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John Vandelinder

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Craig Cougars girls hockey team hosts Grand Junction in season finale

To those who believe hockey is a man's sport, Glenda Bellio begs to differ.

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MCHS wrestling team bids farewell to seniors, sets eyes on next season

Moffat County wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez stood at the head of the high school's common area with a somber look on his face and a serious tone to his voice.

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Bad Dogs leave mark at nationals

Caddy, Pontine lead 7 placers in Denver tournament

The Bad Dogs youth wrestling team made the most of its final appearance in a national event last weekend, placing seven grapplers in the top four in the Rocky Mountain Nationals youth wrestling tournament in Denver.

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Girls soccer blanked in Palisade

MCHS can't catch a break, falls 5-0

The Moffat County girls soccer team, winless through its first three games of the 2009 schedule, looked to end the early season skid Tuesday in Palisade.

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MCHS swim team places 6th in Montrose

It's still early. The Moffat County High School boys swimming team didn't qualify any swimmers for the state championships in its first competitive meet of the 2009 season Friday and Saturday in Montrose.

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MCHS baseball team in unfamiliar territory

Bulldogs blanked on season-opening road trip

Tim Hafey's nightmare beginning to the 2009 baseball has gotten worse. Back-to-back 4-3 and 27-6 losses in Montrose on Saturday were followed up with a 17-0 shelling Sunday in Olathe.

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MCHS baseball falls, 4-3, 27-6, in season-opener

It's not exactly how Tim Hafey pictured the start of the season to play out. The skipper for the Moffat County High School baseball team said he was "disappointed" with Friday's season-opening performance in Montrose.

Bad Dogs headed to nationals

Fresh off an impressive performance March 6 and 7 in Grand Junction, the Bad Dogs youth wrestling team is once again getting ready to take the show on the road.

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MCHS baseball team opens season today in Montrose

Moffat County High School baseball coach Tim Hafey stood behind the batting cage on the Craig Middle School baseball diamond.

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NCAA basketball tournament begins today

The NCAA basketball tournament is called March Madness for a reason.

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Golfers take advantage of YVGC opening

The snow isn't quite melted, and the ground has yet to fully thaw. Ice still can be been found along the edges of the river that cuts through brown and yellow fairways, and a chilly wind still blows through its leafless trees.

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Craig Puck Ewes locked in as No. 2 seed

The Craig Puck Ewes women's hockey team concluded its regular season schedule last weekend on a positive note, and only time separates the team from attempting to win its third league title in four years.

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MCHS track team finishes 10th in Delta

Urbanoski, Nelson lead Bulldogs

In the first competitive meet of the 2009 season, the Moffat County High School track and field team used performances by defending state champions Erin Urbanoski and Alicia Nelson to finish 10th out of 24 teams that earned points Saturday in Delta.

Red Dogs hockey team falls in semis

Bruins end Craig's season, 3-1

The Craig Red Dogs were knocked from the playoffs Friday night, losing to the Bruins, 3-1, in Steamboat Springs.

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Mortensen named District 7 Coach of the Year

Accolades for Moffat County High School girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen keep rolling in. On Friday, The Women's Basketball Coaches Association named Mortensen District 7 Coach of the Year.

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12-year-old earns gold medal on state championships mat

Ashlee Griffiths isn't your typical 12-year-old girl. Sure, she's got a cute smile and long blonde hair, but the girly appearance ends there.

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Bad Dogs wrestlers chew up Classic

Craig youth wrestling team places 20 of 30 wrestlers in Grand Junction

Bruised, battered and beaten from last week's state championships in Denver, the Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling team didn't show any signs of fatigue Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction.

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12-year-old Craig swimmer out to succeed

Laurel Tegtman remembers the first time she swam in a competitive meet. It was four years ago. At 8 - an age when many children are looking for the next something to become attached to - Laurel had decided she was going to become attached to swimming.

MCHS boys swim team finishes sixth in Grand Junction Relays

The Moffat County High School boys swimming team finished sixth out of seven teams in the season-opening Grand Junction Relays - an annual tune-up event for Western Slope high school swim teams - held at the Orchard Mesa pool in Grand Junction.

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MCHS track team runs through Grand Junction

In Friday night's Central Relays, the Moffat County track and field team was just warming up.

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Girls soccer team falls in season opener, 1-0, to Rifle

They lost, but it would be hard to notice. The Moffat County High School girls soccer team fell, 1-0, Saturday in its season opener to the host Rifle Bears.

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Long-jumper hopes for 3rd consecutive state title

She weighs 100 pounds soaking wet, wears men's track shoes and has an unorthodox jumping style. But when Erin Urbanoski takes flight in girls long jump, none of that seems to matter.

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Road to Final Four blocked by Eagles

MCHS girls basketball falls to top-ranked Broomfield High School

The Moffat County High School girls basketball postseason run came to a screeching halt Thursday night at the ThunderDome in Denver in the game's first eight minutes.

MCHS track team faces tougher road to state

The Moffat County High School track and field team is being forced to change.

