Boys basketball to honor big men on Friday's Senior Night

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What: Moffat County High School boys basketball Senior Night game vs. Coal Ridge

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: MCHS gymnasium

— Moffat County High School’s boys basketball team gets contributions from members of every grade.

The guards creating steals and havoc at the front of the press are sophomores and juniors. Freshman Kort Hatthorn has emerged as a big scorer for the Bulldogs in recent games.

But the two seniors on this season’s team are as valuable as any Bulldogs. Tyler Hildebrandt and Wyatt Oberwitte’s contributions have not gone unnoticed by the coaching staff and their teammates.

“Wyatt’s probably our all-around best hustler night in and night out,” coach Eric Hamilton said. “Hildy’s kind of the enforcer. They’re really special guys and I know the team likes them. I always expect the team to play extra hard on Senior Night to make your seniors proud. It’s a special night so we hope for a huge effort from everybody.”

Hildebrandt and Oberwitte’s presence on the team is why Hamilton is looking to finish off the regular season strong when Coal Ridge comes to Craig for Senior Night at 7:30 p.m. today. It’s important to enter the district tournament next week on a high note, but also to honor the workhorse members of the team who played through some lean years of Bulldogs basketball.

Oberwitte knows from playing on past Senior Nights how important the occasion can be. The significance is not lost on him.

“It’s kind of a big deal,” Oberwitte said. “It’s not the last home game for us this year, but it’s the last league game at home. I’m going to miss it.”

The game cannot hurt Moffat County’s place in the Western Slope League standings. The Bulldogs are 5 1/2 games ahead of Gunnison for third place.

Hamilton knows the Titans, who have won two of three, will bring their best and try to spoil the night.

“They’re going to be fighting for survival,” he said. “They have a possibility of being bumped out of getting a game next week. We’re not slacking off, that’s what we’ve been talking about.”

But Oberwitte thinks Senior Night will be motivation enough for him and his teammates to avoid a hiccup entering the postseason.

“We want to leave it all on the court,” he said. “Not hold anything back. It might be a fairly easy game, but we’re not going to play any easier. We’re going all out.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com

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