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A weighty challenge

By Tim Harty

Dylan Martinez said he’s been raised to step up to face challenges, not run from them. That’s why the Grand Junction High School sophomore has no qualms about wrestling at 120 pounds in Class 5A this year, despite a ridiculous ...


Momentum Central

By Tim Harty

Last Thursday night, Central High School was removed from On the Mat’s top-10 rankings for Class 5A wrestling teams. In the days since, the Warriors have shown they belong back in the conversation about Colorado’s best in ...


Labine’s 31 points lift Central boys to victory

By Staff

Zach Labine poured in 31 points to lead Central High School to a 68-65 win over Coal Ridge in a nonleague boys basketball game Tuesday at Coal Ridge. After scoring only two points in the first quarter, Labine lit up the Titans for 12 points ...

Junction boys open SWL play with win

By Matt Meyer

MONTROSE — A pair of technical fouls and some defensive lapses notwithstanding, it’s nice to come out of a hostile gym with a victory. Grand Junction High School led Montrose by 12 points with nearly seven minutes remaining ...

Boone’s 27 points lift Rifle boys past Glenwood

By Jon Mitchell

RIFLE — Jacob Boone’s size advantage against Glenwood Springs on Tuesday night created all kinds of advantages for Rifle High School. The slender, 6-foot-5 Boone scored 27 points and sparked the Bears’ offense early, and ...

Death magnifies great legacy of former Rifle coach Jack Smith

By Jon Mitchell

My last memory of Jack Smith isn’t much different than the memories many have of the longtime coach at Rifle High School. Smith served as an assistant coach for Rifle’s girls golf team this past spring under head coach Roger ...


SWL boys teams tough at the top

By Matt Meyer

The best team, the highest ceiling, or the best player? It’s tough to separate the top three boys basketball teams in the Southwestern League, if only because they’re very different. Central returns the most talent and is the ...


Toughness matters

By Matt Meyer

It’s not often that one play causes a four-point swing, but when Riley Snyder swished a 3-pointer Monday night and was sent crashing into the bench of the Fruita Monument High School girls basketball team, she managed to draw a whistle ...


Young ‘Cats primed for SWL run

By Matt Meyer

It’s a top-heavy Southwestern League for girls basketball this season, and points might be hard to come by for every team. Fruita Monument and Montrose are the early favorites, but Central, Grand Junction and Durango all have defensive ...


Grand Junction’s Pope wins 100 butterfly, qualifies for state meet

By Jon Mitchell

Avery Pope’s time in the 
100-yard butterfly Saturday was more than an emotional pick-me-up. Pope, a junior at Grand Junction High School, had just come off what she considered a disappointing finish in the 50 freestyle. So, when ...

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