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Andy Bockelman

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Moffat County girls golf tees up regional tourney

Rifle takes 1st; Bears’ Elly Walters wins individual play with 73

If they hadn’t gotten used to wet conditions by this point in the season, the players in the 4A Western Regional Tournament might have had some complaints about the precipitation this weekend, but there was no keeping these girl golfers from playing a full round. Yampa Valley Golf Course was the site of the regional event Saturday, with Moffat County High School girls acting as the hosting team as 14 schools came to Craig.

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Moffat County baseball rocks Roaring Fork with comeback win

Saturday sweep puts Bulldogs in position for playoffs

Fortune smiled on Moffat County High School varsity baseball Saturday afternoon, even if the weather did not. The Bulldogs swept the Roaring Fork Rams over the weekend with hard-fought wins of 6-5 and 10-4 in the Western Slope League doubleheader that may help move MCHS to the next stage of the season.

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Craig’s Special Olympics event around the corner

Western Area Games take place May 14

The chance to compete is something everyone in sports strives for, and a select group of athletes will have their shot next week. The Western Area Colorado Spring Special Olympic Games takes place in Craig May 14, allowing those with disabilities to show their skills. This year’s Olympics will include both track and field and aquatics with the facilities at Moffat County High School.

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Playoff hopes still alive for Moffat County baseball

Varsity seeks three straight wins for postseason; JV splits Thursday doubleheader

With less than one week to play, Moffat County High School baseball is hoping to stretch its last seven innings of the regular season into a playoff bid. The Bulldogs currently stand tied at fifth place in the 3A Western Slope League following a Tuesday win of 9-1 against Grand Valley, a road victory that showed just how well the varsity team can rally given the chance.

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Moffat County soccer takes it to overtime in final home game

Bulldog goalie fulfills high school career objective with penalty kick goal

The MCHS girls soccer team wrapped its final home game with a 3-2 defeat to Rifle, a match that went into overtime and proved to be one of their finest outings of the season. The team’s last game of the year was originally to be a Thursday home game against Colorado Rocky Mountain School, but another schedule conflict changed it to Wednesday on the road for the Bulldogs, which moved up the Senior Day festivities as the team said farewell to Walker, Jennifer Aguirre and Wendy Gomez.

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Former Moffat County coach Roman Gutierrez headed for Hall of Fame

Gutierrez led Bulldog wrestlers to five state titles in 31-year career with team

For decades of service to his sport, a former Moffat County High School coach will be getting his due next week. Roman Gutierrez will be inducted into the Colorado Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame with a ceremony that takes place May 7 at the Marriott Hotel in Colorado Springs.

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Home meet is sweet for Moffat County track

Bulldogs place 1st, take 16 events at Clint Wells Invitational

The bluster of a typical Northwest Colorado spring day was well met by Moffat County High School track and field athletes who walked away from their home meet victorious. The Bulldogs won both the boys and girls overall title of Friday’s Clint Wells Invitational, and while having a full roster was beneficial, having multiple first-place finishes didn’t hurt either, winning 16 individual events, girls nine and boys seven.

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Craig students expand minds with after-school Spanish program

Knez: Elementary-level learning increases later mastery of language

Learning another language can open up the world to a student, and the sooner the groundwork is laid the better.

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Moffat County band program more than just music

Bolton: Music unifies, enhances ways of thinking for students

The members of the Moffat County High School band program have a love for music, but there are limitless possibilities involved in learning to master a masterpiece and it requires a large gathering of people to work in harmony.

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Craig’s Calvary Baptist encourages Christian elements in education

Private school shares faith with community

For students of Calvary Baptist School, the curriculum includes subjects like math and English, but both in and out of the classroom, sharing their faith with the world is part of the learning experience.

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Moffat County, Steamboat soccer teams mix it up Wednesday

Sailors claim 10-0 win in non-conference rivalry game

The Moffat County and Steamboat Springs high school girls soccer teams have had drastically different seasons this year, and though it was an effort to get the two schools together after two postponements, the rivalry game was one full of energy. The Sailors took a 10-0 win while in Craig Wednesday in a game that Steamboat girls eventually commandeered but not without an early resistance by the Bulldogs.

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Moffat County girls golf weathers tough conditions in home event

Western Slope teams to return to Yampa Valley Golf Course for regionals

The precipitation coming down Tuesday at Yampa Valley Golf Course may not have been as big as the spheres being hit by players, but it was enough to end the day early. Wind and rain provided a tough tome during the Moffat County High School girls golf Invitational, but when a wave of hail struck the course midway through the tournament, organizers decided to bring everyone into the clubhouse and call things off midway through the event.

