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Andy Bockelman

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Moffat County soccer bombastic versus Basalt in final home game

Tripp family to move to Arizona following seven years with Bulldogs

Despite a soggy field and gray skies, Moffat County High School fought through it all Tuesday for the last home soccer game of the school year. MCHS girls took an 8-0 loss against Basalt in a physical match-up that saw the Bulldogs go down swinging, to borrow a phrase from another sport.

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Craig wheeling out bicycle rodeo, annual Maybell bike ride

For those who live for riding on two wheels, Craig Parks and Recreation will offer double the delights in May. Parks and Rec will host bicycle events for all ages, including a bicycle rodeo and the 31st annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike ride.

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Moffat County swimmers edge closer to state times

Bulldogs power through Jeffco Invite, prep for D51, home meet

Even as the number of competitors goes up, the times keep going down for the members of Moffat County High School swimming. Bulldog boys tied for 25th over the past weekend at the Jefferson County Invitational in Lakewood.

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Craig Middle School track and field rallies for night relays

CMS to host additional meet May 6 with larger schedule

The weather may have been chilly Friday, but Craig Middle School’s runners, jumpers and throwers barely noticed. CMS track and field hosted the Moffat County Night Relays, an evening meet that brought in regional opponents Steamboat Springs, Meeker, Rangely, West Grand and Baggs, Wyoming.

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Aspen outlasts Moffat County soccer

Bulldogs host final home game Tuesday complete with Senior Day

The “tale of two halves” cliché really hovered over the Moffat County High School soccer field Saturday morning. MCHS girls fell 11-1 to Aspen in a game that was the reverse of their Thursday meeting with Roaring Fork.

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Moffat County baseball goes from grand win to middling defeat

11-1 victory over Grand Valley, 7-1 loss to Middle Park lead up to Saturday showdown in Delta

A domineering win and a lopsided loss have made up Moffat County High School baseball’s week so far, and they’ll need to knuckle down as they face one of their most challenging opponents this weekend.

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Bulldogs bite back in 2nd half of Moffat County soccer game with Roaring Fork

Thursday was a physical affair on the Moffat County High School soccer field, as the Bulldogs hosted the Roaring Fork Rams. The visitors from Carbondale finished with a 6-1 win against Moffat County, securing the lead in a 5-0 first half.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Furious’ franchise refuses to slow down

In a series that knows no limits, logic dictates that land, air and sea be conquered as the world proves too small when you live your life one quarter-mile at a time. And, if you’re familiar with what led up to “The Fate of the Furious,” you know there’s no doing things halfhearted.

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Craig martial arts school mixes it up at Montrose tournament

Hannah Germond takes Grand Champion as she prepares for taekwondo black belt

Material goods are not the focus for those practice martial arts, though a tangible reminder of a milestone is no less of an achievement. Members of Northwest Colorado Tae Kwon Do/Hapkido recently competed in the Montrose Spring Karate Tournament, bringing home an assortment of awards. The tournament was a mixture of disciplines, said instructor Paul Cruz, stating that competitors from across the Western Slope practiced karate, taekwondo and kung fu, only a few of the many martial arts.

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Moffat County golf keeps swinging heading into final weeks of season

The season has gone by fast for Moffat County High School girls golf, and in that time their coach has seen a lot of growth from a group that’s still quite green. MCHS girls shot a 361 during a Tuesday tournament at Rifle Creek Golf Course, an event that was somewhat tough going, said coach Ann Marie Roberts.

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Teamwork makes the dream work in win for Moffat County soccer

Bulldogs earn 2-0 victory over Vail Christian in 1st of three home games this week

Saints be praised — the streak is over. Moffat County High School girl soccer took its first home win of the season Tuesday with a 2-0 shutout against Vail Christian.

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Breaking meet records in Glenwood among Moffat County track’s latest feats

Keenan Hildebrandt takes huge gains in discus, shot put; MCHS boys 7th, girls 17th

Despite the name of their latest event, Moffat County High School track and field competitors had a heavenly time during the past weekend. The Glenwood Springs Demon Invitational provided heavy competition Saturday for Moffat County as boys placed seventh and girls tied for 17th, but Bulldogs pushed back with their own exertion.

