Three earn league honors in basketball

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In his senior season, Moffat County's Derek Duran secured a spot in the basketball history books and earned Western Slope All-League honors.

Duran averaged more than 23 points a game, which is the third best in team history.

"Derek had an incredible season," coach Scott Parker said. "It was hard for other coaches to plan against him because of all that he could do."

Duran earned his second all-league honor in basketball and was a four-year varsity player for the team. He was second in Class 4A in scoring this year. Duran had seven games in which he scored 30 or more points, including a 40-point performance against Delta.

"Players couldn't stop him so he got to the foul line quite a bit," Parker said. "He also ran the floor well and may have been the league's best transition player."

Duran scored 548 points his senior year to surpass the 1,000-point mark for his career. The two Bulldogs to average more points per game in a season were Brad Smith in 1966 and Brett Winder in 1977.

With a fourth-place finish in the Western Slope League the Bulldogs also earned two honorable-mention spots on the all-league team.

Sophomore J.T. Haddan and senior Jarrod Holmlund were picked for the team.

Holmlund missed the first half of the season to recover from knee surgery. He finished the season strong by averaging 17.5 points the last four games.

"Jarrod hit his stride the second time around in the league season," Parker said. "He definitely played his best basketball at the end of the season."

Holmlund finished his Bulldog career with a career-best 21 points against Fountain-Fort Carson. He also averaged six rebounds a game.

Haddan's numbers on paper weren't too exciting -- seven points and three rebounds a game -- but he was a consistent player for the Bulldogs.

"J.T. did all the little things that don't show up on paper," Parker said. "He was a great screener, he started our fast break, and he boxed off all the time."

Haddan was a starter among a roster of seasoned seniors. He will be a centerpiece for next year's team that will have to replace seven graduating seniors.

The Bulldogs finished the season 11-12 overall and 7-7 in the Western Slope League.

"This year's seniors were the model of what kind of work ethic it takes to be a successful program," Parker said. "They laid the foundation for hard work and persistence."

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