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Bulldog Sports for the Week of Jan. 2, 2017

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

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Craig players sharpen skills for coming hockey season

With shifts in coaches and league alignments, the members of the Craig Youth Hockey Association’s 18 and under Midget team continue to cope with changes year after year. But, like the ice on which they skate, the Bulldogs stay solid.

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Moffat County sports 2016 review: Part 1

With 2016 ending, now is the time we look back on the year in sports in Moffat County, full of sizable achievements for local athletes, as well as some sports seasons that ended with the sentiment, “there’s always next year.” With wins and losses alike, here are some of the highlights of the past 12 months, starting with January through June.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 31, 2016: BCA Pool League — Week 11 results

Craig’s BCA Pool League’s season has been in full swing at The Popular Bar, 24 W. Victory Way, and with results tallied through the week of Dec. 12, Misfits lead the eight-ball league and Dru Nielson continues to stay at the top of the nine-ball teams.

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Vintage, classic snowmobiles to race in Hayden in January

A brand-new piece of machinery fresh as the driven snow can be fun in the wintertime, but if you’ve got an older model snowmobile you’ve kept in good shape, the chance to show it off is coming up soon. Vintage & Classic Oval Snowmobile Racing takes place all day Jan. 7 and 21 at Hayden Speedway. The event, hosted by X-Treme Mountain Racing and Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Club of Colorado, will highlight older sleds on the track.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 30, 2016: Registration open for youth basketball

Craig Parks and Recreation has open registration for its youth basketball program, available for boys and girls in kindergarten through second-grade. Players will learn early skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting and rebounding, as well as teamwork. Games take place at Sunset Elementary School with girls will play Mondays and Wednesdays, boys Tuesdays and Thursdays. Organizers are also seeking volunteer coaches. The cost is $40 per child and the deadline to register is Jan. 4. Kids signed up after the deadline will be wait-listed and registration will cost $55.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 28, 2016: Craig Middle School girls basketball picks up in January

Craig Middle School’s girls basketball season for seventh- and eighth-grade teams began practices before winter break and will begin games with a tournament hosted Jan. 7 by East Grand. CMS’s first home event will be Jan. 14 with a tourney including Hayden, Rangely and North Park. All home games will take place at the CMS or Sandrock Elementary School gyms.

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Fantasy Sports Fix: Buy the ticket, take the ride

There was no way to know that fantasy sports would get as big as it has. Even when the internet went mainstream, not many people were into this idea of “fantasy” sports. There were some hardcore fantasy heads out there, though. I counted myself among them.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of Dec. 26, 2016

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 26, 2016: Late registration still available for adult dodgeball league

Craig Parks and Recreation’s co-ed dodgeball league returns for a new season starting in January. Following a successful introduction in early 2016, the program will be back, hopefully bigger than ever. Team requirements are ages 15 and older, groups of six to 10 with at least two female players. The early registration deadline has passed, but players can still join at a cost of $45. The season will officially begin Jan. 4, and rosters will be frozen as of Jan. 25.

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Hopes high as Moffat County girls hoops gets back in business

As the Moffat County High School girls basketball program heads into a new season as the defending champs of the 3A Western Slope League, three letters take prominence: WIN. The acronym is one that not only means victory on the court but also has prominence throughout the lives of the young women that make up the roster.

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Moffat County has happy hoops holiday at Pepsi Center

Bulldog boys, girls basketball teams conquer Coal Ridge in league opener; Mattie Jo Duzik, Justin Dugan MVPs

The holidays were made a little bit happier Friday for the members of the Moffat County High School basketball teams. Both Bulldog varsity squads finished the road trip to Denver victoriously, each now 1-0 in the 3A Western Slope League with wins against Coal Ridge at the Pepsi Center.

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Craig’s AJ Stoffle making strides in snocross career

Moffat County native racing for Minnesota-based team

If there are two things AJ Stoffle looks forward to each winter, it's fresh powder and lots of horsepower, and his season has had plenty of both. At 19, Stoffle has spent the majority of his life involved in snocross racing, and the Craig native is going stronger than ever in his career. As part of the AMSOIL Snocross national circuit’s sport class, the 2016 Moffat County High School graduate rides for Haala Racing, based in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota.

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Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 24, 2016: Craig Youth Hockey hosting New Year’s event

Craig Youth Hockey Association will host a New Year’s Eve party from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at Moffat County Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St. The evening is open to families and individuals and includes open skating, as well as food and drinks.

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Hoop-a-Thon preps Moffat County basketball for Pepsi Center games

One thing Moffat County High School basketball players can’t say going into this weekend is that they haven’t had enough target practice. MCHS heads into conference play Friday with specialty games at the Pepsi Center, warming up the floor for the Denver Nuggets as the Bulldogs meet the Coal Ridge Titans of New Castle.