Joshua Gordon is a graduate of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich. He earned his bachelor’s degree in news editorial journalism. He started his internship at the Craig Daily Press in May 2010 and joined the staff full-time in December 2010.
He was raised in Pittsford, Mich., and attended Pittsford High School. Being a sports fan, he enjoys following the Duke Blue Devils, Michigan Wolverines, Detroit Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons as well as the Green Bay Packers. In his free time, he enjoys snowboarding, camping, reading and playing soccer and basketball.
When she was 5, Jodi Stanley went to Casper (Wyo.) College with her father. It was her first time in a city bigger than Baggs, Wyo., and her first time on a college campus. One thing above all others stuck out to Stanley on the trip — an outdoor basketball court. With lights surrounding the court, Stanley said she was fascinated by the idea of being able to play ball at any time of the day.
Johnny Landa never would have guessed what started out as a challenge would develop into a passion Two years ago as a sophomore, Landa said friend and running partner Alfredo Lebron made fun of him saying he wouldn’t be able to make it on the Moffat County High School track and field team. Not one to back down, Landa signed up to run.
As the 100-yard freestyle race came to a close Saturday in Montrose, swimmers and coaches alike where cheering on the athlete in the outside lane. It wasn’t a record-breaking performance or a swimmer pushing for a state-qualifying time. Curtis Bowser was 20 seconds behind every other swimmer in his heat, but his last-place finish wasn’t the real story. Bowser, a Moffat County High School sophomore, had hardly been in a pool in his 16 years let alone been a competitive swimmer before joining the MCHS boys swimming team this season.
For 34 years, Craig Mortensen got to run the Moffat County High School basketball program the way he wanted. Whether coaching the boys or girls team, Mortensen always had the final say for the Bulldogs. However as an assistant coach for the Adams State College women’s basketball team, Mortensen was in a position to learn as well as teach. “Every coaching style is different and every coach has a different way of doing things,” Mortensen said. “As an assistant coach, I got to see how a team was ran from someone else’s viewpoint and I learned more about the game of basketball.
71-year-old driver was also at the wheel in May 2011 crash
A Moffat County School District bus crashed Monday morning, knocking down a light fixture in the baseball field at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave., before the bus came to a halt. The accident occurred around 8 a.m. Monday after bus driver Patricia Hering, 71, dropped CMS students off at the main building before starting her normal route back to the bus garage north of the school. Bryan Gonzalez, a Craig Police Department corporal, said as Hering drove the bus back to the garage, she rear-ended the bus in front of her before heading in a northwest direction into the field behind the baseball diamond.
The Moffat County High School football season ended in November, but it only marked the beginning of the next season for head coach Kip Hafey. With four months until practice officially begins for the football team, Hafey said he has met with his assistant coaches every week since the season ended “We want to give as many opportunities to our players to develop as we can, but I also want to do that for my coaches,” Hafey said. “This is the offseason, but we are still developing ideas and schemes for offense, defense and special teams so we can implement them and improve.” Hafey, like most high school coaches, doesn’t stop his coaching duties when the last game is played.
From line drives to base hits, the Moffat County High School varsity baseball team struggled to slow the Delta offense Saturday on the road. In the Bulldogs first doubleheader since March 30, MCHS gave up four runs in the first inning in both games, falling 13-6 in the first and 20-1 in the second. “Delta came out swinging in the first game and hit the ball really well all day,” head coach Justin Folley said. “They had some hits in each game, but we made some mistakes in the field that cost us. But, when they come out swinging like they did, it is without a doubt hard to stop them.” Senior Ivan Nielsen started at pitcher in the first game for the Bulldogs, who dropped to 3-8 overall and 1-5 in the Western Slope League.
If the doors of the Little Snake River Valley School are open, chances are Mike Bates is somewhere to be found on the small campus in Baggs, Wyo. Monday through Thursday, Bates is a social studies teacher, tutoring students on his favorite subject — history — at LSRV. After school days in the fall, Bates is on the football field preparing his six-man football team for the next opponent and in the spring, he is on the track helping sprinters develop speed. Even in the winter, when Bates isn’t a coach for the Rattlers, he is often seen sitting in the corner near the door watching the school’s successful basketball teams defend their home court.
Tony Peroulis said getting ideas out in the open is the only way to get them in motion. At the Moffat County Booster Club meeting Thursday in the auditorium at Moffat County High School, Peroulis, the club president, listened to the members in attendance as they threw out ideas on raising money and brining in new members. “We have started with small steps,” Peroulis said to the members. “But, the main thing is that we are getting started. “We have crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s and come together, but we can’t let ideas sit ideal.”
Harry Tripp was no stranger to success on a soccer field in high school. As a sophomore, junior and senior, Harry, who primarily played defense, helped lead his team to the Colorado boys state soccer tournament, advancing as far as the Elite 8. However right out of high school, Harry and his wife, Erica, had their first daughter, Skylar, which Harry said made him put his soccer playing days on the back burner. “When we had Skylar, Erica and I moved here to Craig from the Denver area because I had a job at the coal mine,” he said. “I still played in some adult soccer leagues, but nothing really hashed out and I couldn’t play that often.” Skylar has proven to be the catalyst Harry needed to get back into the game.