Random thoughts after following a great basketball team through a great season:
It's tough not to look ahead already to next year after Moffat County's 69-47 loss to Regis Jesuit in the Colorado Girls State Basketball tournament semifinals.
Moffat has three of its top scorers returning next year.
At times this postseason, sophomores Angie Charchalis and Markie Workman dominated some of the state's best upperclassmen.
Don't be surprised if Work--man earns first-team honors after her 25-point performance Tuesday night. The media members who were at the Coors Event Center to watch her score a season-high on two D-1 prospects determine most of the postseason honors in both major Denver newspapers.
The tournament pairings have been tough to the Moffat County girls in my four years of covering them.
Three of the four years, the Bulldogs have lost to the eventual state finalists. Mullen is the only team not to make the final in that span, and it lost to the eventual champions.
After watching both Class 4A games, several of the media members I sat by said they thought Moffat County was just as good as Mullen and Greeley West, who played in the second game of the night.
Regis was an athletic, quick and talented team. I wouldn't be surprised if they could have hung with at least half the boys teams in the Western Slope League. I also would put money on them winning the state title Friday night.
Not only does this year's team deserve congratulations, but so do the fans who made the four-hour trip to Boulder. Moffat easily had the biggest crowd of any of the 4A teams. And how far did those Front Range teams have to follow?
Other questions on my mind: Why can't there be a game for third place? Why can't the band make the trip?
Both of these questions come from my high school appearance. If a team made the final four, it was guaranteed two games. I would have loved to stay to watch a Greeley West-Moffat game for third place.
My only state basketball experience comes from traveling with the band to play for the girls. Talking with Moffat band members, they say it's discouraging to play at home, let alone travel to state tournaments. The band gets to play three or four times a game. For how much work it takes to carry a drum set it's not worth it.
Enough about how I think the world should revolve.
It was fun, girls, and congratulations on one of the best basketball seasons Moffat County has had. Let's do it again next year.
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or firstname.lastname@example.org.