MCHS girls soccer team starting from scratch

The head coach is new, the assistant coach is new and nearly half the roster is new, as well.

Swim team out to prove Bulldogs can do more than doggy paddle

Hard work, goals and most importantly, believing in themselves.

MCHS girls golf team ready to hit the links

Last year, the Moffat County High School girls golf team consisted of three players.

MCHS baseball team back at work

Make no bones about it, Tim Hafey wants to win. He's used to it.

Injury riddled fall behind them, MCHS rodeo team eyes nationals

The end of the 2008 fall rodeo season couldn't come soon enough for Moffat County High School coach Dave Fleming.

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Bulldogs face top-ranked Eagles in Sweet 16

Moffat County High School girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen would be the first to admit today's Sweet 16 opponent Broomfield High School is a tough matchup.

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Bad Dogs finish 7th at state wrestling tournament

Leading up to the Colorado State Youth Wrestling Championships on Saturday and Sunday in Castle Rock, Bad Dogs youth wrestling coach Rodney Klimper said expectations for the team weren't too high.

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Jake Goodwin joins 300 club

Craig resident Jake Goodwin scored his second career 300 game Thursday.

MCHS seniors bought into Maneotis' basketball system

Despite being ousted by the Demons, coach Steve Maneotis said none of his players had reason to hang their heads.

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Bulldogs girls basketball outlasts Jaguar in overtime, 53-49

Thirty-two minutes just wasn't enough. The Moffat County High School girls basketball team outscored visiting D'Evelyn, 10-6, in the first overtime period Friday night, pulling out a 53-49 Sweet 16-clinching victory.

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Bulldogs girls basketball hosts D'Evelyn in play-off opener tonight

It's time to lace 'em up. The Moffat County High School girls basketball team opens the 4A basketball state championships tonight against the visiting D'Evelyn Jaguar.

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Tomlin heads to Australia, Hawaii for International Games

Maybe it's because a 1-2 finish in this year's state championships left a sour taste in his mouth.

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MCHS finishes off Conifer, 57-45

The crowd had gone silent. The clock read 2:33 remaining in the fourth quarter. Conifer junior Stephen Theiss had just knocked down a 3-pointer to put the visitors up, 45-42, in the first round of the 4A high school basketball state championship tournament.

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Bulldogs host Lobos tonight

The rules to the high school basketball postseason are simple: Win and stay in. Lose and the season is over.

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CMS girls basketball wins championship, finishes season 12-0

The Craig Middle School girls eighth-grade basketball team wrapped up its season Feb. 14 in Meeker with a 20-13 championship-clinching victory against Rangely.

Weekly wrap-up for Feb. 24

Each Tuesday, the Craig Daily Press will review the past week in Moffat County High School varsity sports, with complete team standings, schedules and past results.

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MCHS wrestling team finishes 3-8 in season-ending event

It hasn't happened in 22 years. When the dust had settled Friday night on the first three rounds of the 2008-09 high school state wrestling championships, the Pepsi Center in Denver was a lonely place for the Moffat County High School wrestling team.

Girls seeded 4th, boys 7th by state tournament committee

And so it begins. The Colorado State High School Athletic Association announced its selections for the 2009 4A high school girls and boys basketball state championship tournament Sunday.

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3 Bulldogs remain in state wrestling championships

The Moffat County High School wrestling team advanced three wrestlers to the third round of the 4A state championship Friday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

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MCHS wrestling team opens 1-3 at state finals

Charlie Griffiths knows the road ahead of him is tough. But the state's No. 3 ranked wrestler, at 130 pounds, isn't shying away from a little competition.

MCHS boys, girls host Eagle Valley at end of regular season

The Moffat County High School basketball teams wrap up their regular season at home today against Eagle Valley.

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Bad Dogs chew up Fruita

Youth wrestling team heads to Little Devil Wrestling Classic in Utah on Saturday

One week after placing 23 wrestlers in the Tiger Paw Classic in Grand Junction, the Bad Dogs youth wrestling team returned south Saturday and duplicated the feat in Fruita, placing 23 of the 28 grapplers who made the trip. Nine captured first place, five finished second, and seven ended the Mat Cat Invitational at Fruita Monument High School in third.

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Bulldogs close out Sailors girls basketball, 42-30

Moffat County used a stingy fourth-quarter defense to pull away from the visiting Sailors on Tuesday, handing MCHS coach Craig Mortensen his 500th win with a 42-30 victory.

Tomlin, Nelson and Griffiths qualify for state

MCHS junior Nathan Tomlin, senior Jesse Breslin and sophomores Charlie Griffiths and Cody Nelson are going to state.

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Win lands Mortensen at milestone

With Tuesday's 42-30 home win against rival and league opponent Steamboat Springs, longtime MCHS hoops boss Craig Mortensen recorded his 500th career win.

MCHS sophomore fixated on state title

Now a sophomore, Charlie Griffiths is a more confident high school grappler getting ready for another run at a state title.