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21 MCHS DECA competitors headed to state competition in February

Moriah Mecham faced a perplexing problem earlier this month. She was a marketing manager for a potato chip company that faced lagging sales with the younger market, and her task was to find a way to make the snacks appealing to the demographic. In theory, anyway. Mecham, 14, is a Moffat County High School freshman, and the above scenario was a hypothetical situation posed in one of two role-playing assignments during a Distributive Education Clubs of America district competition Dec. 4 and 5 in Aspen. Her role-play performances helped her qualify for a state event Feb. 25 through 28 in Colorado Springs.

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Defensive prowess: MCHS girls basketball buckles down on defense in 40-29 victory

The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team usually wins games with a great offensive performance. On Friday, however, it was the Bulldogs defense that stepped up in the first round of the Black Canyon Classic against Montrose High School. MCHS held Montrose under 10 points in each of the first three quarters and used a well-rounded scoring attack en rout to a 40-29 victory. “It was a very good defensive battle,” head coach Matt Ray said. “It was in your face, you had to move your feet and it was hard to get a shot off on both sides. We had to cut hard and screen hard to get the shot we wanted.”

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The Bolton Bunch: Faith, love, music constants for Craig family

Music is always playing somewhere in John and Teri Bolton’s Craig home — faint, sometimes, but there nonetheless. It drifts down the stairs into a cozy room where John, 43, and his wife, Teri, 41, are recalling their life together, with its allegros and adagios, its peaks and valleys. It’s barely audible when their seven daughters talk over each other, their voices melding like instruments in a symphony. “Well, I was really good looking and kind of smart,” John said, laughing, when asked what brought he and his wife together. “He had big glasses,” one of his daughters quipped. “… They were huge.”

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Craig teen writes, directs church Christmas play

Grace. The word is an important part of any Christian church, and it’s an element of faith Janna Thompson wants people to associate with the holiday season. “It’s the greatest gift, better than any Christmas present,” Thompson said. But, rather than telling people about the importance of God’s grace, she’ll be showing them. Thompson is the writer and director of “We Three Nails,” a Christmas play set to debut at 6 p.m. Sunday at The Journey at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth St.

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MCHS boys basketball falls, 78-51, in Montrose

Eric Hamilton, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s head coach, said the Bulldogs played their best quarter of the season to open Friday’s game against Montrose High School. However in the second quarter, the team collapsed and was outscored 27-7, eventually falling, 78-51, in the opening round of the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School. “We had nine turnovers in the first quarter, but it was still 15-13 and we had a good attack against the press,” Hamilton said. “In the second quarter, we fell apart and we had no teamwork. They switched to a man-to-man (defense) and it was just a horrible quarter.”

Publisher's Notebook: About that editorial ...

We’ve received plenty of feedback here at the Craig Daily Press regarding Wednesday’s editorial about sports and coaching performances at Moffat County High School, so much that I felt it necessary to explain a bit more about the opinion conveyed. These opinion pages are designed to share and create dialogue, and with those goals in mind, we believe Wednesday’s opinion was a success. The newspaper’s opinion — note that Wednesday’s editorial was the work of newspaper representatives, not the editorial board — attempts to convey feelings and views of our staffers and sentiments we’ve heard in the community. We believe Wednesday’s opinion provided an accurate viewpoint of the feelings many in our community have regarding the current state of athletics at MCHS, as well as expectations overall on the court, field of play and in the classroom.

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Sudoku for Dec. 17, 2011

Sudoku for Dec. 17, 2011

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Comics for Dec. 17, 2011

Comics for Dec. 17, 2011

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Crossword puzzle for Dec. 17, 2011

Crossword puzzle for Dec. 17, 2011

Horoscope for Dec. 17, 2011

You love teaming up with others, which makes you a perfect candidate for partnership situations. Some of the arrangements you make in the coming months may be the best you'll ever experience. Make the most of it.