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The Moffat County boys eighth-grade youth basketball team celebrates after winning the Yampa Valley Classic tournament Sunday at Moffat County High School. Head coach Chad Elliott said even after an early loss, his players never gave up and fought their way back into the championship game.

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Boys 8th-grade youth basketball takes 1st in home tournament

Chad Elliott said when the Moffat County boys eighth-grade youth basketball team fell in the second round of Yampa Valley Classic on Sunday, the players never lost hope. The Moffat County Youth Basketball program’s tournament, which consisted of more than 30 teams from the Western Slope, Utah and Wyoming, hosted group play Saturday and tournament play Sunday at Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School and Sandrock Elementary School. The boys eighth-grade team beat Rifle in the opening round Sunday but fell, 48-37, against North Fork, an all-star team from Glenwood Springs. However because the winner of the consolation bracket earned a chance to play the winner of the winner’s bracket, Elliott said he told the kids they could have a chance to avenge their loss.

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