Editorial: Appreciating athletic achievements

Craig Editorial Board, Jan. to March 2012

  • Al Cashion, community representative
  • Jeff Pleasant, community representative
  • Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
  • Bridget Manley, newspaper representative
  • Chris Nichols, community representative
  • Josh Roberts, newspaper representative

Our View

As the fall sports season winds down, it’s time to recognize the accomplishments of our local athletes for seasons just ended, and hopefully for some, playoff seasons just beginning.

It’s been a notable fall sports season for Moffat County High School teams, as well as a couple of them up north.

On the gridiron, the Bulldogs are making a late-season push for the playoffs. The football team stands 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the challenging Western Slope League.

Our boys, winners of three straight, including an upset victory over then league-leading Rifle, can inch closer to the second season Friday, when they face rival Steamboat Springs.

But, perhaps the football team is only the third-most impressive MCHS sports squad this fall.

The soccer team recently ended perhaps the most successful season in the program’s history by making the playoffs, going 11-5 overall. Although the team lost in the first round of the playoffs, the team’s showing this season did the school and the community proud.

Next comes the cross-country teams.

At Saturday’s state meet, the Bulldogs added to the running program’s strong tradition with an eighth-place team finish for the boys and 12th-place team finish for the girls. This comes on top of commendable individual performances by Chris Zirkle, Alfredo Lebron and Maddy Jourgensen.

Our volleyball team didn’t fare so well this year, a season of transition for the program, but there’s hope for the future with returning players and a second year under new coaches.

All in all, our community is lucky to have the athletic programs it does, the Editorial Board contends.

Our student-athletes sacrifice much to compete for the name on the front of their jerseys, and board members don’t want those athletes to believe their contributions go unnoticed.

It’s never wise to take lightly the prospect of representing one’s community and school, and Editorial Board members are pleased that, apparently, our student-athletes are schooled very well in this by their coaches and parents.

They’re a credit to the community, and deserve thanks for their efforts.

But, the achievements of MCHS teams aren’t the only ones board members praised at its Monday meeting.

There’s a small school up north, in Baggs, Wyo., making some noise.

The Little Snake River Valley volleyball team made the playoffs, an accomplishment in its own right, but it’s the school’s six-man football team that’s raising eyebrows.

After a lengthy absence, the football program was revived last season in Baggs. This season, the program could be hanging a championship banner.

The Rattlers are undefeated and a favorite to win a state championship. They’re preparing for a second-round playoff games at 1 p.m. Saturday in Baggs.

Editorial Board members are impressed by the program’s quick resurgence, but more so by the town’s passion and support of the players and school.

It’s not that board members are envious — we’re Bulldogs first, after all — but it is refreshing to see good things happen to our neighbors across the state line.

And, the board is most impressed by another characteristic of the Baggs community: like us, the players and coaches seem to place the ideals of respect, hard work and good sportsmanship first, a winning combination, indeed.

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