Moffat County High School basketball coaches, from left, Craig Mortensen and Matt Ray bandage seniors, from left, Lindsey Yoast, Jessi Moser and Amanda Snyder. The seniors were taped up during Monday’s girls basketball team dinner because coach Craig Mortensen said the trio was constantly playing through pain.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Moffat County High School basketball coaches, from left, Craig Mortensen and Matt Ray bandage seniors, from left, Lindsey Yoast, Jessi Moser and Amanda Snyder. The seniors were taped up during Monday’s girls basketball team dinner because coach Craig Mortensen said the trio was constantly playing through pain.

MCHS girls basketball team celebrates at end-of-season banquet

Awards from Monday’s dinner

Academic all-state honors

• Jessi Moser — senior

• Amanda Snyder — senior

• Lindsey Yoast — senior

• Nike Cleverly — junior

• Justine Hathhorn — junior

• Britteny Ivers* — junior

• Maddy Jourgensen — junior

• Callie Papoulas — junior

• Lauren Roberts — junior

  • All-academic honorable mention

Western Slope League all-conference team

• Amanda Snyder* — senior

• Lauren Roberts — junior

• Melissa Camilletti* — sophomore

• Annie Sadvar — sophomore

  • Honorable mention

Since Craig Mortensen started coaching the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team, there has always been one thing he hasn’t fretted over.

“I have never had to worry about a player being ineligible because of academics,” he said Monday night during the team’s end-of-season dinner at Craig Middle School.

His words came on the same night seniors Amanda Snyder, Jessi Moser and Lindsey Yoast, along with juniors Nike Cleverly, Justine Hathhorn, Maddy Jourgensen, Callie Papoulas and Lauren Roberts were recognized for making the Colorado High School Activities Association all-academic first team.

Junior Britteny Ivers was named to the all-academic honorable mention team.

A grade-point average of 3.30 to 3.59 is required to make the all-academic honorable mention team, and a GPA of 3.60 or higher is needed to make the first team.

Although the state no longer names an all-academic champion, Mortensen said the Bulldogs would be candidates to reclaim the title for a third time in four years if the honor was still in place.

The dinner marked the end to what Mortensen called “a different sort of year.”

With only a few returning players and no returning starters, Mortensen said it was an unprecedented year.

“We finished with a record of 12-13, which may not seem too impressive,” he said. “But, this team progressed more than any team I have coached before.”

Mortensen said it was also the year of the injury.

“We only had one practice where every girl on the team was able to play,” he said.

Despite the injuries, the team again found its way to the postseason.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Bulldogs defeated John F. Kennedy High School, 43-38, at home.

In the second round, the Bulldogs fell to No. 1 seeded Centaurus High School, 56-36.

For their strong work on the court, sophomore Annie Sadvar and Roberts were named to the all-conference first team, and sophomore Melissa Camilletti and Snyder were chosen as all-conference honorable mentions.

Mortensen also acknowledged team managers Jordan McLeslie, Erika Dilldine, Danielle Knez and Kristina McLeslie.

The dinner also celebrated successful years for the junior varsity and freshman teams.

The junior varsity team was able to cope with injuries by playing the entire roster, coach Matt Ray said.

“The JV team progressed all year,” Ray said. “We had a big group this year, but we were able to get everyone in. Everybody who suited up for JV played.”

The freshman girls team finished the year with a perfect, 19-0, mark.

Coach Norm Yoast said the team’s success was not a surprise to him.

“Everything we asked these girls to do, they did,” he said. “We would throw a challenge at them, and they would respond.

“There was a lot of offense to pick up, and they picked it up fast. I expect to see good things from them next year.”

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