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Andy Bockelman

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Moffat County football staying busy during off-season

High school camp, open weight room sessions begin Monday

The MCHS varsity football program is already setting its sights on success by preparing heavily for the 2015 season, including practice sessions that will take off soon. A 10-day camp, as part of Colorado High School Activities Association’s rules, will start players off on the right foot throughout next week as they get back on the field and ready to build a bigger, better team.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ a satisfying but cyclical sing-quel

Music and comedy go together well when they both work, but it can be tricky to stay original. And, while “Pitch Perfect 2” has both these elements in abundance, it’s hard not to consider it as being on a loop.

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Cops, Vets and Kids Fishing Day nets lots of fun for Craig

If local law enforcement was angling to put some grins on the faces of Craig’s kids, they succeeded. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office reeled in hundreds of children and their families during the annual Cops, Vets and Kids Fishing Day, held Wednesday afternoon. Hosted alongside American Legion Post 62 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, the event has been part of Craig since 2003 to let kids see police and other officials in a friendly capacity while casting a line into the Little Rascals Pond adjacent to the Moffat County Public Safety Center.

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Moffat County rodeo stars gallop toward nationals

Craig’s Yancey Weber wins state team roping honors; Kinlie Brennise all-around points winner

The quagmire of the Moffat County Fairgrounds this past weekend didn’t make the sport of the rodeo an easy one, but those who went into the mud fighting hard have come out clean on the other side and ready for more. Moffat County will send five high school and middle school level rodeo competitors to the national finals this summer, following the Colorado State High School and Junior High Rodeo Association Finals event held in Craig during Memorial Day weekend.

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Moffat County High School sends off Class of 2015 with last hurrah Saturday

The pomp and circumstance sweeping the nation hit Northwest Colorado Saturday morning as Moffat County High School sent its Class of 2015 graduates out into the world after four memorable years.

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Moffat County grads remember past, provide for future

Time has flown by for the seniors of Moffat County High School, and if you don’t believe it, just look at the class artwork.

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Dude Dent award ceremony a meaningful night for Moffat County sports

Alex Samuelson, Matt Hamilton honored as top senior athletes

The Lewis “Dude” Dent Memorial Award Selection Dinner honored many of Moffat County High School’s sports superstars Thursday night, capping off a year that has seen a great deal of athletic achievement.

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Passport to Reading hits goal of 6,000 books in third year

179 Craig elementary students party hearty at program’s reward barbecue

Some say the journey is more important than the destination, but for the young bookworms of Passport to Reading, the two went hand in hand this year. In its third year, Passport had the best overall results yet, with fourth- and fifth-grade readers collecting a record 6,066 books read throughout the school year to surpass the goal of 6,000. 179 kids from East, Ridgeview, Sandrock and Sunset elementary schools were able to attend the barbecue Wednesday that served as reward for all who had achieved a minimum of 20 books read from cover to cover from the fall to the spring.

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Craig schools pocket nearly $6k from Axis Steel fundraiser

Local businesses, community provide 65.4 tons of metal for recycling

After several weeks of collection, thousands of pounds of scrap metal have been gathered from around Moffat County, and local schools have a little bit more in their coffers as a result. The second annual Axis Steel Fabrication & Recycling PAC Fundraiser amounted to $5,904.22 for Craig’s educational institutions, including Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School, GOAL Academy and East, Ridgeview, Sandrock and Sunset elementary schools.

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Moffat County seniors get their game faces on for Dude Dent Awards

Dinner to honor scholar athletes of all grade levels

To excel on the football field, basketball court or any other sporting venue takes talent. To do that and also succeed in the classroom is especially worthy of acknowledgment. Moffat County High School will pay tribute to its best and brightest athletes during the annual Lewis “Dude” Dent Memorial Award Selection Dinner Thursday evening at the Clarion Inn & Suites, a night that will honor those who have played multiple sports throughout high school while still paying attention to their schoolwork.

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Moffat County girls fly to four state track championships

Kayla Pinnt breaks own records, repeats as 100, 200 victor; girls place 4th, boys 31st

The Moffat County High School girls track team had a field day during the final stretch of the 3A State Championships at Jefferson County Stadium.

