Moffat County High School senior Danielle Kawcak takes a shot Thursday during practice drills. The girls and boys basketball teams will be squaring off today against visiting Glenwood Springs.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Moffat County High School senior Danielle Kawcak takes a shot Thursday during practice drills. The girls and boys basketball teams will be squaring off today against visiting Glenwood Springs.

Crunch time for Moffat teams

— Throw out standings, points per game averages and home-court advantages.

This weekend it's all about picking up the "W" for Moffat County sports teams.

It's win or go home time for two winter sports teams - wrestling and hockey - while diver Genna Bradley looks to claim a gold medal in the swimming state finals.

The wrestling team hits the mats Friday in Montrose for the state regional tournament, with state finals berths on the line.

The boys and girls basketball teams face conference rival Glenwood Springs, then turn around and head to Rifle on Saturday.

Boys basketball

Friday vs. Glenwood Springs - 7:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs, 8-2, and sitting in third place in the Western Slope League, host league No. 2 Glenwood Springs (9-1) on Friday in a game that has league championship, as well as playoff seeding, implications.

With four games remaining until the postseason begins, the Bulldogs need to beat the Demons if they are to have a shot at the WSL title.

Glenwood enters having won 11 of its past 12 games, while the Bulldogs are on a three-game win streak.

Notes:

The Demons won, 72-62, on Jan. 23 in Glenwood Springs.

Saturday at Rifle - 5:30 p.m.

Rifle (3-7 league) would love nothing more than to avenge the 34-point loss the Bulldogs hung on them Jan. 24 at MCHS.

A win Friday could push the Bulldogs confidence level higher than it already is. If the Bulldogs lose Friday, look for Rifle to try to take advantage of what could be a wounded MCHS unit.

Class 4A Western Slope League standings

Team Conf. Overall

Steamboat Springs 10-0 14-4

Glenwood Springs 9-1 13-6

Moffat County 8-2 12-7

Delta 4-6 6-8

Rifle 3-7 7-11

Battle Mountain 3-7 3-15

Palisade 2-8 2-17

Eagle Valley 1-9 3-16

Girls basketball

Friday vs. Glenwood Springs - 6 p.m.

The Bulldogs and Demons have split the Western Slope League regular season title the past two years. Both teams are 9-1 in the league, but the Bulldogs' 53-36 victory Jan. 23 in Glenwood gives them the tiebreaker. A win tonight and MCHS won't have to share the title for a third consecutive season.

Saturday at Rifle - 4 p.m.

Rifle (8-2 WSL) enters Saturday's match up on a three-game win streak, and a win against the Bulldogs could tighten an already close race toward the league title. Moffat County sent the Bears to their first league loss Jan. 24 with a decisive 58-47 win.

Class 4A Western Slope League standings

Team Conf. Overall

Glenwood Springs 9-1 14-3

Moffat County 9-1 12-7

Rifle 8-2 13-5

Palisade 5-6 5-15

Eagle Valley 4-4 6-10

Steamboat Springs 3-7 6-12

Delta 3-7 4-11

Battle Mountain 0-11 0-20

Hockey

Saturday vs. Kremmling - 9:30 p.m.

Sunday vs. Kremmling - 8 p.m.

Sunday vs. Kremmling - 9:30 p.m. (if necessary)

The road to the Frozen Four starts Saturday at Moffat County Ice Arena for the Bulldog Hockey Club.

Moffat County hosts the Kremmling Cattle Kings in a best two-out-of-three format.

The fourth-seeded Bulldogs dropped their final two regular season games Feb. 7 to the No. 5 seed Cattle Kings.

The Bulldogs are 1-2 against Kremmling this season, but it's the games this weekend that count.

Coach Gene Carson said the team will be at full strength for the first time this season, and that last weekend's results against the Cattle Kings means nothing when the puck drops Saturday evening.

Colorado Amateur Hockey Association - Midget Major A

Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League playoff pairings.

(seeding in parenthesis)

Durango (1) vs. Gunnison B (8)

Gunnison A (2) vs. Steamboat (7)

Grand Valley A (3) vs. Crested Butte (6)

Moffat County (4) vs. Kremmling (5)

Swimming

Friday and Saturday at state championships - TBA

No MCHS swimmer qualified for this weekend's state swimming championships, but the team is traveling anyway.

Teammate and Steamboat Springs resident Genna Bradley is the lone Bulldog qualifier and the rest of the team is traveling to cheer her on.

Bradley finished seventh last season as a sophomore and is looking to dive into the top 3 this week. That's possible considering four divers that finished higher than her in 2008 graduated last year.

Bradley also has been working on a "secret weapon" dive, which she plans to unveil this weekend.

Wrestling

Today at Montrose - state regional tournament

Saturday at Montrose - state regional tournament

A season's worth of hard work comes down to two days of competition in Montrose.

State championship bids are on the line for the Bulldog grapplers, and it doesn't look to be easy.

Moffat County competes in arguably the toughest region - Region No. 3.

Battle Mountain, Delta, Eagle Valley, Glenwood Springs, Montezuma-Cortez, Montrose, Mullen, Palisade, Palmer Ridge, Rifle, Roosevelt, Steamboat Springs, Summit, Thomas Jefferson, Valor Christian and Vista Ridge will be competing to place grapplers in the top four to advance to the state finals beginning Feb. 20 in Denver.

MCHS individual varsity records:

Charlie Griffiths 40-4

Cody Nelson 36-4

Jesse Breslin 37-6

Matt Linsacum 29-10

Nathan Tomlin 27-4

Cody Adams 21-19

Troy Vernon 19-5

Scott Mann 16-8

Halen Raymond 14-7

Kye Adams 14-9

A. C. Crofts 11-14

Todd Stewart 10-12

Ben Winslow 11-19

Brent Juergens 2-3

Nate Moon 2-11

Jake Blevins 1-7

Overall individual record: 329-156 (187 pins)

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