Seniors looking for final home floor win

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A season that began with four seniors on the roster and high hopes for a postseason push morphed into a series of frustrating losses for the Moffat County High School boys basketball team.

The seniors -- Evan Hertzog, Andrew Drake and Kaleb McKey -- even lost one of their own during this rough season when Andrew Magas went down with a season-ending injury.

Still, the triumvirate hasn't called it quits.

Though they will end their high school careers without a trip to the postseason, the seniors can earn a final home court victory at 8 tonight against Eagle Valley.

The Bulldogs enter the game with a 3-11 Western Slope record and 5-16 overall.

With the season coming to a close, the seniors said they will miss the camaraderie and memories of being with their teammates, and reflected on their time spent on the court together.

Drake recalled his junior year when the underdog Bulldogs defeated rival Steamboat Springs at home.

"To beat our rivals when we weren't having our greatest year was awesome," he said.

McKey was unable to pinpoint one specific game or memorable moment, but instead viewed his overall career fondly.

"I loved all the games where the gym was so loud you could barely hear anything," McKey said. "Just that feeling of being on the court."

Hertzog didn't hesitate recall a game he'll never forget.

The Bulldogs trailed Ever--green by 18 points at halftime, cut the lead to four by the end of the third and concluded the comeback with a one point win over the state's third-ranked team.

"My dad had passed away four months before the game, and I know I will always remember that night," Hertzog said.

Coach Scott Parker said all four members of the 2007 class are hard working and have given much to the program.

"I will definitely miss their possibilities," Parker said.

The seniors have each targeted a future away from the court.

Drake, who played quarterback for the Bulldog football team, hopes to attend Sterling College in Sterling, Kan., to continue his football career. He is considering studying biology and sports management.

McKey, a 6-foot-8 center, has narrowed his post-MCHS choices to either the University of Denver or Colorado State University. He said he is interested in biomedical engineering.

Hertzog, a 6-foot guard, has his sights set on the University of Wyoming, and desires to enter the field of kinesiology and/or health promotion.

He said he would like to eventually enter physical therapy school.

Drew Turner can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or aturner@craigdailypress.com.

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