Fall sports end with a bang

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This is the final part of a three-part series looking back at sports in Moffat County for 1999.

September

Moffat County High School senior Coalin Hume took part in the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association Year End Finals in Castle Rock, Colo. He finished in fifth place in steer wrestling and earned "Rookie of the Year" for his efforts.

The Moffat County High School (MCHS) boys golf team returned from regional competition in Rifle without a member advancing to the state competition. Individually, senior Richard Padon came the closest, firing a round of 78. Junior Jerrod Aragon finished with an 80 and junior C.J. Rugh came in with an 87.

The MCHS varsity football team earned its first conference win of the season, 40-6, against the Eagle Valley Devils to end the month. The Bulldogs were 2-2 on the season and 1-1 in league play.

The "Doak Walker Youth Footballl League" was christened at Woodbury Park in Craig.

Walker was the 1948 Heisman Trophy winner and starred on two national championship teams. He was also elected to the football Hall of Fame in 1986, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Walker was paralyzed in a skiing accident in early 1998. He died later that year at age 71.

October

The Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig (CNCC-Craig) club co-ed soccer team, in its first year of competition, returned from the Colorado State Community Championship in Littleton.

The Craig Middle School football teams finished another successful season. The seventh-graders finished the season undefeated while the eighth-graders lost one game all year and that was to Steamboat Springs.

The varsity soccer team played its best game of the year and its last at Loudy-Simpson Park against the Rifle Bears. The lone goal of the game came at the 65-minute mark and Rifle had to settle for a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs. MCHS ended the year at 1-13 and 0-6 in league play.

Both Craig Middle School volleyball teams finished in third place at the district tournament in Steamboat Springs.

Before a packed house the Steamboat Springs Sailors varsity volleyball team was crowned the regular season Western Slope conference champs for the second straight year in Craig by downing the Bulldogs in two games to close out the regular season.

MCHS finished the league with a 6-2 mark good enough for second place.

The varsity girls cross country team finished in first place at the regional meet in Grand Junction, Colo., while the boys came in second place.

Individually on the boys side, Kelly Christensen, a senior, finished in first place and on the girls side Stephanie Hurd, a junior, finished in third place.

November

The varsity volleyball team season ended abruptly at the district volleyball tournament in Steamboat Springs. In pool play, the Rifle Bears downed the Bulldogs, 15-9 and 15-7. In the second match of the day the Montrose Indians beat MCHS, 15-3 and 15-11.

In the Bulldogs final match of the tournament, the Cortez Panthers ran past MCHS, 15-2 and 15-3. MCHS finished the season with an 8-12 record.

At the Class 4A state cross country meet in Englewood, Colo., Kelly Christensen paced the team by coming in fourth place. As a team, the boys finished in 19th place.

For the girls, Stephanie Hurd led the way with a 17th place finish. In the team standings the Bulldogs ended up in eighth place.

The varsity volleyball team had senior Cammie Hillewaert and junior Emily Mortensen named to the all-conference team. Seniors Megan Gregg, Sarah Haslem and Liz Knights were named honorable mention.

The varsity football team clinched a playoff spot for the second straight year when they beat the Battle Mountain Huskies, 28-13, to finish the regular season at 6-4 overall and 5-2 in league play.

A week later the varsity football team season came to an end in the Class 3A first round playoff game when the Bulldogs lost to the Eaton Reds on the road, 41-14.

Seniors Coalin Hume and Jake Hettinger and junior Kayla Steel were named to the Wrangler All-Star rodeo team.

Football players who earned all-conference were: junior Kevin Voorhees and seniors Kevin Field, Frank Counts, Brandon Carerra and Jake Hettinger.

Junior Jeff Gaylord and seniors Coalin Hume, Kurtis Kostur and Matt Johnston were named honorable mention.

December

The Craig Middle School basketball teams had a successful showing at the district tournament in Meeker.

The eighth-graders claimed the championship by beating the Meeker Cowboys, 32-21, in the first round and then in the title game the Bullpups edged the Rangely Panthers, 31-30.

The seventh-graders bid for a title game came up short. The Bullpups beat Meeker by three points to advance to the championship game against the Rangely Panthers. In the title game, Rangely ran past the Bullpups to end the season.

Bulldogs varsity wrestler Kurtis Kostur, a senior, was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Rock Springs, Wyo., tournament. Kostur claimed the championship at 140 pounds.

Varsity cross country runner Kelly Christensen earned all-state honors while Brett Duncan, Colton Grinolds, Sheila McNicol, Beth White and Stephanie Hurd were named to the all-conference team.

In what may have been a preview of things to come, the varsity wrestling team used its depth to claim the team title at the Warrior Classic in Grand Junction, Colo. The Bulldogs finished ahead of the 32-team field. with 185 points.

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