Top left: Senior Chayton Owens dunks Monday during boys basketball practice. Top right: Senior Ariel Sanchez works on her dribbling skills last month during girls basketball practice. Bottom left: Sophomore Mary Penner competes Saturday in the 100-meter freestyle. Bottom right: Bulldog wrestling coach Mark Voloshin addresses the team Wednesday during practice.

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Top left: Senior Chayton Owens dunks Monday during boys basketball practice. Top right: Senior Ariel Sanchez works on her dribbling skills last month during girls basketball practice. Bottom left: Sophomore Mary Penner competes Saturday in the 100-meter freestyle. Bottom right: Bulldog wrestling coach Mark Voloshin addresses the team Wednesday during practice.

MCHS back in action this weekend

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— Four Moffat County High School athletic teams are in action this weekend.

The varsity girls and boys basketball teams begin conference play Friday, the wrestling team heads to Nevada to compete in the annual Las Vegas Invitational, and the girls swimming team travels south to compete in a meet in Gunnison.

Boys basketball

Friday at Eagle Valley - 7:30 p.m.

The Bulldog boys basketball team faces the Devils on Friday in both teams' Western Slope League opener.

Post player Chayton Owens leads Moffat County (4-4 overall). Owens is averaging nearly 20 points per game through the team's first eight non-league games of the season.

Power forward Kelton Willbanks leads three more Bulldog players who are close to averaging double digits in scoring.

Willbanks (9.6 ppg), small forward Collin Jackson (8.8 ppg) and point guard Mike Peters (8.6 ppg) each have the firepower to change the outcome of a game.

Ceasar Castillo and Willie Magdziuk, who are each averaging 11.5 ppg, lead the Devils.

Eagle Valley is averaging 45.9 ppg while on offense and 75.4 defensively - including an 80-point loss Tuesday at Lake County (101-21).

The Bulldogs are averaging 57.6 ppg on offense, 57.8 on defense.

Notes:

Moffat County swept the two-game season series last year, winning, 54-51, at home and, 76-61, at Eagle Valley.

Saturday at Battle Mountain - 5:30 p.m.

Moffat County wraps up its two-game road trip Saturday at Battle Mountain High School.

The Huskies (0-7 overall) were winless in their seven-game non-conference schedule, including a 43-point defeat Dec. 20 vs. Grand Junction Central (70-27).

Mitch Cooley leads the Battle Mountain offense, averaging 12.3 ppg.

Robert Weiss (11.3 ppg) and Parker Lathrop (9.3 ppg) are close behind.

The Huskies are averaging 45.7 ppg on offense, 68.1 on defense.

Notes:

The Bulldogs swept the two-game season series last year, winning, 71-69, at home and, 60-55, at Battle Mountain.

Girls basketball

Friday at Eagle Valley - 6 p.m.

The Bulldog girls basketball opens Western Slope League play Friday at Eagle Valley.

Four players average at least five points per game for Moffat County (3-5 overall). Courtney Edington (8.7 ppg), Ariel Sanchez (6.0 ppg), Alicia Nelson (5.5 ppg) and Danette Crofts (6.0 ppg) each contribute to a balanced Bulldog attack.

Kacey Blair (9.1 ppg) and Yvette Parra (7.9 ppg) lead the Devils (2-6 overall).

Eagle Valley is averaging 41.1 ppg on offense, 57.9 defensively - including a 35-point victory Dec. 6 at Aspen (65-30).

The Bulldogs are averaging 39.3 ppg on offense, 45.8 on defense, including a 48-point loss Dec. 12 at Grandview (78-30).

Notes:

Moffat County swept the two-game season series last year, winning, 72-18, at home and, 73-33, at Eagle Valley.

Saturday at Battle Mountain - 4 p.m.

Moffat County wraps up its two-game road trip Saturday at Battle Mountain High School.

The Huskies (0-9 overall) were winless in their seven-game non-conference schedule, including a 68-point defeat Dec. 13 at Grand Junction Central (78-10).

Kenia Olivas leads the Battle Mountain offense, averaging 6.8 ppg.

The Huskies are averaging 19 ppg on offense and 62.8 on defense.

Notes:

The Bulldogs swept the two-game season series last year by a combined score of 157-48. : Moffat County won, 70-21, at home and, 87-27, at Battle Mountain.

Swimming

Saturday at Gunnison Invite - 10 a.m.

The Bulldogs swimming team is coming off its first meet win of the season and looks to carry that success to Gunnison on Saturday.

Moffat County reached the mid point of its regular season schedule Saturday, leaving just four meets - not including regionals Feb. 5 and 6 in Durango - to qualify for the season-ending state championships.

Diver Genna Bradley is the lone Bulldogs qualifier so far, but several Moffat County swimmers are close to reaching their goal.

"A lot of the girls are meeting their preseason goals," coach Meghan Francone said. "But we're still working on the big goal - getting to state."

The Bulldogs will compete against Gunnison, Delta, Montrose and Central/Palisade in the event.

Notes:

Bradley won the dive-only meet Wednesday in Gunnison. Her score of 310 points once again eclipsed the 300 needed to qualify for state and was more than 40 points higher than the next closest competitor.

Wrestling

Friday/Saturday at Las Vegas Invitational - TBA

The Bulldog grapplers hit the road Thursday in the team's annual trip to Nevada to compete in the Las Vegas Invitational high school wrestling meet.

The tournament is the midpoint of the Bulldogs' schedule, and wrestlers who weigh in Friday must stay at that weight for the remainder of the season.

MCHS wrestlers by weight (previous weight in parenthesis):

103 Cody Nelson

112 Kye Adams

119 Asay Crofts

125 Ethan Kinner (130)

130 Charlie Griffiths (135)

135 Nathan Tomlin (145)

140 Matt Linsacum

145 Scott Mann (152)

152 Jesse Breslin (160)

160 Troy Vernon

171 Cody Adams

189 No MCHS competitor

215 Ben Winslow

Hwt. Halen Raymond

Notes:

Ethan Kinner, Charlie Griffiths, Nathan Tomlin, Scott Mann and Jesse Breslin have shifted in weight. : Senior Lyle Schaffner, who has been bothered by a case of the West Nile Virus, left the team. : Vernon is returning from a dislocated shoulder injury suffered at the beginning of the season. : Kye Adams will compete with a plastic facemask this weekend to protect his broken nose. : Tomlin (bruised femur) and Breslin (knee) will compete with lingering injuries, as well.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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