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Bridges’ last-second layup lifts Wildcats to win in 5A playoffs

By Nick Walter

The 6-foot-9 boy from Lincoln who had just hit a 3-pointer to tie it up closed in on Fruita Monument’s Drew Bridges, swooping with gangly strides to block Bridges’ layup. As the clock struck one second in overtime on Friday, ...


Gunther’s big game not enough for Palisade

By Staff

Despite 22 points from Palisade’s Kane Gunther, the Bulldogs fell in the second round of the Class 4A boys basketball playoffs on Friday. No. 7 seed Palisade (18-7) led 18-14 after the first quarter, but No. 2 Pueblo Central (16-8), ...


Rifle girls earn title date with Olathe in 3A district tourney

By Matt Meyer

All the Rifle girls basketball team needed was a chance. After beating Grand Valley 48-45 on Friday night in the semifinals of the Class 3A Western Slope district tournament at Palisade High School, the Bears get another shot at Olathe. The ...


GJ’s Burns commits to St. Mary’s

By Nick Walter

Grand Junction High School’s Casey Burns has verbally committed to play baseball at St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, Calif. Burns is scheduled to sign his letter of intent in April. Burns, also on the Tigers basketball ...


Grundy hopes to lead Plateau Valley to state

By Nick Walter

When was the last time Plateau Valley had a player like Teddy Grundy? “Never,” Cowboys coach John Holmes said. The five-position senior is 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds with a passion for nudging post players out of the way and ...


Paonia girls hope fast-break style leads to another title

By Nick Walter

Their motto is: “Just roll with it.” And my, how the Paonia girls basketball team rolls. They open games in a full-court press, they fill quarters with fast-breaking, and it’s all helped the No. 1 Eagles (18-1) become ...


Last-second shot lifts Ouray to win

By Staff

Jacob Fedel came through when his team needed him. Friday in the Class 1A District 1 boys basketball tournament at Olathe High School, Fedel hit the game-winning shot to lift Ouray to a 59-57 victory over De Beque. With 18 seconds left and ...


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‘Cats go ice cold

By Nick Walter

The free throw off the fingertips of Fruita Monument’s Lauren LaBonde twirled around the lip of the rim, and just as it seemed gravity would favor Fruita, the ball hopped out, and a chorus of Wildcats fans let out a collective ...


Guettler’s late-game heroics lift Coal Ridge

By Jon Mitchell

PARACHUTE — A fast start for the Coal Ridge High School boys basketball team almost turned into a frantic finish in the Grand Valley Cardinals’ favor on Wednesday. Tyler Guettler made sure that didn’t happen. The Coal Ridge ...


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Bullish ‘Dogs

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Kane Gunther and the Bulldogs were hungry. The Palisade High School boys basketball team was hungry to put the Bulldogs’ recent struggles behind them and get the playoffs started off on the right foot. The Bulldogs did, defeating ...


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