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Baseball

The Bulldogs are sniffing for the sweet smell of success, and today they will do it in a town permeated by the scent of sulfur Glenwood Springs.

The game begins 4 p.m.

With a 6-2 season record, the Glenwood Springs Demons (6-2) sit on top of the Western Slope Conference (WSC), and are undefeated in conference play. The team is led by No. 3 state-ranked strike-out wizard, Tom Ahrens. Ahrens has racked up 40 Ks for the year, and has kept a state low ERA of 1.67; he is also a threat when swinging the stick, holding down the No. 6 spot in state for batting average with .586.

Moffat County (4-4) will place a rejuvenated team on the field in Glenwood, coming off a two-game winning streak against non-conference teams.

The changes that Coach Kip Hafey made in positions four through nine in the batting order have worked-out well for the Bulldogs. Those batters were responsible for two four-run scoring streaks in the past two games.

The Bulldogs may be riding the wave of recent success, but will have to play heads-up ball to be the spoilers against the dangerous Demons. The team will have a day off after the Glenwood game before taking on Palisade in a home-field double header Saturday.

The game starts at 11 a.m. at the Craig Middle School field.

Track

The girls track team will hit both western slope and eastern slope tracks Saturday. Most of the Lady Bulldogs will travel to Palisade for a meet that will be primarily composed of western slope teams.

Eight girls, who have earned state qualifying times, are destined for the Mullen Invitational in Denver. The Invitational is a premier regular-season meet, that participants must qualify for. The meet will pit the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked Class 4A teams against each other Mullen and Moffat County.

Moffat County will send its state-qualified 4x800-meter relay team, composed of seniors Emily Mortensen and Stephanie Hurd, junior Charlotte Steele, and sophomore Laurel Mortensen. Seniors Jill Admek and Heather Urbanoski, and sophomores Daniel Brown and Jeni Jones will compete in individual events.

The boys track team will compete exclusively in Palisade, its second qualifying meet of the year. Only one Bulldog has earned a first-place finish, senior Jarrod Burns who won the 3,200 and 1,600.

Although the team is still on a quest for it first state qualification, Coach Gary Tague is pleased with the improvement he's seen in the first two meets. In his opinion, the boys are still a few meets away from performing at qualification standards.

Boys Swimming

The Moffat County boys 200-meter relay team has qualified for state this season, and sits on the verge of earning another qualifying time. The team was only one second behind the state qualification time in 200-medley relay Saturday in Delta.

Along with the relay teams, two divers are looking for their tickets to state. Jerry Davis and John Shipley only have to increase the difficulty of their dives to qualify.

They will have a chance to improve their performance Friday at a meet hosted by Moffat County. The meet begins at 4 p.m. Friday at the Moffat County High School pool.

The team's last home meet will pit local swimmers against against all of the teams in District 51, a composite team which includes Fruita, Grand Junction, and Cortez.

Girls Golf

The girls golf team will compete at Gypsum's Cotton Ranch Golf Course, designed by Pete Dye, for the Eagle Valley Tournament.

The Eagle Valley team from Vail is the team to beat in mountain-region golf. They boast top-swinger Alli Crumb, who shot the best two-day total at the Delta Tournament last week.

Moffat County pulled in at fourth place in Delta Eagle Valley won it all. The Lady Bulldogs will face a tough team on a tough course Thursday, a course which Coach Chuck Cobb said is as technical as the girls will see this year.

Girls Soccer

The soccer team has experienced a frustrating year so far, sitting at 0-6 in the first half of the season, but things may be looking up as the team enters the downward curve of the season. The girls will competed against Rifle (2-2) at 4 p.m. today in Rifle.

In the eyes of Coach Eric Johnson, the team's chance to win its first conference game ever could be in the final seven games of the season.

The Lady 'Dogs have a game plan set for Rifle, the offsides trap.

Johnson expects the trap to work well against Rifle, since it is designed to work when opposing an aggressive team like Rifle.

The girls will also travel to Battle Mountain for an 11 a.m. game Saturday and will try to avenge last Saturday's loss.

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