Bulldogs closer to league title with one game to go
In a game between a team that won by nearly 30 points in their most recent game and a team that lost by nearly 50 the same night, you’d expect some disparity in the score, but the numbers got alarmingly close for the Bulldogs in their latest outing, which may not be a bad thing going forward if you ask their coach. Moffat County High School varsity football defeated the Aspen Skiers 46-11 Friday night in a 2A Western Slope North League home game that almost completes the conference lineup.
Practices are already underway and games will begin in November for Craig Parks & Recreation’s youth basketball program. Fifth- and sixth-grade teams have sessions at Sandrock Elementary School, while third- and fourth-graders split between the gyms of Sunset and Ridgeview Elementary.
Bulldogs hope for return to playoffs in season's final weeks
A win this week won’t be a 100 percent guarantee that Moffat County High School football moves on to the postseason, but it will make it that much harder for anyone to challenge them. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday at MCHS, as the Bulldogs host Aspen this week for a game that could send them to the playoffs for the second year in a row and, if all conditions are met, clinch the title in the 2A Western Slope North League.
Following the Moffat County High School varsity football game against Aspen Friday night, high school and middle school students are invited to Fifth Quarter events starting at about 9:30 p.m. depending on how long the game runs. A dodgeball tournament by Bear River Young Life and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will be available for high school ages in the MCHS gym, at a price of $1 per player, while middle school students can drop by Thunder Rolls Bowling Center for a Young Life bowling party, $5 per person.
With the crisp fall air comes a plethora of activities this season, as well as the holiday that’s fun for all ages whether you want to dress up or not. Northwest Colorado has so many Halloween things happening throughout, it’s downright spooky.
7-0 win against Grand Valley last game; Bulldogs could reach playoffs
Tuesday was the time for the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team to get down and dirty and hold back nothing, their soggy cleats and uniforms a testament to a season well played. The Bulldogs finished their regular year 7-6-1 after a 7-0 blowout of Grand Valley on their home field, a game important for the record book and the memory book.
The NBA season begins Oct. 27, and the Golden State Warriors will be on the path to defend their title against all challengers. One of the Warriors’ potential challengers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, are poised once again to make a serious run at the finals and it looks as if there is little in their way in the Eastern Conference to stop them.
The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.
Nominations are open for the 2016 Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach Award. Each year, the program honors 50 youth and high school coaches who lead athletes to victory while also teaching life lessons through sports. Nominations may come from a school or youth sports organization leader, fellow coach, parent, athlete, friend or family member. The award includes a $200 prize, a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to California in April to accept the honor at the National Youth Sports Awards, a certificate and recognition in PCA's website, newsletters and media campaigns. The program will accept nominations through Dec. 31, 2015.
Grants allow group to maintain favorite trails
When it comes to recreational opportunities, one group wants to make sure the landscape of their favorite regional spots are well-tended. The Yampa Valley OHV Trail Riders recently completed maintenance on trails in Northwest Colorado after receiving funding from power sports manufacturer Yamaha Motor Corporation USA to ensure safe, quality riding in nature.
Bulldogs crush Titans, 39-12
After scoring nearly 80 points against a single school in the course of a week, Moffat County High School football must be exhausted. The varsity Bulldogs improved to 5-2 overall Friday night in New Castle with a 39-12 win against Coal Ridge, keeping them at the top of the 2A Western Slope North League, now 3-0 in the conference.
Team in playoff round Saturday
Now in its second year, the Meeker fast-pitch softball team is moving into the latter stage of the season this weekend. The girls of Northwest Colorado have banded together this autumn and will head into the playoffs Saturday with a game against Brush on Cedaredge’s Field of Dreams in the hopes of advancing to the state championships. The squad, comprised of players from Meeker, Craig, Steamboat Springs and Rangely, holds an overall record of 9-9, 4-4 in 3A District 5, placing third following a doubleheader last week in second-place Gunnison (10-8-1, 5-3), a 9-8 extra innings loss giving Meeker the bronze, with Cedaredge (12-7, 7-1) claiming the league title.
Practices are already underway for the Craig Middle School boys basketball teams, and the seventh- and eighth-grade squads will play their first matchup of the season Oct. 24 in Oak Creek. The first home games take place Oct. 29 at the CMS and Sandrock Elementary School gyms. The season runs through early December. All games are subject to change to change.
Boys 2nd, girls 3rd in Thursday meet
The Moffat County High School cross country teams are headed into the final leg of their season, and it looks to be a strong finish if their latest event is an indicator. On Thursday, Bulldog runners competed in the last regular meet of the year at Rifle Creek Golf Course, the site of the Rifle Invite, where MCHS boys placed second overall, just behind Eagle Valley and girls took third after Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs.
Moffat County Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St., will host a free public skating day Saturday as part of its first week of business. Anyone is welcome to drop by the rink from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. to enjoy the cool community experience.