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Camp ends ‘Dogs summer season

Elwood Shelton

For the next three days, the Moffat County boys basketball team will compete against teams from across western America at the University of Wyoming Team Camp.

Though called a camp, the University of Wyoming’s program is set up more like a tournament, and for the Bulldogs’, it will be the last competition of the summer season.

“The team camp will be a good test to see where we’re at,” Coach Blaine Corlett said. “Most of the teams we’ll face up at Laramie will be Class 4A, so they’ll be fairly comparable to us in size, which will be good since we’ve matched up with a lot of larger schools this summer.”

At the Wyoming team camp, the Bulldogs can expect to play 10 games in their bracket. Each bracket is composed of a team from roughly the same size school.

More than 130 teams are expected to crowd the courts at Laramie, with the majority hailing from Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming.

The eclectic draw of the team camp is exactly what Corlett is looking for to challenge his Bulldogs.

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“We’ll see a lot of different looks up in Laramie,” he said. “But, more importantly we’ll be playing against size, which we need to get used to since we’ll see plenty of size come regular season.”

Size and different playing styles aren’t any real cause of concern for the ‘Dogs, Corlett thinks, since many of the team’s goals have been met this season and with positive results.

“Our main goal over the summer season was to get the younger guys some time in the system,” he said. “Along with that, we tried to combat some of the inexperience we have at some positions. Overall, we had a lot of kids step up from our incoming seniors, to the eighth graders who are trying to get a jump on the system.”

The Bulldogs have seen many team members step into roles, which may not be glory positions, but work out for the betterment of the team. According to Corlett, its unselfishness has been is one of the team’s greatest strengths.

“We’ve had kids move into positions that may not be high scoring, or see a lot of action, but they’ve done it so the team can be successful,” he said. “It’s just another example of how much heart these guys have, and how much they’re willing to do to make a winning season.”

The team has also been seeking team leaders throughout the summer season, and while every player has shown aspects of leadership in one way or another, it has been the incoming seniors who have taken on the roles.

According to Corlett, seniors Mike Charchalis and Kyle Hazelwood have both taken on the leadership roles the team needs, and have done so with fervor.

“Charchalis and Hazelwood have really defined themselves a the team’s leaders,” he said. “Those guys really want to win, and are willing to do what needs to be done.”

Similar sentiments were echoed by the players.

“We just need to come together as a team,” Hazelwood said. “We’ve had a good summer season, all we need to do is carry it into regular season.”

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