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Hundreds flock to New Creation Church of Craig’s Easter egg-stravaganza

Easter weekend holds many surprises and causes for celebration for families, and those who turned out to the grounds at New Creation Church of Craig had plenty of both. The annual Easter egg hunt spectacular hosted by the local place of worship saw more than 1,000 total people turn out as 470 children hit the grass to get their share of 25,000 plastic eggs containing candy, prizes and more.

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Live for Levi: Moffat County Youth Wrestling tournament honors late athlete

Enter the door to any home wrestling home meet in Craig, and you’ll find a venue packed with gritty athletes, determined coaches and spectators ready to see something special. And, this particular Saturday, no doubt many of them had an important person on their mind. The Levi Weber Memorial Youth Tournament featured 22 teams as hosted by Moffat County Youth Wrestling, who, along with Bad Dogs, represented their corner of Colorado, placing first and second, respectively.

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Moffat County baseball pummels Pirates

Colby Beckett takes dual home runs to close game early with Olathe

After a stretch of games that either found them on the wrong end of a lopsided score or extended far longer than necessary, it was a delightful change of pace for Moffat County High School varsity baseball to be the ones who took care of business surely and swiftly. A Bulldog home ball game with Olathe ended after six innings Saturday as MCHS’s Colby Beckett smashed a home run that cemented the Dogs’ victory at a mercy-rule-induced 13-2.

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Moffat County Thunder Cheer concludes season with spirited success

Local cheerleaders have been using the word “aloha” a great deal. The Hawaiian lingo that means hello and goodbye can apply to saying farewell to a successful and some beloved members, as well as greeting the future. Moffat County Thunder Cheer recently competed at the Aloha Spirit Championships April 8 and 9 in Las Vegas, a large-scale event with 70 teams representing 10 states.

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Moffat County soccer stays tough, though Grand Junction breezes by

Conditions were both a blessing and a curse this week on the Moffat County High School soccer field. MCHS girls lost 7-0 to Grand Junction Thursday as the Bulldogs returned home after a week away from their turf.

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Double trouble: Moffat County, Steamboat baseball split games in Craig

Sailors win first game 17-13, Bulldogs come back to take second 5-1

The Highway 40 rivalry continued anew Thursday night on the home diamond of Moffat County High School as the Steamboat Springs Sailors came to play, but a doubleheader between the blue and red saw each team earn both a win and a loss — Sailors winning 17-13 and Moffat County 5-1.

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Awards many for Moffat County winter sports

Bulldog athletes break school record, take league, state honors

Though Spring Break and the start of a new slate of sports schedules have taken the spotlight recently, Moffat County High School winter sports teams acknowledged athletes for a wide range of accomplishments, and Bulldogs have a great deal to be proud of both within their hometown and beyond.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ haunted by casting choices, slow development

With massive holographic advertisements, mechanical geishas and other embodiments of artifice prominent in the Asian metropolis of “Ghost in the Shell,” you’d think that’d be the biggest example of fakery. But, the inauthenticity goes even deeper, dear viewers.

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Moffat County baseball toughs it out in tight, 10-inning win over Titans

Bulldogs take it all the way in win against Coal Ridge; team will face Steamboat Springs, Olathe this week

The full experience of the big leagues isn't always guaranteed during preps baseball, but Moffat County High School went into the reaches of the pros' format. An overtime game Tuesday saw MCHS win 9-7 over the visiting Coal Ridge Titans.

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Craig restaurants welcome guest chefs for Horizons’ Pick-a-Dish

This week, there’s fun and fellowship on the menu. The fifth annual Pick-a-Dish fundraiser for Horizons Specialized Services takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Clarion Inn & Suites, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

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Craig kids collect candy, fun in State Farm Easter egg hunt

Business provides prizes, 17,000 eggs in first year of event

Kids and parents flocked to Craig City Park park during the weekend for the inaugural Easter egg hunt hosted by State Farm Insurance.

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Palisade meet holds many wins for Moffat County track

Bulldog girls 4th, boys 7th, including five wins; several athletes lead league rankings

The numbers are starting to matter more and more as the Moffat County High School track and field season continues, and the Bulldogs are looking out for No. 1. And, in most cases, they’re finding it. MCHS took multiple victories Saturday during Palisade’s Frank Woodburn Invitational in Grand Junction. Bulldogs won a total five events, with girls placing fourth and boys seventh overall.

