Another school year brought another list of new records and bigger accomplishments for the Moffat County High School athletic teams.
The 2005-06 school year had success from the mainstays like wrestling and girls basketball, as well as improvements from the soccer teams and a Western Slope League championship from baseball.
"It was another great year," Athletic Director Jim Loughran said. "Our coaches and kids have a lot to be proud of the way the year went."
In all, the Bulldogs had all but three teams make the post season. Senior Derek Duran was the second-leading scorer in Class 4A in basketball, senior Bryan Wojtkiewicz led Class 4A in pitching ERA, senior Malcolm Hillewaert led 4A in saves in soccer and senior Korey Kostur became the fourth Bulldog to win two state titles in wrestling.
Sophomore Markie Work--man was named to an all-state team in girls basketball and Craig Mortensen was named the Class 4A girls basketball Coach of the Year.
Those are just a few of the individual honors earned by Bulldogs during the school year.
Here's a look at a few of the top headlines from the 2005-06 season for the Blue and White.
Golfers show improvement -- Sept. 9
The boys golf team struggled with consistency, but at the home tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course, junior Shawn Brookshire led the way with a 76. Freshman Collin Jackson shot a 78 and senior Zach Haddan had an 84. The team score of 238 was 17 strokes better than any previous team score.
As close as it can get -- Sept. 24
It was an initial heartbreaker for the Bulldog football team when rival Steamboat Springs beat them in overtime, 24-23. In retrospect, it was one of the team's best efforts of the season. The Bulldogs missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, but their effort against the Sailors made for a classic game. Steamboat rode the momentum of the win to the semifinals of the playoffs.
Dogs take three of four -- Sept. 26
The cross country teams showed their home fans why they are traditionally two of the most successful teams at the school. Junior Jake Miller and freshman Alicia Nelson one the individual title and the girls won the team race at the only home meet of the season. Both teams qualified for state. They didn't place as well as hoped (the boys were 12th and the girls were 14th), but with only one senior graduating from each team, they could be strong again next year.
Loss makes spikers hungry -- Oct. 3
The Bulldog volleyball team nearly pulled off the upset of the season against league winner Battle Mountain. The Huskies hadn't lost a game to a league opponent all season when Moffat beat them 25-20 in the second game. Although the Huskies won 25-17, 20-25, 25-18, 25-23, it showed the Bulldogs they could play with anybody in the WSL.
Fight to the finish -- Oct. 27
The boys soccer team, seeded 31st out of 32 teams in the state playoffs, was behind 2-1 in the 55th minute of the opening round of the state playoffs against eventual state champions Broomfield. The Bulldogs would eventually lose 3-1, but they showed they could hang with the best in the state. The only closer game for the Eagles in the playoffs was a 2-1 win against Mullen in the quarterfinals.
Bulldogs add to Sailors' woes -- Feb. 4
A senior-laden boys basketball squad won its final showdown against rivals Steamboat Springs with a 56-43 win. The win broke a four-game losing streak against the Sailors.
Four records fall at districts -- Feb. 15
The swim team broke four school records on the way to a seventh-place finish at the Western Slope Championships. Sophomores Caitlin and Kelsey Conci broke three records they previously held and joined with senior Ashleigh McDonald and junior Vanessa Murray to set the 200-meter medley record. Both Concis went on to top-eight finishes at the state meet.
Consolations lead to 6th -- Feb. 20
The wrestlers went into the state meet ranked 12th in the state. Wrestle-back performances by junior Brice Boling (fourth), senior Daniel Cramblett (fourth) and junior Nick Navratil (fifth) helped the team to a sixth-place finish. Senior Korey Kostur ended his stellar career with a last-second win against rival Mark Beaudry of Pueblo South. Beaudry had defeated Kostur the first three times the wrestlers had met.
Girls out-hustle Harrison -- March 6
The girls basketball team advanced to the state semifinal for the first time in a decade with a 56-51 win against Harrison. Sophomore Angie Charchalis led the team with 21 points and the Bulldogs hit 10 of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter to win the district title.
Top of the league -- April 26
The baseball team secured its first league title in six years with a sweep of Palisade at home. Kyle Sorensen and Bryan Richards each hit two home runs in a 9-1 and 14-5 sweep of the second-place team in the league. Moffat finished the league season undefeated.
The best ever -- April 28
The girls soccer team set the school record of wins with a 2-0 win against Palisade. The win improved the team to 4-7-0. They went on to win one more game to set the new standard to five wins in a season.
Singing swingers -- May 13
Sophomore Meghan Innes and junior Amber Nicholson spent the week before state golf singing and swinging together at the golf course. The two golfers qualified for the state tournament with top-five finishes at the regional tournament. They went on to finish in a tie for 16 at the state tournament.
The winning wager -- May 22
Four members of the boys track team, seniors Malcolm Hillewaert and Derek Duran, and juniors Jeremy Bird and Sam Weeldreyer, saved the best for last in the season. The quartet teamed up to set the school record in the 1,600-meter relay, the last event of the state meet and the season, and finish sixth. Sophomore Angie Charchalis earned her third and fourth state medals with an eighth-place finish in the 800 and an eighth-place finish in the 3,200 relay with sophomores Jeacey Robinson and Jorgiea Raftopoulos and freshman Alicia Nelson.
The rodeo team won't finish up its season until two weeks from now, but its headline highlight will likely relate to several members going to the National High School Rodeo Finals. Junior Justin Hegwer and seniors Becky White and Kendel Fawcett are close in the standings in several events for a national-qualifying result.
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or firstname.lastname@example.org.