Colorado High School Activities Association’s board of directors voted to stick to the current modified 2020-2021 sports schedule last week, however, CHSAA announced late Wednesday that certain outdoor sports, including football, will be allowed this fall. Gov. Jared Polis signed off on the …

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Salida High School cross country teams got smoked out and snowed out last week before running in a stampede on Saturday. 

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After the Colorado High School Activities Association’s board of directors voted to stick to the current modified 2020-2021 sports schedule last week, the association took up the issue again on Friday. 

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The Salida boys’ golf team finished seventh, with a score of 273, out of 21 teams at the Cañon City Invitational Thursday, which coach Mike Coscarella said is a real “boost to their confidence” as they head deeper into their season.

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The Collegiate Peaks Ladies’ Golf League wrapped up its season Saturday with its club championship at the Buena Vista course. 

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The Salida boys’ golf team shot a 277 to finish fifth out of 10 teams in its first competition of the season Friday at Alamosa’s Cattails Golf Club. 

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The Pine Creek giant slalom returned to FIBArk this year, forcing boaters to make tough moves in tough water in the Pine Creek section of rapids below Granite. 

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This year’s FIBArk Downriver Race had a new venue but a familiar champion. Andy Corra was able to add one more title to his collection, winning his 12th FIBArk Downriver race Sunday during the first edition of the marathon race’s new venue through Browns Canyon to Salida. 

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A day after winning the Pine Creek giant slalom, Tren Long came back and used a penalty-free first run to win FIBArk’s slalom competition Saturday at the Salida white water park. 

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The Salida Women’s Golf Association held their annual Invitational Tournament at the Salida Golf Club Wednesday and Thursday, and there were so many interested players, they ended up with a waitlist, organizer CJ Argys said.

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The games will go on this year in Colorado, but the high school sports seasons have been modified and shortened in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Runners toppled three of the four course records Saturday during the fourth annual National High School Trail Championships and Beas Knees citizens races in Salida. 

Salidans interested in tennis matches at the Pinery Country Club July 31 in Parker, should contact Judi Fenner to RSVP at 405-788-2594 as soon as possible.

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Two Salida soccer players recently scored spots on the Real Colorado U19 Development Academy team, giving them the opportunity to travel around the country playing the game against top talent and gaining exposure.

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The Salida and Buena Vista U18 baseball teams had a hot duel on the diamond Thursday, with Salida coming out on top 9-8.

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The Ark Valley High Rollers will offer a variety of skating programs this summer, from basic skills to dance skating and skate park skills, utilizing its non-profit status in a new way to form a youth skating club. 

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For the first time in 40 years, Cotopaxi’s high school football team got to play under the lights on its home field last season. With six construction lights illuminating Tezak Field, the Pirates beat Sierra Grande during their homecoming contest. 

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When the very first FIBArk downriver race took place in 1949, only six boaters were brave enough to race 57 miles from Salida to Cañon City. Of the six, only one boat finished. 

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The high school spring sports season is over before any Salida Spartans played a single game.

The Colorado High School Activities Association announced its decision to officially cancel the season Tuesday after postponing it twice before.

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The Colorado High School Activities Association will implement 16 rule changes for spirit based on recent recommendations to minimize risks from the National Federation of State High Schools Associations (NFSH).

Spirit includes both competitive cheerleading and dance.

by Cody Olivas

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The 3A Tri-Peaks League recently honored five basketball players from Salida High School.

Myles Godina, Jonah Ellis and Rachel Pelino all earned All-League honors while Leif Gislason and Raley Patch both scored All-League honorable mentions for their performances on the court this season.

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Thirty girls came out for the team, making it a little tough for everyone to practice on the four courts at Salida Middle School, but giving the team some good depth. 

“It’s a good problem to have,” head coach Josh Bechtel said about the team’s numbers. 

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The Salida High School girls’ tennis team enjoys the game. That’s why they play it. 

“It’s fun,” said senior captain Lily Stephens. “I like to play tennis because it’s fun mostly.”

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Approximately 475 runners will hit the Arkansas Hills Saturday during the largest single-day running event in Salida, the 15th annual Run Through Time.

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The Cotopaxi High School girls’ basketball team finished second at the 1A District 6 championship tournament Saturday at Del Norte High School, helping the team secure a spot in the regional round of the Class 1A tournament this weekend.

