There's one game remaining for the Craig Middle School boys basketball teams, and at this point, they are the favorites to win the district.
"Our A-team is undefeated," said seventh-grade coach Todd Hildebrandt. "Every game they're learning to play with more intensity for a longer period of time."
The eight-grade A-team defeated Meeker and Hayden in its past two games by the scores of 30-18 and 44-20. The eighth-grade A- and B-teams are undefeated.
The Bulldogs play Rangely at home next Saturday to finish up the regular season. Rangely has been the toughest opponent for the seventh-graders this year.
"We had a good character builder against Rangely the first time," Hildebrandt said.
Meeker gave the seventh-grade Bulldogs a closer game, 36-31, than Rangely, but Craig was without one of its players.
If both A-teams win Saturday against Rangely, they will earn the top seed in the four-team district tournament the following week in Steamboat Springs.
"We hope to be playing our best basketball at district time," Hildebrandt said. "As our defense comes along, I think we'll be able to do that."
The eighth-graders' closest game was a 38-37 win against Steamboat Springs in the fourth week of the season. Last year, the Bulldogs lost their only game of the season with a 37-29 setback to Rangely. The eighth-graders avenged the loss a week later in the district tournament with a 31-19 win.
The games against Rangely begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at CMS gym for the eighth-graders and Craig Intermediate School gym for the seventh-graders.
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