Editorial: Extra effort appreciated

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Editorial board members:

• Al Cashion

— Community representative

• Bryce Jacobson

— Newspaper representative

• Patt McCaffrey

— Community representative

• Jerry Martin

— Newspaper representative

• Joshua Roberts

— Newspaper representative

Our View

The coaches at Moffat County High School who have taken it upon themselves to host or bring their teams to summer camps deserve a thanks from the community. The extra effort will help their teams this coming school year and could benefit the student-athletes well after they leave MCHS.

In the past year there has an emphasis around the community as well as in the pages of this newspaper about the goals and expectations — or a lack thereof — placed on the athletic teams at Moffat County High School.

More specifically, the point has been made that mediocre teams would always remain that way if mediocre expectations are all they have to meet.

This summer, a handful of MCHS coaches have taken it upon themselves to raise the bar on what will be expected of their teams this coming year. And they’re not simply redefining expectations, they’re also giving their athletes the chance to get a head start on the upcoming seasons in the form of summer camps and scrimmages.

Last week both the boys and girls basketball teams hosted scrimmages at MCHS against other area high school teams. Boys coach Eric Hamilton has scheduled scrimmages through the end of June for his team while the girls coach Matt Ray will have his team attend two camps this summer, one at the University of Wyoming and at the University of Northern Colorado.

Outside at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, the MCHS football team this week is hosting a camp for its players. Due to a change this year in Colorado High School Activities Association rules, high school football teams across the state can host a camp with contact drills as well as go to a camp at a college that includes contact drills rather than choosing between the two.

Head coach Kip Hafey plans on taking advantage of the rule change, and next week will bring his boys to a camp at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Next month Sandy Camilletti’s volleyball team will both host and attend a camp, and Roman Gutierrez’s wrestling team already has attended a camp this summer.

And these are just a few examples.

The editorial board commends these coaches, who aren’t compensated monetarily for their extra effort, not only for taking the initiative to help improve their teams, but also for doing so during summer, a season when most student athletes forget much of what they picked up the previous year.

Make no mistake, the editorial board doesn’t have visions of every one of these teams bringing home a state title this year. But the only way for our young people to achieve excellence — in sport, academia and life beyond high school — is if they are presented with the possibility and then pushed in that direction.

Kudos to the MCHS coaches who have taken it upon themselves to inspire their student-athletes to reach higher. Being engrained with that attitude is a benefit that can benefit all of them long after leaving MCHS.

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