It was a banner year for Moffat County High School’s basketball programs, with both the boys and girls teams winning games in the state tournament.
Players, coaches and families got together Tuesday night to celebrate their on-court successes and recognize the players who led the two Bulldogs team to combine for 39 wins this year.
Kori Finneman and Lisa Camilletti, who already had been invited to play in an all-state game by the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports, added to their postseason honors by being named to the Class 3A All-Western Slope League team. The two seniors were joined by teammate Kyleen Ellgen. Players on the all-league team are voted on by the other eight coaches in the league.
Fellow seniors Bailey Hellander and Makayla Camilletti earned honorable mention selections for the Western Slope League.
“All five of our starters were all-league,” coach Matt Ray said during the awards ceremony. “We went 20-4, won the league, won the district, made it to the Sweet 16. Our girls did a great job this season.
Camilletti also was named an All-State honorable mention performer by the Denver Post. She led Moffat County in scoring this season, averaging 11.7 points per game.
The girls team won 18 straight games at one point in the season and captured a district championship. The Lady Bulldogs lost to Kent Denver in the round of 16 in the Class 3A state tournament.
On the boys side, four members of the team received honors from the Western Slope League. Guards Tyler Davis, Taft Cleverly and Joe Camilletti were All-Western Slope League team selections, while forward Matt Hamilton earned an honorable mention spot. All four players will return to the team next season.
Davis, the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 13.8 points per game, also was an All-State honorable mention performer for the Denver Post.
The boys team had a turnaround season, improving from 6-13 last year to 19-5 this year. Like the girls, the boys lost in the state tournament’s round of 16.
“If you look back at what we accomplished this year, we put Moffat County back on track,” boys coach Eric Hamilton said. “This is a great group of young men I think is destined for great things.”
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