AJ Stoffle of Craig gets air during an International Series of Champions (ISOC) Snocross race in Fargo, N.D. last March. Stoffle went to his first ISOC race of the 2013-14 season in Duluth, Minn. over the weekend and had a breakthrough. He took first place overall in the junior 16-17 division, and fourth overall in the junior 14-15 group, racing against peers from all across the U.S. and Canada.

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AJ Stoffle of Craig gets air during an International Series of Champions (ISOC) Snocross race in Fargo, N.D. last March. Stoffle went to his first ISOC race of the 2013-14 season in Duluth, Minn. over the weekend and had a breakthrough. He took first place overall in the junior 16-17 division, and fourth overall in the junior 14-15 group, racing against peers from all across the U.S. and Canada.

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 4, 2013: Craig's Stoffle takes top prize at international race

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AJ Stoffle of Craig started his Snocross season in style, bringing back a No. 1 finish from the kickoff event to the international series.

Stoffle and others race in Xtreme Mountain Racing through the winter, which includes riders from mostly Colorado and Wyoming. Some also compete in a couple International Series of Champions Snocross events, where they see more, and tougher, competition from across the country.

Stoffle raced at the AMSOIL Duluth National in Duluth, Minn. over the weekend and had the best start possible. He signed to ride sponsored by Skidoo earlier in the year and made the company look smart with a first-place finish in the Junior 16-17 division.

To earn his victory, Stoffle took first place in his first heat and third in his second, qualifying him for the finals. Then he beat out the finals field with representatives from five different states, Canada and Sweden to win.

Stoffle also raced in the Junior 14-15 division, taking fourth overall. He took third in his first race, first in his second, and then fourth in the finals.

Girls swimming to host meet at MCHS this weekend

The Moffat County girls swimming team found officials for the home meet it was hoping to host this weekend, so the meet will go as planned.

The Bulldogs will host Steamboat Springs, Delta and Grand Junction Saturday, with warm-ups beginning at 10 a.m. and the events starting at 11 at the MCHS pool, on the second floor of the high school. It will be the first of two home meets this season for Moffat County, the second of which will be Jan. 27.

It will be the Bulldogs’ second meet of the weekend, after they travel to Glenwood Springs to swim Friday.

Bulldogs basketball starts season ranked

In the preseason poll at CHSAAnow.com, Moffat County’s boys basketball enters the season with recognition from around the state.

The polls, which are voted on by coaches and media members from around Colorado, have the Bulldogs sitting seventh in 3A boys basketball, with 31 points. Holy Family leads the poll with 100 points and five first place votes, while Brush, the team that knocked Moffat County out of the playoffs last season, is second.

Aspen, which figures to be one of Moffat County’s toughest challenges in the Western Slope League, was picked 10th with 21 points. Roaring Fork, the defending WSL champs, received one point.

In girls basketball, no WSL team cracked the top 10 in the preseason poll, which is topped by Holy Family, a unanimous pick as the state’s best entering the season. Moffat County received two points, meaning the Bulldogs got one ninth-place vote or two votes for tenth.

Olathe (8 points), Coal Ridge (7) and Grand Valley (7) also received votes in the poll.

Lifeguard training coming up over winter break

Teens or adults looking to be lifeguards over the summer at the pool, or during water events during the school year, can get certified this winter break through Craig Parks and Recreation.

Those interested must be at least 15 years old, and must pass a swim test before the course. The swim test will be Dec. 10 from 7 to 8 p.m., and the lifeguard classes will begin over the school district’s winter break.

Registration will close Dec. 10, once the swim test date passes. The fee is $125. For more information, contact Parks and Rec at 970-826-2017.

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