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The 2020 cross country season was an unprecedented one for Buena Vista High School – not only because of the looming omnipresence of COVID-19, not only because the Lady Demons finished the season undefeated, but because, for the first time in school history, the girls took home the Class 2A state championship.

Chandler Smethers and Cole Reavis finished the last two league matches at Pueblo Country Club and Hollydot G.C. to finish eighth and 10th in the final standings to earn all-conference honors in the Tri-Peaks League. Team finished in 4th place.

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The Buena Vista cross country teams hosted their annual run, this time over 3 days and away from its traditional home along the Arkansas River.

Buena Vista High School was closed to in-person instruction Tuesday to investigate a possible exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, Chaffee County Public Health director Andrea Carlstrom said.

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Buena Vista schools will participate in C season sports, including football during the spring this year, said Buena Vista School District athletic director Troy Baker.

The Buena Vista High School Demons cross country varsity teams raced last weekend on the state course in Colorado Springs.

“It is always exciting to get everyone’s feet on the trails out there. We saw impressive performances across the board,” said BVHS coach Julia Fuller, adding “and it’s fun to foreshadow the possibilities for a state race a month from now.” 

After the Colorado High School Activities Association’s board of directors voted to stick to the current modified 2020-2021 sports schedule last week, the association took up the issue again on Friday

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Sports and art will imitate life this school year with slow rollouts of seasons and competitions that may take different approaches from previous seasons.

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The games will go on this year in Colorado, but the high school sports seasons have been modified and shortened in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Two Buena Vista High School basketball athletes received statewide recognition. Senior Maddy McFee and junior Isaac Bears were named to the Class 3A honorable mention all state teams.

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Two Buena Vista High School basketball athletes received statewide recognition. Senior Maddy McFee and junior Isaac Bears were named to the Class 3A honorable mention all state teams.

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The Buena Vista High School Lady Demons finished their basketball season at Delta when they lost to regional host Delta 68-30. Delta was the No. 4-seed in the field of 32 teams.

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The Buena Vista Lady Demons picked up a win in the final game of Tri-Peaks District Tournament play and will advance to the 32-team state tournament regional round.

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Three Buena Vista wrestlers came home with medals as the Demons scored 67 points to finish ninth at the Colorado High School State Wrestling Tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver last weekend.

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Ten Buena Vista wrestlers are headed to Denver’s Pepsi Center to compete in the state championship tournament based on their performances at the regional tournament Feb. 14-15.

Buena Vista hosted Colorado Springs Christian School Jan. 31 and both teams came into the contest hoping to pick up a much-needed Tri-Peaks League victory. CSCS did so with a 53-35 win.

Buena Vista improved to 9-6, 4-2 with a league win over Colorado Springs Christian School Jan. 31, in a game that was close throughout.

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The Buena Vista Demons came up two points short in a close battle with Tri-Peaks League foe Ellicott Jan. 25. Earlier in the week they lost a non-league game at Summit County 62-32.

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It was a busy and challenging week for the Lady Demons, who played three games with two on the road and a Saturday home victory to finish it off.

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The Demons dropped a non-league contest to Battle Mountain 66-40 and a league matchup at The Vanguard 54-43. The team is now 4-5 overall and 1-3 in league play.

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The Buena Vista girl’s basketball team (7-4, 2-1) went 1-2 in the past week. They won 51-17 over Gunnison Jan. 14, then dropped games to Battle Mountain 42-31 and Vanguard 51-35, Jan. 15 and 18, respectively.

Buena Vista traveled to Tri-Peaks League foe James Irwin for their first game of 2020 and fell short 59-51 in a close contest.

The Buena Vista varsity wrestling team finished third at the Eagle Valley Invite, scoring 143 points. Ahead of them were Cedaredge with 183 and host Eagle Valley with 165 in the 16-team tournament.

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One of the top stories of 2018 was the passage of ballot measure 2A, which levied a tax to fund at least part of a new facility for middle and high school students in the Buena Vista school district.

Another was the district’s award of a BEST grant from the Colorado Department of Education that would fund the rest of the $50 million building.

That new building continued to be a big deal in 2019, and after years of being merely a dream of district administrators, began to take shape as a real physical space.

The Lady Demons went 2-0 the past week to improve to 4-2, 1-0. They won a non-league game against Monte Vista 34-32 and then secured their first Tri-Peaks League win over Lamar 43-38.

The Demons basketball team heads to the holiday break with a 3-2 record including 0-1 in Tri-Peaks League play.

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Weather played havoc with the weekend basketball schedule and the Demons ended up having just one game during the week.

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The Lady Demons had two games in the past week with a road trip to Alamosa and a home game against Colorado Academy in the Buena Vista Invitational.

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The Buena Vista Demons started the season with a couple of home wins. They won the opener over Rye Dec. 3, 30-27, and posted a win over Platte Canyon Dec. 5, 42-32.

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Basketball (home) vs Platte Canyon, 4 p.m. gjv, 5:30 p.m. gv, 7 p.m. bv.

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Chaffee County United Soccer wrapped up it’s 2019 season, which included an elite-level win for the club’s U15 girls team at Farmington, N.M.’s Socctoberfest tournament on the first weekend of November.

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The Lady Demons went 4-1 during the past week with a win at Gunnison and then swept their pool of four at the Buena Vista Tournament Saturday.

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The Buena Vista Demons finished their regular season play with a solid road win at Monte Vista Nov. 1. In a back-and-forth game, the Demons took control in the fourth quarter to win 27-15.