All-spring Athletes

From a state title for Laurel Mortensen to the girls soccer team earning its first Western Slope Conference win, each Moffat County team in the spring shared the spotlight in the pages of the Craig Daily Press. While the rodeo team is still competing -- making the end of the spring seasons incomplete -- these are the Craig Daily Press' All-Spring Athletes for 2003.

Brandi Babin -- Babin surprised herself when she qualified for state in the 100- and 200-meter sprints at the regional meet and looks to qualify in those events again next year. The junior also anchored the 400 and 800 relay teams throughout the season.

Jeni Bamford -- The senior leader for the Bulldogs up front in soccer, Bamford earned Western Slope All-Conference honors for her effort. A four year veteran, Bamford was honorable mention all conference last year.

Tad Behrens -- Behrens maintained himself as one of the top catchers in Class 4A after earning All-Conference honors last year. He also batted .339 for the Bulldogs and hit three home runs with 15 RBI.

Tia Brannan -- Brannan competed at the national level in goat tying last year and looks to do the same this high school rodeo season. She is currently in the top 10 in overall points and top five in goat tying.

Danielle Brown -- Brown completed her stellar running career at MCHS with a win in the 3,200 and a third-place finish in the 1,600 at the regional track meet. The senior earned All-State honors on the 3,200-meter relay team, which placed fifth at state.

Jon Bugay -- Bugay came on this year with the fifth-most home runs in Class 4A with eight. He also was the second starter for the Bulldogs in the pitching rotation, earning three wins.

Morgan Cobb -- Cobb picked the right time to have her best high school tournament with a 99 during the regional at Cotton Ranch Golf Course in Gypsum. Cobb finished fifth in the regional and qualified for state where she was 63rd.

Chris Compton -- Compton has qualified for the state swim meet in the backstroke his first two years in high school. The sophomore also was on the record-setting 200-yard medley relay team.

Jerry Davis -- Davis finished fourth at the Western Slope diving championships. He leaves MCHS with the school record for an 11-dive competition.

Jerod Estey -- Estey, the Denver Posts' reigning 4A player of the year, was again at the top of the state in nearly every category. The senior finished second in strikeouts (84), 11th in batting average (.542), seventh in home runs (7) and led the state in innings pitched (62).

Nick Goodenow -- Goodenow moved from the eighth position in the batting line up to third at the end of the season. His .444 batting average establishes him as the Bulldogs' top returning hitter next year.

Kelvin Grinolds -- Grinolds emerged as the top quarter miler for Moffat County this year with a third-place finish at the regional. The junior anchored the 1,600 relay team and was on the 3,200 relay team, both qualified for state.

Cassi Shafer -- Shafer, who goes to Rangely High School, was consistently the second golfer for MCHS throughout the season. The senior missed qualifying for the state tournament by two strokes, but helped the team to a second-place finish at the regional.

Kelly Howle -- Howle, the Bulldogs' keeper, was referred to as "the backbone of our team" by a teammate at the beginning of the season. The senior, who was named the WSC first team goalie as a junior, earned honorable-mention honors in her final season.

Brad Hurd -- Hurd tied the school record in the high jump of 6 feet, 4 inches in the second meet of the year. The junior finished in a tie for ninth at the state meet in the event.

Brittany Hutton -- Hutton shot a season best of 85 at the Delta Tournament. She was the teams' top golfer in all but two tournaments she attended and finished 43rd at state as a junior.

Jeni Jones -- Jones was a three-year qualifier for state in track and went to this year's meet in the high jump and 400 relay. Her clearance of five feet in the high jump tied her for 10th in Class 4A.

Anthony Loughran -- Loughran finished third at the regional in the 800 and looks to be the anchor for a 3,200-meter relay team that returns all of its members next year. He also ran on the state-qualifying 1,600 relay team.

Sheila McNicol -- McNicol, the 2003 MCHS outstanding female athlete, made it to state in track for the 3,200. The senior battled back from an injury her junior year for All-State honors in cross country and all region honors in track this year.

Kellan Moore -- Moore just missed qualifying individually for the state meet in the backstroke and 50 freestyle. He swam in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams for MCHS at state.

Laurel Mortensen -- Mortensen earned MVP honors for the girls track team with a state championship in the 800. The senior earned All-State honors in all three sports she competed in as an upper classman: cross country, track and basketball.

Cody Palmer -- Palmer was the highest scorer for the boys track team with a fourth-place finish in the long and triple jumps at state. The new record holder in the long jump also was the anchor of the eighth-place 400 relay team at the state meet.

Brittany Rummel -- Rummel was the only Bulldog to have a hat trick in a varsity game this season, although she spent most of it back on defense. She started most of the season for Moffat County as a freshman and looks to be force in the future of MCHS girls soccer.

John Shipley -- Shipley qualified for seven events at the state swim meet, including four individual events. The senior was the top diver at the Western Slope Championships and was a part of four school records.

Jessica Uecker -- The quiet defender helped cut opponents' scoring down by more than 16 goals this season compared to the previous year for MCHS. The freshman started alongside Rummel in the defense most of the year for the Bulldogs.

Becky White -- White, one of the top rookies (freshman) on the rodeo circuit, has been ranked in the top 10 in overall standings throughout the season. She has also been ranked in the top five in barrel racing and pole bending for individual events.

Kelly White -- White hopes to make a return to the national rodeo after missing last season by a couple of points. She has been in the top 10 in overall rankings and in the top five in barrel racing this year.

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