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Melanie McDaniels

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Losing an unwanted holiday gift

Find ways to get fit after the storm of holiday wining and dining has subsided

Another new year is quickly approaching and another five pounds has been added to the already unsightly bulge over the top of your pants. You vow to lose it, but how can you set an attainable New Year's goal?

Cabin fever

Girls basketball loses tournament finale, then loses its flight home

The first three games for the Moffat County girls basketball team were easy.

In the name of pride

Moffat County High School's senior wrestlers display leadership

The underclassmen have a lot to look up to with six seniors on the Bulldogs wrestling team.

Wishing for a win

Boys basketball team hoping for holiday success

Practice started rough this week for the Moffat County High School boys basketball team, coach Scott Parker said.

Melanie McDaniels: Fond farewell

Greener pastures or bust

The rumors are true. Well, I guess that wouldn't really make a rumor then, would it?

Just doing it

Bulldogs hammering competition at tournament

After drubbing Fairfax Lions of Los Angeles, 58-29, in its first win at the Nike Tournament of Champions on Monday night, the Moffat County High School girls basketball team was at it again Tuesday, dropping the junior varsity team from Oregon City, Ore., 50-35.

Bulldogs stay perfect on way to tournament

The Moffat County High School girls basketball team came back from a 7-point deficit to down the Evergreen Cougars 63-53 on Saturday afternoon in non-league action.

Surprise at Palisade no problem for swimmers

It was supposed to be a quad meet -- at least that's what the entry forms said for Moffat County girls swimming and diving coach Marin Campbell.

Six hoopsters advance to district contest

Molly Nations practiced and practiced, and her effort paid off Saturday during the Craig Elk's Club annual National Hoop Shoot Contest at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Wyoming woes

Bulldogs end tournament, 0-3

Three losses. That's what the Moffat County boys' basketball team came away with during the Flaming Gorge Classic basketball tournament in Green River, Wyo. during the weekend.

Springing into competition

Divers add point boost to swim team

Genna Bradley and Dori Fredrickson have crucial roles on the Moffat County girls swim team.

Tournament time

Bulldog wrestlers on road to Warrior Classic in Grand Junction this weekend

Driving in winter weather isn't Moffat County High School wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez' biggest worry headed into this weekend's Warrior Classic tournament in Grand Junction.

Potential to do great things

Ten-day stretch leaves Bulldogs hungry for action

It's been 10 days since the Moffat County girls basketball team has had a game, 10 long days.

Early season tournament test

Boys basketball in Green River, Wyo., for three-day tourney

The Moffat County boys basketball team faces a string of solid opponents as it heads to Green River, Wyo., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, for the first of two pre-holiday tournaments.

Freshman diver leads Bulldogs to fifth place

Freshmen Genna Bradley was enjoying cheering for her teammates Saturday at the Patriot Invite when she heard her name over the sound system, announcing her arrival onto the high school diving scene.

Solid shooting

Colton Conrad leads Moffat County Bulldogs past Grand Junction Central Warriors

Playing his second varsity game of the season, junior Colton Conrad took advantage of his role as a bench player and came in to score 17 points during the Bulldogs 73-52 victory over the Grand Junction Central High Warriors.

Cold as ice

Bulldog hockey goes 1-2-1 in weekend play

A goal by Durango's Connor Coughlan with 13.1 seconds left in the second game of Saturday night's play gave Durango it's second 2-1 win and built its league record to 4-0.

Keeping their heads up

After loss earlier this week, Moffat County ready to face class 5A Central High School

Bulldog basketball coach Scott Parker pointed out to his team earlier this week that they need to make use of their offensive possessions if they want to win games.

Moffat County wrestlers down Steamboat, 75-6

Facing the Moffat County High School wrestling team, Steamboat Springs coach Sean McCarthy knew the match would be lopsided.

Headed in the right direction

Coach Roman Gutierrez has a game plan for the wrestling season. Stick to it.

Champions off the field

Football team named Class 3A academic team champions

The playoff picture for the Moffat County boys football team didn't extend far in the 2006 season, but excellence in the classroom did.

Bulldogs shot down by Hunter

Fruita, led by player's 3-point shooting, defeats Moffat County, 70-58

Three 3-pointers in the third quarter by Hunter Martin sealed a 70-58 victory for the Fruita Monument Wildcats on Tuesday night over Moffat County High School in the Bulldogs' season opener.

Hitting the hardwood

Boys basketball team tips off against Fruita today

When the Moffat County High School boys basketball team tips off today at 5:30 p.m. against Fruita-Monument at the high school, the matchup should be fairly even, senior Evan Hertzog said.

Off to a hot start

Moffat County girls basketball goes 3-0 during play at Uintah Classic

The Moffat County girls basketball team is off to a hot start this season.

Swimmers take fifth out of 11 teams

It was only the second meet of the season for Clare Sorrentino, but the Bulldog swimmer took three seconds off her 50-yard freestyle time at the league relays in Montrose on Saturday.

