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Craig Sports Briefs for March 16, 2016: Daily Press college basketball tournament begins

March Madness is heating up as the 2016 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament commences this week, and hoops fans can take part in the activity. The Craig Daily Press is bringing back the Battle of the Brackets, a free online contest where sports fans can pick each team in the running, starting with the Round of 64, as well as separate selections once the tourney gets down to the Sweet 16 and Final Four.

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Craig Sports Briefs for March 14, 2016: Moffat County swimming relay picks up points at meet

The Moffat County High School boys swimming team placed fifth at the Friday Grand Junction Relays Friday at El Pomar Natatorium.

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Craig Sports Briefs for March 12, 2016: Safari Club banquet takes place March 19

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Safari Club International will host its eighth annual fundraiser banquet March 19 at Clarion Inn & Suites, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. as cocktails are served, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and an auction to follow.

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Craig Sports Briefs for March 9, 2016: Moffat County girls golf starts swinging

The Moffat County High School girls golf was the first of the spring sports squads to begin its schedule, traveling to Palisade’s Chipeta Golf Course Monday.

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Craig Sports Briefs for March 4, 2016: Get a kick out of Fifth Quarter

Bear River Young Life and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will host an indoor soccer tournament as part of the Fifth Quarter program following the Moffat County High School girls basketball playoff game against Eagle Ridge Academy Friday night. The event takes place in the MCHS gym, 900 Finley Lane, and is open to middle school and high school students with a cost of $1 per person or $5 per co-ed team.

Hunting brochures, applications available online

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s 2016 hunting brochures for big game, sheep and goats, as well as applications for licenses, are now available online at cpw.state.co.us/learn/pages/planyourhunt.aspx, according to a news release from CPW.

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Craig’s AJ Stoffle injured in snocross spill

Teenage rider’s racing season ends with spinal compression fracture; plans to return next winter

AJ Stoffle has had some close calls in a sport in which he’s spent more than two-thirds of his life, but he and his family are infinitely thankful his most recent race wasn’t an instance of him crossing the finish line far sooner than intended. Craig snowmobiler AJ was injured during the weekend’s US Air Force Snocross National in Salamanca, New York, as part of the Sport class of AMSOIL Championship Snocross.

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Poker Run brings good fortune for riders, Moffat County students

An abundance of snow this past weekend made for an exciting zip around the powder. The 2016 Poker Run hosted Saturday by Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club had one of the highest turnouts ever in terms of hands sold as riders took to the trails around Freeman Reservoir north of Craig.

Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 30, 2016: BCA pool results — Week 14

BCA Pool League is back in action at The Popular Bar, 24 W. Victory Way. The league has played 14 weeks of games, with Jean Haskins and The Untouchables staying at the top of the 9-ball league scores, while Jay Harris and Out 4 Blood lead the 8-ball series.

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Chills, thrills, significant cash frills at hand in Saturday Poker Run

Snowmobile event starts at Freeman Reservoir Trailhead parking lot in Moffat County

The rush of riding along a brisk winter morning on a vehicle with horsepower to spare is only matched by the knowledge that you’re contributing to a great cause. Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club hosts its annual Poker Run fundraiser Saturday, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Freeman Reservoir Trailhead parking lot north of Craig.

Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 27, 2016: Dodgeball league results

The Craig Parks & Recreation co-ed dodgeball league is five games into its inaugural season. The adult recreation program will feature another set of games this Wednesday and Feb. 3. A playoff game will take place Feb. 4 followed by a championship tournament Feb. 10. Teams in the league are set, but spectators are welcome, all games starting at 6 p.m. at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 23, 2016: AJ Stoffle having strong season on snowmobile circuit

The winter is going by fast for Craig’s AJ Stoffle, who returns to the National Sport I and II divisions of AMSOIL Championship Snocross, complete with sponsorship by Ski-Doo, among other companies. Stoffle is 18th of 57 racers in his circuit and competes in Deadwood, South Dakota, this weekend at the US Air Force Deadwood Snocross. Among his accomplishments this year have been 12th-place overall finishes in the AMSOIL Snocross National in Duluth, Minnesota, and the Pirtek Snocross National in Shakopee, Minnesota.

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How to snowmobile safely in Northwest Colorado

When snowmobiling in Northwest Colorado, proper preparation is key.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 22, 2016: Activities available during, after Friday MCHS hoops

The Moffat County High School home basketball games against Roaring Fork will feature a quacking good time for the crowd. The Chuck-a-Duck fundraiser for the program is available at all home events and features numbered rubber ducks available for $1 apiece or six for $5 at the door. Buyers can toss their ducks into the MCHS Bulldog collar at center court during halftime of the varsity boys game, with multiple prizes going to those who hit the target.

Craig Sports Briefs for Jan. 20, 2016: Bulldog football solidifies fall season

The schedule is set for the Moffat County High School varsity football 2016 season.