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Northwest Colorado rodeo teams ride hard for spring season

Recent events near and far showed in the past showed that the rodeo world of Northwest Colorado is back in full swing. The Moffat County High School and Colorado Northwestern Community College teams both competed in the past weekend with the high school group starting their spring session across the state in Lamar and CNCC hosting their home event March 31 and April 1 in Rangely.

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Moffat County soccer sticks it out in defeats to Basalt, Grand Valley

Time on the road in the past week included both struggles and improvements for Moffat County High School girls soccer. The Bulldogs took a pair of losses this week, starting with a 10-0 blowout Tuesday in Basalt.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Boss Baby’ just as cute and immature as you’d expect

With a cartoon called “The Boss Baby,” you can’t be too surprised with less-than-brilliant dialogue, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater just because the protagonist rattles off the phrase “Fart-poop-doody!” as a curse word.

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Craig wrestlers take all comers during Middle School State Championships

Team finishes 16th overall, Kaden Hixson, Dylan Zimmerman Joe Neal place in tourney

Meeting competition tougher than any they’ve faced all year took its toll on the wrestlers of Craig in terms of season records. Yet, they know it will only serve to make them better at the sport they love. Craig athletes finished 16th of 172 teams during the Colorado Middle School State Championships March 31 and April 1 in Denver. With 11 kids competing, nearly all of them picked up points in the large-scale tournament hosted by Rocky Mountain Nationals.

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Eggs-cellent holiday events coming to Craig

Egg hunts by State Farm, New Creation Church take place during weekend

Easter Sunday is April 16, but it’s the coming Saturdays that will provide a fun lead-in to the festivities in Craig. Easter egg hunts are scheduled during the next two weekends, including a State Farm-sponsored event and New Creation Church’s annual celebration.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Life’ offers thoughtful but tiring sci-fi suspense

There’s no shortage of films depicting mankind’s initial encounter with extraterrestrials, but it’s getting a little difficult to get excited for all of them. And so, we see the first time — again — in “Life.”

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Going the distance: Moffat County’s Riley Allen signs for college track, cross country

Runner plans to compete for Trinidad State Junior College, study environmental science

Another Moffat County High School runner is on the path to bigger things. MCHS senior Riley Allen signed his letter of intent Monday to run track and cross country for Trinidad State Junior College this fall.

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Craig crazy for cowboy music by Michael Martin Murphey

Museum of Northwest Colorado hosts sold-out shows by country singer

In a town where the spirit of the Old West still exists, in a building where history comes to life, music lovers shared a true cowboy experience. Country singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey performed at Museum of Northwest Colorado to sold-out crowds Saturday, bringing a sense of humor, a sense of American tradition and lots of songs, both beloved and new.

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Moffat County soccer hit hard by weekend loss to Delta

It was a rough way to end the week, but Moffat County High School girls soccer players just need a little R and R to get back into the swing of things. MCHS lost 10-0 Saturday hosting Delta, the Bulldogs’ third game in five days.

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Craig Trap Club gains grant from NRA Foundation

Club seeking additional funding for range, facilities improvement

The members of a local sporting group have their sights set on keeping their pastime going strong with a little help in the pocketbook from a large organization. Craig Trap Club recently received a grant award of $5,578.80 from The NRA Foundation, a branch of National Rifle Association. Larry Neu, club president, said he was thrilled with the endowment, the first of its kind the group has received, which he sees as a community investment.

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Moffat County rodeo looks to take spring season by the horns

Members of the Moffat County High School rodeo team have a spring in their step as they head into the greater competition that comes with the second half of the season. Plentiful points during the fall have sustained the rodeo group, which includes both high school and middle school athletes as coached by Sheila Brennise.

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Moffat County baseball battles in losses to Eagle Valley

A bedeviling opponent made short work of Moffat County High School baseball teams. The MCHS varsity squad had to call their Thursday game after five innings with Eagle Valley earning the 16-0 win.

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Moffat County soccer stays stalwart in home debut vs. Rangely

Nayeli Perez gains first Bulldog hat trick of season in 4-3 loss

The closest game yet for Moffat County High School girls soccer was none other than their first time home sweet home. Thursday saw MCHS girls take a 4-3 defeat to Rangely in the Bulldogs’ home opener.

