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Moffat County girls pummel their way through Homecoming Powder Puff Football tourney

The last group standing in the latest rendition of Moffat County High School’s annual Powder Puff Football tournament may have had the most sugary name, but make no mistake, they were anything but sweet in handling their opponents.

The yearly Homecoming week trip to the gridiron for MCHS ladies proved as hard-hitting as ever as four teams took to the Bulldog Proving Grounds for fast-moving flag football and bragging rights for the rest of the year.

Taking the top honors were the Cereal Killers, taking their cue from the theme “A Spoonful of Homecoming,” finishing the night with a 14-7 victory against the Bad-Itudes.

The roster of players each had an alias that was part of a balanced breakfast: Tiffany Hildebrandt (Cap’n Crunch), Madie Weber (Cinnamon Toast Crunch), Bailey Lawton (Lucky Charm), Terry Gillett (Trixster), Jaidyn Steele (Mini-Wheat), Quinn Pinnt (Frosted Flake), Kinlie Brennise (Special K) and Ebawnee Smercina (Fruity Pebble).

As the only junior among seniors, Faith Morgan had slim pickings with a lot of cereal names spoken for, though she was still happy with her nickname: Froot Loop.

“I got the leftovers,” she laughed.

Fellow team Coco Puffs also followed suit with the theme, while Locked & Loaded went with their own style, namely uniforms of camo tops and orange hunter hats, which weren’t staying on their heads as an evening breeze hit the field.

With coaching by MCHS varsity football players, girls enacted the trick plays that would rarely fly in most games, like the hidden ball play or a double reverse, both of which worked well to gain big yardage.

Still, most moments came from the tried-and-true run game with the occasional passing, though turnovers were frequent.

Reese Weber helped clinch a first-round win for the Bad-Itudes over Coco Puffs with an interception, the first time in the Powder Puff ranks for the freshman.

“I was really nervous at first, but once we got going I felt comfortable and knew what I had to do,” she said.

She also faced off with older sister Madie, the Cereal Killers’ quarterback, in the championship round, but nether was taking it easy on the other.

“It’s just fun for us to have that tough competition with each other,” Reese said.

While coaches tended to escalate the energy of the night with disputes with refs, players focused on keeping the game fun.

“I see why boys love it so much,” Hildebrandt said.

Moffat County football closes out non-league schedule vs. Pagosa Springs

OLATHE — Hot sun, an unfamiliar field, and an opponent aching for a win after a shutout loss the previous week.

Moffat County High School football had a great deal working against them Saturday afternoon for their final non-conference game, and though it could’ve gone a lot worse, the results were still pretty painful.

Bulldogs took their second straight road loss with a 49-20 defeat to Pagosa Springs, a game that took place on the home turf of a different Pirate crew.

Due to cancellations for both teams — Ridge View Academy for MCHS and Gunnison for Pagosa — the two found themselves matched up and meeting midway between their long distance apart in Olathe.

Now 2-3, Pagosa had only a 31-12 win over Centuari to their names and most recently took a 31-0 beatdown by Basalt, which contributed to their RPI ranking as the 2A team with the strongest schedule thus far.

The Pirates showed they were no slouches with a strong opening drive capped off by a one-yard touchdown to get the lead with only 64 seconds off the clock. Pagosa was right back in the end zone a few minutes end later, with a Bulldog deflection on the PAT making it 13-7.

A 15-yard catch by Kameron Baker got the offense revved up on the next drive, which ended with Cale Scranton snagging a 10-yard grab deep in the end zone from Colby Beaver to get the Dogs on the board.

After sitting out for a week, Scranton said he felt confident getting back on the field, though he was strictly playing offense.

“Shoulder’s feeling a lot better,” he said.

With a successful kick by Joahan Quezada, the six-point difference late in the first quarter was as close as it would get during a long day.

The Bulldog defense brought the hurt on Pagosa’s next possession, getting the Pirates in a tricky position at 4th down and 25 to go. But, a decision to go for it paid off greatly, as Cade Cowan whipped it to Lewis, who made a leaping catch with two yards to the goal line, which Paden Bailey crossed on the next play and Connor Aragon repeated for the two-point conversion to push the lead to 21-7.

A Bulldog fumble gave it back to Pagosa, and it wasn’t long before a reverse to Aragon got another TD from more than 30 yards.

MCHS coach Jamie Nelson noted that the Pirates’ option strategy in the backfield kept the Dogs guessing.

“With their style of offense, it’s hard if you don’t play a disciplined style of defense, you read it wrong and tag the wrong guy,” he said. “The last two weeks we’ve seen offenses that are a little bit different, we don’t settle in until later, and by then we’re down by a couple scores and playing catch-up.”

