All-state honors

All-state honors

Koylynn Gulliford named to second team

Cotopaxi High School junior Koylynn Gulliford received Class 1A second-team all-state basketball honors this week. Senior Sage Laymon, senior Claire Carlson, junior Jonah Bertolino and senior Chance Gulliford earned all-state honorable mention. The all-state teams, presented by CHSAANow.Com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps, were created following a lengthy process which included nominations from leagues, and then a vote of coaches. Gulliford led the Pirates, 20-4, to the final four of the Class 1A State Tournament in Greeley. She averaged 16 points and nine rebounds per game. The entire all-state teams can be found at https://chsaanow.com/.   ... Read More

West Central League

Paxi basketball players receive postseason honors

Cotopaxi basketball players Chance Gulliford and Koylynn Gulliford earned most valuable player honors in the West Central League. The Pirate boys finished 14-6 overall, while the girls ended their season 20-4 and as a final four entry in the Class 1A State Tournament. Chance averaged 20.7 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. Koylynn averaged 16 points and nine rebounds. Coaches voted for the following Pirates in their all-league selections: Boys: First-team selections Jonah Bertolino (5.5/5.3), Peter Belt (7.5/2.6), Frank Ogden (3.8/2.7); Honorable mention Ty Coleman (6.4/2.6), Zack Van Esselstine (3.7/4.5). Girls: First-team selections Sage Laymon (5.0/3.0), Claire Carlson (8.6/2.0), Jamie Sanchez (3.1/3.4), Shealee Coleman (10.0/2.4)... Read More

Sponsor spotlight

Sponsor spotlight

Great food, Cheryl’s kindness keeps ’em coming back at the Riverside Cafe

Editor’s note: Cotopaxisportszone.com appreciates its business partners. This story on the Riverside Cafe in Howard and its owner Cheryl Evans is the first in a series of sponsor spotlights that will appear on the website in the coming months. Let Cheryl know how much you appreciate her support of Cotopaxi student-athletes the next time you stop by the Riverside Cafe. Because of the Coronavirus crisis, the Riverside is now open for takeout only. Call 942-3942 to place an order Wednesday through Sunday. At least once a week, Bryan Coleman, his wife Tiffany and their teenagers, Shealee and Ty, walk into the Riverside Cafe in Howard for lunch or dinner. It’s only about a mile from their house, but that’s not why the Colemans frequent the... Read More

'Believe!'

'Believe!'

Pirates finish season with stunning victory

Before the regional tournament in Gunnison, the Cotopaxi High School girls basketball team adopted the motto: “Believe.” “The girls really took that to heart — believing in themselves, their abilities and their teammates,” Pirates coach Troy Thornton said. “That belief led to confidence, which led to success.” That change in mindset helped the Pirates earn a state-qualifying victory over Dove Creek and arguably the greatest win in school history at the Class 1A State Tournament, a 45-42 triumph over No. 2 seed Briggsdale last Thursday night in Greeley. Cotopaxi, the No. 7 seed, never trailed in the contest at the University of Northern Colorado, cementing itself as one of the top four teams in the state for 2019-20. “We talked all week about how we... Read More

Major Announcement

Remaining state basketball tournament cancelled

Ediitor's note: The Colorado High School Activities Association issued this statement at the conclusion of Thursday night's Colorado State Basketball Tournament: Throughout the process of communicating our plan regarding the state basketball tournaments in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have maintained that the tournaments would be played unless a state agency or a host venue made a decision affecting that status. On Thursday evening, the CHSAA office was informed by the University of Denver that the school would no longer be able to host the Class 3A state basketball tournament. With uncertainty at all additional sites, including a state of emergency declaration by the City of Denver, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the remainder of all state basketball tournaments... Read More