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Andy Bockelman

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CNCC soccer to fight final battle at regional tournament

Spartans lose last home games against Utah State University Eastern

The Spartan warriors of “300” faced impossible odds but never quit fighting until the final breath left their battered bodies, and though the stakes weren’t life or death Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park, so did their modern-day namesakes continue to fight through the final whistle. Colorado Northwestern Community College women’s and men’s soccer teams completed their regular seasons with dual defeats to the Golden Eagles of Utah State University Eastern.

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Moffat County volleyball copes with changes in loss to Cedaredge

All things considered, Moffat County High School volleyball coach Erin Knez has no complaints about how Saturday’s game went. The MCHS varsity took a loss to Cedaredge in three straight sets during a weekend match that was full of changes.

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Moffat County football falls in conference-deciding game in Basalt

In a season that has been full of injuries and close calls, Moffat County High School football had what may have been one of the biggest blows yet this year. MCHS lost, 20-8, to the Basalt Longhorns in a Friday night fracas that saw the Bulldogs fight until the very end.

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State-bound Moffat County cross country athletes hit new marks at regionals

Bulldog boys place 2nd, girls 4th; Riley Allen, Makenna Knez each take 6th with best times

The runners of Moffat County High School cross country are headed to state. MCHS boys placed second as a team and girls fourth Friday at Delta’s Confluence Park at the 3A Region 1 meet, qualifying the entire Bulldog bunch for the state championships Oct. 29 in Colorado Springs.

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Moffat County soccer caps off season with 9-1 win vs. Caprock

There was a stir of emotion Thursday on the Moffat County High School soccer field, but the final score had little to do with it. MCHS boys soccer finished the season 7-8 overall and 4-5 in the 3A Western Slope League with a 9-1 defeat of Grand Junction’s Caprock Academy. A 1-0 loss to Delta on Tuesday left the Bulldogs keyed up to do some damage against the Eagles, whom they had already beaten, 10-0, back in September.

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Moffat County, Craig Middle School cross country teams going full speed

High school seeks regional honors Friday, CMS runners attending state Saturday

Moffat County long-distance runners haven’t quite crossed the finish line on the season yet, but you can bet it will be a celebration once they do because they’re far from running on empty. This weekend holds the biggest races yet this year as Moffat County High School attends the 3A Region 1 meet in Delta and a handful of Craig Middle School runners make their way to the state championships in Denver.

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Moffat County sluggers ready for state tourney with Meeker softball

With a love for a sport that doesn’t have as many year-round opportunities as they’d like, Moffat County High School’s Julia Christensen and Mackenzie Marshall have been hitting the road quite a bit this fall as part of the Meeker High School softball team. Meeker recently qualified for the 3A state tournament in Aurora, which begins Friday in Aurora. First up for the 15th seed Cowboys is Rocky Ford, the No. 2 team in the division.

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Tigers take title in Craig’s Doak Walker tackle football championships

Hayden team defeats Packers, 38-13, in final game of the season

It’s easy to be a football fan in August, but a chilly Wednesday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds was an evening for the true lovers of the pigskin. The championship finals of Doak Walker tackle football, hosted by Craig Parks & Recreation on the Moffat County High School turf, saw some great games to close out the season for the fifth- and sixth-grade age group.

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Moffat County football looks for league lead Friday in Basalt

Bulldogs seek to defend conference title, move on to playoffs with win over Longhorns

Moffat County High School football coach Keith Gille doesn’t like to refer to any one match-up as “The Big Game.” Still, there’s no denying there’s a lot at stake this weekend. MCHS travels Friday to Basalt for a game against the Longhorns that will put the winner in position to claim the 2A Western Slope League championship. Both schools are 3-0 in conference play, while Basalt holds the advantage with an overall season record of 5-2 to the Bulldogs’ 4-3. Even though the two squads are the only ones in the WSL capable of finishing the year above .500, neither is completely in the clear for the title until the final week.

