Sports briefs for March 16


Bulldogs' Raftopoulos to play in all-star game

Moffat County senior Mari Katherine Raftopoulos has been chosen to participate in the Colorado Coaches of Girls' Sports All-State Basketball Games.

The games will take place on Sunday at Broomfield High School. The selections include seniors from Class 1A through Class 5A. The Class 4A game starts at 4 p.m.

The CCGS began sponsoring the game in 1978 to provide a showcase for talent. Each senior is nominated by coaches in her league, and coaches representing all the leagues make the final selection of 90.

Raftopoulos received varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and track in high school. She has a 3.9 grade point average. As a senior, she helped the Bulldogs to an undefeated regular season, averaging 10.9 points a game.

MCHS 2001 graduate an all-American again

Emily Mortensen, a 2001 graduate of Moffat County High School, earned her ninth and 10th career all-American honors at the NCAA D-II Indoor National Championships in Boston during the weekend.

Mortensen combined with Tanya Gaurmer, of Westminster, TiaNiecia Mosley, of Colorado Springs, and Laura Knapp, of Alamosa, to win the distance medley relay. The team crossed the finsh line six seconds before Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Colorado Mines.

On Saturday, Mortensen appeared to be on her way to her first individual national championship in the 5,000-meter but Central Missouri's Kristin Anderson caught her down the homestretch for a 0.30-second victory.

Bulldog basketball coach to lead all-stars

After his success this season, Moffat County coach Craig Mortensen's next coaching gig will be at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Mortensen was selected to coach a girls team at the annual Denver Nuggets-sponsored high school all-star basketball games known as "The Show."

The game is at 3:30 p.m. April 15 before the Nuggets play the Sacramento Kings. Twenty boys and 20 girls from across the state were selected to play in the games.

The teams will have two practices in the Nuggets' practice facility before the game. Mortensen has two Western Slope players on his team -- Raysha Ritter, of Grand Junction, and Megan Cherry, of Durango. For the second consecutive game, he gets to coach against Regis-Jesuit's Aija Putnina and Katie Mihalco.

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