Year-round giving

Samuelsons honored by Craig Boys & Girls Club

Mark and Shannon Samuelson's generous spirit doesn't just come around during the holiday season. The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is honoring the pair with the Man and Woman of the Year awards because of their desire and commitment to give back to the community.

Bulldogs lose wrestling opener

No. 2 Broomfield solid against Moffat County

It took 31 seconds for Moffat County senior Nick Navratil to down his Broomfield opponent Friday night at Moffat County High School.

Rookie no joke in rodeo

MCHS graduate gets honors for barrel racing

It has been two years since Tia Brannan competed in high school rodeos for Moffat County, but the Laramie County Community College sophomore hasn't stopped doing what she loves.

Girls basketball heads to Utah tournament

The Bulldogs head to Vernal, Utah, today and Saturday to play in the Uintah Classic. This is the 12th year Mortensen has taken the girls team to the tournament.

Go, fight, win!

Moffat County High School's cheer and dance teams headed to state competition

On one of the final days of practice before the state spirit competition, senior Grace Henderson took a moment to reflect.

Taking the plunge

Moffat County High School swim team ready for first two meets of season

Junior Meghan Innes is excited to kick off the girls swim season with two meets that carry little or no pressure.

Setting the tone

Moffat County Bulldog wrestlers ready to hit the mat

Standing in the hallway outside of the wrestling room, coach Roman Gutierrez said his wrestlers were ready.

Scrimmage reveals weaknesses

When junior post Markie Workman entered the Moffat County High School gymnasium Monday, she immediately started shooting baskets.

Tuning up

Bulldog club hockey team participates in Turkey Bowl tournament

The Bulldog club hockey team got into gear this weekend at the Turkey Bowl tournament in Eagle.

Turning up the heat

Bulldog boys basketball makes switch to pressure defense

Good offense starts on the defensive end -- or so the saying goes. And that's what Moffat County boy's basketball coach Scott Parker is trying to emphasize this season.

Sizing up

Team may be small, but they play big

With the average size of the Bulldog hockey player at 5 feet 8 inches and 175 pounds, coach Darin Hickey foresees his team being outsized by 6-8 inches.


Bulldog swimming and diving team ready for season

First-year coach Marin Camp�--bell's voice could be heard loud and clear in the Moffat County High School pool.

Doggin' the competition

Bulldog wrestlers ready to grapple

The first week of training isn't what you'd call blood, sweat and tears practice.

Back to back

Dark Horse Liquors wins second title

At the beginning of the season, many teams try to find their identity and establish themselves for success. But for some Craig Parks and Recreation Department league teams, just getting enough players to show up for games is good enough.

Ready, set, grapple

Youth wrestling gets under way in Craig

Billy Bingham knew what he was getting himself into when he began the Craig Bad Dogs youth wrestling program eight years ago. What he didn't know was how deep his desire for the sport of wrestling ran.

Comeback kids

Football players display resilience during turnaround season

Even though the quest for a state title was cut short, the Moffat County football team isn't disappointed by the second half of its season.

Bulldogs fall in playoff opener

Mistakes hamper Moffat County in 26-0 loss at Summit

Saturday's playoff opener was supposed to be an encore to the second half of the season that the Moffat County football team put together. What it ended up being was a broken record of the same mistakes that hampered the Bulldogs at the beginning of the season.

A bitter end

Moffat County falls to Summit in 26-0 rout

Summit football coach Dylan Hollingsworth had one feeling after Saturday's first round playoff win over the Moffat County Bulldogs.

Netting some wins

CMS teams win five of six games Friday

The seventh grade players on coach Ken Olinger's team were excited to come away with wins at home Friday night against Steamboat Springs.

On the line

One team keeps going, the other goes home after Saturday's playoff game

Are the Summit Tigers beatable? That's the question the Bulldog football team will try to answer this week.

D-I dreams

Senior first to sign Division I letter in girls basketball program

There have been numerous signings of Moffat County High School athletes, but none quite like this one.

Tasting success

Bulldogs volleyball looks to the future with anticipation, hope

When Brianna Montgomery took over the Moffat County volleyball program midseason, she wasn't quite sure what to expect. But as the season progressed, it became apparent that her team had the potential to be successful.

Melanie McDaniels: Hoops, hoops, hoops

As the doldrums of winter roll around, some will find themselves spending more time indoors, hanging out in front of the tube, watching countless reruns of Law & Order (mostly because it's on every hour of the day on some channel).

Turnaround leaves Bulldogs playoff-bound

The 2006 season for the Bulldog football team was one of many struggles. It was overcoming those struggles that has led to a berth in the Class 3A playoffs.

Not close enough

Bulldog volleyball falls short of state tournament after losses against Sterling, Skyline

For a season that began in turmoil, the girls of the Bulldog volleyball team didn't let it affect them much.