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GJ’s Martinez hopes quest to finally win a state wrestling title concludes Saturday

By Dale Shrull

Dylan Martinez has plenty of mementos and keepsakes from his wrestling career. But it’s several photos scattered around the bedroom that he wants to take down soon. The copies of the same photo show a moment that torments the Grand ...


Double the fun

By Matt Meyer

In what is arguably the Grand Valley’s most storied boys basketball rivalry, this was one for the ages. Grand Junction erased a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter, using intense defensive pressure to tie the game late, and ...

Injury forces Indians’ Distel to miss state

By Dale Shrull

The Class 4A heavyweight division just lost its No. 1 ranked wrestler. Montrose senior Sam Distel was injured in a non-practice mishap Monday night and is out of the 4A state wrestling tournament. “It was just a freak accident,” ...

Solid defense carries Palisade girls past Gunnison

By Staff

Prep Basketball Solid defense carries Palisade girls The Palisade girls basketball team pushed its record to 19-3 with a 38-23 nonleague win over Gunnison on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs, who were led by Christa Brown’s 13 points, ...



By Dale Shrull

Trevor Smith glanced at the clock as it dipped under 10 seconds. He made one last frantic lunge but his opponent scurried away at the edge of the circle and Smith’s desperate move was swatted away. The horn blared and Smith’s ...


Stepping up his Game

By Jon Mitchell

Gunner Rigsby found out pretty quickly what the big difference is between basketball at the Class 3A and 5A levels. “When you’re playing here and someone comes off the bench, there are 10 guys on the team who are solid players and ...

Top seeds highlight state tournament berths

By Jon Mitchell

Grand Junction High School’s wrestling team is in position to contend for a team state title after seedings for the Colorado High School Activities Association’s state championships were announced on Sunday. The Tigers, who enter ...



By Matt Meyer

When Michael Wells was first hired as Fruita Monument High School girls basketball coach four years ago, things were a little rocky. The Wildcats were on their third coach in three years, with different systems, schemes and terminology. Wells ...


Getting the point

By Dale Shrull

It came down to one point. Paonia’s Trevor Smith won his heavyweight match by one point over Meeker’s Tyler Ilgen on Saturday, which gave the Eagles the Class 2A Region 1 tournament team title by one point over the Cowboys, ...


Hotchkiss senior Hall ready for state after regional title

By Dale Shrull

Colton Hall was in trouble. The Hotchkiss senior was down 4-1 heading into the third period of his 132-pound match on Saturday in the Class 2A Region 1 tournament at Colorado Mesa. He was concerned, but confident. “When I go bottom, I ...

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