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Deep roster a benefit as Moffat County boys basketball bounces back

The Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School boys hoops team has a lot to live up to from last season, including championship titles in both the 3A Western Slope League and the subsequent district tournament, and the guys on the squad have what it takes. boys hoops team has a lot to live up to from last season, including championship titles in both the 3A Western Slope League and the subsequent district tournament, and the guys on the squad have what it takes.

Moffat County High School boys hoops team has a lot to live up to from last season, including championship titles in both the 3A Western Slope League and the subsequent district tournament, and the guys on the squad have what it takes.

In March, the Bullogs said farewell to several seniors who had been instrumental in their success and whom coach Eric Hamilton had seen play throughout his four years calling the shots, including his own son.

Now in year five, the coach has six upperclassmen ready to take on the mantle of that leadership, a mixture of previous starters, JV players who have earned a spot at the top tier and some getting back into the sport after a hiatus.

Senior Kody Fief returns to basketball after opting out last season.

"Just playing with all these guys, it's an experience that's hard to explain," Fief said. "It's just fun being with them. I'm just going to play as hard as I can."

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Other seniors include Scott Foster, Dylan Kincade, Connor Knez, Ben Robinson and Dusty Taylor.

"I think we're going to have a pretty strong lineup," Taylor said, noting the variety of talents that are available at the JV and C-Team levels, coached by Nick Myers and Forrest Watson, respectively.

Though the bunch — which includes several juniors and sophomores with varsity time from last year — doesn't have quite the towering presence on the floor as they did last winter, their strength lies in other areas.

"We have a lot of speed this year," Fief said. "We're not so tall, but I think we'll be a lot faster."

The coach said he's seen a number of attributes shining through in the early part of the season.

"It's really a good defensive team, really physical, they hustle, seniors have been outstanding, really good leadership, every one of them comes to work every day, you can tell they've worked hard at it," Hamilton said. "The whole group from top to bottom is probably one of the best ever. This is as deep as I've ever had."

The variety of skills also means the starting five won't always be concrete, and Hamilton already has different scenarios in mind to mix and match his players for the best possible outcome.

"Just depends who we're playing," he said.

Grand Valley and Roaring Fork boys are who the Bulldogs expect to give them their toughest time within the WSL, the Cardinals consistently after the league championship during the 2014-15 season and the Rams the only conference team to hand MCHS a loss last year.

Another winning stretch at districts will make three years running for Moffat County boys.

The previous season for the Dogs ended abruptly at 19-5 with a last-second loss at the regional level to Jefferson Academy ended abruptly at 19-5 with a last-second loss at the regional level to Jefferson Academy to prevent them from taking the trip to the state finals, but the move past the Sweet 16 round is what senior hoopsters will have on their mind for the next few months. to prevent them from taking the trip to the state finals, but the move past the Sweet 16 round is what senior hoopsters will have on their mind for the next few months.

ended abruptly at 19-5 with a last-second loss at the regional level to Jefferson Academy to prevent them from taking the trip to the state finals, but the move past the Sweet 16 round is what senior hoopsters will have on their mind for the next few months.

"It's our last year, gotta make the most of it," Kincade said.

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