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Andy Bockelman

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Moffat County High School's Selena Hernandez to make leap to college track

Senior to compete for University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

Moffat County High School senior Selena Hernandez sees her favorite sport as an ideal metaphor for persistence when the going gets tough. Though she has yet to clear every obstacle of her high school career, she’s nearing a finish line that will also serve as the starting line for something even bigger and better. Hernandez signed her letter of intent Monday to run track for University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, competing in hurdles and relays.

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Moffat County wrestlers ready for action

It didn’t take long for Moffat County High School wrestlers to get back on their feet, ready for another exciting season, and that’s exactly what their coaches want to see. The Bulldogs are gaining strength and speed in the first few weeks of practice as they focus on a slate of meets that will test their mettle, and head coach Tanner Linsacum believes his team is more than up to the challenge.

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The Bock’s Office: Final ‘Hunger Games’ nails it

In any fantasy or science fiction series, there are bound to be weak portions in the unfolding of a lengthy story. Fortunately, unlike the movie that preceded it, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” is right on target.

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Craig Cougar Peewee hockey opens at home with win over Summit

12U group 1-1 in weekend games, improving from previous season

After one day, the Craig Youth Hockey Association Peewee team already has a better record than they had all last season. The Craig Cougars 12U team split two games with the Summit Lightning Saturday in home games at the Moffat County Ice Arena that saw them open the regular season with a 5-3 win.

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Crabfest a tasty, terrific night for Craig

Chamber event sells out tickets for event dinner, comic, silent auction

Saturday night was a time for the Craig community to get cracking. The satisfying crunch of a fleet of king crab legs was a sound welcome to diners ready for a meal fit for royalty as part of Crabfest 2015, hosted by the Craig Chamber of Commerce at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

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Moffat County High School’s ‘Aladdin, Jr.’ to dazzle, delight audiences

Performances for musical take place next week

If there’s one thing to learn from the Moffat County High School theater program’s upcoming stage spectacular, it’s that big things come in itty-bitty packages, so prepare for magic, comedy, romance and all you can possibly imagine contained within the MCHS auditorium. The curtain goes up next week for the MCHS theater program’s fall musical, “Aladdin, Jr.” The adaptation of the Disney film premieres Thursday night as MCHS and Craig Middle School thespians prepare to enchant the crowd.

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The Bock’s Office: Good grief — ‘Peanuts’ revamp is great!

At this point, we’re not unfamiliar with a world where a doghouse doubles as a Sopwith Camel, all adults sound like a trombone solo and no one questions why a child is almost completely bald. Still, a return to one of the most beloved series of the last 60 years feels like visiting old friends and finding a new reason to love them in “The Peanuts Movie.”

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Life in the fast lane: Moffat County’s Kayla Pinnt signs for college track

State champion Bulldog runner to compete for Colorado State University

Kayla Pinnt is running toward a goal, and this week saw her take a huge step toward it. As part of National Letter of Intent Day, the Moffat County High School senior completed the paperwork Wednesday to run track for Colorado State University. The temptation to sign the letter early was great for the accomplished speedster, who didn’t win six state championships and multiple school records over the past two years by standing still.

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Brian and Kara Soper: A military love story

Craig couple share bond of time in Army, service in Iraq

Brian and Kara Soper look back fondly on their time served in the United States military. Yes, it was a way for them to honor the nation they love, but it was also what helped them find love with one another.

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Football playoffs: Moffat County falls to Brush, 48-27

Strong second half for Dogs can’t overcome 21-0 Beetdigger first quarter

In a face-off between old adversaries, the same team stayed in front, but it was a much more exciting match this year. Moffat County High School varsity football lost its opening round Saturday game of the 2A State Playoffs, falling, 48-27, to the Brush Beetdiggers.

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Moffat County Bulldogs speak up

The Craig Daily Press surveyed Moffat County High School football players and coaches about being in the playoffs. Here are some of their responses.