With a 28-7 tally hanging over their heads, Moffat County came out of the locker room with a new resolve, and following a determined kickoff return by Kevin Hernandez, the Bulldogs bulldozed their way down the field, with Scranton scoring another TD catch, this time from 15.

Pagosa went three-and-out and punted, MCHS did the same and held the Pirates on a crucial four downs as Cowan’s passes just weren’t connecting. But, what Pagosa couldn’t get done on offense, they did on defense as Bailey gained an interception on the very next play.

Though neither side made much of the remaining third quarter, Cowan scrambled for a 15-yard touchdown early in the fourth to make it 34-14 for the Pirates, while Nelson told his players to keep the clock going slowly.

Lengthy receptions by Baker and Josh Teeter were punctuated by a Pagosa penalty after Victor Silva was subjected to a late hit following an incomplete pass.

Once at the goal, Beaver snuck his way in for the Dogs’ final score, with the PAT going wide.

The Dogs suffered a loss to the roster late in the game when a tackle went awry for Kameron Baker, pulled off the field with a possible dislocated shoulder.

Still, the Pirates weren’t done and took advantage of a weary defense with a catch by Bailey that turned into a 54-yard TD, followed by another scoring grab by Javier Marinelarena, who went all the way from midfield with Bulldog pass coverage caught off-guard.

“Some of us were missing our assignments, and it could have gone better, but plays happened good and bad for both teams,” Dario Alexander said. “We always start a little slow, it seems like, and we’re trying to figure out where we can do better.”

Statistically, it wasn’t a bad day for the Moffat County offense, despite the struggles to make it count. Beaver threw 161 yards and was 14 for 24 with one pick, while Scranton’s 63 receiving were complemented by 22 rushing while taking snaps.

Hernandez’s 44 yards came from eight carries, and Teeter caught for 27 and ran for 13. Three catches by Kameron Baker amounted to 41 yards, with 21 for Silva and nine for Alexander.

Pagosa favored sending the ball out of bounds on kicks, though Alexander had 47 and Hernandez 45 in return yardage, with 11 for Teeter.

Defensively, Teeter and Jared Baker each earned a sack against the Pirates, as well as an assist for Beaver being mixed into the secondary. Teeter led the count in tackles with 18 total, nine solo. Drake Doherty was next with nine and Bryson Davis in for seven.

The loss puts Moffat County at 2-2 heading into the 2A Western Slope League schedule, which they will start at 1 p.m. Sept. 29 against Basalt for Bulldog Homecoming.

The Longhorns remained undefeated with a 16-0 win over Paonia, one of five Friday evening games for 2A WSL teams. Basalt and Rifle are each 4-0, with the Bears taking a 27-14 win over rival Glenwood Springs. At 3-1 so far, striving for third are Delta — who tiptoed past Bennett 7-6 — and Aspen, celebrating a 54-16 triumph over Grand Valley.

Meanwhile, Coal Ridge stays at 1-3 after taking a 34-20 defeat on Olathe’s field the night before the Bulldogs.

The Titans will host Rifle Sept. 28, with Aspen visiting the Panthers the same night.

A second consecutive afternoon game means dealing with warm conditions once again, though Nelson said midday games are barely a step up in temperature from after-school practices and summer sessions.

“We’ll keep fine-tuning things as we go, get our offensive protection worked out,” he said. “Back to the grindstone.”

Besting Basalt, the two-time, defending champs of the 2A WSL, will be a tall order, yet Bulldogs are up to the challenge to put the rest of the conference on alert.

“We just need to not get sidetracked and keep on track at practice, focus on the game,” Alexander said.

The way Scranton sees it is the next level is a clean slate to get past any previous mistakes and press forward into the league.

“Everybody’s 0-0 right now,” he said.

Moffat County Fuller Center welcomes new homeowner during Craig Chamber Mixer

CRAIG — “I’m home,” is what Craig resident Lidia Mendoza and her daughter will be saying every day from now on thanks to the Fuller Center for Housing.

The Fuller Center is a nonprofit organization that build homes for families in need with the help of volunteers, according to Moffat County Fuller Center Chapter President Neil Folks, and during a Chamber Mixer held Thursday, the center unveiled its newest home, which came to fruition following a three-and-a-half year project and is now finally ready for support a family.

The house, located on the 700 block of Yampa Avenue, used to be the Simmons Rooming House, Folks said. The owner donated the land to the center, and the materials from the old Simmons house were donated to help with the restoration of the Lay School House. Some of the materials purportedly date back to the 1910s.