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Fruita Monument meet sees Moffat County track set new school records

Girls hit new marks in 4x100-meter relay, 400 dash, 100 hurdles

Records are made to be broken, and that’s what members of the Moffat County High School track and field teams did Friday afternoon. Fruita Monument’s Phil Wertman Invitational was the site of numerous Bulldog bests as MCHS girls tracksters earned new school records in the 4x100-meter relay, 100 hurdles and 400 dash.

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SAPP’s pancake breakfast provides funds for Craig activities

Program emphasizes youth alternatives to drug use

A hearty breakfast is the best way to start the day, and a meal that helps support a healthy community is even better. Craig’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program served up pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee aplenty Saturday morning at the local McDonald’s as part of a fundraiser to support SAPP’s work in the area to promote education about use of illicit substances and alternatives for young people.

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Craig native Clint Wells runs big in Boston Marathon

Moffat County graduate wins race’s Master’s Division

One of the most prestigious races in the world took place earlier this week, and among the fleet of foot from across the globe were those who have called Craig, Colorado home. Craig native Clint Wells won the Master’s Division of the 120th Boston Marathon, held Monday, with a time of two hours, 24 minutes, 55 seconds in the 26.2-mile race.

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Moffat County girls golf stays steady at home

Perfect weather provides good prep time before home tourney, regionals

The conditions could not have been mellower Thursday at Yampa Valley Golf Course, the kind of climate the Moffat County High School girls golf team has been trying to find all season. MCHS girls hosted a triangular meet with Rifle and Palisade, shooting 324 in a day that was an excellent warm-up for everyone for upcoming events at Craig’s course.

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The Bock’s Office: Live-action ‘Jungle Book’ has the right kind of bite

You may know the basic narrative of “The Jungle Book,” but it’s a testimony to moviemaking when something with decades of familiarity can make you jump out of your seat in surprise at the fur, scales, claws and fangs that seemingly come out of nowhere. It almost makes you wish they could figure out something better than a red diaper for the hero to wear.

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Moffat County baseball bests Grand Valley in rainy day rout

Bulldogs seek doubleheader domination in Basalt Saturday

There were no injuries on the ball field Tuesday afternoon, but Moffat County High School and their Parachute opponents were playing through the rain rather than playing through the pain. MCHS varsity baseball claimed a 9-6 win against Grand Valley in a game that was considerably back and forth but even more wet and wild.

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Moffat County track heats up in Glenwood Springs

Bulldog athletes win seven events; boys finish 2nd, girls 3rd

Conditions were wintry for most of the Western Slope over the weekend, yet Moffat County High School track and field athletes had an unmistakable spring in their step. MCHS was on fire during the Glenwood Springs Demon Invitational Saturday, picking up victories in seven overall events, with boys placing second behind only the hosting school and girls third.

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Moffat County baseball slams Rangely, 17-9

Coach: Team ‘rounding corner’ as season progresses

Sometimes a close loss is just the inspiration a team needs to get a big win. Moffat County High School varsity baseball rounded out its week with a 17-9 victory at home against Rangely, a win that comes after an 8-7 loss Monday in Rifle.

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Basalt breezes past Moffat County girls soccer

Losses to Longhorns, Coal Ridge plague team after return from break

The week after spring break can be a tough time for a student-athlete as they get back into their sport, but the Moffat County High School girls soccer team has done their best as they return to the grind. MCHS girls lost 6-0 Thursday in their first home game in nearly a month, hosting Basalt.

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Moffat County golf anticipates upcoming home events

Girls shoot sixth in Utah; Bulldogs prepare for home triangular, tourney

The season has gone by quickly for the members of the Moffat County High School girls golf team, and thankfully they’ll be sending much of the remainder of the year on their own turf. MCHS girls recorded a 459 Tuesday in Vernal, Utah, at Dinaland Golf Course at a tournament hosted by Uintah High School.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Boss’ is business as usual

Recent movies like “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Big Short” have shown us how insane corporate antics can be, primarily from a male perspective. With “The Boss,” we see the ladies’ take on the business world through a highly progressive topic — baked goods.

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CNCC Craig campus aims to add soccer teams this fall

Men’s, women’s squads to join other Spartan sports

A new era is beginning at the Colorado Northwestern Community College Craig campus. CNCC personnel announced Friday afternoon that the school will be adding men’s and women’s soccer teams to the Spartan athletics program, making this the first sports team within the educational institution’s Craig campus.

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Craig’s summer events, concerts to be full of fun

Grand Olde West Days, Whittle the Wood have variety of musical acts

Summer is on the way for Craig and Moffat County, and with the warmer weather comes favorite seasonal events like Grand Olde West Days and Whittle the Wood Rendezvous.

