Four Moffat County High School sports teams are in action this weekend.
The varsity girls and boys basketball teams return to conference play today and Saturday, the swim team competes Saturday in Delta, and the wrestling team hits the mats today and Saturday in Wyoming.
The Bulldogs boys basketball team (6-5 overall, 2-0 Western Slope League) hosts the Delta Panthers today and the Palisade Bulldogs on Saturday.
Friday vs. Delta - 7:30 p.m.
Post player Chayton Owens leads Moffat County (6-5 overall). Owens is averaging nearly 20 points per game (18.8) through the team's first 11 games of the season.
Forward Collin Jackson leads three more Bulldogs players who are close to averaging double digits in scoring.
Jackson (10.9 ppg), Kelton Willbanks (8.5 ppg), and point guard Mike Peters (8.5 ppg) each have the ability to change the outcome of a game.
Delta (3-2 overall, 1-1 WSL) is averaging 62.1 ppg while on offense and 59.4 defensively.
The Bulldogs are averaging 59.5 ppg on offense and 55.4 on defense.
Moffat County swept the two-game season series last year, winning, 50-31, at home and, 59-57, in Delta. : The teams have played one common opponent this year - Montrose. The Bulldogs lost, 66-65, to the Indians, as did the Panthers (86-54).
Saturday vs. Palisade - 5:30 p.m.
Moffat County wraps up its three-game home stand Saturday against visiting Palisade (0-10 overall, 0-2 WSL).
Palisade went winless in its seven-game non-conference schedule and started league play 0-3.
Jake Edmiston leads the Palisade offense, averaging 17.7 ppg.
Jeremy Hayden is second on the team in scoring with an 11-ppg average.
Palisade is averaging 48.9 ppg on offense, 63.7 on defense.
The Bulldogs split the two-game season series last year, winning, 72-69, at home and losing, 56-41, in Palisade.
Friday vs. Delta - 6 p.m.
The Bulldogs girls basketball team (5-6 overall, 2-0 Western Slope League) resumes conference play today against visiting Delta and Saturday against visiting Palisade.
Four players average at least five points per game for Moffat County. Courtney Edington (8.7), Ariel Sanchez (6.0), Alicia Nelson (5.5) and Danette Crofts (6.0) each contribute to a balanced Bulldogs attack.
Hannah Roberson (13.3 ppg) and Alicia Gieck (7.9 ppg) lead the Panthers (1-5 overall, 0-2 WSL).
Delta is averaging 39 ppg on offense, 53.8 defensively.
The Bulldogs are averaging 44.1 ppg on offense, 39.8 on defense.
Moffat County swept the two-game season series last year, winning, 83-51, at home and, 83-29, in Delta.
Saturday vs. Palisade - 4 p.m.
Moffat County wraps up its three-game home stand Saturday against visiting Palisade.
Palisade (0-10 overall, 0-2 WSL) has yet to win a game this season, including a 69-21 loss Dec. 18 at Montrose.
Holly Odneal and Kendra Barnes lead the Palisade offense, averaging 13.0 ppg apiece.
Elise Heutzenroeder (12 ppg) give Palisade three players averaging double-digit points.
Palisade is averaging 35.7 ppg on offense, 59.1 on defense.
Moffat County swept the two-game season series last year, winning, 71-34, at home and, 71-31, in Delta.
Saturday at Delta Invite - 9 a.m.
The Bulldogs look to rebound from a last-place finish (fifth) in Gunnison last week.
Moffat County reached the mid-point of its regular season schedule Jan. 3, leaving just three 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."
Senior Cameo Wilson graduated early. Because she no longer is a student at MCHS, she had to withdraw from the team. : Kathrine Cork withdrew from her individual events last week in Gunnison because she was sick. Francone said the junior should be fine when the team hits Delta.
Today and Saturday at Green River (Wyo.) Tournament - TBA
The Bulldogs grapplers hit the road Friday in the team's fifth consecutive road meet.
Coach Roman Gutierrez said the team is settled - as far as weight goes - and all that's left is to get better for regionals.
Green River is the last road event for MCHS, leading into a dual meet against visiting Meeker on Thursday.
MCHS wrestlers by weight (overall record in parenthesis):
103 - Cody Nelson (23-4)
112 - Kye Adams (13-8)
119 - Asay Crofts - (9-8)
125 - Ethan Kinner (24-4)
130 - Charlie Griffiths (25-3)
135 - Nathan Tomlin (24-4)
140 - Matt Linsacum (24-5)
145 - Scott Mann (7-7)
152 - Jesse Breslin (22-5)
160 - Troy Vernon (5-2)
171 - Cody Adams (10-14)
189 - No MCHS competitor
215 - Ben Winslow (4-10)
Hwt. - Halen Raymond (9-7)
Senior Lyle Schaffner, who has been bothered by a case of the West Nile Virus, left the team. : Kye Adams, who already was competing with a broken nose, injured his knee Jan. 9 in Las Vegas. Gutierrez said Adams' status for Green River is questionable.
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