The Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) Rangely Spartans men and womens basketball teams are playing a regular season game against the Otero Junior College Rattlers Monday, Nov. 13 at the Moffat County High School gym.
The Spartans are making their first appearance in Craig to help promote college basketball in Northwest Colorado.
"Many of the younger kids are involved in community basketball," Coordinator of Public Information and Community Education, Mary Morris said. "It would be a thrill for them to watch college athletes compete."
When the local CNCC discovered that community members were interested in bringing college basketball to Craig. The college was delighted and made it possible with cooperation from CNCC Rangely.
"This would give the young kids the opportunity to watch a college basketball game," Vice President of CNCC, Dr. Dean Hollenbeck said.
The lady Spartans, 2-0 and 14-16 last year, will play the first game against the lady Rattlers who ended their season 27-5 last year.
"Otero is a top 25 team in Junior College Division 1," CNCC Womens Head Coach Kevin Wilson said. "It should be an exciting game because we (Spartans) beat Northeastern another top 25 team at the buzzer last week."
The men Spartans, who are 0-1, will play their second game against the Rattlers. The Spartans have a new head coach, Scott Hunt, who has brought excitement back to the court. The men's team has several returning freshmen, which gives them experience the team lacked last year. The game will be worth watching.
The lady Spartans will tip off at 6:00 p.m. at the high school gym and the men will start the night cap at 8:00 p.m. The game is free to children elementary age and younger. Other students with I.D. s are admitted free of charge and the cost is four dollars for adults. CNCC is encouraging area residents to come out and support the college basketball program. For more information contact Mary Morris at 824-1135.