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Andy Bockelman

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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.

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Moffat County hoops hosting first two rounds of state tourney

Lady Bulldogs meet Eagle Ridge Academy Friday; winner plays Monte Vista or Platte Valley

With 32 girls basketball teams entering the playoff race this weekend, the first day will see half of them eliminated from contention, and Moffat County High School girls intend to be one of those who make it to the Sweet 16. The regional rounds of the 3A state tournament begin Friday, and while Western Slope League schools Olathe, Grand Valley and Coal Ridge each take to the road, the Lady Bulldogs can look forward to a postseason start on their home court.

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Craig Middle School wrestling locks down win over Meeker

Team traveling to Steamboat, Montrose

Anyone who thinks athletes younger than high school age can’t get a crowd excited clearly wasn’t in the Craig Middle School gym Tuesday. CMS wrestlers have only one outing on their home mats this season, and they made it count with a 70-21 dual against Meeker in which the Bulldog varsity grapplers got the crowd making some noise.

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Moffat County’s Dusty Taylor ropes his way onto Wyoming rodeo team

Taylor brothers to reunite, compete at university level

For the past six years, Dusty Taylor has been a Bulldog in high school and middle school, but even before and during that time, he was a cowboy. And, he’ll carry that title even more so now. The Moffat County High School senior signed his letter of intent Tuesday to join the rodeo team at University of Wyoming.

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Moffat County girls earn fourth straight district title

Hoops team ready for regional rounds of postseason at home

MCHS girls are four for four against Olathe in the 3A Western Slope League District Championship game, taking a 64-55 win Saturday to advance to the regional round of the postseason with a 19-3 record.

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Moffat County girls basketball set for district championship game

Huge victory over Coal Ridge good sign moving to finals with Olathe

It’s a familiar scenario for many of the members of the Moffat County High School girls basketball program, but they’re just as excited for it as the younger players. The Lady Bulldogs will fight for the district championship Saturday in Grand Junction after a 78-23 Friday win against Coal Ridge put them in the finals against Olathe.

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Moffat County spring sports ready to go, weather or not

Baseball, soccer, golf, swimming, track, rodeo prepare for coming seasons

Practices officially begin Monday for the spring sports seasons at Moffat County High School, with the track and field, baseball, girls golf, girls soccer, boys swimming and rodeo teams gearing up for competition, first meeting Thursday night.

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Yampa Valley Young Professionals promote positive change in Craig

The members of Yampa Valley Young Professionals have their minds set on a goal of rallying their generation to enhance the future of their community and to inspire coming generations to do the same.

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Student government strives to keep ‘community’ in college, students active in outreach

At any level, an educational institution needs to know how it can best meet the needs of its body of pupils, and that’s what the Colorado Northwestern Community College student government strives to do.

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The Bock’s Office: Who will win Oscar gold?

The 88th annual Academy Awards takes place this Sunday, and even amid the various Hollywood outrages about snubs, boycotts and all the political hubbub that’s part of the battle for the statuette, the show must go on. Here are my selections for the likely winners based on both trends and gut instinct, as well as a few thoughts on whether or not the heavy favorite is indeed the best of the bunch.

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Moffat County girls hoops presses forward in districts with Tuesday win

Boys basketball ends season 7-13 with loss in Basalt

Tuesday was a mixed bag for the members of Moffat County High School basketball teams. First the good news: the Lady Bulldogs are set for the remainder of the Western Slope League district tournament after a 62-16 win against Aspen to keep them among the top four WSL teams who will be playing in Grand Junction this weekend.

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Craig kids claim first, second places in state level of Elks Hoop Shoot

Jacie Evenson qualifies for regional round of youth basketball contest

Jacie Evenson and Tanner Etzler represented their hometown with pride this weekend during the state round of the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest Saturday in Salida. Evenson, a Craig Middle School sixth-grader, claimed the honor of the top shooter in Colorado among 10- and 11-year-old girls, placing first by putting 14 out of a possible 25 free throws in the bucket, having attended state previously in 2014.

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Moffat County basketball completes regular season with wins in Aspen

Girls claim WSL title with 84-10 victory; boys win 49-43, prepare for Basalt

The regular season ended on a high note for Moffat County High School hoops, a whole octave higher than usual for one team.

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Player injury ends game early for Moffat County Bulldog hockey team

Hit on Dommeniqc Bell finishes match with Glenwood Springs 7-0

An already tough match-up Saturday morning at the Moffat County Ice Arena took an unfortunate turn late in the game for the Bulldogs. The Craig Youth Hockey Association 18U Midget ended its game with Glenwood Springs early when Bulldog forward Dommeniqc Bell was injured with five minutes remaining on the clock.

