Tourney champs

Tourney champs

Belt shoots Paxi past South Park, 47-41

Junior Peter Belt connected on four 3-pointers at key times to lift the Cotopaxi High School boys basketball team past South Park, 47-41, in the championship game of the Cotopaxi Invitational Tournament on Saturday. Belt hit two from the left side late in the third quarter to put the Pirates up, 36-22. Then with 50 seconds left in the game, he nailed one from the right side to seal the contest. He finished with a game-high 18 points. Senior Chance Gulliford added 16, mostly from the inside, while classmate Frank Ogden chipped in 7. “That’s the kind of offensive threat he is,” Cotopaxi coach Matt Schwindt said of Belt. “He can come out on any given night and really give you a spark, and I’m... Read More

Stealing the show

Stealing the show

Cotopaxi wins tourney with full-court pressure

When Cotopaxi girls basketball coach Troy Thornton looks at the statistics at the end of a game, he doesn’t pay much attention to points or rebounds. “I’ve told the girls that the first stat I look at is steals,” Thornton said. “The second is turnovers. I don’t care who scores.” The Pirates’ full-court pressure created a bounty of steals in a 66-35 victory over Moffat High School in the championship game of the Cotopaxi Invitational Tournament on Saturday night. Cotopaxi jumped out to a 17-0 lead and then coasted to the easy win. “Our defense is what we work on all of the time,” Thornton said. “We are starting to be aggressive when we have the opportunity to chest up with the girl with the... Read More

Happy holidays

Cotopaxisportszone.com looking forward to winter season

I would like to wish everyone happy holidays. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the accomplishments of our Cotopaxi student-athletes on cotopaxisportszone.com. Since Sept. 14, I’ve posted around 40 stories to the website. Those stories have included coverage of our fall sports teams, features on those special people behind the scenes and updates on how our academic stars have fared in competition. It’s been a lot of fun for me to meet everyone and provide this coverage. I’m looking forward to the rest of the school year and writing many more stories. I would like to invite you to support your student-athlete by clicking on “Become a Sponsor” at the very top of the website. By filling out the online “Individual Sponsor” form, you can... Read More

Opponents beware

Opponents beware

Pirates look to be more diverse, play uptempo

Cotopaxi first-year boys basketball coach Matt Schwindt wants to put added pressure on the Pirates’ opponents this season by becoming more diverse on offense and unrelenting on defense. The Pirates open their season at home on Friday against Cripple Creek at the Cotopaxi Tournament. “The guys are starting to learn where each other are on the court,” Schwindt said. “The spacing is good and we are working off each other well. I think as a team we will be really athletic. We have a lot of speed, a lot of length. I feel like we should be able to run a little bit this year, and we are a veteran squad so I think that plays to our advantage.” Chance Gulliford is back for his... Read More

Top of the class

Top of the class

Gulliford, Coleman earn all-state honors

Cotopaxi junior Koylynn Gulliford earned Class 1A second-team all-state volleyball honors, while classmate Shealee Coleman garnered all-state honorable mention. The all-state team was created following a lengthy process which included nominations from leagues and then a vote of coaches. Gulliford, a middle hitter and blocker, led the team with 233 kills and 83 blocks. Coleman paced the Pirates with the 472 assists and was the team’s top server. The Pirates finished the season 19-6 overall and 8-2 in the league. La Veta’s Nye Sciacca was named player of the year. ... Read More

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