I’ve been out to tons of winter sports practices lately, writing previews and chatting with coaches and players. Usually, I spend a little time just watching to help get a feel for the team.
Man, would these sports hurry up and start already?
There is so much to look forward to in the coming months across the board for Moffat County teams. Last year, Moffat County was one of just eight schools in the state to have both boys and girls basketball teams advance to the regional finals in 3A. The wrestling team took three non-seniors to state and had one just miss out on placing at 182 lbs. Girls swimming had a state finalist.
All of these teams had some members graduate, and some of them had lots graduate, but they also all plan on being in the same position as they were a year ago.
Add to that optimism the hockey being played at the high school, middle school and elementary school level, and we’re in for a heck of a winter in Craig, regardless of the snowfall.
With that in mind, some great things to watch for among Moffat County sports this winter:
-The girls swimming relays, with their eyes set on state. In the 200-freestyle and 200-medley relays last year, Moffat County’s girls missed out on qualifying for state by less than two seconds. Individual swimming is very entertaining, but it doesn’t stack up with the relays from a spectator standpoint. Seeing eight or more swimmers churning away through the water, with their teammates at one end of the pool screaming bloody murder, and new swimmers diving into the water at all sorts of different times. Swim relays sometimes seem like a mess, but they’re awesome.
-Moffat County girls basketball, replacing everybody. The girls team made mincemeat of the league last year on the strength of a tall, experienced team. Only two girls who played many minutes on last year’s team are back, but there are a bunch of new faces who’ve been waiting their turn to give varsity a go. It’s always interesting to watch a team find its identity, and there is tons of potential to watch this team grow as the season wears on.
-Seniors leading the way on the wrestling team. Brayden Peterson and Jesse Demoor are returning state qualifiers and two of the most maniacal workers I’ve ever met. Whereas Peterson brings a more calculated approach to the mat, Demoor typically hasn’t calmed down a wink a full half hour after he wrestles. But both are extremely fun to watch.
-Who might get minutes for the boys basketball team? The Bulldogs have 10 or more players who could start on many varsity teams throughout the league. So many players contributed to last year’s team, and so many guys have looked good from what I’ve seen so far, a different player could lead Moffat County in scoring in just about every game this season.
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Want more of Nate’s takes? Check out the Waggenspack Sportscast at CraigDailyPress.com.