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.
Steamboat’s Tatum Burger wins girls race
Nothing like a short travel time to bring out the best in long-distance runners. The Moffat County High School cross country boys and girls teams each won first place in the Bulldog Invitational, their home event Saturday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park, with Steamboat Springs squads each placing second.
Upon visiting the team that spoiled their Homecoming ceremonies last year, the Moffat County High School varsity football team thought it was only fair to even up the score. The Bulldogs won their Western Slope North League opener Friday night with a 24-7 defeat of the Battle Mountain Huskies in Edwards that improved them to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the 2A WSNL.
The buckaroos of Northwest Colorado have earned a respite after a long month in the arena, but you can be assured they won’t be slowing down too much as the weather gets colder. The Moffat County High School and Colorado Northwestern Community College rodeo teams each ended their early seasons last week, MCHS at Elizabeth and CNCC at Logan, Utah.
Mike Bingham to play in 3A championship for 2nd year
Last fall was the first time in four years Moffat County High School boys golf sent someone to state, and the same athlete will be hitting that tournament again. And, he may not be alone. Bulldog golfer Mike Bingham will be teeing off Monday and Tuesday at the 3A State Championships at Eagle Ranch Golf Course, one of two MCHS swingers, the other being Shandon Hadley, who qualified during the Western regional event Sept. 22 at Steamboat Springs’ Haymaker.
Bulldogs look to defeat Huskies after last year's loss
A win Friday evening in Edwards will be mighty sweet to the Moffat County High School varsity football team for a number of reasons. The grudge match against the Battle Mountain Huskies will not only allow the Bulldogs to redeem last season’s loss but also begin the 2A Western Slope North League schedule in the best possible manner Moffat County is 2-2 at this point, while Battle Mountain — the largest school in the WSNL, which will go to the 3A playoffs, if at all, due to the realignment that started in 2014 — is 1-2, both teams coming off a bye week.
As they head into strictly league play, the Moffat County High School boys soccer team looks like a team that can make it to the postseason in terms of their level of play. They just need to make the scoreboard reflect that. The Bulldogs fought hard Tuesday but came up with a 5-3 loss to visiting Roaring Fork in their last match that won’t count toward their Region 3 record.
Some were there for the meal, some were there to serve it, and some were present just for the company, but all who were at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion Sunday afternoon were lending a hand to their community. The annual pig roast by Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley fed the hungry and raised some funds while bringing together people of all walks of life.
CMS volleyball has varied home tourney with Steamboat, Hayden
While the majority of Moffat County High School sports had the weekend off from competition, Bulldog pride was still abuzz Saturday at Craig Middle School. CMS football met with Meeker’s Barone Middle School in its final home games of the season, while the volleyball teams hosted a triangular tournament with both Steamboat Springs and Hayden.
The Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team is about halfway through their season, but no matter what happens from here, the year has undoubtedly been an improvement. With four wins under their belt so far, the Bulldogs have already exceeded their 2014 record of 3-11-1, and they plan to keep the W’s coming.
Program has helped more than 70 former soldiers
They’ve seen some of the toughest conditions the world has to offer in one of the most thankless jobs. They’ve made some significant sacrifices in their lives, and Northwest Colorado was glad to step up and do something to pay them back for their service. The Veterans Hunt Program through the Grand Junction Veterans Health Care System recently gave two former soldiers the chance to experience the splendor of Moffat County’s favorite pastime.