“It was a long process,” Folks said. “Trying to find volunteers to take the time building a home is a challenge.”

Mendoza was selected to receive through an application process, Folks said. The process includes background checks and a financial assessment to determine if applicants are able to  support themselves and make payments on the interest-free mortgage.

“We just want to give people a chance to own a home,” Folks said, “especially for people who don’t have much, like some others do.”

Mendoza called her selection a huge blessing. She was at work when she saw a newspaper article about the home and decided to apply. Shortly after, the center asked to interview her and, a month later, asked if she was interested in the home. She acknowledged she wasn’t expecting to be selected and was surprised when she was.

Mendoza, 21, works two jobs to support her 2-year-old daughter, Alalea.

She and her daughter were living in an apartment with her parents. She said being selected to receive the house is an exciting opportunity for her and her daughter.

“I want to thank everyone for giving me a chance and believing in me,” Mendoza said.

Contact David Tan at 970-875-1795 or dtan@CraigDailyPress.com.

Craig Middle School volleyball nets wins in early season

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — It’s been a back-and-forth start to the season for Craig Middle School volleyball, but Bulldog coaches keep seeing their players moving forward.

A season opener triangular tournament in Steamboat Springs against the Sailors and Soroco saw eighth-grade teams go 2-2, overall.

Service, sets, and spikes have been key, as well as being conservative with the ball.

“Three hits has been our goal, and they’ve done well,” eighth-grade coach Bre Ford said.

The Bulldogs had their only home games Sept. 13 and 14 against Baggs, Wyoming, and Steamboat, respectively.

The Rattlers took three straight 2-0 matches over the Craig girls, including eighth-grade A-Team and seventh-grade B- and C-Teams.

“It was still an awesome atmosphere to play in because of so many fans,” Ford said.

The rematches with the Sailors went better for both the eighth-graders and seventh-graders, with a win in three sets and a loss in three for eighth-grade A and B, respectively. The seventh-graders easily swept the Sailors.

“Everything clicked for them, communicating; serves were good,” coach Shaylyn White said.

A Sept. 15 Meeker tournament brought together Craig, Hayden and Rangely, resulting in a tough day for seventh A-Team with dual 2-0 defeats, while B-Team was 1-1 for the day.

“They did really good together; their excitement was high,” White said.

Another three-way tourney is in store this Saturday, with Rifle hosting Craig and Soroco. The following weekend will be a three-state event in Rock Springs, Wyoming, bringing in Rawlins, Craig and Vernal, Utah.

An Oct. 2 match in Baggs will be the final regular game before district tournaments for B-Teams Oct. 4 in Meeker and an A-Team tourney hosted Oct. 6 by East Grand.

Between strong, challenging competitions and the preparation in between, athletes continue to improve daily.

“They’re working really hard in practice, making tremendous amounts of progress and building good fundamental volleyball skills,” Ford said.

Craig Parks and Rec’s Doak Walker football rushing into championship mode

CRAIG — The season has flown by for Craig Parks and Recreation’s Doak Walker tackle football season, with teams moving into the playoff glory.

The third- and fourth-grade division wrapped its regular schedule Wednesday, as the 4-0 Hayden Tigers remained undefeated with a 44-14 win over the Jets in Hayden. At the same time, at Woodbury Sports Complex, the Chiefs and Broncos kept it closer, with the 3-1 Chiefs claiming a 13-7 victory.

Chiefs players will seek a rematch against the only team to defeat them when they face off with Hayden for the championship Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Moffat County High School. The night will start with a third-place match between the Jets and Broncos at 6 p.m.

In the fifth- and sixth-grade brackets, the 3-0 Saints blanked the Steelers 30-0 Tuesday, while the older Hayden team hosted the Dolphins, the Tigers falling 20-13.

Teams will play their last regular season games Tuesday, Sept. 25, with the Broncos and Dolphins battling it out to to see who will be the challenger for the Saints, who have all but clinched a spot in the following week’s first-place game.

JP Price scores big with special touchdown during Craig Middle School games with Steamboat

A display of Bulldog toughness could be seen throughout all the players on the gridiron Tuesday evening, but a member of the roster who was on the field for only one play has showed his tenacity again and again in his life.

As part of Craig Middle School football’s games with Steamboat Springs at the Moffat County High School Bulldog Proving Grounds, JP Price scored a touchdown to start the second half of the program’s eighth-grade game.

The 13-year-old, who uses a specialty wheelchair due to Duchenne muscular dystrophy, took to the line of scrimmage for a handoff from his younger brother, Trystan, and headed straight for the goal line.

Though it took all of a moment, it was anything but quiet. Chants of “JP!” echoed down from the stands, while upon making it to the end zone, a firetruck’s siren sounded as members of Craig Fire/Rescue celebrated the TD.