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Moffat County football primed for postseason

Bulldogs look to bury Beetdiggers in second consecutive playoff game

They’ve fought and clawed their way to where they are now with weeks of blood, sweat and tears paying off in reaching a bigger goal. They’ve been in blazing afternoon heat and cool evening temperatures alike, experienced fantastic victories, learned from humbling defeats, and the time is now for them to show they’ve got what it takes to be among the best. The second season is here. Moffat County High School varsity football enters the 2A State Playoffs Saturday, with a 1 p.m. kickoff at the Bulldog Proving Grounds against the Brush Beetdiggers, a game that will be the last of the year for the loser and a ticket to the quarterfinals round for the winner.

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Moffat County football to face familiar foe in playoffs

Coaches: Time to beat the Beetdiggers

In a season that has been centered on taking the successes of the previous year and enhancing them further, the Moffat County High School varsity football team has a unique opportunity. Sunday saw the official playoff brackets released by Colorado High School Activities Association, and within the 2A division, MCHS was seeded eighth, directly in the middle of the action.

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Moffat County sweeps conference, claims league title

49-23 win against Roaring Fork finishes regular season

The Bulldogs had good cause to celebrate Friday evening when they defeated the Roaring Fork Rams 49-23 for their final regular season game, achieving a 5-0 sweep of the rest of the 2A Western Slope North League and a conference title to boot.

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The Bock’s Office: Halloween movies to scare and surprise

There’s a vast library of scary movies, be they genuinely terrifying or laughably bad, reaching back for decades. You needn’t look too far back in the annals of Redbox or Netflix to find horror flicks released this year like “Insidious: Chapter 3” or the remake of “Poltergeist.” Still, you can’t beat a true theatrical experience when it comes to this genre, and it’s worth the price of admission if you find something suitable for your tastes among these films still in the cineplex.

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Moffat County football seeks 5-0 league record with Roaring Fork game

Bulldogs bound for playoffs as conference champs

The outcome has already been determined at this point, but Moffat County High School varsity football won’t be letting one distinction take their eyes off a bigger prize. The Bulldogs finish their regular season Friday night with a game against Roaring Fork on home turf with kickoff at 7 p.m., though the team has clinched the Western Slope North League title with a 6-2 overall record, so far 4-0 in the conference, an honor which gives them an automatic berth in the 2A state playoffs as well as rights to host a game in the first round.

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Moffat County volleyball set for league tournament

Lady Bulldogs seeded 7th among Western Slope teams

Moffat County High School varsity volleyball wrapped its regular season and looks to close out the year this weekend with a final event. The 3A Western Slope League Tournament takes place this Friday and Saturday at Grand Junction’s Central High School, in which MCHS sits as the seventh seed following the completion of the calendar with a 3-0 road loss to Grand Valley to go 2-5 in the WSL.

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Craig has plentiful pumpkins during Saturday events

Orange, white, pink or any other part of the rainbow, pumpkins are the hot item of the season, and Craig got its fill this weekend. Northwest Colorado had two separate pumpkin patches Saturday as Homemaker Furnishings and Wyman Living History Museum gave the area all they could handle.

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Moffat County football stumps Skiers 46-11

Bulldogs closer to league title with one game to go

In a game between a team that won by nearly 30 points in their most recent game and a team that lost by nearly 50 the same night, you’d expect some disparity in the score, but the numbers got alarmingly close for the Bulldogs in their latest outing, which may not be a bad thing going forward if you ask their coach. Moffat County High School varsity football defeated the Aspen Skiers 46-11 Friday night in a 2A Western Slope North League home game that almost completes the conference lineup.

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Moffat County outreach groups form bridges to address domestic violence

When facing an issue that affects some people more harshly than others, it’s important to remember that consequences can be widespread and it requires an entire community to take on a problem. As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Advocates-Crisis Support Services hosted “Take a Stand” Thursday night at Clarion Inn & Suites, a community awareness event to address domestic violence in the region and nationwide and all its ripple effects.