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by Cody Olivas

Mail Staff Writer

The Salida High School boys’ basketball team overcame a slow start to beat Buena Vista 59-41 in its regular-season finale Tuesday at home. 

With a full house cheering on both teams, the Spartans didn’t make a basket for the first five minutes of the game, allowing BV to jump out to an 8-0 lead. 

After a free throw from junior Myles Godina, junior Elijah Roberts got fouled attempting a 3-pointer and hit all three of his shots from the free-throw line to cut the Demons’ lead in half, 8-4. Sophomore Braden Collins then made the team’s first field goal with just two seconds left in the first. 

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The Salida High School boys’ basketball team played Colorado Springs Christian School Tuesday in a game loaded with postseason implications. A win would have put Salida into the top four in the 3A Tri-Peaks League, allowing the Spartans to host a league tournament game if it could hold onto the position.

The Salida High School girls’ basketball team had a key game Tuesday against Colorado Springs Christian School. Both teams entered the contest with two wins, needing a victory to help them secure a spot in the 3A Tri-Peaks League tournament. 

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Despite a close first half, the St. Mary’s Pirates pillaged the visiting Salida High School Spartan cagers 80-46 during a Tri-Peaks League contest Tuesday in Colorado Springs.

Spartan coach Donnie Kaess said he and his team knew what to expect from the Pirates but were not mentally prepared for a full-court press the entire game.

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The Salida High School boys’ basketball team led the Cañon City Tigers 34-31 at halftime of their contest Tuesday in Cañon City.

“We played really well in the first half,” coach Adam Christensen said. “We were playing well defensively, getting a lot of rebounds, and had a 10-point lead at one point.”

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Led by some fast times, the Salida High School girls’ swimming team finished second of seven teams Saturday at the Gunnison Invitational. 

Grand Junction won the meet with 65 points while Salida scored 59 to place second, 1 point ahead of Gunnison. 

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The Salida High School girls’ basketball team came up short against Monte Vista Tuesday at home, 54-30. 

The Lady Spartans rallied late in the second quarter to go into halftime trailing 30-22. 

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Twenty-four competitors from Salida and the surrounding area took their best shots Saturday during the Salida Elks Hoop Shoot at Salida High School.

In the ages 8-9 division, Cotopaxi’s Sophie Eggleston won the girls’ division while Salidan Henry Pottebaum won the boys’ division. Finishing behind Pottebaum were Shaun Crowther of La Jara in second and Cotopaxi’s Garrett Gillespie in third. 

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In the past, Salida High School’s competitive spirit team would compete at its league meet and then state. 

This season, the team upped its schedule and competed an additional three times while also participating in a showcase event before its league meet. 

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The Colorado High School Activities Association added a new category for cheerleaders to compete in this year: a game-day division. 

At first, Salida co-head coach Sarah Evans planned on having the team switch from the traditional format to the new game-day category, which entails much of what the cheerleaders do on the sidelines – cheering and getting the crowd involved. 

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The Salida High School boys’ soccer team had a lot of awards to carry home Thursday after their end-of-season banquet, as all five seniors, Quinn Bosanko, Colby Pitts, Bowman Russell, Cole Walters-Schaler and Nico Wilson, were named to the 3A Tri-Peaks All-League team.

BUENA VISTA – Chaffee County United Soccer wrapped up its 2019 season, which included an elite-level win for the club’s U-15 girls’ team at the Socctoberfest tournament on the first weekend of November in Farmington, New Mexico.

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Sixteen scouts from Salida Scout Troop 60 earned the archery merit badge during a three-day, two-night November campout focused on archery on the Arkansas River near Big Bend. 

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Spartan Ultra races are typically 50 kilometers long, almost 5 miles longer than a marathon, and have 60 obstacles along the route to add some extra challenges. 

“It’s a sport about suffering,” said Salidan Dolan Potts. “They seem almost psychotic, but they’re really quite fun.”

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Cotopaxi High School senior Chance Gulliford will get to play ball at the next level. 

Gulliford recently signed his letter of intent to play baseball for Adams State University after he graduates. 

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Kevin and Michele Busch recently competed in the inaugural NORRA 500 dirt bike race in Ensenada, Mexico, winning the 50+ Vintage Dudes category and finishing second overall among the bikers. 

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The Salida High School volleyball players got together for a banquet Monday to celebrate their season. 

The team’s coaches spoke about their teams while several players received awards. 

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