JP’s uncle, Battalion Chief Troy Hampton, was gathered with a bevy of fellow firefighters to honor him, many of whom the boy had joined earlier in the month while raising funds for Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“I think it’s going to get pretty emotional,” Hampton said at halftime, anticipating the display.

JP, teammates, friends and family were all swept up in the good vibes as they all swarmed the man of the hour.

JP’s mother, Krystal Price, said the display was just one of many instances of the community supporting her son, most recently last year helping to raise $12,000 for his Action Trackchair, an all-terrain piece of equipment that allows him greater mobility.

“Everyone has just been amazing,” she said.

To add to the excitement, CMS coach Tony Maneotis surprised JP with the announcement that he would soon be having a meeting with pro football players, namely members of the Denver Broncos.

Though still in the works, Maneotis said he plans to coordinate the special arrangement with Denver’s Fox 31 and Make-a-Wish Foundation.

JP has been a regular contributor to the Bulldog sidelines this season, sporting No. 44 and helping out wherever possible, be it with water duties or just getting his teammates pumped up.

“He has brought a lot of uplift to the team even though he’s going through a tough time right now,” Maneotis said.

Maneotis said he hopes to get as many Broncos as he can past and present to join, including new quarterback Case Keenum, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and the legend himself John Elway.

JP noted that he especially likes rookie running back Phillip Lindsay’s performance to start this season.

“That’d be really cool,” he said of meeting the pros.

CMS Athletic Director Sara Linsacum was in the throng of people congratulating JP after his touchdown.

“I think what this shows us is that in the game of football, there’s a bigger picture,” she said. “That was great for JP, but I don’t think we realized how many families he’s impacted. That’s what this game’s all about is teamwork.”

Linsacum added that she enjoys seeing the give and take socially with JP in a group dynamic.

“He gets to be built up by them, but they love having him on this team,” she said.

Though the several minutes of the second half practically eclipsed the rest of the game, it was an exciting one nonetheless for the two rivals, as Steamboat eighth-graders kept it close with CMS.

The Bulldogs sweated it out until the last minute, ultimately winning 40-32 in a game where every other score on either side came from a breakaway play of 60 to 70 yards.

Running back Chayton McDonald scored the last TD of the night, one of his shorter ones from about the 30-yard line.

“Feels great,” McDonald said while catching his breath coming off the field. “A lot of good plays, good blocking, good passes.”

The preceding seventh-grade game had a different dynamic but a similar result as Dogs won it 34-12.

The Sailors led 12-0 heading into the late third quarter until a fake punt run by Alexis Barraza moved the chains and proved the turning point, though not without a hard hit.

“I tore my jersey,” Barraza said proudly, motioning to a rip near his shoulder incurred on the trick play.

With the drive saved, Barraza ran it in from six yards and scored almost immediately again with a pick-six, while Noah Duran also turned an interception into a touchdown to close the period with a solid advantage.

CMS kept at it on both sides of the ball through the final eight minutes, much to coach Brice Smith’s approval.

“First half, we were getting a little lazy, sloppy, not doing our jobs,” he said. “Seeing them come out after that, you could tell they were hungry for a win.”

CMS teams will play Saturday in Rifle, a game which coaches believe will be another highlight after seeing players’ capabilities.

“I couldn’t be happier with how this turned out,” Smith said.

Rocky Mountain Machinery holds grand opening in Craig

CRAIG — Machines from Kubota are now in Craig, as Rocky Mountain Machinery’s grand opening Saturday celebrated its partnership with the manufacturer.

Rocky Mountain Machinery owner Bart Brighton said Kubota has machines that cover almost everything, from mowing the lawn to harvesting the crops.  He said he is excited to bring Kubota products to Northwest Colorado and wants to give people more choices as they look for machines to suit their needs.

“There is a good market here in Craig for these machines,” Brighton said. “We have been in this location for about two years.”

The Craig community has been good to the business since it set up shop here, Brighton added.

“We’ve been in Craig for a few years now, and we’ve outgrown our facility,” Brighton said.

He also owns Ag Equipment in Roosevelt, Utah, and said expanding into Colorado was a good way for the business to grow.

Moffat County football falls to Battle Mountain in dogfight road game

EDWARDS — Maybe it was due to two teams with canine nicknames or perhaps that one of them continually ran straight up the middle, but a lot of dog piles were on display during Friday’s matchup between Moffat County High School and Battle Mountain.

Yet, only one side could come out the top of the heap.

MCHS suffered the first defeat of its season with a 36-14 loss to the Huskies in the Bulldogs’ first away game.

