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 football tackling challenges head-on

Last season saw Moffat County High School’s football program coping with some major alterations, not the least of which included a new coaching staff and a move to the 2A division of CHSAA. A year later, the head of the team has gotten more settled in to the area, and both he and players are ready to defend their title as the champions of the Western Slope North League.

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Moffat County football sinks Sailors, 27-0, in season opener

Moffat County High School was the place to be Friday night for the start of football season and the continuation of the ongoing rivalry between the MCHS Bulldogs and the Steamboat Springs High School Sailors that culminated in a 27-0 win for Moffat County.

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Moffat County Bulldogs ready to rip apart Steamboat rivals

You couldn’t ask for a more appropriate beginning to the varsity football season in Northwest Colorado. Moffat County High School opens its schedule Friday night with a Zero Week match against its Highway 40 foes, the Steamboat Springs Sailors, duking it out at the Bulldog Proving Grounds.

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Craig ready for Doak Walker’s pigskin power

One day, they’ll all be Bulldogs, but at the moment, they’re going by team names like the Chargers, the Saints and the Jets. Oh, and of course, a certain Colorado team that wears a lot of orange. Craig Parks & Recreation’s Doak Walker tackle football program has commenced for the fall with seven squads in the fifth- and sixth-grade division and five for third- and fourth-graders.

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Make some noise for Moffat County’s new cheer coach

Stacey Ortega plans for expanded, more physical spirit squad

They’ve got spirit, yes, they do! How about you? Stacey Ortega was recently hired as the new cheerleading coach for Moffat County High School. Having cheered herself, as well as coached for teams aged middle school through college, she said the position seemed like for a great fit for someone like her, new to town and hoping to get involved.

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Green players, seasoned swingers abound for Moffat County boys golf

The boys of the Moffat County High School golf program are teed off — in a good way. The season has already begun for the earliest of MCHS’s fall sports, and the summer has been a beneficial practice time for the Bulldogs, who have taken advantage of the links at Yampa Valley Golf Course to get ready for upcoming tournaments.

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Couple Amanda, Jason Back claim club championships at Yampa Valley Golf Course

A certain Northwest Colorado couple gives a whole new meaning to back-to-back titles. Amanda and Jason Back were on top of the world over the past weekend as the two of them claimed the Ladies and Men’s Club Championships at Yampa Valley Golf Course.

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Moffat County grad grits teeth for final football season

Brady Conner coming up on senior year as tight end at Adams State University

Brady Conner has his eyes on the goal line, both on and off the field. Conner, a 2011 Moffat County High School graduate, will be embarking on his final football season this fall as he enters another season with the Grizzlies of Adams State University.

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Elk, deer herds showing good numbers for 2015 hunting

2014’s winter aids growth in animals

One hunting season’s loss is another one’s gain. Strong herd numbers this year mean positive things for big game hunters converging on the Northwest Colorado area. Post-hunt estimates by Colorado Parks & Wildlife show an increase for certain herds, such as the Bears Ears elk herd in Moffat County, which stands at about 24,000, according to the agency's count following the 2014 seasons.

Craig’s ‘Elk Hunting Capital’ continues to promote multiple opportunities

In 2012, Northwest Colorado’s town of Craig officially achieved a status that residents and recurring tourists had known for years. The designation of “Elk Hunting Capital of the World” became a true trademark for the city, largely thanks to five years of effort by local businessman John Ponikvar, who put forth the time and money in the venture in order to brand Craig in the right way. More than a mere slogan, the title is one that remains an important part of promoting all the area has to offer to incoming hunters from around the globe.

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The Moffat County High School boys varsity and JV soccer teams will begin their seasons this week with games in Grand Junction and Steamboat Springs.

Jonah Luke, 4, receives a vision screening from members of the Craig Lions Club during the Early Childhood Center's children's health fair Friday at the Moffat County School District administration building. The PlusOptix equipment the group uses allows them to detect childhood vision disorders in a uncomplicated manner.

Evelyn Montanez, 4, listens to her own heartbeat with the stethoscope of Jacque Malley during the Early Childhood Center's children's health fair Friday at the Moffat County School District administration building. Malley, of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, was one of a number of volunteers who helped screen young kids to ensure their well-being before the start of the new school year.

Betsy Overton, left, receives some assistance at the Connections 4 Kids booth from granddaughter Kaylee Arnold, 7, as part of the children's health fair Friday at the Moffat County School District administration building. Among the program's offerings is the reading incentive Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

Moffat County High School's Eddie Smercina, right, observes as teammate Kasen Brennise hits from the rough at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The two both shot for varsity at Rifle Creek Golf Course on Thursday.

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