Joseph Neal (center), Bailey Overton (43) and Chayton McDonald (top) look to push the puck forward during the Craig Cougars squirt hockey game against Telluride Sunday at the Moffat County Ice Rink.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Joseph Neal (center), Bailey Overton (43) and Chayton McDonald (top) look to push the puck forward during the Craig Cougars squirt hockey game against Telluride Sunday at the Moffat County Ice Rink.

Sports Briefs for Jan. 30, 2012: Youth hockey teams take on Telluride over the weekend

It was a busy weekend for Craig squirt and bantam hockey.

The squirts (10 and under) team played two games against Telluride Sunday at the Moffat County Ice Rink, losing 2-0 and 5-1. Joseph Neal scored the lone goal of the day for the Cougars, while goalie Jack Doane made 21 saves over the two games.

The Cougars bantam team (ages 12-14) also took on Telluride over the weekend, in Telluride. The teams played two games Saturday and one Sunday, with Craig winning two of three.

They led off with a 5-1 win Saturday, with a hat trick from Brodey Gutierrez and two goals by Noah Booth. Riley Allen, Kearn Gerber, Zachary Soron and Domenicq Bell all provided assists in the game.

Later Saturday the Cougars won 8-3, with Booth finishing the game with three goals and two assists. Gutierrez scored two more goals of his own, while Allen, Gerber and Soron added one apiece.

In the Sunday game Craig suffered a 5-6 defeat to Telluride, surrendering two power play goals in the final five minutes of the third period. Booth and Gerber each scored two goals, while Colby Beckett also found the net for the Cougars in the second period.

The Cougars improved to 3-8-2 this season.

Moffat County wrestling goes 2-3 at Rifle tourney

The Moffat County wrestling team spent its Saturday at a tournament of duals hosted at Rifle High School. The Bulldogs came away from the weekend with 10 teams from Class-2A, 3A and 4A with a 2-3 record in duals.

They led off with a 55-21 loss to Pueblo West, then a 43-18 loss to Hotchkiss and a 34-22 win over Montezuma-Cortez. After the first three matches, teams were re-seeded for the next round, where the Bulldogs lost to Rifle 70-12 and beat Basalt 48-24.

The day was highlighted by Garrett Stewart and Issik Herod. Stewart has typically been one of the Bulldogs top wrestlers, and went 3-1 in his matches over the weekend. Herod was wrestling varsity in place of injured sophomore Ashlee Griffiths, and he took advantage, going 3-0.

Wrestlers’ records from Saturday:

Garret Uptain, 1-2

Brayden Peterson, 1-4

Jacob Teeter, 1-3

Curtis Dunlap, 0-5

Brady Springer, 0-2

Jesse Demoor, 2-3

Curtis Bowser, 1-2

Girls swim team takes third in Delta, eyes league meet

Moffat County’s girls swimming team hit the road and swam at a meet hosted by Delta High School Friday, as the Bulldogs near the end of their season.

In their final meet of the regular season, Moffat County placed third out of five teams, scoring 237 points and coming in behind Durango and Montezuma-Cortez. There were once again several top finishes for the Bulldogs, including firsts from Eryn Leonard in the 100-meter freestyle and Micah Espinosa in the 200-meter individual medley.

Highest finishes from the Moffat County swimmers:

Alex Samuelsonk 10th in 50-meter freestyle

Samantha Gingrich, 17th in 50-meter freestyle

Elisa Teeter, 19th in 50-meter freestyle

Laurel Tegtman, 4th in 100-meter backstroke

Riley Johnston, 11th in 200-meter freestyle

Allie Dilldine, 7th in 200-meter freestyle

Natelyn Singleton, 8th in 200-meter individual medley

Bailey Kurz, 3rd in 100-meter breaststroke

Marlee Chacon, 7th in 100-meter breaststroke

Andrea Angelo, 6th in 500-meter freestyle

200-meter freestyle relay, 3rd

200-meter medley relay, 3rd

400-meter free relay, 4th

This weekend marks the beginning of the postseason, with the Southwest League Championships taking place Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction.

Craig BCA Pool League finishes winter session

The Billiards Congress of America Pool League in Craig has its first group of contenders for the city championship set.

The top two teams from the Sunday and Monday leagues at Popular Bar had already secured spots in the city championship in June, while the remaining teams from each league had to battle it out for the third and final spot in tournament format.

Jean’s Angels, the third-place team at the end of the season, emerged from the Sunday bracket to take its spot, while Team Jolene bested the rest in the Monday bracket to claim the final spot in the championship for this session.

The spring session for BCA begins Feb. 10 and 11 at the Popular Bar, and is still accepting teams and players. The top three from the Sunday and Monday leagues in the spring session will also play in the city championship this summer.

BCA plays Sundays starting at 5 p.m. and Mondays at 6 p.m. For more information, call Jolene Walls at 620-0056.

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