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Moffat County soccer on defensive with Delta

Bulldogs take 1-0 loss to Panthers, prepare to finish season Thursday vs. Caprock Academy

It may be a little late, but Moffat County High School boys soccer has been experiencing a second wind and not just because of the breezy fall weather. MCHS had its closest game of the year Tuesday at home against Delta, falling, 1-0, to the Panthers.

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CNCC soccer to wrap season this weekend

Spartans prepare for Utah State Saturday, conference tournament next week

The inaugural season is nearly finished for Colorado Northwestern Community College soccer teams, and though it’s been a difficult one, the fight continues for the Spartans. The CNCC men and women host their final games of the regular season this weekend at home against Utah State University Eastern.

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Sailors take win in Moffat County-Steamboat volleyball rematch

One side may have won, but Monday was not a particularly fun day for either team in the Moffat County High School gym. MCHS hosted Steamboat Springs, with the Sailors winning in three straight sets, 25-15, 25-9 and 25-12 in the rematch of the season opener that also saw Steamboat win 3-0.

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Moffat County volleyball fights fiercely with Roaring Fork

Coach: 3-2 Homecoming loss to Rams far better than Friday defeat to Delta

If they couldn’t take a win during a day that was both for homecoming bragging rights and a pink game for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Moffat County High School volleyball would at least make their Saturday opponents sweat it out as much as possible. The Lady Bulldogs had their closest home game to date this season, with a 3-2 loss to the Roaring Fork Rams, an event that took Moffat County girls to the brink in their play on a most emotional day.

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Moffat County soccer contains Cardinals in 5-1 Saturday win

Bulldog boys to finish season against Delta, Caprock Academy

With a pair of losses earlier in the week, a weekend win for Moffat County High School boys soccer had them feeling better than good. Downright grand, you might say. The Bulldogs were victorious Saturday in their Homecoming game against the Grand Valley Cardinals, winning, 5-1.

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Moffat County football slams Steamboat for Homecoming hurrah

Bulldogs sink Sailors, 18-0, in second consecutive shutout of rival team

The longtime Yampa Valley rivalry was renewed Friday night as Craig’s Moffat County High School brought in their most intense opponent over the years, the Steamboat Springs Sailors. MCHS celebrated its Homecoming Week by improving to 4-3 overall and 3-0 in the Western Slope League with an 18-0 win, the second shutout in a row of the Sailors, now 0-7 this season.

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Bulldog pride prominent in Moffat County Homecoming

Craig comes out for parade, pep rally during high school celebration

The bright lights of the big city shone like stars Friday in Craig. Moffat County High School Homecoming Week was in full swing as the entire community came out to support the Bulldogs celebrating the 2016 theme of New York, New York.

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Moffat County soccer has tough week vs. Vail, Roaring Fork

Bulldogs seek Homecoming win Saturday against Grand Valley Cardinals

The members of the Moffat County High School boys soccer team have taken some wear and tear, but they’re still standing and ready for a big weekend win. MCHS boys took a pair of losses this week, the first a 6-1 defeat against Vail Mountain on the road Tuesday, followed by a 3-1 home game against Roaring Fork.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Girl on the Train’ derailed by poor adaptation

With a form of transport as antiquated as a train, timing is everything to keep it moving the way it should. But, with the movie “The Girl on the Train,” the people at the controls speed along so much, we’re destined to have a crash.

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Craig Parks and Rec names Doak Walker tackle football winners

49ers win 3rd-, 4th-grade division; 5th-, 6th-graders finish next week

The Super Bowl is months away for the NFL, but for the players of Doak Walker tackle football, October is the big game. The third- and fourth-grade division of the Craig Parks & Recreation pigskin program crowned its champion Wednesday, as the Country Living Realty 49ers completed a spotless season to win the year, 24-21, against the Coldwell Banker Dolphins.

