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The 3A all-state wrestling teams have been announced, and multiple Pirate grapplers received honors for their work on the mat this winter.

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Spring sports season delayed http://www.pagosasun.com/spring-sports-season-delayed/ Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199739 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
Colorado high schools will have no spring sports and activities that fall under the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) until at least April 18.
CHSAA announced March 12 that it has suspended its spring activities, including practices and competitions, until April 6 “to address concerns surrounding the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.”
Then, on Tuesday, CHSAA announced that the moratorium had been extended through April 18.
“In light of Governor Jared Polis’ announcement Monday (March 16) afternoon where new restrictions were mandated to slow the advance of the COVID-19 virus narrowing the minimum standards for public gatherings, we are announcing that the Association will follow the guidelines that went into effect at 8:00 a.m. today and will remain in effect for 30 days,” CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said Tuesday, according to CHSAANOW.com.
The moratorium went into effect Friday, March 13, leaving many schools, including Pagosa Springs High School (PSHS), left to cancel upcoming games and tell student athletes they could not practice or compete for the time being.
“When I met with spring athletes and coaches on Thursday after school, the overwhelming support by both groups was amazing,” PSHS Athletic Director Marcie Ham wrote in an email to The SUN. “Of course there were some questions about why now and what exactly the spring would look like, and I think that was to be expected, but the general feel and attitude was positive and understanding. Our coaches and athletes have shown an outstanding resilience beyond what I have seen throughout social media. It has reminded me of the amazing community in Pagosa Springs.”
CHSAA’s announcement on CHSAANOW.com states, “The situation will be monitored and evaluated with key decision-makers from around the state to determine when, or if, to resume the spring season.”
The day before announcing the postponement, CHSAANOW explains, Blanford-Green “convened a digital conference with more than 50 administrators, representing diverse levels of leadership from all parts of the state to collaboratively create a plan. That group arrived at a consensus to support the decision made by the CHSAA office.”
“I want to thank the Board of Directors, membership and CHSAA staff for their support and guidance,” Blanford-Green said. “The collaborative decision-making has been in the best interest of our students and school communities, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.”

 

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Lady Pirates end shortened season with win at state playoffs http://www.pagosasun.com/lady-pirates-end-shortened-season-with-win-at-state-playoffs/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:00:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199737 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
While they weren’t able to take on No. 1 St. Mary’s for a chance to make it to the championship game of the 3A state tournament, the No. 5 Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates ended the season on a high note on March 12 — with an upset of the No. 4 Delta Panthers in the Great 8.

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A lesson in positivity http://www.pagosasun.com/a-lesson-in-positivity/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 10:59:12 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199610

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The Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirate basketball team ended its run for a state title in an unusual way: heading home with the final two days of the tournament canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

When basketball ends, the sportsmanship continues

By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
Few could have predicted the end to the Colorado 3A basketball season.

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State basketball tournament cancelled, Archuleta School District after-school activities cancelled, K of C Fish Fry and other cancellations http://www.pagosasun.com/state-basketball-tournament-cancelled-archuleta-school-district-after-school-activities-cancelled-k-of-c-fish-fry-and-other-cancellations/ Fri, 13 Mar 2020 11:19:18 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199265 From Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA):
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 in all classes.

“Everything we’ve done up to this point was to try and keep the experience of a state basketball tournament for our student participants and high school communities,” said CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green. “In the face of this unprecedented public health emergency, we are compelled to discontinue play in all tournaments.”

The move is in line with similar decisions from the NCAA, which cancelled all remaining winter sports championships and spring sports championships. Additionally, other high school associations, such as Connecticut, Oregon, Texas, California and Kentucky have made similar announcements. Some of those, Wisconsin and Kansas, canceled on Thursday night.

“We want to thank those who have supported us through the difficult decisions in these uncertain times,” Blanford-Green said.

COVID-19 precautions: Cancellations as of Friday, March 13, 5 a.m.

Additional cancellations:

• Pagosa Springs High School’s “Matilda the Musical” is postponed. The new tentative dates are April 28 through May 2.

• No Archuleta School District after-school activities starting March 13 – Beginning March 13, after-school activities at Archuleta School District (ASD) will be cancelled. On April 6, district administration will evaluate evaluate the situation and make a decision regarding activities. ASD has followed the guidance of The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) and is suspending after-school activities from March 13, forward. Please be aware that custodial staff is using the time after school to deep clean each building so the essential business of learning may continue.

• Knights of Columbus Fish Fry – Events cancelled until further notice.

• CHSAA’s spring sports and activities suspended until April 6
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• Pagosa Springs Middle School Dance, March 13

• St. Patrick’s Irish Festival, March 14

• Chamber’s Business After Hours at Pagosa Springs Medical Center, March 18

• The Southwest Organization for Sustainability is postponing community Earth Day celebrations until later in the summer.

• 9Health Fair postponed, April 25

Please email cancellations to editor@pagosasun.com.

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Wolf Creek to host St. Patrick’s Day Race Saturday http://www.pagosasun.com/wolf-creek-to-host-st-patricks-day-race-saturday/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199142 By Melanie Allen
Special to The SUN
Wolf Creek Ski Area held its 10th Fun Race of the season on Saturday, March 7. The turnout included 36 racers.

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Pirates set to open season at Delta Tournament http://www.pagosasun.com/pirates-set-to-open-season-at-delta-tournament/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:19 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199140 By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
The Pagosa Springs High School Pirate baseball team will be on the diamond this week to open the 2020 season, with the team slated to play three games in two days at the Delta Tournament.

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Lady Pirates to open season at home March 20 http://www.pagosasun.com/lady-pirates-to-open-season-at-home-march-20/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:12 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199138 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
Following a season that featured a 6-8-2 finish in the regular season and a loss against the eventual state champion Colorado Academy Mustangs in the first round of the playoffs, the 2020 campaign for the Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates will be one that will hopefully see a return to the postseason.

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Lady Pirates sail into Great 8, take on Delta today http://www.pagosasun.com/lady-pirates-sail-into-great-8-take-on-delta-today/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:08 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199129

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Lady Pirate basketball coach Wes Lewis cuts down the last of the net as the team and crowd look on following Pagosa’s Sweet 16 victory over the Manitou Springs Mustangs. Pagosa defeated the Mustangs 41-16 to advance to today’s Great 8 action.

By Randi Pierce
Staff Writer
The No. 5 Pagosa Springs High School Lady Pirates are on the court at the University of Denver this morning for an 8:45 a.m. matchup against the No. 4 Delta Panthers in the Great 8 round of the 3A state tournament.

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The Lady Pirate basketball team logged a pair of wins over the last week to advance in the 3A state tournament, with the team’s seniors getting in on the action. From left: Miah Shoffner looks to move past a Colorado Springs Christian Lion in the Pirates’ 57-17 win, Elsa Lindner puts up a shot against the Manitou Springs Mustangs Saturday, Taylor Lewis looks to move the ball inside against the Mustangs and Hailey Griego looks to score against the Lions. Senior Teagan Stretton was out due to a concussion from the previous week.

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No. 24 Pirates end season against No. 9 Lions in opening round of state tournament http://www.pagosasun.com/no-24-pirates-end-season-against-no-9-lions-in-opening-round-of-state-tournament/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:00 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199136 By Chris Mannara
Staff Writer
The No. 24 Pagosa Springs High School Pirate basketball team’s run at a third state championship was cut short as the team fell to the No. 9 Lutheran Lions (21-3 overall, 10-0 in league play) 83-62 in the opening round of the 3A state tournament on March 6.

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