Moffat County High School varsity basketball seniors pose after practice Wednesday night at the MCHS gym. Pictured, from left to right, are Andrew Raftopoulos on Jordan Wilson’s back, Pablo Salcido, Brian Ivy and Jeremiah Gordon. The five seniors will lead the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. today in Eagle Valley, their last game as MCHS hoopsters.

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Moffat County High School varsity basketball seniors pose after practice Wednesday night at the MCHS gym. Pictured, from left to right, are Andrew Raftopoulos on Jordan Wilson’s back, Pablo Salcido, Brian Ivy and Jeremiah Gordon. The five seniors will lead the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. today in Eagle Valley, their last game as MCHS hoopsters.

MCHS boys basketball team preparing to send off seniors

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For the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s five seniors, one game left in the regular season might mean one last game in Bulldogs blue.

“I had a good time while it lasted,” MCHS senior Jordan Wilson said. “But every good thing has to come to an end.”

The end could come Friday in Eagle Valley, when the Bulldogs square off against the Devils.

The Bulldogs (5-17 overall, 3-10 in the Western Slope League) beat Eagle Valley (4-18, 1-12 in the WSL) on Jan. 8 in the first league game of the year.

The team, which is currently seventh in league, has a small chance of making the state playoffs.

Without a postseason berth, Friday will be the last game for MCHS’ Wilson, Brian Ivy, Pablo Salcido, Andrew Raftopoulos and Jeremiah Gordon.

It also could be the last game for coach Steve Maneotis, who will resign at season’s end.

MCHS is coming off a 60-51 loss Tuesday to Steamboat Springs at home.

Senior Pablo Salcido scored 15 points against the Sailors.

“It was fun while it lasted, but it went by quick,” Salcido said about his time on the MCHS basketball court.

Picking a favorite moment while playing for Moffat County was easy for Salcido.

“My full court shot, sophomore year,” he said. “I just threw it up, and it went in.”

“I was right behind him, and I was like, ‘It’s good,’” Wilson added.

For Andrew Raftopoulos, his senior year was made better by the additions of his brother, Zach, and cousin, Angelo, to the team, he said.

The worst part was the brevity.

“It all went by fast,” he said. “It was fun while it lasted, and I’ll probably miss it next year, too.”

Brian Ivy said he would miss his time practicing with teammates.

But with one game remaining, the forward still has one goal left.

“It was fun,” he said. “I just want to dunk once.”

The highlight of Ivy’s year was his Feb. 12 performance in Glenwood Springs.

“I had a double-double with 17 (points) and 10 (rebounds),” he said.

Jeremiah Gordon cited his Jan. 26 game in Steamboat Springs as the highlight of his varsity career.

“It went by really fast,” he said about his four years playing for the Bulldogs. “I had a good time, just being able to joke around, have fun.”

For Wilson, his fondest hoops memory will be his breakout performance Jan. 22 against visiting Glenwood Springs.

“I had 30 points against Glenwood,” he said. “Hitting the two big threes in that game — I’m not supposed to take threes, but I still do.”

There was one thing Wilson will miss the most when his season ends.

“I’ll miss playing here,” he said. “Making everyone a fan of me. Making people proud.”

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

Comments

Vermillion 4 years, 10 months ago

This is an interesting story. I heard that the reason that Steve was forced to resign was that the players "weren't having fun." Is there a problem between parent-child communication? Or are the parents not having fun because the players aren't winning enough games and their egos are bruised?

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