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PHS FB OPTION ILLUSTRATION

Palisade one of several Western Slope teams having success with option offense

By Patrick Bahr

The option offense was once one of the most commonly used schemes in football. Today, the three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust approach seems to be antiquated with the popularity of the spread offense. But on the Western Slope, there are a ...


Young players leading Rifle in return to prominence

By Staff

RIFLE — Having a young roster doesn’t bother the Rifle High School football team one bit. Six seniors make up this year’s roster — one of them, Hector Ruiz, is a soccer player who comes out to kick for the team. Eight ...


Palisade volleyball team loses second straight match, Fruita survives against Montrose

By Staff

The Palisade High School volleyball team has hit a rough patch. The Bulldogs (9-6, 6-2 Western Slope League) dropped their second consecutive match, falling Tuesday at Moffat County 25-20, 23-25, 20-25, 15-25. “It’s not ...


Warriors rally from one game down to defeat Grand Junction

By Patrick Bahr

The Grand Junction High School volleyball team isn’t going to give up. The Tigers entered Tuesday night’s game at Central coming off two straight 3-0 losses, but surprised the Warriors with a 25-17 win in the first ...


Prep Notebook: Grand Valley athletes are giving back to community

By Staff

Mesa County School District 51 student-athletes are getting involved in the community. Palisade is hosting its Girl’s Night Out for breast cancer awareness Thursday against Battle Mountain. Each Palisade volleyball player will wear a ...


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Making a statement? First win over Junction in three years puts Fruita in control of playoff destiny

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It’s been five years since the Fruita Monument High School boys soccer team qualified for the state playoffs. That drought could come to an end this season. The Wildcats took a big step toward a Class 5A state playoff berth Tuesday ...


Pingel hired as new girls soccer coach at Central

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Jacob Pingel has wanted to coach soccer since he went to college. The Central High School teacher will get that chance. Pingel, 26, was selected the Central High School girls soccer head coach Tuesday, the school announced. “This is a ...


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Tennis makes life easier for Grand Junction’s Ledebur, who has autism

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Transferring from a private school to a public high school was difficult enough. Tennis made the transition much easier. Now, Luke Ledebur, who has autism, is discovering success that at one time seemed unattainable. “It was different ...


Fruita Monument shocked to get No. 2 seed in softball playoffs

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Fruita Monument High School softball coach Jamie Dunn knew her team was in the Class 5A regional playoffs, but she didn’t know what seed to expect. The Wildcats received a seed much higher than Dunn imagined. The Colorado High School ...


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Homecoming kings: Playing on high school field, Bulldogs rout Huskies

By Patrick Bahr

The Palisade High School football team basked in the opportunity to play their homecoming game at the high school instead of at Stocker Stadium. “It was wonderful to here in front of our home town, on our home field and have our ...


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