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Congratulations to Gunnison High School softball player Britt Propernick, who made the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports All-State team. Forty-six softball players were nominated, with only 30 being selected. Propernick will be representing the Cowboys on Sunday in Denver at 1:30 p.m.

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Things may not have gone the way Gunnison High School (GHS) football team wanted on Friday in Mountaineer Bowl, however it was exciting to see them back in action for their first varsity season since 2017. GHS faced off against Florence High School and battled until the very end, falling 32-8 to the Huskies, who are ranked in the Top 5 in Class 1A.

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The season started off on a good note for the Gunnison Middle School (GMS) football teams. They took on North Fork (a combination of players from Hotchkiss and Paonia) at home in their season opener, in what was an action packed game that saw the GMS seventh and eighth grade football teams coming away with lopsided victories. The Mustangs will be back on the field on Saturday, traveling to Delta to take on Meeker at 11 a.m.

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Things are going to look different when the Gunnison High School (GHS) football team takes the field this season, but also a bit like the old days.

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Things are going to look different when the Gunnison High School (GHS) football team takes the field this season, but also a bit like the old days.

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Finishing in the top-10 and recording a personal best time is not an easy feat to accomplish, but don’t tell Gunnison High School (GHS) cross country runner Alex Baca that. He did just that on Friday at the Desert Twilight XC Festival in Queen Creek, Ariz. Baca finished eighth in the 5,000 meter High School Sweepstakes category in a personal best time of 15:25.09. Brennan Stice also represented the Gunnison Valley well, finishing 50th out of 127 runners in a time of 17:40.29. Pictured, Baca gives it his all at the Desert Twilight event.

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A little haze didn’t stop 71 runners from continuing the tradition of participating in the oldest continuously held race in Colorado —Western Colorado University’s W Mountain Race. The race takes participants up the backside of Tenderfoot Mountain, along a short but steep 2.6-mile course, gaining more than 900 feet in elevation. This year was the 70th running of the event.

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Having fallen to second place a couple weeks ago, Sarah Keene put the hammer down. She got 24 unique miles the past two weeks and we know how hard those miles come when someone is already over 600 miles.

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Cattle ranching along with mining were the earliest mainstays in the settlement of the Gunnison Country. Both were gambles but at least ranching allowed one to be somewhat anchored by the security of ownership of land.

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