Craig Sports Briefs for March 12, 2014: Moffat County’s Kendall qualifies for state swimming in 2 events

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Dalton Kendall, of the Moffat County boys swimming team, got his season started off in the best way possible, earning himself a spot at the state meet in the first weekend of the season.

With Moffat County swimming at the Grand Junction Relays, Kendall surpassed the state qualifying standards in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races. In an all-relay meet, Kendall swam in the leadoff leg for the Bulldogs, where swimmers’ times still are allowed to count for individual events.

In the 200 free relay, Kendall led off in a 23.28 seconds, well under the qualifying standard of 24.

“In the 50, a tenth of a second is huge,” coach Meghan Francone said. “So he demolished it.”

In the 400 free relay, Kendall’s time of 53.55 was also under the standard, this time 53.8 seconds.

Swimming with a third of the team unable to attend, the Bulldogs took fourth in 200-yard state relays (freestyle and medley) and fifth in the 400 free.

Some newcomers also delivered in their first swim meets. Levi Priesby and Jesse DeMoor swam competitively for the first time and did well, Francone said.

“Levi anchored our 200 fly-free relay and then had to lead off in the next race, the back-breast relay,” she said. “So kudos to him. That’s not easy.”

Moffat County baseball starts season 2-0

The Moffat County High School traveled to Parachute on Saturday to take on Aspen in its first games of the season and picked up two wins in the doubleheader.

Both teams were missing some players because of the end of the winter sports season, but the Bulldogs were better shorthanded, winning 8-7 in the first game and 22-12 in the second.

Coach Justin Folley said both teams committed a host of errors to contribute to the scoring.

Moffat County hosts Olathe on Saturday in an 11 a.m. doubleheader, weather permitting.

Craig BCA standings through 18 weeks

With 20 weeks in the books, Git R Done is still the comfortable favorite in the Craig Billiards Congress of America Pool League.

The team sits 90 points ahead of the pack with a score of 3,302, ahead of One Eyed Bandits at 3,212.

The Bandits also hold a significant advantage against third place Uh-Oh (3,136 points). After the top three is where the shakeup in the standings has begun.

After sitting in last place for nearly the entire season, Out 4 Blood has vaulted into fourth from sixth in the past week. With 3,090 points, the team is one ahead of Odd Ballz (3,089). No Ex-Cue-Ses is not far back with 3,059 points.

The league plays at 6 p.m. Mondays at Popular Bar, 24 W. Victory Way. For more information, call Jolene Walls at 970-620-0056 or email the league at craig.bca@live.com.

Lifeguard training approaches

A training course for anyone interested in being certified as a lifeguard is coming up this month.

Prospective lifeguards must be at least 15 and be capable swimmers. A pre-course swimming test will be administered March 18 at the Moffat County High School pool. That is also the deadline to register.

Afterward, the main course will go from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 31 through April 3.

For more information, call Craig Parks and Recreation at 970-826-2017.

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