Coltin Nielson, 14, passes during Craig Middle School eighth-grade basketball practice Tuesday night. The Bulldogs were scheduled to play Tuesday against Hayden, however, the game was postponed until Friday. The team will face Steamboat Springs Middle School at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at CMS.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Coltin Nielson, 14, passes during Craig Middle School eighth-grade basketball practice Tuesday night. The Bulldogs were scheduled to play Tuesday against Hayden, however, the game was postponed until Friday. The team will face Steamboat Springs Middle School at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at CMS.

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Season schedule

Craig Middle School boys basketball schedule

Time Date

Opponent

4:30 p.m. Thursday-X

Steamboat Springs Middle School

4:30 p.m. Friday

Hayden Middle School

4:30 p.m. Nov. 5-X

West Grand Middle School

4:30 p.m. Nov. 6

Steamboat Springs Middle School

9 a.m. Nov. 7

Rangely Middle School

4 p.m. Nov. 10-X

Rawlins Middle School

4:30 p.m. Nov. 12

Little Snake River Valley School

5 p.m. Nov. 13

South Routt County

9 a.m. Nov. 14-X

Barone (Meeker) Middle School

4 p.m. Nov. 20-X

Little Snake River Valley School

9 a.m. Nov. 21-X

Rangely Middle School-X

4:30 p.m. Nov. 23

Hayden Middle School-X

9 a.m. Dec. 5

District tournament-X

(-X denotes home games)

With one game played already, David Grabowski, Craig Middle School eighth-grade basketball coach, can already see what his team's potential strength will be.

"One thing this group does well is take constructive criticism," he said. "They make adjustments, and they put our advice into action. That will only benefit them as the season goes on because they will learn more."

The CMS A team fell, 25-19, on Saturday to Barone Middle School in Meeker, but Grabowski isn't worried with the early season results.

"It's still early - we've only had 10 days to practice," he said. "We're building on a lot of things. We've been working mainly on fundamentals."

Thorin Jackson, 13, is a center for the eighth-grade team.

He said his team would have to keep working hard if it wants to be successful this year.

"I think we're going to do really good," he said. "There are just a few key elements we need to work on."

Those elements include shooting and boxing out, Thorin said.

Thorin said his team used Meeker as a measuring stick.

"They are probably the best team in the conference," he said. "And they only beat us by a few baskets."

Grabowski said the offense would evolve as the season wears on.

"We're going to try to keep it simple, then add more and more plays after more games," he said. "With any middle school team, the focus will be on fundamentals while letting everyone learn the game."

Coaching the Bulldogs are Grabowski and Jeff Simon at the eighth-grade level, and Justin Folley and Drew Morris for the seventh-grade squad.

With more than 20 players at the eighth-grade level, spread out on an A team and B team, Grabowski said he had the usual number of athletes.

That isn't the only number that typically stays the same, Grabowski said.

"Every year is usually the same," he said. "We get two or three kids around six feet tall, and the rest are five and a half or so. It always works out like that."

Guard Kelly Campbell, 14, said his team was already further along than it was last season.

"I thought we played pretty good," he said. "For our first game, we played well. We didn't play as well in our first game last year.

"This team needs to bond. We need to work on everything, but we'll be better if we can bond together. If we can do that, we'll be first in the conference."

Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or bbulkeley@craigdailypress.com.

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