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Moffat County relay team races to 3A state title

4x200 group 1st at state, Matt Hamilton wins 3rd in triple jump

The MCHS foursome of Emma Samuelson, Lauren Samuelson, Kayla Pinnt and Ary Shaffer claimed a state title in the 4x200-meter relay Friday at Jefferson County Stadium with a time of one minute, 45.03 seconds.

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Moffat County swimmers end season with state preliminaries

Relay team posts best time

The Moffat County High School boys swim team made a splash at the 4A State Championships Friday in Thornton, though not quite as big as they needed it to be. The Bulldogs finished the season with some of their best times to date in three events: the 50-yard freestyle, 100 free and 200 free relay at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center.

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Athletes shine during Special Olympics in Craig

It wasn’t looking like the Moffat County weather would allow it in the early hours Saturday, but eventually Mother Nature smiled on the fortunes of an activity that means a lot to some special people. The Western Area Colorado Spring Special Olympic Games took place this weekend at Moffat County High School, as about 100 athletes from the Western Slope competed in track and field, aquatics and weightlifting.

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Young hunters sharpen skills during trip in Moffat County

Parks & Wildlife hopes to expand mentored hunt program

Colorado Parks & Wildlife provided two young hunters with a mentored turkey hunt in Moffat County this past weekend, the honors going to 12-year-old Laadan Rothermund, from Craig, and Savanna Goodin, 16, of Falcon, near Colorado Springs. The two suited up in their camouflage and took to the northwesternmost part of Northwest Colorado, Douglas Mountain near Browns Park Wildlife Refuge.

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Tyler Davis signs to shoot hoops for North Dakota college

If you were watching from the stands in early March and you saw Tyler Davis being carried off the floor during the regional portion of the 3A state playoffs for boys basketball, you might have wondered if his career was done. However, he knew it wasn’t even close to finished. On Thursday, Tyler finished the paperwork to join the Jimmies of the University of Jamestown. The MCHS senior will receive a partial scholarship to attend the school in Jamestown, North Dakota.

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Moffat County’s Tiawna Smercina to play college volleyball in Sterling

The list of athletes from Moffat County High School’s Class of 2015 who will be continuing their sports in college continues to grow. MCHS senior and volleyball Tiawna Smercina will be bumping, setting and spiking this fall at Sterling’s Northeastern Junior College.

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Moffat County baseball ready to take field as 16 seed in playoffs

Bulldogs to play Lutheran in district round, could face No. 1 team Eaton

Moffat County High School varsity baseball has made it to the postseason for the first time since 2011. With a record of 11-8 overall and 9-5 in the Western Slope League, the Bulldogs were seeded 16th in the 32-team 3A playoff brackets, released Wednesday.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Age of Ultron’ a super sequel as Marvel keeps going strong

How do you top the biggest superhero moneymaker of all time? Can it be done? Should it be done? In reverse order, no, yes, and in the instance of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” it shouldn’t be about being bigger and better, because that’s where so many have run into trouble before. But, since when has that ever stopped Hollywood?

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Moffat County golfers take 10th at regionals

Poor weather in Montrose hurts state-qualifying potential

A cold, drizzly Tuesday at The Links at Cobble Creek proved tough for the Moffat County High School girls golf, placing 10th with a group score of 325. Of the four Bulldogs who attended, senior Katelyn Peroulis came the closest to qualifying for state — which would have been her second consecutive year at that level — taking a 98 tally for the day and placing 20th.

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Moffat County league champs in 9 track and field events

Girls team finishes 2nd, boys 4th in weekend meet

Another weekend, another meet for the members of the Moffat County High School track and field teams, but the last few days were a slightly bigger deal than any other event so far this season. MCHS took nine event championships during the Western Slope Multi-Leagues Meet Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction, with the girls team placing second overall and the boys fourth among 3A schools.

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Moffat County baseball sends off seniors, splits games with Coal Ridge

Two weekend wins needed for playoffs

MCHS split a doubleheader with Coal Ridge, winning the first game, 3-2, and losing the follow-up, 11-6, making them 9-8 overall and 7-5 in the 3A Western Slope League.

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Moffat County soccer picks up loss to Vail Mountain, win in Rifle

Bulldogs’ final game Thursday in Steamboat Springs

MCHS was officially knocked out of postseason contention Monday with a 3-0 defeat to visiting Vail Mountain.

