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Andy Bockelman

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Heart of the Sea’ — Call me impressed

One of the greats of American literature has already been captured and mimicked on film enough times that to try it again would be like taking on a beast of the briny deep in nothing but a dinghy. Still, “In the Heart of the Sea” shows us there’s more than one way to attack a huge project.

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Moffat County wrestlers on the warpath heading to Warrior Classic

Wins at weekend duals, JV tournament pump up Bulldog confidence

The remedy for the wintertime doldrums is to get active, and the Moffat County High School wrestlers are making sure they’ve earned their upcoming seasonal break. The Bulldogs will complete the 2015 portion of their schedule this weekend as they head into their one of their most competitive weekends yet with the Warrior Classic for the varsity-level athletes and the Fruita Monument JV Tournament.

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Moffat County basketball wraps weekend at Steamboat Shootout

Girls go 3-0 in tourney, beat Eagle Valley Saturday; boys 0-3, barked down by Battle Mountain

The weekend had both extremes for Moffat County High School hoops, with a huge win and a disheartening loss. The MCHS girls swept all competition in their way at the Steamboat Springs Shootout, hosted by the Sailor teams Thursday through Saturday, with a 69-26 blowout against Eagle Valley capping off a 3-0 stretch.

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Moffat County girls basketball driving toward state this season

Earlier this year, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team reached an elite level the program hasn’t seen in some time. In the months to come, they plan to get to that point and further still. MCHS girls hoops have their eyes on the prize this season, with their time at the state quarterfinals giving them a glimpse at the greatest competition around Colorado.

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Moffat County girls edge out Elizabeth, 75-60, in Steamboat Springs Shootout

Bulldog boys bedeviled by Eagle Valley in 58-46 loss

Some Moffat County High School varsity basketball players were more on-target than others Thursday night, but hey — it’s a three-day event and there’s time for all to improve. The MCHS girls enjoyed their first win of the season when they took down the Elizabeth Cardinals, 75-60, to begin the first of a series of three games in the 17th annual Steamboat Springs Shootout.

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Moffat County girls basketball battles big in Monday’s season start

Coach: High-level play in 55-52 loss to Fruita Monument shows Lady Bulldogs’ capabilities

They may have been facing a group of big cats in their first game of the season, but the girls of Moffat County High School were far from the underdogs Monday night. The MCHS varsity basketball team lost, 55-52, in its season opener, a home match against Fruita Monument, a 5A school whose sheer size in numbers might have intimidated some, but the Lady Bulldogs hardly considered themselves outclassed.

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Cowboy Christmas showcases Craig’s generosity

Boys & Girls Club honors locals who make a difference at holiday event

Go big or go home. Or go to Cowboy Christmas, where the good spirits rise a little bit more each year. The 11th annual event hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Craig sold out tickets once again Saturday night as community members came in by the droves to support the local outlet for kids.

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Moffat County swimmers speeding to success with larger team

Too many people in a swimming pool can be a safety hazard, but as long as his team has room to maneuver, coach Jeff Wert’s position is “the more the merrier.” The Moffat County High School girls swim team has an abundance of competitors as the season begins, and the extra numbers can only be a good thing.

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Craig’s Sheyenne Cromer scores big in Junior Gold bowling tourney

Local teen qualifies for national competition

This past weekend, Sheyenne Cromer was very grateful for a turkey. But, we’re not talking about the entrée. Sheyenne bowled over the competition during the United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold qualifier, the Wild West Shootout, Nov. 28 and 29 in Sheridan, Wyoming. The tournament win put her in a position to attend the Junior Gold national event next summer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Moffat County winter sports have big start this weekend

Swimmers, wrestlers, boys hoops travel; girls basketball plays at home Monday

The temperature is getting colder outside, but indoors things are really heating up for Moffat County High School. The winter sports teams embark on their first week of competitions in the next few days, with several weeks of practices getting them prepared for a new season, both on the road and at home.The temperature is getting colder outside, but indoors things are really heating up for Moffat County High School. The winter sports teams embark on their first week of competitions in the next few days, with several weeks of practices getting them prepared for a new season, both on the road and at home.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘The Good Dinosaur’ — Is Pixar’s creativity extinct?

If you want to see a human interact with species that were gone ages ago, just check out… No, wait, “Ice Age” already did that. Well, if you want a movie about a father-son relationship… Whoops, “Finding Nemo.” Still, if you want to see Pixar and Disney create some cool prehistoric characters… Oh, yeah, “Toy Story.” And “Fantasia.” And “Dinosaur.” Remind me, why did we need “The Good Dinosaur?”

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Cowboy Christmas raises funds, fun through Boys & Girls of Craig

The spirit of giving is prominent this time of year, and the people in Moffat County have the opportunity to support today those who will be the leaders of tomorrow. The 11th annual Cowboy Christmas fundraiser hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Craig will provide a fun-filled Saturday night as adults in the community get to have their own entertainment in the facilities that nurtures local kids on a daily basis.

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Parade of Lights heralds Christmastime in Craig

The air was well below freezing Saturday night, but it was also full of the sounds and sights of everyone’s favorite time of the year. The Parade of Lights hosted by the Downtown Business Association brought the Craig community out and about to get in the holiday spirit as the Christmas season goes into full swing.

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Moffat County High School cheerleaders making some noise

As members of Moffat County High School sports teams take to the field or the court to sprint, catch, tackle and more, there are also those who are also putting their athleticism to the test in rooting them on to victory. The MCHS cheerleaders will be back in action this winter, using their brief break between football season and basketball and wrestling to regroup and reenergize to put on the best possible experience for fans of the Bulldogs.

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The Bock’s Office: ‘Secret in Their Eyes’ is surprisingly weak

It would be a cinematic sin to reveal too much about any mystery-themed movie. However, as “Secret in Their Eyes” shows, there are worse things than spoilers.

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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 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 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 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.