Spring sports begin to heat up inside

Winter still lingers outside, but that is not stopping Moffat County High School spring sports from starting.

Boys baseball, boys and girls track, girls soccer and boys swimming all started practice Tuesday. Girls golf will start next week.

The Bulldogs baseball team holds practice at 5 a.m. in the high school gym and then goes outside at the high school or the Loudy-Simpson Park parking lot in the afternoon.

"It's kind of hard right now to find a place to practice, but this is expected," said varsity baseball coach Kip Hafey. "This year the season starts a week earlier."

MCHS will have its first scrimmages March 4 in Grand Junction against the Grand Junction Central Warriors and the Fruita Monument Wildcats.

"When we play our first scrimmage we won't even have been on dirt yet," said Hafey. "I just talked to the coach down in Grand Junction and they are already taking ground balls, but that comes with the territory with being in Craig."

Hafey is satisfied with the number of players out for baseball.

"We have around 30 kids out for the team," said Hafey. "It's a good number for us. This week we will do a lot of conditioning and a lot of ground balls and getting our arms back in shape."

After school the boys and girls track teams are running through the halls of the high school.

"Right now we will start inside and work toward the outside," said boys coach Gary Tague. "Every night the distance runners go outside except when there is lightning. The sprinters stay inside and work.

"I have about 46 guys that are signed up. We might pick up a few more.

"We should start the season right around 50, which is a good number for this high school."

According to girls track coach Mike Gleason, each year the girls team starts with the same routine.

"Earlier in the year we always start inside for the sprinters," said Gleason. "Distance runners always run outside anyway so the weather doesn't affect us that much. Right now we are looking to have 10 more girls this year than last year.

"This is the most girls since I have been here that are out for track. We have somewhere from 35 to 38 girls out for the track team."

After just three days of dealing with the winter, the girls varsity soccer team is ready to get out on the practice field .

"It's nice to get started," said girls varsity soccer coach Eric Johnson. "I have been looking forward to this for a long time.

We have a lot of quality girls on the team.

"A couple of weeks ago it was spring and now it has changed back to winter. We need to get back outside. We are talking about going down Friday and shoveling off the field so we can go practice."

One team the weather doesn't affect is the boys swim team, which trains indoors.

"Right now we are just getting into general training," said first-year swim coach Jim Voorhies. "We have 14 members on the swim team. I am pleased with the turnout, but I would like to see a few more boys on the team.

"We have one senior, one junior and the rest of them are freshmen and sophomores."

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