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From bold Bulldog to eager Eagle: Moffat County’s Eddie Smercina signs with Chadron State football

It’s a nickname that’s already taken by another sportsman, but friends and family may be sorely tempted to start calling him Eddie the Eagle. Moffat County High School’s Eddie Smercina signed Wednesday to play football for Chadron State College this fall.

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The Bock’s Office: Disney’s latest live-action remake a real ‘Beauty’

Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme… You’ve known the story and its title tune for years, but that doesn’t make the new “Beauty and the Beast” any less magical.

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Lives, service of Craig soldiers come to light in history presentation

In a Saturday presentation to the historical group Preserving the Last Frontier, Jim Neton detailed some of the heroes who gave their lives in the defense of the United States, namely those from Craig and Moffat County killed in action in World War II.

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Weekend warriors: Craig wrestling teams rack up results at home, away

Bad Dogs Classic has huge turnout Saturday; middle school team qualifies 14 for state

All along the Western Slope, Craig and Moffat County athletes were busy doing amazing things Saturday, not only experiencing victory but also giving back to a former wrestling great.

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Moffat County track and field building speed, strength, character

The season began slowly for Moffat County High School track and field, but once athletes return from Spring Break, they’ll be kicking into high gear. As MCHS track moves into full competition, Bulldog runners, hurdlers, jumpers and throwers are prepped to amp up the speed and build up their distances to make a well-rounded year, which follows one of the best ever for the program.

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Craig, Baggs exercisers build better bodies together in fitness contest

Legion Fitness to host Highway 40 Throwdown this September

The intensity of a high-impact workout can be daunting for a single person, yet when it’s approached as a group effort the combined energy serves as a motivator to push past one’s comfort zone for the best body possible. Legion Fitness’s Wyoming/Colorado 2017 Fitness Competition saw 20 teams of Craig and Baggs, Wyoming workout warriors hit the gym hard for focused, often blister-inducing exercise and competition.

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Moffat County AAU girls basketball winds through Wyoming competition

7th-graders win Casper tournament; 8th-graders hold strong with tough opponents

Heading over the border paid off well for members of Moffat County AAU basketball. The seventh- and eighth-grade girls basketball teams recently competed in the 27th annual Casper Youth Tournament Casper, Wyoming, among more than 100 teams and multiple age groups from Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Utah and Nebraska.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Kong’ keeps going strong as reigning king of Hollywood

Besides the time period in which it’s set, “Kong: Skull Island” bears a great deal in common with movies like “Apocalypse Now.” But, though what the quarry characters are after is about the same build as the man who played Walter Kurtz, he’s much less demanding, at least in terms of salary.

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Moffat County girls golf roster fits to a tee

The Moffat County High School girls golf team has yet to compete in a tournament so far this season, but given the welcoming outdoor climate, their coach sees them as being way ahead of schedule compared to last year. Earlier access to the links at Yampa Valley Golf Course have been beneficial to Bulldog golfers as they harness their drives, correct their chipping and perfect their putting.

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Moffat County athletes on track during Rifle meet

Keenan Hildebrandt hits new best with win in discus; Riley Allen, Morgan Nelson place 2nd

With its first official meet of the season in the books, the athletes of Moffat County High School track and field now have good sense of their footing. Bulldog boys placed ninth and girls 11th of 22 schools at Friday’s Rifle Invitational.

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Moffat County baseball swinging for the fences this season

Moffat County High School athletes are back out on the diamond, and the Bulldogs are looking to make this season a real jewel. The MCHS baseball season is underway, with the Dogs ready to chase after a successful schedule of America’s Pastime.

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Season starts early for Craig’s Yampa Valley Golf Course

The greens aren’t quite as green as they will be in the weeks to come, but the mild springtime conditions in Northwest Colorado mean Yampa Valley Golf Course is open for business early. YVGC first opened up the course to golfers March 11 with only the back nine available and only for walking. With the continuing good weather, the full 18-hole experience is now good to go, including carts.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Get Out’ an eye-opening look at race that evokes laughs, screams

It was about 50 years ago that “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” was considered well ahead of its time in its depiction of interracial love. Decades later, a movie like “Get Out” makes a counterpoint that’s… well, hard to ignore.