A shocker!

A shocker!

Paxi upsets Briggsdale in state quarterfinal thriller

The No. 7 Cotopaxi High School girls basketball team earned arguably the biggest victory in school history by downing No. 2 Briggsdale 45-42 on Thursday night in quarterfinal round of the Class 1A State Tournament in Greeley. The Pirates, 20-4, never trailed against the Falcons, who entered the game 22-1 and averaging 62 points a game. Cotopaxi’s Koylynn Gulliford led the Pirates with 16 points and 20 rebounds. The entire Pirates team contributed to the victory, with Jamie Sanchez scoring two big baskets late in the fourth quarter. It was the first win by a Cotopaxi girls team at the state playoffs since 1984. Cotopaxi led 12-2 to start the game and 20-18 at intermission. Cotopaxi extended its lead to 36-29 late in the third... Read More

State preview

State preview

Pirates take on high-powered Falcons

Editor's note: The state-bound Cotopaxi High School Knowledge Bowl Team and the Pirate girls basketball team were given a big sendoff on Wednesday. Students, faculty and other supporters cheered on the teams during a pep rally in the Cotopaxi gym. The Knowledge Bowl Team travels to Fort Collins on Monday for the Colorado 1A State Meet, while the Cotopaxi basketball team faces Briggsdale tonight in Greeley. Unfortunately, news came last night from the Colorado HIgh School Activities Association that no fans will be allowed to watch the state basketball games due to the coronavirus outbreak. The following statement was sent out by Cotopaxi Athletic Director Troy Thornton last night: CHSAA has made the decision to limit state basketball to essential team personnel only. No fans will be... Read More

A look back at 1991

A look back at 1991

Paxi teams rolled into state playoffs

The Cotopaxi girls basketball team’s celebration seconds after its state-qualifying victory over Dove Creek on Saturday in Gunnison was a long time coming. Twenty-nine years to be exact. The Pirates, 19-4, accomplished something that no other Cotopaxi team (girls or boys) had since 1991 by advancing to the big dance. Cotopaxi will take on Briggsdale on Thursday evening in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A State Tournament in Greeley. In looking back nearly three decades, the Cotopaxi girls and boys produced two of the finest seasons in school history. The Pirate girls stormed into the 1991 Class A state tournament in Pueblo with a 22-0 record, while the boys stood at 18-4. Excitement abounded in the Paxi community. The Pueblo Chieftain took notice. Veteran writer... Read More

Briggsdale next

Briggsdale next

Pirates down Dove Creek in regional final

The Cotopaxi High School girls basketball team will take on Briggsdale in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A State Tournament in Greeley on Thursday at 7 p.m. Briggsdale, 22-1, is the second seed, while Cotopaxi, 19-4, is the seventh seed. The contest will take place at the University of Northern Colorado. Briggsdale is located 30 miles northeast of Greeley. The Pirates qualified for the state tourney by beating Dove Creek 41-32 on Saturday at Western State University. Briggsdale defeated Merino 61-35 in its regional final. Cotopaxi never trailed Dove Creek. It led 13-7 after the first quarter and 25-18 at intermission. Senior Claire Carlson and junior Koylynn Gulliford got the team off to a fast start, combining for 23 first-half points. Up 26-22 late... Read More

Clean sweep

Clean sweep

Cotopaxi Knowledge Bowl Team peaking for state

The Cotopaxi High School Knowledge Bowl Team finished the regular season on March 3 by sweeping the competition at Adams State College in Alamosa. The Pirates’ Amelia Tonnesen led the varsity, while Kaytee Ferguson paced the junior varsity. Both scored 20 points. Cotopaxi finished on top of both the small school and large school fields. Cotopaxi will wrap up its season March 16-17 at the Colorado Knowledge Bowl 2020 State Tournament in Fort Collins. The Pirates earned a state berth as an at-large team from the Region 2 event on Jan. 28. Representing the Pirates at state will be Amelia Tonnesen, Noah Jamerson, Sage Laymon and Drayven Bowton. Kaytee Ferguson and Lydia Tonnesen will be alternates. Lou Collins is the team’s coach. Cotopaxi will compete... Read More

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