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Moffat County’s Morgan Lawton headed to Harvard

High school senior plans to study sports psychology at Ivy League level

As much as she loves the state of Colorado, Moffat County High School’s Morgan Lawton was determined to spread her wings and fly outside her comfort zone after graduating. Little did she realize just how far she could go. Lawton was recently accepted to Harvard University as part of the Class of 2020, an achievement that, according to the MCHS senior, still hasn’t fully registered.

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Moffat County baseball powers through Pirates for first win

Bulldogs split with Olathe in Saturday doubleheader

Mild Saturday weather was most welcome for the members of the Moffat County High School varsity baseball team, but even more welcome was their first win. The Bulldogs were 1-1 in a weekend doubleheader at home as Olathe came to Craig, taking both a 13-7 win and a 7-2 defeat.

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Craig man faces severe wounds after Thursday explosion

Wagner family seeks donations for medical costs as patriarch recovers

It was a typical Thursday afternoon for Moffat County resident Daina Wagner, but a sudden explosion and what followed had her wondering if her life and the lives of her loved ones were about to change forever. Daina’s husband, Wayne, was severely injured while using a plasma torch in his workshop on the family’s property on US Highway 40 about six miles west of Craig.

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Yampa Valley Golf Course tees up 2016 season

New restaurant Mulligan’s plans to welcome customers in mid-April

Friday may have been April Fool’s Day, but the developments at Yampa Valley Golf Course were no gag. The course is officially open in its entirety as of this week, all 18 holes available to the public.

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Poverty education program enriches lives for Moffat County residents

United Way graduates 12 from class, accepting applications for fall session

Moffat County United Way’s “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World” honored 12 graduates Thursday night at the Center of Craig. Put on through United Way’s Community Impact Program, the class, part of the Bridges Out of Poverty initiative, includes 18 weeks of sessions for those seeking to improve their lives financially and otherwise for themselves and their families.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Batman v Superman’ — Expectations are the greatest kryptonite

There are few superhero clashes that every comic book fan has wanted to see on the big screen more than that of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” a youthful eagerness kept in check by a steadfast decision to hate the outcome before even seeing it. The casual film viewer should never trust a fanboy’s assessment on anything within pop culture, but yes, there are good reasons for the negativity you’ve already heard.

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Tournaments galore in store for Craig wrestlers

Middle school athletes headed to state; Bad Dogs Classic takes place Saturday

Near and far, the young wrestlers of Northwest Colorado are gearing up for a busy weekend. Grapplers with Colorado Middle School are preparing to attend the state tournament Friday and Saturday in Denver, expecting to place well if their previous performance is any indication.

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Moffat County’s Garrett Uptain ready to ride for Wyoming college rodeo

MCHS senior prepared to defend ranking as state’s top saddle bronc competitor

Garrett Uptain has had some wild times in the rodeo arena atop bucking horses and bulls, but now the sport he loves will be giving him a different kind of ride — a full ride scholarship. The Moffat County High School senior recently signed to compete as part of the Sheridan College rodeo team in Sheridan, Wyoming.

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Moffat County track running smoothly in early season

Huge turnout allows more coaches for track, field events

The Moffat County High School track and field program has never done things small, and it’s not about to start this year. MCHS has one of its biggest turnouts ever this season, with 75 students joining the effort to give the Bulldogs a heavy advantage in points as the schedule progresses.

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Craig hockey player Kaitlyn Shrode lacing up for national championship

Teenage athlete seeking spot on Michigan team for future

Most hockey players in Craig have already packed up their sticks and skates, but Kaitlyn Shrode will need her gear for a little while longer. As a member of the Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association, Shrode qualified for the 2016 USA Hockey National Championships alongside her teammates on the 19 and under AAA squad with CSGHA.

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Moffat County girls golf swinging back into action

MCHS, Yampa Valley Golf Course to host regional tournament this season

The time on their home links may be minimal right now, but the Moffat County High School girls golf team will be spending a good deal more time on their own turf later this season. The swingers of MCHS are on course for some big stuff this year as they welcome the warmth of spring and time on the fairways and greens. The seasonal availability of Yampa Valley Golf Course this time of year has kept girls indoors, using the gym of East Elementary School as a practice space to get the feel of their clubs as a new year gets going.

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Mental mistakes cost Moffat County home opener with Steamboat Springs

Sailors come back after weak 1st inning to win, 7-4

The teams of Northwest Colorado and their fans are used to chilly conditions, but even they have their limits. A Tuesday doubleheader in Craig between Moffat County High School and Steamboat Springs turned into a solo game as snowfall became too difficult to ignore, the Sailors coming out ahead, 7-4, a comeback win after trailing most of the game.

