Sports

Western women ascend to national poll

Western Women’s Basketball — The Western Colorado women’s basketball program hit a first on Tuesday as the Mountaineers were ranked No. 13 in the first D2SIDA Women’s Basketball Division II Media Poll of the season. This marks the first time the program has been ranked in any national poll.

Mountaineers make it rain 3s

Western Men’s Basketball — The Western Colorado men’s basketball team drained a season-high 18 3-pointers and outscored Colorado Christian by 14 points in the second half to pull away for a 102-87 victory Saturday at Paul Wright Gym.

Youth Nordic booms

There’s hardly a scrap of nordic skiing gear at second-hand stores. And that, said Bryan Smith of All Sports Replay, is a great problem to have.

No games, but plenty of fun

This past fall, Wendy Buckhanan found herself in a pickle. She’s the executive director of the West Elk Hockey Association and it’s her job to ensure youth hockey in the Gunnison Valley goes off without a hitch.

Western hoops back in action

It was a night of firsts. The Western Colorado University men’s and women’s basketball teams were back in action this week, after a holiday break.

All slide, no slice

Dos Rios Golf Course is a hotbed of activity this winter, as local ski enthusiasts have taken advantage of groomed cross country ski trails, courtesy of Gunnison Nordic Club and with the generous permission of the member-owned club. Last Saturday skiers showed up for lessons hosted by Gunnison Nordic. The club is hosting lessons in both classic and skate disciplines for the next two Saturdays in January. Visit gunnisonnordic.com for more information. Gregg Morin

Top sports stories of 2020

A year in which things were turned upside down was also a year many will remember. Claiming two titles on the way to a deep postseason run.

Mountaineers climbing to the top of RMAC

Western Women’s Basketball — When Lora Westling came to Gunnison in 2016 to take the helm of the Western Colorado University women’s basketball team, she began doing what every new coach sets out to do.

Classic kick

Molly Susla digs in for the win in the Women’s 10K Classic Race in last weekend’s Alley Loop Citizen’s Series, put on by the Crested Butte Nordic Center. In total, 39 racers from a wide variety of ages waxed ‘em up for the event. The next Citizen’s Series Race is scheduled for Jan. 9. Visit cbnordic.org for more information. Gregg Morin