When Katelyn Peroulis sunk her final putt at the Country Club of Colorado Springs on Tuesday in the 4A girls state golf tournament, Moffat County High School’s sports year officially came to an end.
It’s one I’ll never forget.
For more reasons than I’ll be able to list in the space available for this column, the 2013-14 school year in sports at Moffat County was a great one. It was awesome to watch, fun to follow and it only got better as the year went along.
The fall sports didn’t have such a great start. Between football, volleyball and boys soccer, wins were few and far between at the beginning of the year. But every team stuck together and they improved, playing significantly better than when they started.
The girls cross country team was a major bright spot, repeating as a top-five team at the state meet, with lots of young runners contributing to the team. The boys didn’t have a single upperclassmen run on their regional team and had every varsity runner cut multiple minutes from their times a season ago.
Winter sports had both basketball teams playing stellar ball again, with the girls repeating as district champions and the boys winning their first district championship, then making it further than any Moffat County team had in more than a decade.
The wrestling team had a ton of up-and-coming members and sent six wrestlers to state, more than it had in years. Jesse DeMoor had a memorable run to finish third in his senior season. Girls swimming had several members cut huge time, including some first-time swimmers, with a few coming up just short of the state meet.
In the spring, another young group of players got the baseball team off to a hot start, which eventually fizzled, but the Bulldogs rediscovered their bats and defense and were back to playing better baseball. The girls soccer team had its second most wins ever, and after a 2-5 start finished 7-8 on the season, playing its best soccer later on.
The track and field teams gave us an unforgettable end to the spring last week at the state track and field meet, with a two-time state champion and six more podium finishes, with just two of those athletes graduating this spring. Finally, Peroulis and the girls golf team all dropped several strokes from their rounds last year, culminating in the junior’s trip to the state meet.
Attending nearly every one of those home events and some of them on the road was a thrill, because I saw the growth firsthand. Some teams clearly didn’t get along well at certain points in the season, but they always figured it out. Some had athletes make mistakes that led to one or two game suspensions, but they just came back stronger afterward. Some had key players get hurt and rallied around it anyway.
Look back through those brief recaps of the seasons and you’ll notice a theme across almost all the sports: youth. So many Moffat County teams relied on contributions from underclassmen this season, and they stepped up and delivered. So as great as the 2013-14 year was, it’s just as exciting to think about what could be when the fall rolls around for next school year.
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.