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Moffat County girls hoops nails down top spot in league with win over Grand Valley

Bulldog boys place sixth in league with loss to Cardinals

The stakes were high for Moffat County High School basketball teams Friday with a league championship in the works for one squad and possibly the last home outing for 11 senior Bulldogs. It was a memorable Senior Night in the MCHS gym as Grand Valley came into the Dog House, Cardinals teams prepared to shake things up in the Western Slope League rankings in the last week of the regular season.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Deadpool’ is dead funny comic book movie

Protecting the innocent and providing a positive role model for today’s youth to emulate is all well and good, but there’s something to be said for someone who can unleash a litany of swears between eviscerating his enemies and still be the most likeable guy on screen. Enter “Deadpool.”

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Moffat County School District hosting series of meetings for stakeholders

Someone in Moffat County School District has some homework, and it’s not the students. In the first of a series of stakeholder meetings, MCSD welcomed parents and community members to provide input on the difficulties the district is facing. The Wednesday gathering, held at the Clarion Inn & Suites, brought together MCSD employees, members of the board of education and other people wanting to weigh in on the matter.

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Moffat County Thunder Cheer electrifies competition

Mini team wins age group at Aloha Denver

Leave it to a cheer squad to get right back into the competitive spirit. The young athletes of Moffat County Thunder Cheer walked away feeling like some big kahunas after their latest competition, Aloha Denver, hosted this past weekend as part of the Aloha International Spirit Championships.

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Curtice accepts new job with Garfield school district

Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice accepted a superintendent position at Garfield Re-2 late Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release.

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Craig’s love affair with Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate continues

Downtown Business Association’s 21st annual Art Walk and 10th annual Taste of Chocolate welcomed lovers and friends alike to experience different forms of art and a checklist of sweet treats.

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The Bock’s Office: Lots of love films available for Valentine viewing

Valentine’s Day: a portion of the calendar devoted to romance that also happens to occur right in the dead of winter. No wonder Hollywood has so many love stories out this time of year. Whether your tastes have you wanting to flock to theaters to see Nicholas Sparks fare “The Choice,” the rom-com “How to Be Single” or the alternative period piece “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” — Jane Austen absolutely would have written Elizabeth Bennet as a slayer of the undead if she had thought of it — remember there is a bounty of options, many that have been released in the past year or two.

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Craig’s AJ Stoffle injured in snocross spill

Teenage rider’s racing season ends with spinal compression fracture; plans to return next winter

AJ Stoffle has had some close calls in a sport in which he’s spent more than two-thirds of his life, but he and his family are infinitely thankful his most recent race wasn’t an instance of him crossing the finish line far sooner than intended. Craig snowmobiler AJ was injured during the weekend’s US Air Force Snocross National in Salamanca, New York, as part of the Sport class of AMSOIL Championship Snocross.

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Western Slope Championships see Moffat County swimmers place 11th

Coach: Athletes set 18 new personal bests to complete season

The season is complete for Moffat County High School girls swimming, and though none of the Bulldogs will continue to state, many on the team made a splash at the regional event. MCHS placed 11th of 12 teams at the 4A Western Slope League Championships Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction, one of the smaller schools to attend.

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Moffat County girls bounce back with big win vs. Basalt

Lady Bulldogs retain 1st place in conference, seek to keep it that way

Before they even stepped foot in the Moffat County High School gym Saturday, the Basalt girls basketball team knew they would have a trying day, but the Lady Bulldogs had some frustrations to work out beyond the normal gameplay. MCHS girls varsity hoops corralled the Longhorns, 77-36, to move to 12-3 overall and 9-1 in the 3A Western Slope League.

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Moffat County boys blow away Basalt in high-energy hoops game

Bulldogs take 4th consecutive win, move to 4th place in league

Bulldog basketball was in fine form at home this weekend as the boys varsity team triumphed 50-37 against the Basalt Longhorns.

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Moffat County boys C-Team stomps Steamboat Springs in final game

The season is in the books for Moffat County High School boys C-Team basketball, and that book reads 14-3. The younger Bulldogs finished their year with a home game against Steamboat Springs, taking a 55-30 victory, the fourth win over the Sailors this season.

