Record-breaker

Record-breaker

Gulliford leads Pirates over Bobcats, 65-18

Junior Koylynn Gulliford set the school record for most field goals in a game, leading the Cotopaxi girls basketball team to a 65-18 District 6 victory at home over Manzanola on Thursday night. Gulliford scored 15 field goals — 14 2-pointers and one 3-pointer — en route to a career-high 32 points. “She finished three shy of the school record for points,” Pirates coach Troy Thornton said. “If I’d known, we would have tried to get that for her.” Rhonda Wheeler scored 35 points in a game for the Pirates during her career in the 1970s, according to the school. On a night when Gulliford scored 32 points, her older brother, Chance, poured in 34 points in the boys’ victory over the Bobcats. She said... Read More

Crunch time

Crunch time

Cotopaxi boys win, gear up for Manzanola

The Cotopaxi High School boys basketball team downed visiting Antonito 48-35 on Friday in a key District 6 contest. A victory over Manzanola at home on Thursday night can clinch the No. 3 seed for the Pirates entering the District 6 playoffs. The Pirates, 12-5 overall and 6-2 in the league, got balanced scoring and were able to keep the Trojans’ top scorer, Joshua Duran, in check most of the night. Chance Gulliford led the Pirates with 22 points. Ty Coleman chipped in 9 with three three-pointers, Peter Belt had 7 and Jonah Bertolino added 5. Duran, who was averaging 24 points per game, got his average but one-third of his damage was done after the game had been decided late in the fourth quarter.... Read More

'Hangover'

'Hangover'

Pirate girls get past Antonito, 38-31

The Cotopaxi High School girls basketball team managed a 38-31 league victory at home on Friday against Antonito. The Pirates can lock up the No. 2 seed in the District 6 Tournament with a win on Thursday at home versus Manzanola. “We had a hangover from last night (a 50-31 win at Custer County),” Pirates coach Troy Thornton said. “There was no energy. The gym had no energy. Claire (Carlson) was sick. Just kind of blah.” The Pirates, 15-3 overall and 8-1 in the District 6 standings, couldn’t get going offensively in the first six minutes of the first quarter. A layup by Koylynn Gulliford with 2:12 left in the period put her team up 6-2. The Pirates, though, began to find their range and... Read More

Seeded No. 3

Seeded No. 3

Paxi Knowledge Bowl Team headed to state

The Cotopaxi High School Knowledge Bowl Team will compete at the Colorado Knowledge Bowl 2020 State Tournament next month as the third-seeded team in the Class 1A field, it was announced this week. The Pirates earned a state berth as an at-large team, having finished behind La Veta by two points at the Class 1A Region 2 event in Alamosa on Jan. 28. The state tourney will be held March 16-17 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Cotopaxi will vie at state against the following 1A teams: Pikes Peak Christian, La Veta, Manzanola, Eads, Kiowa, Prairie, Stratton, Karval, Ouray, Genoa-Hugo and Springfield. The Pirates had the third best regional tally based on their written and oral scores. Representing the Pirates will be Amelia Tonnesen,... Read More

Stats and more

Stats and more

Paxi girls 12th, boys 19th in RPI standings

The Cotopaxi girls basketball team is ranked 12th in the official Class 1A RPI standings this week. RPI helps in determining the postseason field. The Pirates are 13-3 overall and 7-1 in District 6 play, having lost to league foe Sangre de Cristo a few weeks ago, 34-27. Cotopaxi trails Sangre de Cristo, ranked fifth in the RPI standings, in the league standings. After 13 games, Koylynn Gulliford leads the team in scoring at 16.2 points per game. Shealee Coleman and Claire Carlson are each averaging more than 9 points a game. Gulliford leads the Pirates in rebounds, averaging 8.2 per game. Annalise Walker is next with 3.7 rebounds a game and Sage Laymon is pulling down 3.3 boards. Claire Carlson leads the team in... Read More