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Moffat County Powder Puff Football provides powerful punch

For the majority of the fall, the ladies of Moffat County High School are relegated to the grandstands of the Bulldog Proving Grounds, but Wednesday night the easygoing gals of MCHS got their game faces on for the gridiron. Homecoming Week’s annual Powder Puff Football tournament brought in five teams of tough talent for a high-energy evening with BFB (Bulldog Football), Tuff Enuff, Deep Threats, Los Matadoras and Night Hawks.

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Craig Middle School volleyball dominates districts

Bulldog football takes losses in Rifle to finish season

Craig Middle School fall sports are officially finished, with Bulldog volleyball and football finding some varied results in the their last weekend on the road. Of the four CMS volleyball teams, two came home from Meeker’s Saturday district tournament with a championship, seventh-grade A-Team and eighth-grade B-Team each taking the top honor of the tourney.

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Moffat County JV football tackle Titans to start Homecoming Week

Young players lose, 13-6, prepare for Friday’s game with Steamboat Springs

On Monday, Moffat County High School football players looked to make a Friday win against Coal Ridge twice as nice with another victory, this time at home, and while it may not have happened, there could still be ample time in the following days for younger Bulldogs to prove their gumption. MCHS Homecoming week began with a gridiron meeting between the junior varsity team and Titans, with Coal Ridge winning, 13-6.

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Moffat County teams tickled pink for October games

Bulldog volleyball, soccer, football prepare for Pink Games to raise cancer awareness

As is bound to happen in a sport like football, Jared Baker and his teammates have had more than a few moments of physical discomfort this season. Yet, it’s keeping in mind that others have had an even tougher time that helps keep things in perspective. As part of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Moffat County High School athletics teams will be showing their support for survivors and victims of the disease by sporting pink apparel and hosting Pink Games this month.

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CNCC soccer stays on attack in Utah games

Men’s, women’s teams travel Wednesday, Thursday, home Saturday

The Colorado Northwestern Community College soccer teams remain winless this season, but personal victories over the past weekend keep the program ever hopeful. CNCC Spartans were back on the road Friday and Saturday in Price, Utah to meet the Golden Eagles of Utah State University Eastern.

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‘Ready, set, glow!’ — The Memorial Hospital Glow Run lights up night

Running event benefits Moffat County Cancer Society, TMH Foundation

For those who enjoy running, all that might be necessary is an open stretch of land and a pair of supportive shoes, but dressing like a superhero or a children’s book character covered in glow sticks certainly doesn’t make the experience any less pleasant. The Memorial Hospital’s third annual Glow Run 5K provided luminescence, laughs and more Saturday night as about 150 participants sped along the property of TMH and Colorado Northwestern Community College.

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Moffat County football crushes Coal Ridge

Bulldogs move to 2-0 in Western Slope League play with 28-3 win

Two teams enter, one team leaves — it wasn’t quite the Thunderdome, but only one could remain standing undefeated in the 3A Western Slope League. Moffat County High School improved to 2-0 in conference play, 3-3 on the season Friday with a 28-3 win against Coal Ridge in New Castle. Both teams opened league play with Sept. 30 road victories, MCHS 36-33 against Roaring Fork and 1-5 Coal Ridge 31-22 against Aspen, Titans now 1-1.

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Meeker, Moffat County volleyball mix it up Thursday

High school falls to Meeker; middle school ready for districts after Baggs games

Near and far, Moffat County volleyball has been keeping busy this week. The Moffat County High School varsity team went 3-0 in a Thursday night loss to visiting Meeker, with the Lady Cowboys winning the non-conference game 25-18, 25-16 and 25-18.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Magnificent Seven’ a mediocre update that misses the point

The way the past is remembered is usually through rose-colored glasses, but as “The Magnificent Seven” shows, even when you’re trying to keep your sights facing forward, you’re bound to trip up by repeatedly glancing over your shoulder.

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Full steam ahead for Moffat County football vs. Coal Ridge

Bulldogs seek to repeat last week's league win on the road Friday night

The first half of the season may not have gone their way, but Moffat County High School varsity football players are back on track and ready to slam through their next opponent like a freight train. The Bulldogs travel to New Castle Friday where they’ll meet the Coal Ridge High School Titans. Both teams are fresh off a win in their first week of play in the 2A Western Slope League.