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Moffat County basketball seniors to play in All-State game

Morgan Lawton, Leah Camilletti selected as top tier by Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports

The state tournament is behind them, but the basketball season still isn’t quite done for two Moffat County High School hoopsters. This week, MCHS seniors Morgan Lawton and Leah Camilletti learned they had been selected for the All-State game offered by the group Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports.

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Moffat County baseball ready to step into successful season

Sizable program anticipating return to playoffs

The Bulldogs are ready to slug it out this season. The Moffat County High School baseball schedule begins this week, and a slew of players ranging from heavy hitters and burners of the baselines to powerhouse pitchers and fantastic fielders are prepared to give it their all.

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Moffat County soccer fights fiercely in first home game

Girls fall 3-2 to Rangely, play hard through cold weather

It was fitting that on St. Patrick’s Day, a team clad in green took a victory, yet the girls in white and blue had a little luck of the Irish, too. Moffat County High School girls soccer lost its home opener Thursday, a grudge match against Rangely that saw the Panthers triumph, 3-2.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Zootopia’ an animated animal of a different kind

As “Zootopia” shows, there are a lot of things that separate us from the rest of the animal kingdom, but it’s only when you see a critter freak out about nudity that you start to see how alike we can truly be.

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Moffat County girls soccer rebuilding roster

Bulldogs go forward with blend of veterans, rookies

Numbers may be on the smaller side this season, but the Moffat County High School girls soccer team has a long-term goal in mind.

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Season ends for Moffat County basketball with loss to Pagosa Springs

Lady Bulldogs finish 21-5 after 2nd playoff defeat

MCHS basketball finished the season at 21-5 overall with a consolation round loss of 51-45 to Pagosa Springs, sending the Lady Bulldogs home from the Denver Coliseum earlier than they would’ve liked. Neither squad was happy with the results of the Great 8 the day before, each losing to a lower seed and each knowing they might not get another go Saturday.

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Moffat County swimmers strengthening up for return to state

Senior Jesse Kurz looks to qualify for fourth year

Like a school of fish, the closer Bulldog swimmers stick together, the mightier they can be. Moffat County High School boys are back in the pool as their swimming season commences for the spring, and the guys are eager to take their year as far as they can.

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Moffat County girls hoops knocked out of semifinals by Lutheran Lions

Lady Bulldogs aim for fifth-place finish with match against ousted Pagosa Springs

In sports it’s not about how you start a game but how you finish it. Unfortunately, as the Moffat County High School girls basketball team found out Thursday, the beginning of a match-up can certainly set the tone for the rest of it. The Lady Bulldogs fell, 55-40, in the Great 8 round of the 3A State Championships to the Lutheran Lady Lions, the second year in a row the Craig girls have been eliminated from title contention by the cross-state playoff rivals from Parker.

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Moffat County girls hold numbers advantage over Great 8 opponents

Lady Bulldogs ready for rematch with Lutheran Lions

There can be only one. The top 16 teams of 3A basketball — eight boys, eight girls — take to the floor of the Denver Coliseum Thursday morning to determine who will see another round in the competition for the state championship and who will settle for middle of the pack. The Lutheran Lions, of Parker, stand in the way of the Moffat County High School Lady Bulldogs and the Final Four for the second year in a row, and this time things will turn out a bit differently.

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Bulldog Sports for the week of March 7, 2016

The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.

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Moffat County girls basketball state-bound with regional win

Lady Bulldogs take 74-53 win over Platte Valley; Great 8 rematch vs. Lutheran Thursday

Moffat County High School girls basketball players had an overwhelming sense of déjà vu Saturday afternoon, and that’s certainly not negative provided one thing from last season can be changed. The Lady Bulldogs retained their regional championship in a Sweet 16 round match-up with the Platte Valley Broncos, defeating the Kersey squad, 74-53, to qualify for a second consecutive trip to the 3A CHSAA State Championships.

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Moffat County graduate to swim at national college championships

Eryn Leonard ready to compete for Colorado Mesa University in fly races

She’s been a Shark, a Bulldog and a Maverick in the water, but Eryn Leonard is striving for a different title now: All-American. The Moffat County High School graduate will compete at the NCAA Division II National Championships March 9 to 12 in Indianapolis, Indiana, on behalf of the Colorado Mesa University swimming and diving team.

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Moffat County basketball dominates in postseason opener

Lady Bulldogs take 87-9 win over Eagle Ridge, set to play Sweet 16 vs. Platte Valley

If Friday night was any indication of Moffat County High School hoops’ chances in the second season, the three teams seeded above them better be on alert. MCHS girls basketball again broke their own record for the biggest win margin of the year in an 87-9 victory against 29th seed Eagle Ridge Academy to commence the regional portion of the 3A state playoffs.