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Tigers push for playoffs with win over Central

By Matt Meyer

The reality of a playoff berth finally sunk in for the Grand Junction High School boys basketball team Friday night after downing rival Central 75-47 to wrap up the regular season. Grand Junction hit five 3-pointers and went 18 of 28 from ...


Wildcats stumble at home

By Ben Husband

The Fruita Monument High School girls basketball team let one slip away Friday night. The Wildcats lost 33-32 to Montrose after controlling much of the second half. Entering the fourth quarter, the Wildcats held a 25-20 lead and extended ...


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Hotchkiss’ Mendoza wins in final seconds

By Nick Walter

DENVER­ — First he used his elbow to winch his 195-pound frame off a Pepsi Center mat, just enough to raise a shoulder blade and avoid being pinned late in the third period. Then with 3 seconds left Thursday, Hotchkiss’s ...


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Central’s Rubalcaba scores ‘weird’ victory at state

By Nick Walter

In his years of wrestling, Central’s Jacob Rubalcaba had never seen it before. And it came in the first round of the Class 5A state wrestling tournament at Pepsi Center Thursday. Rubalcaba’s opponent in the 126-pound bout, Pine ...


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Soaring at state: Paonia Eagles leading 2A tourney in Denver

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DENVER — Josh Altman and Jesse Reed handled their nerves like champions. The Paonia High School freshmen got the Eagles off to a good start Thursday, pinning their opponents in the first round of the Class 2A state wrestling ...


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Mohawk haircuts serving Bulldogs well at state

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DENVER — It’s a tradition that’s been around longer than the seniors. This group is upholding it well. The entire Palisade High School wrestling team got Mohawk haircuts and dyed their Mohawks blond for the Class 4A state ...


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Clutch FTs lift Delta to OT thriller

By Nick Walter

He clapped and scowled in determination, sprinting to the free-throw line and beaming at his teammates on the Delta bench. Rarely is a basketball player so happy to be intentionally fouled. Yet there was Delta’s Jake Ames, exhibiting ...


Central senior provides lift in loss

By Matt Meyer

Sometimes the smallest victories make the biggest moments, and the Central High School boys basketball team might have found a rallying point Tuesday despite falling 61-32 to Fruita Monument. Central (0-23, 0-9 Southwestern League) was being ...


Strength lifts Fruita girls past Central

By Matt Meyer

Physical post play was the name of the game Tuesday between the Fruita Monument and Central girls basketball teams. After six lead changes and three ties, Fruita pulled away, winning 68-40. “We have to be ready for a physical game ...


Wrestlers ready for excitement, pressure of state championships

By Nick Walter

Anything can happen. It could be the tournament’s slogan. With eyes of a typically packed Pepsi Center crowd focused on wrestlers for the state wrestling championships Thursday through Saturday,  wrestlers are at the pinnacle of ...


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