Middle school boys basketball at the top


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.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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