Bulldogs qualify in 24 events for championships
Music was blaring from the Moffat County High School Bulldog Proving Grounds Tuesday afternoon, but the tunes weren’t so much celebratory as a method to pump up everyone there. The celebration will come after this weekend if all goes well. MCHS track and field qualified athletes in 24 events for the 3A State Championships Thursday through Saturday in Lakewood, and the Bulldogs are ready and raring to win some medals.
The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.
Western Area Colorado Spring Games see many competitors
Many who compete in sports are concerned about the number of points they score, the rate at which they run or swim a lap or the thrill of defeating a worthy opponent. For those who were gathered at Moffat County High School Saturday morning, the focus was on one thing: pride. The Western Area Colorado Spring Special Olympic Games took place at Moffat County High School as athletes with disabilities from across the Western Slope joined together to run, jump, swim and otherwise show what they could do.
Athletes finish strong in final event leading to state
This week, Moffat County High School track and field teams caught a tiger by the tail to assert their dominance headed into the state finals. MCHS girls won the Grand Junction High School Tiger Invitational Thursday and Friday, beating out a field of 4A and 5A schools, including Palisade, Glenwood Springs, Durango and the hosting Junction team, among others.
The annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bicycle ride sponsored by Craig Parks & Recreation will take place Saturday. Now in its 30th year, the 30-mile journey through Northwest Colorado is available to riders at no cost. Riders can begin either at Northwest Storage on the west end of Craig starting at 7 a.m. or Western Knolls at 7:30 a.m. The first five miles of the excursion are the most difficult and include considerable inclines along US Highway 40.
Progressive Basketball Academy will host a camp for the third consecutive year for athletes entering grades two through nine for the 2016-17 school year. Sessions run from noon to 5 p.m. May 31 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1 and 2 at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. Experienced coaches with PBA, as well as MCHS varsity hoopsters and coaches, will work on facets of the game with players ranging from dribbling, shooting, passing and rebounding to teamwork, competitiveness and listening skills. Registration is $125 per player, with discounts available for families with multiple children. Players will receive a t-shirt and wristband and need to bring with them a ball and a water bottle.
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Bulldogs beat Aspen to place 4th in conference; RPI system may work against team
The Moffat County High School varsity baseball team has done all it can to get this far in its season. Now it’s a numbers game. The Bulldogs ended the year 8-9 overall and 7-7 in the 3A Western Slope League after a Tuesday win against Aspen, 5-3. Originally intended to be a Monday home game, weekend rains left the Craig diamond in no condition to play, MCHS rescheduling for the next day and then hitting the road to face the Skiers in a neutral site in New Castle, the home field of Coal Ridge.
Jesse Kurz qualifies for state in two races; swim coach ends time with team
The season is officially done for Moffat County High School boys swimming, though one of its team members finished the schedule with multiple distinctions. MCHS swimmer Jesse Kurz posted state qualifying times during the Western Slope Conference Championships in Grand Junction, hitting the mark in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle.
Craig Parks & Recreation and the Moffat County High School soccer program will team up to host a youth soccer camp for boys and girls 5 and older. MCHS players and coaches will work with younger athletes on the tenets of the sport with multiple stations during the clinic, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21 at Woodbury Sports Complex. The cost is $25 and includes lunch and a t-shirt. Registration forms are available at Parks & Rec, 300 W. Fourth St., and are due by this Wednesday.
The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.
Girls dominate running events, relays; Todd Trapp named Coach of the Year
Hopefully no one with Moffat County High School track and field suffers from triskaidekaphobia. Knowing them, they’ll power through it. The Bulldogs took 13 individual honors throughout the weekend at the Western Slope Multi-Leagues Meet in Grand Junction.
Rifle takes 1st; Bears’ Elly Walters wins individual play with 73
If they hadn’t gotten used to wet conditions by this point in the season, the players in the 4A Western Regional Tournament might have had some complaints about the precipitation this weekend, but there was no keeping these girl golfers from playing a full round. Yampa Valley Golf Course was the site of the regional event Saturday, with Moffat County High School girls acting as the hosting team as 14 schools came to Craig.
Yampa Valley Trail Riders will host the third annual Spring Fever Fun Day May 14 at Sand Wash Basin. Those attending can meet at the Sand Wash corrals with camping available throughout that Friday and Saturday. To get to the corrals, drive west on US Highway 40 turn onto Colorado Highway 40 and then onto Moffat County Road 67. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with an educational tour starting at 9:15 a.m.
Saturday sweep puts Bulldogs in position for playoffs
Fortune smiled on Moffat County High School varsity baseball Saturday afternoon, even if the weather did not. The Bulldogs swept the Roaring Fork Rams over the weekend with hard-fought wins of 6-5 and 10-4 in the Western Slope League doubleheader that may help move MCHS to the next stage of the season.