Recent events near and far showed in the past showed that the rodeo world of Northwest Colorado is back in full swing. The Moffat County High School and Colorado Northwestern Community College teams both competed in the past weekend with the high school group starting their spring session across the state in Lamar and CNCC hosting their home event March 31 and April 1 in Rangely.
Time on the road in the past week included both struggles and improvements for Moffat County High School girls soccer. The Bulldogs took a pair of losses this week, starting with a 10-0 blowout Tuesday in Basalt.
Team finishes 16th overall, Kaden Hixson, Dylan Zimmerman Joe Neal place in tourney
Meeting competition tougher than any they’ve faced all year took its toll on the wrestlers of Craig in terms of season records. Yet, they know it will only serve to make them better at the sport they love. Craig athletes finished 16th of 172 teams during the Colorado Middle School State Championships March 31 and April 1 in Denver. With 11 kids competing, nearly all of them picked up points in the large-scale tournament hosted by Rocky Mountain Nationals.
Deadline Wednesday for Craig Parks and Rec t-ball, coach pitch, softball programs: Craig Sports Briefs for April 5, 2017
Craig Parks and Recreation is seeking participants for the spring and summer sports of baseball, softball, coach pitch and t-ball. T-ball is available for boys and girls ages 5 and 6 and coach pitch for ages 7 and 8. Teams will begin practicing in early May with games Tuesdays and Thursdays at Woodbury Sports Complex. Player eligibility is based on their age as of Aug. 31, 2017. Slow-pitch softball is open to girls ages 8 to 18, practices starting in early May, games Tuesdays and Thursdays at Loudy-Simpson Park. Registration is $45 for the t-ball and coach pitch seasons, and $50 for softball, all with the deadline this Wednesday.
Runner plans to compete for Trinidad State Junior College, study environmental science
Another Moffat County High School runner is on the path to bigger things. MCHS senior Riley Allen signed his letter of intent Monday to run track and cross country for Trinidad State Junior College this fall.
The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.
Wins in discus mark Moffat County track’s time in Grand Junction: Craig Sports Briefs for April 3, 2017
Moffat County High School track and field competed Saturday in the Mickey Dunn Invitational Saturday hosted by Grand Junction High School at Stocker Stadium. With more than 20 schools attending, Bulldog girls placed 10th overall and boys 11th. MCHS won both discus events as Keenan Hildebrandt and Morgan Nelson each hit new personal bests with throws of 154 feet, four inches and 102 feet, eight inches, respectively. Nelson also reached a new peak in the shot put at 30’ 2” to place fourth, while Hildebrandt was fifth at 44’ 6”.
It was a rough way to end the week, but Moffat County High School girls soccer players just need a little R and R to get back into the swing of things. MCHS lost 10-0 Saturday hosting Delta, the Bulldogs’ third game in five days.
Club seeking additional funding for range, facilities improvement
The members of a local sporting group have their sights set on keeping their pastime going strong with a little help in the pocketbook from a large organization. Craig Trap Club recently received a grant award of $5,578.80 from The NRA Foundation, a branch of National Rifle Association. Larry Neu, club president, said he was thrilled with the endowment, the first of its kind the group has received, which he sees as a community investment.
Moffat County High School girls golf placed fifth during a Monday tournament hosted by Grand Valley High School at Battlement Mesa Golf Club.
Members of the Moffat County High School rodeo team have a spring in their step as they head into the greater competition that comes with the second half of the season. Plentiful points during the fall have sustained the rodeo group, which includes both high school and middle school athletes as coached by Sheila Brennise.
A bedeviling opponent made short work of Moffat County High School baseball teams. The MCHS varsity squad had to call their Thursday game after five innings with Eagle Valley earning the 16-0 win.
Nayeli Perez gains first Bulldog hat trick of season in 4-3 loss
The closest game yet for Moffat County High School girls soccer was none other than their first time home sweet home. Thursday saw MCHS girls take a 4-3 defeat to Rangely in the Bulldogs’ home opener.
The members of Moffat County Proud have one more reason to be proud. Lance Scranton will be recognized for his work with Moffat County Proud and Go Big Blue with the Outstanding Media award from Colorado Athletic Director Association. Scranton, a Moffat County High School teacher and coach, works with Kip Hafey and Shane Hadley on Moffat County Proud, a series of online videos and other media promoting MCHS and Craig Middle School sports and activities, as well as other community events in Craig and Moffat County.
It’s a nickname that’s already taken by another sportsman, but friends and family may be sorely tempted to start calling him Eddie the Eagle. Moffat County High School’s Eddie Smercina signed Wednesday to play football for Chadron State College this fall.