Girls varsity hoops undefeated at home
An experienced Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team showed a glance of next year at its home basketball tournament Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs, who return three of five starters for next year, went 5-0 in the tournament.
"They played together and were very efficient on offense," coach Matt Ray said. "We went nine deep, and all nine players contributed."
There was ample good news for the Bulldogs in the tournament. Not only did they dominate, senior-to-be April Sanchez returned to the floor after a knee injury kept her out her entire junior year.
"She played great inside for us," Ray said. "Markie (Workman), Kayla (Maneotis) and April all dominated inside."
Last summer, the Bulldog varsity team only lost one game in 26 attempts.
"The girls play well in the summer," Ray said. "They know there is little more margin for error so they go out and play relaxed."
The Bulldogs made far fewer errors than their opponents in the tournament with wins of 78-21 against Buena Vista; 74-25 against Aspen; 43-28 against Vernal, Utah; 46-34 against Pagosa Springs; and 42-23 against Wasatch, Utah.
This is the peak of summer ball for the girls the next 10 days. The underclassmen teams are in Rangely this weekend, and the varsity is at Utah Valley. Next week, all the Bulldog players will be at the Mesa State College tournament.
"We have more than 40 girls out right now," said Ray, who is running the program while head coach Craig Mortensen is on vacation. "Those are strong numbers for our program."
Moffat boys basketballsuccessful in Rangely
The Moffat County boys varsity basketball team went 6-2 in the Rangely Tournament during the weekend.
The Bulldogs' only losses came against Western Slope League foe Glenwood Springs.
"We didn't play well against Glenwood the first game," coach Scott Parker said. "Then we were up by two in the second game, and a kid who hadn't played all game hit a three at the buzzer to beat us."
Other teams the Bulldogs defeated were: Gunnison, Del Norte, Rangely, Hotchkiss and Manilla, Utah, twice.
"I was happy with our defense and our transition game," Parker said. "We trapped well and picked up the level of play defensively from last weekend."
The Bulldog JV team finished the weekend 3-3, with all games against varsity teams.
Northwest Colorado Lynx third in tourney
The Northwest Colorado Lynx 12-year-old baseball team took third in the Grand Junction Wood Bat Invitational during the weekend. The Lynx finished 2-2 with a 7-6 win against Brighton and a 10-7 win against the Golden Hawks. In tournament play the Lynx lost to the Fort Collins Flamers 12-2. The Flamers and Brighton met in the championship game.
"The difference this week for us was our fielding, pitching and base running all improved," coach Shane Camilletti said. "We struggled hitting the ball hard with wooden bats."
Camilletti said the team had planned to practice more with the wooden bats during the week but rain kept them from extra practice.
"We played closer to our potential this weekend," he said. "We had a tough draw but third out of 11 teams is a good start."