Moffat County swimmer Mary Penner competes in the 50-meter freestyle Jan. 3 during the Bulldogs Invite. The girls swim team is one of five MCHS winter sports teams in action this weekend.

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Moffat County swimmer Mary Penner competes in the 50-meter freestyle Jan. 3 during the Bulldogs Invite. The girls swim team is one of five MCHS winter sports teams in action this weekend.

Weekend sports preview: Postseason is just around the corner


Each of the five varsity Moffat County sports team are in action this weekend.

The wrestling and swimming teams' schedules are coming to a close, the Bulldogs Hockey Club looks to clinch a Frozen Four berth, and the boys and girls basketball teams host Battle Mountain in a rematch of their Jan. 10 doubleheader in Gypsum.

Boys basketball:

Friday vs. Battle Mountain - 7:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs (9-7 overall, 5-2 Western Slope League) look to rebound from a season-low point total in Tuesday's loss at Steamboat Springs (44-32).

Moffat County hosts the perfect opponent for a rebound game Friday, when the Huskies (2-12 overall, 2-5 WSL) visit.

Post player Chayton Owens leads the Moffat County offense, averaging 19.1 points per game.

Small forward Collin Jackson (10.2 ppg), power forward Kelton Willbanks (9.4 ppg), shooting guard Thomas Noble (7.8 ppg) and point guard Mike Peters (7.7 ppg) round out the Bulldogs' starting five.

Mitch Cooley (12.7 ppg) and Parker Lathrop (9.0 ppg) lead the Battle Mountain offense.

The Huskies are averaging 47.6 ppg while on offense and 64.9 on defense.

The Bulldogs are averaging 61.4 ppg on offense and 54.1 on defense.


Moffat County won the first meeting between the two teams this season, 71-44, on Jan 10 at Battle Mountain.

Class 4A Western Slope League standings:

Team Conf. Overall

Steamboat Springs 7-0 11-4

Glenwood Springs 6-1 10-6

Moffat County 5-2 9-7

Rifle 3-4 7-8

Delta 3-4 5-6

Battle Mountain 2-5 2-12

Palisade 2-5 2-13

Eagle Valley 0-7 2-14

Girls basketball:

Friday vs. Battle Mountain - 6 p.m.

Moffat County (9-7 overall, 6-1 Western Slope League) has won four consecutive league games to vault to the top spot in the league standings, including wins against previously undefeated Rifle and Glenwood Springs.

Starters Courtney Edington (9.2 ppg), Ariel Sanchez (9.0 ppg), Alicia Nelson (8.1 ppg), Danette Crofts (5.5 ppg) and Kylie Bauman (4.5 ppg) each contribute to a balanced Bulldogs attack.

Kenia Olivas (7.7 ppg) and Adriana Morken (5.1 ppg) lead the Huskies.

Battle Mountain is averaging 22.3 ppg on offense, while allowing the opposition 62.8 ppg during its 16-game losing streak.

The Bulldogs are averaging 48.1 ppg on offense, 42.8 on defense.


The Bulldogs prevailed, 73-19, Jan. 10 at Battle Mountain.

Class 4A Western Slope League standings:

Team Conf. Overall

Moffat County 6-1 9-7

Glenwood Springs 6-1 11-3

Rifle 5-2 10-5

Eagle Valley 4-3 6-9

Palisade 3-4 3-12

Steamboat Springs 2-5 5-10

Delta 2-5 3-9

Battle Mountain 0-7 0-16


The Moffat County Bulldogs Hockey Club visits rival Steamboat Springs on Friday night.

Friday at Steamboat - 8:45 p.m.

The Bulldogs lead Steamboat by five points in the league standings with three regular season games remaining.

A win Friday would all but wrap up the final postseason spot for the Bulldogs.

A loss, and the road to the Frozen Four would get bumpy.

Steamboat winger Vladen Chase is fourth in the league in scoring with a team-high 16 goals and 11 assists, totaling 27 points.

Teammates Clayton Patrick (12 goals, 13 assists - 25 points) and Connor Birch (14 goals, 10 assists - 24 points) are close behind.

Moffat County center Colt Criswell recorded 8 points last weekend against Crested Butte, improving to fourth in the league with 32 points (19 goals, 13 assists).

Moffat County goaltender Spencer Wayman has a league-best seven wins, is third in goals against average (2.00) and earned his second shutout of the season last weekend.

Steamboat goalie Sean Kuusinen is 5-1-1, with one shutout and a 2.29 gaa.

Colorado Amateur Hockey Association - Midget Major A

Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League Standings:

Team Name W L T PTS

Gunnison A 14 1 1 29

Durango 12 1 1 25

Grand Valley A 12 4 1 25

Moffat County 9 5 3 21

Steamboat 7 4 2 16

Crested Butte 5 8 0 10

Kremmling 5 9 0 10

Telluride 4 12 0 8

Gunnison B 2 11 2 6

Grand Valley B 0 15 0 0

(top four advance to playoffs)


Friday at Glenwood Invite - 3:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs compete Saturday in Glenwood Springs in the team's final regular season meet, leaving two meets - including the state regionals Feb. 6 and 7 in Durango - to qualify for the state finals.

Steamboat Springs resident Genna Bradley is the lone Bulldogs swimmer to achieve the season-ending mark.

Fellow Steamboat resident Emma Lichtenfels, who is three seconds away from qualifying in the 100-yard breaststroke, passed her weekly physical and was cleared to resume competing in the event.

"We want to work on achieving some personal bests," coach Meghan Francone said about her weekend expectations. "We are hoping to rebound (from last week's showing in Aspen) in Glenwood."

4A State qualifying times:

200-yard medley relay 2:05.00

200-yard freestyle 2:08.80

200-yard individual medley 2:26.00

50-yard freestyle 26.60

1-meter diving 300*

100-yard butterfly 1:06.50

100-yard freestyle 58.30

500-yard freestyle 5:48.00

200-yard freestyle relay 1:51.00

100-yard backstroke 1:07.00

100-yard breaststroke 1:15.30

400-yard freestyle relay 4:06.00

* denotes state qualification standards met


Today's match at Eagle Valley is the second-to-last regular season meet for the Bulldogs.

Today at Eagle Valley (dual) - 6 p.m.

The Bulldogs visit the Devils in one of the team's two final tune-ups before the state regional tournament begins Feb. 13 in Montrose.

Sophomore Cody Nelson hasn't lost a match in four consecutive weeks after Saturday's 5-0 record in Rifle and has moved into second place on the team with 35 wins.

Moffat County welcomes back two varsity wrestlers this week, as senior Ethan Kinner (back spasms) and junior Nathan Tomlin (concussion) return from injuries.

But the team still isn't 100 percent healthy.

Junior Halen Raymond (shoulder), senior Matt Linsacum (sick) and sophomore Kye Adams (knee) are recovering from injuries and will not participate this week.

When asked what he hopes his team will achieve this week, coach Roman Gutierrez laughed and said, "We just want to keep everybody healthy. That's the best thing that we can do."

MCHS individual records:

Charlie Griffiths 37-4

Cody Nelson 35-4

Jesse Breslin 34-6

Matt Linsacum 28-9

Nathan Tomlin 24-4

Ethan Kinner 24-4

Cody Adams 19-18

Troy Vernon 16-5

Halen Raymond 14-7

Scott Mann 14-7

Kye Adams 13-8

A. C. Crofts 11-12

Todd Stewart 10-12

Ben Winslow 9-18

Brent Juergens 2-3

Nate Moon 2-11

Jake Blevins 1-7

Overall individual record: 305-149


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