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Aspen game next step to league title for Moffat County football

Bulldogs hope for return to playoffs in season's final weeks

A win this week won’t be a 100 percent guarantee that Moffat County High School football moves on to the postseason, but it will make it that much harder for anyone to challenge them. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday at MCHS, as the Bulldogs host Aspen this week for a game that could send them to the playoffs for the second year in a row and, if all conditions are met, clinch the title in the 2A Western Slope North League.

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Moffat County soccer finishes season with Senior Night shutout

7-0 win against Grand Valley last game; Bulldogs could reach playoffs

Tuesday was the time for the Moffat County High School boys varsity soccer team to get down and dirty and hold back nothing, their soggy cleats and uniforms a testament to a season well played. The Bulldogs finished their regular year 7-6-1 after a 7-0 blowout of Grand Valley on their home field, a game important for the record book and the memory book.

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Christmas concert organizers calling for Craig singers, musicians

Holiday performance will include community choir, smaller acts

The holiday season starts earlier and earlier, but in this case, there’s a good reason. The Community Interfaith Christmas Concert is scheduled for Dec. 13, and organizers are seeking sizable involvement from all denominations to prepare a show unlike any other.

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Yampa Valley OHV Trail Riders work on Northwest Colorado roads

Grants allow group to maintain favorite trails

When it comes to recreational opportunities, one group wants to make sure the landscape of their favorite regional spots are well-tended. The Yampa Valley OHV Trail Riders recently completed maintenance on trails in Northwest Colorado after receiving funding from power sports manufacturer Yamaha Motor Corporation USA to ensure safe, quality riding in nature.

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Moffat County 3-0 in league play with Friday win vs. Coal Ridge

Bulldogs crush Titans, 39-12

After scoring nearly 80 points against a single school in the course of a week, Moffat County High School football must be exhausted. The varsity Bulldogs improved to 5-2 overall Friday night in New Castle with a 39-12 win against Coal Ridge, keeping them at the top of the 2A Western Slope North League, now 3-0 in the conference.

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Craig, Steamboat, Rangely players join Meeker softball on the diamond

Team in playoff round Saturday

Now in its second year, the Meeker fast-pitch softball team is moving into the latter stage of the season this weekend. The girls of Northwest Colorado have banded together this autumn and will head into the playoffs Saturday with a game against Brush on Cedaredge’s Field of Dreams in the hopes of advancing to the state championships. The squad, comprised of players from Meeker, Craig, Steamboat Springs and Rangely, holds an overall record of 9-9, 4-4 in 3A District 5, placing third following a doubleheader last week in second-place Gunnison (10-8-1, 5-3), a 9-8 extra innings loss giving Meeker the bronze, with Cedaredge (12-7, 7-1) claiming the league title.

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Moffat County cross country ready for regionals after Rifle run

Boys 2nd, girls 3rd in Thursday meet

The Moffat County High School cross country teams are headed into the final leg of their season, and it looks to be a strong finish if their latest event is an indicator. On Thursday, Bulldog runners competed in the last regular meet of the year at Rifle Creek Golf Course, the site of the Rifle Invite, where MCHS boys placed second overall, just behind Eagle Valley and girls took third after Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs.

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Craig teams triumph over Hayden in Doak Walker football finals

MCHS setting gives players additional excitement

Only time will tell if Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers will lead their teams to the 50th Super Bowl at the end of this NFL season. Their smaller likenesses, though, have already played in their own version of the big game and are pretty happy with the results. Craig Parks & Recreation’s Doak Walker tackle football program finished its fall season this week, as the top teams of both third- and fourth-grade and the fifth- and sixth-grade divisions were crowned.

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Moffat County soccer provides challenge for league-leading Vail Mountain

4-2 loss against top team shows Bulldogs’ 2nd half capabilities

The Bulldogs are 3-3 in league play after a tough 4-2 game with visiting Vail Mountain during which the Moffat County boys gave as good as they got to the top team of Region 3.

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Moffat County sports play for pink

Athletes participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month, honor survivors, victims

Moffat County High School sports teams are thinking pink this month. As part of the nationwide effort during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bulldog athletes have been wearing plenty of pink in their uniforms, including boys soccer, volleyball and football.

