‘Focused, diligent, dedicated’

‘Focused, diligent, dedicated’

Cotopaxi athletes qualify for World Rafting Championships in China

With the Arkansas River in their back yard, two current students and two recent graduates of Cotopaxi High School are gearing up for an adventure of a lifetime next summer. Seniors Claire Carlson and Jamie Sanchez, and 2019 graduates Kali Carlson and Chellis Richards qualified last summer at the U.S. National Rafting Championships in Salida for the 19th World Rafting Championships. They’ll be heading to the city of Ziyuan, Guang Xi Province, China, for the competition, which is scheduled for the end of July and early August. Carlson and Sanchez, with their teammates Jade Barron and Lori Cassidy of Salida, will compete in the under-19 women’s four-paddler division. The team’s nickname is Dandy Lions and they can be followed on Instagram at dandy­_lions_raftingteam. Kali Carlson... Read More

Pirate proud

Pirate proud

Paxi athletes receive postseason honors

The Cotopaxi High School volleyball and football programs held their fall sports awards night on Wednesday at the high school. The Pirate spikers finished their season third in the District 6 standings with a 19-6 overall record and qualified for the regional tournament.  Seniors Claire Carlson, Jamie Sanchez and Savannah Serfoss earned all-conference honors. They are joined by sophomore Shealee Coleman and junior Koylynn Gulliford, who received all-conference co-MVP recognition. They also earned letters along with junior Taylor Key, sophomores Roxan Koch, Annalise Walker and Sami DeVries, freshman Ashlyn Cooper and team managers Abby Fieth and Novalee Koch. Participants in the program are juniors Amanda Fallas, Ashley Powell, Erica Cauthron; freshmen Kelsey Buss, Trinity Gallup and Camille Lind; and senior Morgan Halem. The football team... Read More

Signing day

Signing day

Chance Gulliford to pitch for Adams State College

Cotopaxi High School senior Chance Gulliford signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play baseball down the road at Adams State College in Alamosa. Gulliford signed the letter at Cotopaxi High School with his family and coaches by his side. “Chance definitely deserves the honor to have signed with Adams State to play baseball,” Pirates coach Ryan Christensen said. “Since the first time I saw Chance interact in the sports world, I knew he was special. His desire to be the best he could be has been exciting to watch. "He has always been an individual who had the talent, but also was a leader on the field. He was a second coach in practice and during games. I am excited for him and his family. I believe Adams State... Read More

‘The girls fought hard’

‘The girls fought hard’

Pirates drop heartbreaker to Sangre at regionals

The Cotopaxi High School volleyball team nearly upset Sangre de Cristo on Saturday before falling in three games to the Thunderbirds at the Region A Tournament at Sangre de Cristo High School. The Pirates, which lost 3-1 to the Thunderbirds during the regular season and at the district tournament, came up short, 25-23, 26-24 and 25-21. “The girls fought hard,” Pirates coach Tiffany Coleman said. “We went back and forth with them most of the time; we were even leading most of the second game. I’m happy with how hard they worked and progressed over the season.” Cotopaxi disposed of Norwood from the Western Slope in its other regional contest, 25-13, 25-17 and 25-19. The Pirates finished the season 19-6 overall and 8-3 and in... Read More

 ‘We can hold our heads up’

‘We can hold our heads up’

Pirates drop playoff game to host Prairie, 40-8

A superb season came to a disappointing end for the Cotopaxi High School football team on Saturday afternoon in a 40-8 loss to host Prairie in the first round of the Class 6-man state playoffs. The Pirates, 6-4 and champions of the A 6 South West League, couldn’t keep pace with the 8-2 Mustangs, who broke open a tight game midway through the third quarter. Prairie hosted Cotopaxi a week before the playoff game, winning 20-12 in a game dominated by the Pirates. “They are really deep,” Cotopaxi coach Jeremy Cole said. “That’s a good football team, and when you get beat by a good football team it doesn’t make the loss hurt any less but we can hold our heads up because we played... Read More

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