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Moffat County girls golf takes 6th place at home tourney

Golfers driving toward regionals next week

As the Moffat County High School girls golf team swings into the last portion of its season, players will be likely be puttering around their home turf more, everyone chipping in to make the best possible results as a group. MCHS girls golf hosted the Moffat County Invitational Monday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, bringing in eight total teams from Western Slope schools and placing sixth overall.

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Putt-Putt Classic provides Craig with unique day of golf

All the amenities of the 19th hole were readily available as part of the annual Craig Putt-Putt Classic Saturday afternoon. The multi-business miniature golf game that includes stops at Mathers Bar, The Popular Bar and J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill attracted about 20 teams this year, ready to think big, play small and putt long in the game sponsored by Budweiser and B&K Distributing.

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Moffat County girls track team wins Clint Wells Invitational, MCHS boys take 3rd

Runner Kayla Pinnt edges out own school record in 100-meter dash

A day that included a 10-minute deluge couldn’t dampen the winning spirits of the Moffat County High School track and field teams. Bulldog athletes were at their peak Friday during the Clint Wells Invitational at MCHS, the girls capturing first place overall and the boys taking third in front of home fans during an exciting day that saw 10 event wins for the host school.

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4-0 loss to Roaring Fork hurts Moffat County soccer’s playoff chances

Bulldogs highlight 4 during Senior Night

Earlier this week, the members of the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team had one their best games, but their hopes for the postseason weren’t quite as sunny as the weekend began. MCHS lost, 4-0, in a Friday home game against Roaring Fork that brought the Bulldogs to 5-3 in the 3A/2A Western Slope League.

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Meet Moffat County's mascot

Daily Press quizzes Bulldog about his role at the school district

The Craig Daily Press recently caught up with the Moffat County High School Bulldog mascot himself to discuss the sports and activities of the institution he loves.

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High school students get jump start with dual credit

A student soon to graduate from high school planning to move on to the next level of their education may be have some considerable transitions in store for them. Although, the shock of college life will be lessened for those who start it early.

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Moffat County High School makes beautiful music

Measure for measure, the music programs of Moffat County High School can make some high quality sounds.

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Moffat County United Way engages community in Bridges Out of Poverty

Volunteers wanted to expand social program

A crowd of more than 60 attended a workshop for Bridges Out of Poverty, hosted by Moffat County United Way, Thursday at the Center of Craig. The purpose of the meeting was for people of all walks of life to get an idea of the Bridges framework, which provides classes for those experiencing financial and social strife.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Woman in Gold’ a solid story tarnished by awkward approach

There are plenty of pieces of history from the last century that need to be told, whether in books, film or other media. And, as important a chapter of the years past the events of “Woman in Gold” may be, its presentation still leaves something to be desired.

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Moffat County baseball sweeps Basalt in Tuesday doubleheader

A score of seven runs twice proved fortuitous during the Moffat County High School varsity baseball games Tuesday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs’ opponents, scoring the lucky number did not work in their favor. MCHS took a pair of wins against Basalt, 12-7 and 8-7, in a set of games rescheduled from Saturday.

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Moffat County soccer vanquishes Vail Christian, looks to Senior Night Friday

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team crushed the competition Tuesday during its game with Vail Christian, winning, 7-0.

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Youth wrestling grabs huge attention Saturday in Craig

While the temperature was frigid outside Saturday, the inside of the Moffat County High School was like a furnace with the enthusiasm of countless families and friends of young grapplers attending the Levi Weber Memorial Peewee Tournament, hosted by the Moffat County Youth Wrestling program. The considerable turnout included 415 kids from 18 teams, the biggest yet for the event, and athletes from Craig and Moffat County were in the thick of it, walking away with 27 total gold medals, 27 silver and 23 bronze.

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Moffat County soccer in playoff hunt after 6-1 win vs. Grand Valley

The skies may have been gray, but things were bright Friday for the members of the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team. MCHS took a big win, defeating Grand Valley, 6-1, and keeping the Cardinals on their toes from the beginning.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Furious 7’ fully loaded with action, drama alike

Somehow, they made it a heptalogy, all without ever once using a word on screen with that many syllables. Somehow, it became The Most Important Movie in the World. And, somehow, “Furious 7” is entirely enjoyable.

