Sports Briefs for June 9: MCHS girls basketball to host games Tuesday in Craig

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The Moffat County High School girls basketball team is playing a total of 34 games this summer, and will host a mini-tournament of sorts at MCHS next week.

Head coach Matt Ray said the tournament is a means of getting players on the court in game situations.

The Bulldogs will be facing all local competition from Hayden High School, Little Snake River Valley High School in Baggs, Wyo., and Steamboat Springs High School.

The Bulldogs basketball team is moving down from Class 4A to 3A this season and Ray wants to get as much work as possible in during June and July before volleyball season begins and some players are unavailable.

The team is playing all over Northwest Colorado this summer.

Legacy High School player named Gatorade Softball Player of the Year

Rainey Gaffin was named the 2011-12 Gatorade Colorado Softball Player of the Year by Gatorade and ESPNHS on June 6.

It was her second straight year winning the award.

Gaffin, a senior pitcher from Legacy High School in Broomfield, led her team to its fifth consecutive Class 5A state championship this season.

On the mound, she posted a 22-2 record with a 1.74 earned run average.

She also batted .591 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI.

Gaffin has won several awards this season.

She garnered MVP honors at the Class 5A state tournament, was a First Team All-State selection and was named All-Colorado Player of the Year by The Denver Post.

Gaffin earned a 3.37 GPA and helped create a reading program for local elementary school children in her area.

She has signed to play with the University of Tennessee next year.

The Gatorade award recognizes one player in each state and Washington, D.C. for athletic excellence as well as high academic achievement and strong character demonstrated on and off the field.

Fatal disease research brings bike rider through Craig

Notre Dame University’s dean of the College of Science will be biking through Craig as part of a ride from Boston to Pebble Beach, Calif.

Greg Crawford is riding to raise awareness and funds for research on the Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease, and is calling the ride a “Road to Discovery.”

NPC is a genetic neurodegenerative disease that prevents the body from processing cholesterol.

It typically affects children and is fatal, with most children succumbing to the disease by adolescence.

This will be Crawford’s third cross-country ride in support of the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation.

Parseghian was a Notre Dame football coach, who had three grandchildren die from NPC.

In 2010, Crawford and his wife rode from Tucscon, Ariz. to Notre Dame.

Last year, the Crawfords’ ride went from Boston to Dallas, and they visited families affected by NPC and research centers dedicated to the disease.

Crawford’s ride began May 22, and is scheduled to finish June 22 at Pebble Beach for the Parseghian Classic golf tournament.

He is planning on coming through Craig on June 12. His ride can be followed at roadtodiscovery.nd.edu.

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