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Not just another match: Seven valley seniors reach state for first time

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DENVER — Chase Arrieta got a little caught up in the moment. Who could blame the Grand Junction High School senior making his first appearance at the Colorado state wrestling championships in the expansive Pepsi Center? No matter how ...

Melandrez lifts Cardinals to victory over Cedaredge in basketball

By Staff

The Grand Valley High School boys basketball team finished the regular season 15-4 with a 75-62 victory Saturday over Cedaredge. Omar Melendrez led the Cardinals with 23 points. “Omar was special tonight,” Grand Valley coach Jake ...


Pirates looking for a ’ship: Olathe’s Shank, Piatt in finals

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DENVER — They’ve been the targets of other wrestlers all season. Olathe’s Zach Shank and Kyle Piatt have withstood their opponents’ challenges and will wrestle for another state championship tonight at the Pepsi ...

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Schumann, Gaber make Montrose wrestling program proud

By Pat Rooney

DENVER — There was a moment midway through the Class 4A state wrestling semifinals on Friday night when the entire Montrose program rode a roller coaster. It really did last less than a minute, yet within that span, the Indians enjoyed ...

Paonia struggles, can still pick up plenty of consolation points

By Pat Rooney

DENVER — Cody Rapke figured it was going to be a monumental challenge. The Paonia senior just hoped he could put up a fight for a little longer. Rapke, the Eagles’ 152-pound entrant in the Class 2A state wrestling tournament, ...

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The final destination: GJ’s Hoffschneider will wrestle for title for second year in a row

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DENVER — Jessie Hoffschneider didn’t pump his fist. He barely cracked a smile. The Grand Junction High School junior reached the Class 5A state wrestling finals for the second consecutive year, but it’s still not ...

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‘Cats perfect in SWL for second straight year

By William Woody

MONTROSE –– For the second straight year, the Fruita Monument Wildcats ran the table in the Southwestern League, picking up a 71-49 victory Friday night over Montrose. Fruita Monument (17-6, 10-0 SWL) was led by James Lewis and ...

Sanchez’s solid effort not enough for Central vs. Grand Junction

By Patrick Bahr

The Central High School boys basketball team tried its best to play spoiler. Friday night at Grand Junction High School, the Warriors (4-19, 2-8 Southwestern League) had a 27-point effort from Taylor Sanchez, but it wasn’t enough to ...

‘Dogs state case for their inclusion in 4A playoffs

By Jon Mitchell

Palisade High School’s boys basketball team won a pivotal game Friday night against the Battle Mountain Huskies. Now they can play a waiting game. Kane Gunther scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the second half for the Bulldogs, ...

Experience helps Paonia stay grounded in first round at state

By Pat Rooney

DENVER — Dustin Braslin remembers exactly what it was like last year when he walked into the Pepsi Center for the first time as a competitor at the state wrestling tournament. It was all a bit overwhelming — the end-to-end ...

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