While the situation is bleak, the playoffs are not out of the question for a couple Moffat County Sports teams.
The football team, at 4-4 this season, is currently on the outside looking in. In the 3A playoffs, seven teams automatically qualify for winning their league, and the final nine qualifers are selected based on a wildcard points system from Colorado High School Activities Association.
After seven games, the final wildcard qualifying team is Thomas Jefferson High School, with 67 points. Moffat County was sitting 25th, with 58. 571.
In order to qualify, the Bulldogs would have to win their final two games of the season, and get some help from the teams in front of them. Every team in the points standings from Thomas Jefferson to Moffat County had a record of 4-3 or 3-4 through seven games.
If Moffat County finishes the season 6-4 and teams like Thomas Jefferson, Glenwood Springs, Arvada and Pueblo Central were to stumble over the season’s final three weeks, the numbers would be very close heading into the postseason.
The boys soccer team finished its season 6-9, but also could sneak into the postseason. The CHSAA 3A playoffs have 32 teams qualify. According to the CHSAA 2012 Soccer Bulletin, A number of automatic qualifiers will come from each region, but no more than 40% of the teams in a region will be automatic.
After the automatic qualifiers, a selection committee will fill out the 32-team bracket, “using the following resources (in no particular order): MaxPreps Freeman Ranking, league poll, head-to-head results, common opponents and geography,” according to the bulletin.
At the beginning of the week, Moffat County was ranked 38th in 3A, after which the team went 1-1, playing the top team in the Western Slope League and a 4A team, meaning they are likely on the precipice of qualifying or just missing.
The football team still has games to play before it learns its fate. Boys soccer will know after the seeding committee meets Sunday.
Craig BCA Pool League week 5 standings
The Billiards Congress of America Pool League in Craig standings, updated through five weeks of play.
- Team 1 Rehab for Quitters 809 points
- Team 5 Poke-n-Hope 802
- Team 4 Kenny 781
- Team 3 Just Shooting the S--- 716
- Team 2 Jarrod 648
- Team 6 Steve 574
- Team 5 Steve 756
- Team 4 Git-R-Done 721
- Team 1 No Ex-Cue-Ses 719
- Team 2 Jolene 682
- Team 3 Jarrod 682
In addition to the regular scheduled matches this weekend, BCA will have another competition for Sunday and Monday. In honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the team that shows up in the most pink gear will win a prize.
Games are played at Popular Bar on Sundays starting at 5 p.m. and Mondays beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Jolene Walls at 620-0056.
Craig women’s hockey seeking members
The Puck Ewes women’s hockey team in Craig is looking for members to help fill its roster for the coming season.
The team, which plays in a league of teams from local cities, is short on players this year, and will have to drop out without more signups by the season’s start, team member Gayle Criswell said.
So Criswell and her teammates are looking for women of any ability level with an interest in playing or learning hockey. Criswell said they will take anyone ages 14 and up, but players younger than 18 would need parental consent to play.
The season starts in late October and goes through March, with game nights varying throughout.
The current members of the team have a limited amount of loaner hockey gear that would help cut costs for prospective new members.
For more information, call Criswell at 824-8048.
Water Aerobics courses available to walk-ins
Craig residents looking to get a different style of exercise are in luck, starting next month.
Registration is open for water aerobics courses, which will run from Oct. 22 through Jan. 16.
Water Aerobics offer a good combination of exercise benefits, improving fitness and flexibility while also being easier on the joints than other forms of exercise.
Classes will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. at Moffat County High School. The fee to drop-in for a class is $4, or to sign up for the entire session costs $50.
For more information, call 826-2017.