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Craig golfers sink multiple honors

Men’s Club ends Yampa Cup cold streak; Dan Brown, Amanda Back named club champs

The year is winding down for Yampa Valley Golf Course, but the fall weeks of the golf season have been ones to remember. The YVGC Men’s Club recently won the two-day regional Yampa Cup for the first time since 2011. The yearly competition between the Craig group and their Steamboat Springs counterparts was as fierce as ever, starting with Sept. 24’s opening round at The Steamboat Golf Club.

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Cross country stays on pace for Moffat County home meet

High school, middle school athletes compete Saturday; Leaf Cruncher 5K attracts runners

Northwest Colorado residents were on a good path Saturday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park. Multiple running events overtook the premises as the Bulldog Invitational hosted by Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School brought in multiple area schools. Friends of Moffat County Education’s Leaf Cruncher 5K and One-Mile Fun began the day with a fundraiser race along the same course that would be used later in the day.

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Moffat County soccer overtakes Aspen in overtime

2-1 Saturday win vs. Skiers follows 10-0 victory against Caprock Academy

An overtime win is something to be celebrated for any sports team, and while “to the victor go the spoils” stands, Moffat County High School boys soccer couldn’t help but feel for the losing side Saturday. MCHS earned a 2-1 triumph in extra minutes against Aspen, their first game this season to go into OT and one which was fraught with emotion.

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Moffat County football resilient against Rams to open league play

Bulldogs stay in front of Roaring Fork with 36-33 win Friday night

Moffat County High School football has grown to appreciate that three points can make or break a team, and Friday night they were just glad to be on the right side of it. The league opener for the Bulldogs resulted in a 36-33 victory against Roaring Fork while on the road in Carbondale, their closest game since the beginning of the season.

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Moffat County ready to ram past Roaring Fork to start league season

Upcoming games for Bulldogs include Coal Ridge, Steamboat, Basalt, Aspen

Whatever may have happened in the early season is something Moffat County High School football is ready to shake off because what’s done is done, there’s a title to defend and the hope of securing a spot in the postseason still alive. The 2A Western Slope League teams begin their conference schedule Friday, and for MCHS, that means a trip to Carbondale to meet the Roaring Fork Rams.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Storks’ doesn’t quite soar but gets the job done

Birds of a feather flock together, so if you’re planning to see the cartoon “Storks,” you might want to go with the group of friends who have a high tolerance for silliness.

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Moffat County volleyball comes from behind in Basalt

Bulldogs split vs. Longhorns, fall to Rifle; coach wants more intensity in Olathe game

Moffat County High School volleyball plays a game that’s back and forth by its very nature, but that was no more apparent than in its most recent games. The Lady Bulldogs are 4-9 overall following the past Saturday’s doubleheader split in Basalt and a Tuesday evening loss to Rifle.

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Craig Middle School football smashes Rock Springs

Bulldogs eye Steamboat rematch following wins in final home games

The scoreboard looked very familiar for certain members of the CMS gridiron Tuesday evening and pleasingly different for the other half. In their last games at the Moffat County High School Bulldog Proving Grounds and last home games altogether, both seventh- and eighth-graders took wins against Rock Springs, Wyoming.

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Moffat County cheer keeps pep going under new coach

They got a later start than most of the Moffat County High School teams, but the spirit squad has more than made up for that. The Bulldog cheerleaders are back in action and making their presence known during the fall season.

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Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School XC takes wins in Wyoming

MCHS boys team, Riley Allen, Wyatt Mortenson, Madysen Cramer each finish in first

Bulldog runners must be feeling like top dogs after this past weekend. On Friday, Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School cross country teams attended the Shana Ward Memorial Meet in Saratoga, Wyoming, and multiple Northwest Colorado runners took the gold.

