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Moffat County winter sports have big start this weekend

Swimmers, wrestlers, boys hoops travel; girls basketball plays at home Monday

The temperature is getting colder outside, but indoors things are really heating up for Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School..

Moffat County High School.

If you go

Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball vs. Fruita Monument

5:30 p.m. Monday

MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

— The Lady Bulldogs will open their season at home against the Wildcats. The JV game starts at 4 p.m. For more information, call 970-824-7036.

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The winter sports teams embark on their first week of competitions in the next few days, with several weeks of practices getting them prepared for a new season, both on the road and at home.

The girls swimming team will start things off by traveling to the Glenwood Springs Demon Meet, which includes Summit and Grand Junction in the four-team event. Though the swim squad has no home events this year, the aquatically inclined athletes are ready to hit the water anywhere they need to go.

"It's a great venue and a great atmosphere," said head coach Jeff Wert of the beginning to the season.

The MCHS wrestlers have a busy weekend in store for them as they head south to two different events Saturday.

Grapplers at the varsity level will take part in the Maverick Duals hosted by Colorado Mesa University that includes about 15 teams, while the JV boys will be at the Olathe Invitational.

"We've got some great leadership with some state experience, so we'll be seeing some kids on that podium," said head coach Tanner Linsacum of the season in store.

In the only part of the season in which they will be separated, the boys and girls basketball teams have some varied plans, as the boys take to the Front Range for the sixth annual Herman Schayes Memorial Tournament, hosted by Kent Denver in Englewood.

The hoopsters will play the host school in the opening round Friday night, meeting with The Pinnacle Saturday afternoon.

The opponents are the same the Bulldogs faced to start the season last year, with the game against The Pinnacle one of their most intense outings, going as far as triple overtime.

"Two top 3A schools, it's a good kickoff and good competition to know where you're at," said boys head coach Eric Hamilton.

Both varsity groups will play in the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out next week, but it's the girls who will take to the Moffat County home court first as they host Fruita Monument Monday.

The meeting with the 5A Wildcats — which the Lady Dogs will also see on the road next month as well — has numerous benefits, said head coach Sam McLeod.

Besides playing in Craig for their first game, the challenge of playing a non-conference match against a bigger school will keep the girls motivated. The Wildcats started off their year very early with a 52-11 win over Grand County of Moab, Utah, this week and will already be two more games into their schedule by the time they get to Northwest Colorado.

"It'll be a good barometer for where we're at, and it's going to be good being at home instead of driving to Utah like we usually are at this time," he said. "It's better playing Colorado schools because we don't get a lot of credit in the rankings for schools out of state."

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If you go

Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball vs. Fruita Monument

5:30 p.m. Monday

MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

— The Lady Bulldogs will open their season at home against the Wildcats. The JV game starts at 4 p.m. For more information, call 970-824-7036.

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