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Moffat County High School’s Lauren Samuelson to run track, cross country for Metro State

It’s a good thing Moffat County High School’s Lauren Samuelson enjoys running because she’ll doing a lot of it at the next stage of her athletic career. Lauren signed a letter of intent Wednesday to don the blue and red of the Roadrunners for both track and cross country at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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Steamboat Springs baseball comes out on top of Moffat County, 6-3, in 10-inning game

Baseball in Northwest Colorado means having to play in all kinds of weather, a fact both teams knew as Moffat County High School hosted Steamboat Springs Wednesday afternoon. What they didn’t expect was that the day would go so long. Steamboat took the game, 6-3, against MCHS in a game that lasted 10 innings and saw a small amount of snowfall as the Bulldogs and Sailors fought hard for nearly four hours.

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Moffat County soccer snaps losing streak with 1-0 shutout of Aspen

The Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team overcame quite a bit stacked against it Tuesday to finish with its first shutout of the season, winning, 1-0, against Aspen.

Craig to host regional museum group’s annual meeting this week

Craig will host the 2015 annual meeting for Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums Wednesday through Sunday, a convention for museum professionals across Colorado and Wyoming to learn more about gathering local and regional history, creating exhibits and utilizing communities to enhance the remembrance of the past.

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TMH sees healthy attendance for screenings

Hospital displays new technology during health fair

People taking their health seriously is always encouraging for a medical establishment, which means Saturday was a real shot in the arm for The Memorial Hospital. The third annual Community Health Fair provided Craig and Moffat County residents an outlet to learn more about the well-being of their own bodies with a variety of health screenings available at a low cost.

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Moffat County baseball vs. Rifle cut short Saturday

Bulldog defense struggles in 30-6 game

MCHS lost, 30-6, in a home game with Rifle that got out of hand quickly.

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Moffat County High School FACS program benefits from donations

Teacher: Contributions an ‘investment’ in youth

The disciplines that encompass Family and Consumer Science — otherwise known as home economics — are ones that involve a lot of care and attention to detail. When students of this subject receive such qualities for their education, they’ll be able to put that back into their projects. The Moffat County High School FACS program has been hard at work all year, but thanks to a number of generous folks, that effort is put to use on better equipment and materials.

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Amateur hockey team Moffat County Vigilantes coming together

Team organizer plans to have games starting October

This fall, there may be a lot more than usual going down at the Moffat County Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park. The venue is set to become the home rink for the Moffat County Vigilantes, a burgeoning amateur team put together by Chandler Holguin.

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Moffat County soccer loses to Basalt, Central to finish week

It’s been a busy week for the Moffat County High School girls varsity soccer team, and the hectic schedule caught up with them at the tail end. MCHS lost, 3-2, Thursday in Basalt, and 3-0, during a Friday home game against Central High School of Grand Junction.

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Moffat County High School strengthened by $2,000 AmeriGas funding

Like many educational institutions, Moffat County High School has been hard-pressed to fund some of their programs, but some of that financial burden has been lifted off their shoulders — two pennies at a time. AmeriGas Propane provided MCHS with a $2,000 check Thursday afternoon as part of the business’s School Days program, which rewards enrolled schools based on gas receipts collected from community members.

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Coal Ridge breezes past Moffat County soccer, 3-1

How much can coming straight out of a weeklong break affect athletes? At Moffat County High School on Tuesday afternoon, the answer was blowin’ in the wind. The MCHS girls varsity soccer team lost, 3-1, to Coal Ridge during a home game that left the Bulldogs 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the 3A Western Slope League.

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Craig natives screen short at Vail Film Festival

Movie a long-term project for Brendan Beachman, Alex Conner

The short film “Intersection” was among the many entrants in the 2015 Vail Film Festival, showing March 29. Though it may not have received any prizes, the world premiere of the movie represented a long road of blood, sweat and tears for Brendan Beachman, Alex Conner and all who were involved with them in the process.

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New Creation Church provides Easter prizes aplenty for Craig families

With cars overflowing from the parking lot, New Creation Church’s fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt saw hundreds of area children turn out to get their hands on some goodies, kids wasting no time at all in grabbing up the 12,000 plastic eggs full of candy and other materials. Participants as old as fifth grade took to the field to stuff all they could in their baskets, buckets and bags.

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