Andy Bockelman

Sports & Entertainment Reporter

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Education/health reporter Andy Bockelman was born and raised in Craig and graduated from Moffat County High School in 2004. He received his bachelor's degrees in theater studies and journalism from the University of Northern Colorado in 2009. He has written and edited for several web sites, newspapers and magazines, including UNC's student publication The Mirror, The Greeley Tribune and Explore Steamboat, the entertainment guide for Steamboat Springs Pilot & Today. He is an avid film buff, as well as a member of the Denver Film Critics Society, and he details his love of movies in his column The Bock's Office.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Giver’ suffers from sameness

Rarely are the days to come presented in a positive light when it comes to the movies, and “The Giver” is no exception. Of course, everything looks bleak when you’re seeing it all in black and white.

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Craig Middle School football teams learn from Denver Broncos great

Rick Upchurch talks dedication with young athletes

Only a small percentage of athletes ever reach the top levels of competition in their sport, meaning to meet someone who’s been part of the tradition of the World Series or the Stanley Cup is a rarity. Apparently, the players of the Craig Middle School football teams are just that lucky. The seventh and eighth grade teams received a surprise visit in their first week of practices from Denver Broncos great Rick Upchurch on Wednesday afternoon.

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Moffat County High School soccer scores with new field

The MCHS boys and girls soccer teams now will host practices and home games on MCHS property. This marks the first time in many years the program will be regularly on-site at the school.

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Back-to-School Fair sends off Craig students well supplied

Love INC of the Yampa Valley hosted its second annual Back-to-School Fair on Saturday in Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig, offering a convenient, one-stop location for families to handle many of the things that they need before sending children on their way to a new grade.

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Craig pitches in for softball event to benefit local family

The Vallarta’s Softball Benefit this weekend showed what people in the area are capable of doing when they want to reach out, even if it means just gathering to play their favorite sport. The event was a fundraiser for the family of Nineth Pereyra, a Craig teenager who was instantly killed in a car accident in Wyoming in July.

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Moffat County High School runners in it for long haul

Cross-country team young but capable

In a cross-country event, you have to pace yourself with your strides so that an early burst of speed doesn’t drain your energy when you need it most in the final stretch of the race. Moffat County High School’s boys and girls cross-country teams are preparing in this manner to ensure they can start strong at the onset and finish just as tough once the season concludes.

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Relay For Life of Moffat County small but still strong

The 2014 Relay For Life of Moffat County went off with smaller numbers but no less spirit at Moffat County Fairgrounds, as community members came together to show their solidarity in the struggle against cancer.

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Moffat County TCAP scores remain below Colorado average

School district to analyze results for September report

The initial results from this spring’s TCAP testing sessions were released by Colorado Department of Education Thursday afternoon, among them the scores from Moffat County. MCSD’s schools showed improvement in some subjects and grade levels compared to 2013, though many numbers showed that the district’s students could improve greatly in reading, writing and math.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Into the Storm’ hits you hard but makes little impact

When you’re talking about a force of nature with unimaginable power that leaves behind only destruction, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Kardashian family. A close second would be that of Hollywood and its seemingly endless supply of mediocre versions of stories that have been told many times, among them the newest disaster film “Into the Storm.”

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Craig's Black Mountain Junior Rodeo races through summer series

Organizers plan for possible winter events

The final summer event this season for the Black Mountain Junior Rodeo Series drew nearly 50 competitors for a night of gymkhana events such as barrel racing, flag racing and pole bending. Youths from across Northwest Colorado, Craig, Hayden, Meeker and more proudly showed their riding prowess while family and friends cheered their progress, ending with a special awards and payout ceremony by organizer Bev Salazar.

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Craig Middle School seventh grade football player Caleb Cuevas shakes the hand of former Denver Broncos player Rick Upchurch, left, Wednesday afternoon, as Upchurch also talks with Cuevas's teammates Carter Ogden, middle left, Josh Pando, middle right, and Conner Murphy, right.

Rick Upchurch, center, jokingly surrenders while in possession of the ball as Craig Middle School football players Kevin Hernandez, left, Conner Murphy, Josh Pando and Caleb Cuevas surround him on the defensive. Upchurch, who played for the Denver Broncos in the 1970s and 1980s spoke to middle school players Wednesday afternoon.

Retired Denver Bronco Rick Upchurch speaks about game commitment to the players and coaches of the Craig Middle School football seventh and eighth grade football teams Wednesday afternoon at the CMS field. Upchurch was part of the Broncos roster from 1975 to 1983 and will be inducted into the team's Ring of Fame in September.

The members of the Moffat County High School boys soccer team convene midfield with coach Harry Tripp during a practice session at the MCHS field. The boys and girls soccer teams will use the site for practices and games after years of playing at other locations across Craig.

Moffat County High School football players practice getting into stances and formation at the line of scrimmage during a practice session. The team's first game of the season will be Friday in Rifle.

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