Andy Bockelman

Assistant Editor, Sports & Entertainment Reporter

Email: abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com Call: 970-875-1793

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Sports/Entertainment 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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Moffat County 4-H competitors ready for a shot at state

Archery, rifle, shotgun completion events make for busy Saturday

Across Craig Saturday morning, local youths were up and it early to stay on target, take aim and hopefully finish the day with a berth in a state contest but more importantly focused on doing well in the moment. The Moffat County 4-H shooting sports completion shoot events took place over the weekend as competitors in rifle, shotgun and archery showed their talents for marksmanship.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot is more of a reincarnation

A new version of a movie that’s been beloved for more than 30 years is rarely going to come along without people holding on to the memory of the original. In the case of “Ghostbusters,” referring to the update as being haunted by its predecessor seems most appropriate.

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Moffat County outfitter, out-of-state individuals charged for 2014 poaching activities

Mule deer buck considered trophy quality by Samson Law; fines exceed $24,000

The numbers speak for themselves in a Northwest Colorado poaching case involving four parties across three separate states with more than one year of investigation and thousands of dollars in fines. Colorado Parks and Wildlife released details Thursday about a November 2014 poaching incident involving a Moffat County outfitter and parties from Mississippi and Missouri.

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Youth golfers get good grip on game with PGA Junior Academy

Kids improve in sport with sessions at Yampa Valley Golf Course

Young golfers are swinging with more confidence this summer. The PGA Junior Golf Academy at Yampa Valley Golf Course came to a close this week as the six-week clinic for kids concluded with a three-hole exhibition.

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Hannah Walker first to sign with CNCC women’s soccer

Program adds assistant coach Susan Turner, plans for August start to schedule

The start date is coming up fast for the first athletic program at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus, but the goal of filling up rosters for both men’s and women’s soccer teams are getting closer too. CNCC soccer officially signed its first member for the women’s team Monday with recent Moffat County High School graduate Hannah Walker, who will serve as goaltender for the Spartans this fall. The same day saw the announcement of Susan Turner as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams.

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Entertainment endures at Moffat County Fair

Rodeo, Ranch Games, children’s contests to provide plenty of fun

Each year, the agriculture community marks their calendars for the Moffat County Fair, a time when they can show off the animals that are their pride and joy, specialty projects that have taken the better part of a year or just to socialize with other farm families. But, there’s still more fun to be had at the fair no matter who you are.

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Moffat County 4-H shooters set sights on high marks for state qualifier events

Many members of Moffat County’s 4-H Club devote hours to honing their craft in skills such as sewing and baking or rearing livestock in the hopes of earning a blue ribbon or greater recognition, and certain members of the program are on target to do just as well. Leading up to the Moffat County Fair will be the Completion Shoot events for 4-H shooting sports, including shotgun, rifle and archery, all of which will take place July 23, though if you want to see all the young marksmen in action, you’d better be ready to visit multiple sites in the area.

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Erin Knez set to serve as Moffat County volleyball’s head coach

Knez, assistant Kacey Daugherty prepare for fall season, larger league

Moffat County High School volleyball players will see some changes this year, but even with some fierce opponents coming up, they’ll still have a familiar voice guiding them from the sidelines. Erin Knez is the new head coach for the Bulldog volleyball program, which hosted the Chad Teichert Volleyball Camp at MCHS this week for middle school through high school athletes.

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Over the Line state championships part of Moffat County Balloon Festival

Softball variation returns to Craig in August

A new sensation in Colorado is coming up, and organizers plan for it to be bigger and better than ever. The first step: its name. The Over the Line tournament returns to Craig in August as part of Moffat County Balloon Festival Aug. 6 at Loudy-Simpson Park, this time bearing the title Colorado State Over the Line Championship.

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New Moffat County High School principal pulls out of job Friday

Superintendent: District will create interim position while searching for new hire

A new development could put Moffat County School District in a tricky situation for the coming months. After being announced Thursday night as the new principal of Moffat County High School, Tim McNerney pulled out of the position Friday due to "a very serious family matter," according to MCSD superintendent David Ulrich. Ulrich said he would not divulge the personal details of McNerney's situation but that he believed the candidate had little choice given a "truly unfortunate set of circumstances."

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Couple David and Whitley Decker cuddle up during the Firefighters' Ball and Luau Saturday at The OP Bar & Grill. David was one of many members of the Craig Fire/Rescue crew who helped provide a good time for the crowd with a night of dinner, drinks and dancing with an island theme.

The energy is just getting started early in the night for the Firefighters' Ball and Luau Saturday at The OP Bar & Grill. The annual fundraiser for Craig Fire/Rescue benefits the department's scholarship fund.

Moffat County shooter Jesse Earle takes aim and gets ready to fire during the 4-H shotgun completion shoot Saturday at Craig Trap Club. The group will send senior and junior teams, each including five shooters and one alternate, to the state competition in September in Colorado Springs.

The Moffat County .22 rifle team is in the prone position as part of the 4-P portion of the 4-H completion shoot Saturday at Bears Ears Sportsman Club. The .22 rifle event includes 4-P, 3-P, hunt and scope shooting. The range also hosts .22 pistol, air pistol, air rifle and muzzleloader events to send kids to state.

Steven Walls draws back his arrow on the archery pitch Saturday at Wyman Living History Museum. Senior and junior teams in compound limited and unlimited bows were selected during the archery team's completion shoot.

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