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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Drive for Cancer brings together Craig community

Fundraiser sees sizable turnout at Saturday carnival

While an automobile technically can only have one person driving at a time, it was an entire community that got behind the wheel this weekend to get on the fast track to helping others. Victory Motors’ second annual Drive for Cancer provided a fun-filled day Saturday with its family carnival, part of the business’s weeklong fundraiser for Moffat County Cancer Society.

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Moffat County’s 4-H shotgun teams locked and loaded for state

The young marksmen of Moffat County are proving themselves to be big shots. Saturday’s shotgun completion shoot at Craig Trap Club saw some skilled trigger work as members of Moffat County 4-H readied to go to the next stage of competition, selecting the top shooters for the state level.

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Craig’s Silver Bullet golf tourney going strong in 29th year

Ladies golf group planning cancer fundraising event in August

In a game in which low numbers are everything, Susan Utzinger is glad to see a certain tally on the rise this year. The 29th annual Ladies Silver Bullet Classic saw 69 women hit the links Saturday and Sunday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The turnout is encouraging for the Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association, said organizer Utzinger, noting that the number of gals on the course has continued to increase little by little each year.

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Moffat County archery, rifle shooters eyeing state contest

All it takes is a few holes through a target to earn a trip to the big time. However, getting those marks is easier said than done. Moffat County 4-H shooting sports named its state teams in archery and .22 rifle Saturday following completion shoot events at the Wyman Living History Museum archery pitch and the Bears Ears Sportsman Club gun range.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Minions’ has animated absurdity at all levels

There’s a universal language in comedy that people intrinsically understand. Whether it’s someone flirting with a fire hydrant or getting repeatedly smacked in the face to remove a bee, some characters and situations are just unavoidably funny. Don’t bother to question it; just watch a movie like “Minions” and know your intuition to chuckle is correct.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course’s PGA sessions set up Craig kids for future success

Local youth golfers shooting for big things at larger events this summer

In a game like golf, the younger you start, the more time you have to harness your skill into your later years, a lesson a number of local kids already know. The PGA Junior Golf Academy concluded its summer program Tuesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course with the Soda Pop Open, a three-hole event for young duffers to show their families what they had learned over the past six weeks.

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48th annual Cottonwood Classic sees heavy competition

Rifle’s Kyler Smith claims top prize; Rod Branstetter takes hole-in-one in golf tourney

It was far from three straight days of the exact same action at this year’s Cottonwood Classic. The 48th annual event, which ran Friday through Sunday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, attracted 103 golfers vying for some big cash prizes, with some taking home something more than a financial payout.

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Women saddle up for barrel racing in Craig

Riding in the Rockies series continues through summer

The 14th annual Tri-State Barrel Racing Classic presented by Riding in the Rockies featured 102 entries as women of all ages brought their horses to the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig this weekend. Tearing through the fairgrounds arena at top speed with their hooved companions, riders honed their equestrian skills while competing for a purse of more than $2,000.

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Moffat County’s Hugh Turner signs to play baseball for Michigan school

Hugh Turner, recent graduate from Moffat County High School, committed this week to play baseball for Finlandia University, a private school on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Hugh will be receiving a partial scholarship for the NCAA Division school, where he plans to study sports medicine, physical therapy and sports management, possibly achieving a doctorate in the former two programs.

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KS Kreations bakes up winning reputation with homemade treats

Mother/daughter team Kandee Dilldine and Kassie Vessely have a pretty sweet gig. The sugary output of KS Kreations won it the honor of Best Bakery in the 2015 Best of Moffat County voting.

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The mural of red, white and blue shows the patriotic spirit of Craig on the outer wall of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265. The local VFW, 419 E. Victory Way, will welcome the Veterans Charity Ride — a cross-country excursion to raise awareness about wounded American soldiers — Friday afternoon. The riders will also head through Routt County and spend the night at Hahn's Peak before going into Wyoming and ending their journey at the 75th annual Sturgis Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.

From left, Ryan Peck works to maintain possession of the ball against opponents David Perez and Jordy Valles Gutierrez during a game in the 12U division of Craig Parks & Recreation soccer Tuesday at Woodbury Sports Complex.

Jordy Lopez, 6, scans the field for an open teammate to throw in to during a game of the 8U division of Craig Parks & Recreation soccer Tuesday at Woodbury Sports Complex.

Players in the 10U division of Craig Parks & Recreation soccer mix it up Tuesday at Woodbury Sports Complex.

A bee is hard at work pollinating a flower planted outside Miller Family Appliance, one of hundreds of blooms that can be found around Craig during the summer months.

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