Bulldog girls basketball honored as top scholars

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The Moffat County High School girls basketball team's success reached past the hardwood in the 2006-07 season.

The players were successful in the classroom, too.

In addition to compiling an overall record of 22-3 and advancing to the Sweet 16 of the 4A state tournament, MCHS also was selected as the 2007 Academic Team Champion.

The Bulldog student athletes led all 4A schools with a 3.75 grade point average.

Coach Craig Mortensen said the achievement is a win-win situation for his team.

"That means they are good learners, which helps them on the basketball court," Mortensen said. "You don't have to worry about eligibility issues. We've got some smart girls. I am really proud of the girls. They really work at it."

The veteran coach was unsure how many times MCHS has received the award, but did note that the Bulldogs have been tops in the state in previous years.

"They are very academic conscious," he said. "They are strong kids and great to work with."

William Reader, Colorado High School Activities Association commissioner, announced the winners on behalf of CHSAA, the Denver Post and CBS4.

"This program recognizes those teams and programs that have achieved a high standard in their chosen activities and in the classroom, as well," Reader stated in a press release. "As funding for high school athletics and activities continues to be challenging in our schools, we are going to be held more accountable for our programs. That says a great deal about how important our schools believe the educational component of interscholastic athletics and activities truly are."

Drew Turner can be contacted at 970-824-7031, ext 211, or aturner@craigdailypress.com

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