A Western Slope Conference in 2014, but the usual suspects will again be the contenders. Three teams — Moffat County, Battle Mountain and Montezuma-Cortez ­— moved out of the ...


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WILL DOWN MEAN UP?

By Dale Shrull

It’s a new era for Central High School football, and there’s only one goal. “We just want to improve,” second-year head coach Shawn Marsh said. After winning only five games in the previous four years and going ...


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DELTA’S DIVERSITY

By Dale Shrull

Delta High School is big, experienced and talented. Delta is a good football team. After a semifinal appearance in the Class 3A playoffs last season, the Panthers return the bulk of their starters, and head coach Ben Johnson is looking for ...


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Rifle Bears hoping for another playoff run

By Dale Shrull

It’s business as usual for Rifle High School. With a talented and experienced team returning in 2014, the Bears will again be a team to watch in Class 3A. Rifle has eight players who started or played extensively in the 2012 state ...


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THE NEXT DOG UP

By Dale Shrull

Because of its fabled football tradition, Palisade High School rarely has to rebuild, and once again, the Bulldogs will look to reload and be a force in the Class 3A Western Slope Conference in 2014. After losing a large number of seniors, ...


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