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Visual wonders abound in Craig with new wooden artworks

Whittle the Wood places latest carvings in town; event organizers plan new online presence

It happens each summer as artistic expressions, flights of fancy or nature lookalikes come to tangible form as part of Craig’s Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, but it’s what happens afterward that show why the event has the staying power it does. The carving entries from the 17th annual Whittle the Wood were recently posted in locations around town, a process that involves a certain amount of planning from City of Craig.

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Moffat County football soldiers on against Resurrection Christian

Bulldogs’ 42-0 defeat to Cougars features Veterans Appreciation Night

The non-league schedule came to a conclusion as the Western Slope Bulldogs brought in the Front Range’s Resurrection Christian School. The Loveland team, previously part of the 1A division, clobbered Moffat County, 42-0.

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Grand Valley tests mettle of Moffat County volleyball

Bulldogs rally late in 3-0 loss; teams to play weekend doubleheader in Basalt

The first 10 minutes and the last half-hour of Thursday night was exactly how Moffat County High School coach Erin Knez wants her varsity volleyball team to play. What happened in between — well, there’s always room for improvement. MCHS hosted Grand Valley High School, taking a 3-0 defeat in three sets that could not have been more varied.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Sully’ lands well as depiction of recent history

A jet slamming into the middle of a frigid waterway may not have been seen as a best-case scenario before Jan. 15, 2009, but the film “Sully” reminds us that you can’t always anticipate everything that comes at you.

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High-ranking Resurrection Christian to provide challenge for Moffat County football

The last non-conference game of the season could be the toughest one yet for Moffat County High School football, but a victory will have them in an enviable spot as they move toward taking on Western Slope teams. MCHS hosts Resurrection Christian Friday with back-to-back junior varsity and varsity games.

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Craig Middle School football splits with Steamboat

Bulldog 7th-graders take double OT victory; 8th-graders slammed by Sailors

Craig Middle School’s eighth-graders will be marking their calendars for Oct. 1, setting their sights ahead with one thing in mind: revenge. CMS football teams hosted rival Steamboat Springs Tuesday night as part of the school’s fall sports night, honoring athletes on the gridiron, as well as those in volleyball, cheer and cross country.

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Moffat County soccer takes it to the Tigers

Coach: Players showed great teamwork, skill in 4-2 loss

The last time they faced a Grand Junction team at home, Moffat County High School boys soccer ran away with it from the start, but Tuesday afternoon was a much better all-around effort, if you ask their coach. The Bulldogs fell, 4-2, to the 5A Grand Junction Tigers in a match-up that was closely contested and a fine test of Moffat County’s skill set.

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Humane Society of Moffat County strikes out with Saturday fundraiser

Humane Society of Moffat County was bowled over Saturday night by community support. The yearly fundraiser for the area animal organization took place Saturday at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.

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CNCC soccer teams fight through series with Snow College

Spartan players fall to Badgers, continue to gain experience

The weekend warriors of Colorado Northwestern Community College soccer had another trying set of home games, though things continue to be looking up for the program overall. Men’s and women’s soccer fell to the Badgers of Snow College in two games apiece Friday and Saturday.

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Parrotheads create weekend paradise in Craig

Art n’ the Park n’ Lot provides hot spot for artists, music, family fun

Art can come from any variety of sources, and a vacant lot made a lovely way to spend the day Saturday in Craig. The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads hosted Art n’ the Park n’ Lot during the weekend, perching at the corner of Victory Way and Tucker Street with booths featuring the works of local artists and craftsmakers, as well as games, hula hoop and limbo contests, live music, a silent auction and more elements of the laidback atmosphere for which the group is known.

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Craig Middle School volleyball victorious in Saturday tournament

Moffat County High School struggles on the road against Coal Ridge

It wasn’t quite a perfect sweep, but it was a day Craig Middle School athletes will keep in mind for a while. All four CMS seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball teams were undefeated in a Saturday triangular home tournament bringing in Steamboat Springs and Rifle.