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Rifle dual proves promising for Moffat County wrestling

Bulldogs take 45-23 win over Bears, celebrate seniors, look to regionals

When there’s one last chance to prove yourself in front of your fans, you better bet you’ll do all you can to make it count. Moffat County High School wrestling had the home crowd in hysterics Thursday night with a 45-23 win against Rifle, the final event home or otherwise for the Bulldogs in their regular season leading up to the regional tournament.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ has punch but gets winded in finale

Any good sequel should allow a storyline come full circle, but like a pair of pants attempting to cover a gargantuan gut, “Kung Fu Panda 3” doesn’t quite get there.

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Craig Squirts hockey team doesn’t quit against Vail

It’s been an uphill climb at times, but the season has still been a memorable one for members of the Craig Youth Hockey Association’s Squirts team. The 10 and under Craig Cougars faced tough opposition this weekend as the Vail Mountaineers came to town.

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Craig’s Mite Jamboree cool experience for young hockey players

This weekend, athletes who are at a formative age picked up skills that will last them a lifetime and had a lot of fun in the meantime. The Craig Youth Hockey Association Mite Jamboree brought in teams from Oak Creek, Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Vernal, Utah, for several straight hours of hockey Saturday morning at the Moffat County Ice Arena. Two Craig teams were in the mix among the array of ages 8 and under groups on the ice, two games at a time.

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Moffat County basketball sweeps Skiers

Bulldogs take solid wins at home vs. Aspen; restart league schedule in Gunnison

For most skiers, snowfall has mostly positive associations, but when the team of the same name came to Craig, a blizzard of points against them wasn’t what they wanted. Moffat County High School hoops recorded four straight wins Friday night, hosting Aspen teams, as the Bulldogs defended their home court against the last school in the Western Slope League they had yet to see.

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Moffat County cheerleaders bring the thunder

Spirit team to compete again in Denver, aiming for Hawaii trip

The past weekend gave a lot of young athletes reason to be in good spirits. Moffat County Thunder Cheer had another successful stint at the JAMfest Nationals Saturday and Sunday in Denver with each of three teams taking home awards.

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Moffat County hoops has rocking games with Roaring Fork

Girls 5-0 in league after 63-20 win; boys lose heartbreaker, 47-44

With a loss behind them in each of their most recent games, the Moffat County High School basketball teams were ready to turn things around Friday night as Carbondale’s Roaring Fork came to Craig.

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Moffat County wrestling 2-0 in triangular with Hayden, Basalt

Low numbers hurt Hayden score, but Tigers still provide fight

In a sport where the objective is to force your opponent into submission, Moffat County High School wrestlers were top dogs in more ways than one Thursday night. A triangular event in Craig earned two team victories for MCHS as the Bulldogs went back to back against Basalt and Hayden.

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Home sweet home for Moffat County wrestlers during Meeker dual

Bulldogs prepare for triangular with Basalt, Hayden

With week after week going by seeing competitors from every conceivable school from Colorado and even Utah and Wyoming, Tuesday was something of a relief for Moffat County High School wrestlers to be back in their own setting. The Dog House was loud and proud Tuesday night as MCHS hosted a dual with Meeker.

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Moffat County basketball speeds through games in Basalt

Ladies lasso Longhorns; boys can’t come back from 1st half deficit

Friday flew by for Moffat County High School basketball players, but the idea that time flies when you’re having fun wasn’t quite true for all Bulldogs.

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The Bock’s Office: Top 10 films of 2015

Another year has come and gone, and the highlights have shone through greatly. Some of the best movies have found widespread audiences and made lots of cash, while others remain obscure. Here are my thoughts on what was most worth watching.

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Craig teams dive into action for inaugural dodgeball league

Adult co-ed program successful for Parks & Recreation

Many sports require athletes to keep a ball in their hands in order to score points, but there is a game where never once making contact with a colorful sphere will help bring about a win. Craig Parks and Recreation recently began a co-ed dodgeball league for adults, and there’s been no missing the fun during the games in the Craig Middle School gym.

Moffat County swimmers on pace to see state races

Bulldogs anticipating upcoming meets in Aspen, Delta, Lakewood

Though their activity may have the briefest of the winter sports seasons, Moffat County High School girls swimmers are making the most of it. MCHS again swam in Montrose over the weekend as part of a smaller meet than the invitational hosted there in December.

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Moffat County wrestlers stay strong at Tournament of Champions

Bulldogs take multiple honors at Vernal, Utah, event

Another weekend, another grapple with glory. Moffat County High School wrestlers took on another big tournament to begin 2016, and again the Bulldogs visited the podium. The Tournament of Champions in Vernal, Utah, saw MCHS athletes finish highly in both the varsity and junior varsity tiers.