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A good start

By Matt Meyer

Zach Labine quietly scored a team-high 17 points Tuesday, and Kyle Blair made five 3-pointers on the way to 16 points as the Central High School boys basketball team thumped Eagle Valley 64-38 in a nonleague game at Central. It was the first ...


New coach, new system for Grand Junction boys

By Matt Meyer

Basketball or pinball? When the Grand Junction High School boys basketball team practices, the ball is in near-constant motion. Even fleet-footed senior big man D.J. Wells is whipping the ball around the court. Motion is the key for the ...


Follow the leader

By Matt Meyer

Sydni Brandon, the reigning Southwestern League player of the year, is on a mission to be an all-state girls basketball player for Grand Junction High School. That means more scoring, passing and wreaking defensive havoc for the senior point ...


Fruita girls mixing youth, experience

By Dale Shrull

Michael Wells learned a lot in his first year as a head coach. That’s why he’s excited about this year’s Fruita Monument High School girls basketball team. The returning players also learned a lot about Wells and his ...


‘Cats want foes dazed, confused

By Dale Shrull

Confusion and chaos. That’s the name of the game for the Fruita Monument High School boys basketball team this season. Actually, that’s always the goal in coach Billy Dreher’s system. With his pressure defense ...

Warriors win season opener

By Staff

Girls Basketball Warriors claim season opener Cassidy Bryant and D’Kota Brodie scored eight points apiece Monday night as Central High School won its season-opening game for the first time since 2009 with a 45-37 victory over ...


Defense stands tall for Rifle in defeat

By Staff

PUEBLO — Usually when a football team loses a state championship, a defense fails to make some big plays. That wasn’t the case for Rifle High School’s football team Saturday in its Class 3A state championship loss to Pueblo ...


Bears fall short

By Staff

PUEBLO — This game needed a hero. Unfortunately no one on the Rifle High School football team could deliver. Instead, Pueblo East scored 16 straight points to upend the Bears 30-14 in the Class 3A state championship game before a crowd ...



By Dale Shrull

Rifle High School is heading to the steel city of Colorado to try to steal a Class 3A state football title. Saturday’s championship game is indeed a tale of two blue-collar towns with physical, tough, hard-nosed football ...


A return trip

By Dale Shrull

Austin Shepherd looked lost, his eyes empty with bewilderment. It was a tough day, but Rifle’s future could be seen on this disappointing day. That balmy day was back on Dec. 1, 2012. Last Saturday, Shepherd was smiling, posing for ...

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