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Moffat County blasts Basalt, 38-7, in Homecoming hurrah

Moffat County High School’s pattern of win-loss-win-loss has been broken. Shattered, more like it. The Bulldogs were at their finest Friday for the Homecoming game against Basalt, taking a 38-7 win against the Longhorns.

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Win not in the cards for Moffat County volleyball Thursday

Lady Bulldogs lose 3-0 in Homecoming game with Grand Valley

The Lady Bulldogs finished their home season Thursday night with a 3-0 defeat by Grand Valley in a game that was also their pink game and Homecoming competition. MCHS girls knew going in it would be a tough one, and the Cardinals showed why they’re ranked second in the 3A Western Slope League, downing the Lady Dogs quickly in 25-14 and 25-12 sets to start.

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The Bock’s Office: All systems go for ‘The Martian’

When you’re looking at red, dusty landscapes without another human being in sight, you can either get motivated or get depressed. No, I’m not talking about being in Utah, rather the do-or-die hero of “The Martian.”

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Moffat County soccer splits Homecoming week games

Bulldogs conquer Colorado Rocky Mountain School, fall to Basalt

With two similar game scenarios — a tie at halftime — in both of their games during Homecoming Week, Moffat County High School boys soccer had a great outcome in the first instance. The other, not so much. MCHS had its highest-scoring game to date this season Tuesday with a 7-3 triumph in Carbondale against Colorado Rocky Mountain School.

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Moffat County’s Mike Bingham ranked 55th at state golf tourney

Bulldog shoots 91, 96 in two-day event

By the end of Tuesday afternoon, Mike Bingham couldn’t help looking back a few months, a time when he normally would have been out at Yampa Valley Golf Course perfecting the game he loves. With his attention on a summer job during the warm months, the only practice time he got was about two hours the whole season, which he certainly saw hurt him during his big moment. Bingham represented Moffat County High School Monday and Tuesday at 3A State Championships, shooting a 187 overall to place 55th out of 84 competitors.

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Moffat County football hopes to heat up with Homecoming game

When they last headed onto the gridiron, the Moffat County High School varsity football team endured a lot of moisture, but the forecast is clear for later this week, which hopefully means smooth sailing as the Bulldogs look to take another conference victory. The Moffat County Homecoming football game with Basalt takes place at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bulldog Proving Grounds, and it looks to be quite a show.

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Moffat County volleyball bludgeons Basalt, celebrates seniors

Whatever happens in the following weeks, Moffat County High School volleyball will always have Senior Night. The Lady Bulldogs swept their Basalt opponents in three quick sets Saturday, 25-14, 25-14 and 25-10, to escalate to 2-2 in the 3A Western Slope League.

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Hospital Glow Run lights up possibilities for Moffat County

5K raises funds for TMH Foundation, Cancer Society

Saturday night was alight with the many bright sights of the second annual Glow Run/Walk 5K hosted by The Memorial Hospital starting from the Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus.

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Moffat County cross country tops teams at weekend home meet

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.

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Moffat County beats Battle Mountain 24-7 for league win

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.

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Moffat County, CNCC rodeo finish fall with gusto

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.

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Moffat County boys golf shooting for state

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. 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.

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Moffat County football ready to battle for conference win Friday

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.

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Moffat County soccer gets boot from Roaring Fork

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.

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Pig roast, project day highlight Craig community’s faith

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.

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Craig Middle School football teams take down Meeker

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.

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Moffat County boys soccer setting, reaching goals

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.

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Moffat County opens up hunting opportunities to veterans

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.

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Coal Ridge sneaks past Moffat County volleyball

The Lady Bulldogs — 2-10 overall, 0-1 in the 3A Western Slope League — fell, 3-0, in a non-conference game against the visiting Coal Ridge Titans — 4-6 overall — Thursday night with sets of 25-23, 25-20 and 25-15.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Scorch’ a trial of a sequel to watch

The heat is always on to create the next big thing in young adult action films. Unfortunately, in the case of ”Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” that thermal overload proves too much pressure. Out of the frying pan, as they say…