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

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

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