Home tourney finishes well

While wins and losses aren't the main focus for summer basketball, Moffat County High School coach Mike LeWarne wouldn't complain about his three teams combined 15-4 record at their home tournament this weekend.

"I thought that everybody played pretty well," he said. "Wins and losses aren't what we're focused on, but the wins come when we play well."

The MCHS varsity team faced off against teams from Buena Vista, Basalt, Battle Mountain, Summit, Rifle and Rangely with its two losses coming against the 'R' squads. Rangely, the Class 2A state runner-up this year, beat the Bulldogs with a last-second shot.

The junior varsity team finished the weekend 7-0, a mark that made coach Jeff Simon happy.

"There was some good progression as a team," he said. "For only practicing for two weeks, I thought things went well."

In other games for MCHS, the freshman team went 4-2 mostly against older competition.

Simon, who organized the tournament, had planned for a championship format Saturday but four teams either left Friday or early Saturday and the plans for the final games were scratched.

"It's the summer and everybody is looking out for their best interest," Simon said. "This was our first tournament and we learned what to do differently next time."

Simon said next year's tournament would have more incentives for teams to stay until the end, such as a flat fee with part of it refunded at the end of the weekend.

LeWarne also learned how many people it takes to put on an event such as a summer basketball tournament. He was grateful for the local volunteers who stepped in at the last minute.

"Some of our refs we picked up at a local pick-up game Thursday," he said. "All the scorekeepers and refs were great this weekend."

The summer of hoops continues this week for Moffat County as the underclassmen go to Adams State College for a camp Wednesday. Eight of the varsity players will be taking a trip to San Diego later in the summer for their camp.

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