Dogging it, for better or worse

The normal travel woes were part of what was working against the Dogs during their first time on the road this fall, though it was far from their only issue upon kickoff.

MCHS received only to go three and out to start, while the Huskies, seeking to rebound from a 47-6 beatdown by Basalt the week before, quickly gaining traction in the run game on the strength of Hezekiah Gongaware, who looked to be proving himself for any scouts in the stands with a 40-yard dash that got Battle Mountain to Moffat’s red zone.

Moments later, Gongaware dove over the goal line from three yards out for the first of many Husky touchdowns.

The Battle Mountain offense came back out in no time thanks to an interception of MCHS quarterback Colby Beaver by Husky Garrett Anderson. Gongaware broke loose again for a rush that would have been another TD had an illegal block not kept the Huskies at the Bulldog 18.

The MCHS defensive line wasn’t having any more of Gongaware’s tactic of ramming right through them, so the Huskies made other moves as QB Traver Goldberg scrambled around them for a 10-yard score.

Another three-and-out led to a bad punt attempt for the Bulldogs as Battle Mountain took over on their 25, getting closer and closer to another TD as the first quarter closed 14-0.

The second period proved to be the Dogs’ most solid as they stood their ground from six yards out to stop the Huskies from converting a fourth down. Though they were forced to punt again, Kameron Baker got the ball back soon with a fumble recovery.

Battle Mountain gained their own turnover shortly after, but a high snap to Goldberg led to almost 20 yards lost and a sack at the 2-yard line. The Huskies punted, but the Dogs marched right back into their territory as Kevin Hernandez sauntered his way to a TD on an 18-yard draw play to make it 14-7.

The Huskies’ next drive stopped short when Dagan White gained his second interception in as many games, yet neither team could do much beyond trading punts. A Hail Mary by Beaver with two seconds on the clock in the half was picked off by Battle Mountain’s Eric Biggs, quickly brought down by incensed receiver Victor Silva.

Bulldogs returned to the stadium determined to make the rest of the game theirs. Unfortunately, no one informed Biggs, who fielded the kickoff return for more than 80 yards and what would ultimately be the game-winning touchdown, with Goldberg scoring the following two-point conversion.

And, the Dogs found that when it rains, it pours, as running backs Hernandez and Teeter came off the field at various intervals with small injuries, while Angel Rodriguez sat out the second half altogether with a possible head injury.

With a shoulder issue from the week before, Cale Scranton was out nearly the full game apart from taking the snap and holding the ball for PAT’s by Joahan Quezada.

Quezada did get a chance at another extra point in the game’s final minute, as Beaver and his receivers started to pick up steam late in the game, with a much-needed fourth down catch by Joe Campagna and a tricky grab right in the end zone by Connor Etzler on the 28-yard throw from Beaver, his longest of the night.

Still, the game was already done at that point, with the Huskies’ Nick Walter scoring twice in the fourth quarter. The first came off a three-yard rush and the second was a pick-six that served as an unamused response to an interception for the Dogs by Silva.

By the numbers

Beaver picked up 93 passing yards, hitting seven of 25 targets, as well as three interceptions. The Bulldog QB also kept the ball eight times, amassing 17 yards.

Jamie Nelson said he is hoping to see Beaver scramble as the season goes on but also be able to better discern when he needs to get out of the pocket.

“Some of those plays were designated and others not, but with the way we’re doing things now, Colby has the ability to run a little bit more,” he said.

Hernandez rushed for 67 yards and caught for six, while Teeter gained 35 on the ground.

Drake Doherty only had two carries for seven yards, but both occasions were crucial to move the chains as the lineman went in as a fullback to add some power to the run game.

“He’ll probably keep me in more as a tackle, but if Coach just feels like doing it for a drive, I’m good. I’ve done it before,” Doherty said.

Campagna and Etzler each had 32 yards, while Dario Alexander had two catches for 23 yards, as well as 66 kick return yards.

In tackles, Teeter and Kameron Baker each had nine total to lead the count with eight for Jared Baker. Campagna and both Bakers all gained sack numbers during the night.

The loss puts the team at 2-1, which should serve as a motivator going forward, the way players look at it.

“This is where you get tested as a team,” Jared Baker said. “No matter what happens, you’ve gotta stay loyal.”

With a number of highlights, Nelson maintained the game was not a matter of failure but one of inconsistency, especially on offense.

“We had a lot of opportunities, but we just couldn’t execute when we needed to. We do things right, we just don’t do them right enough,” he said.

Conference concerns

Moffat County moved to a three-way tie for third in the 2A Western Slope League. Fellow 2-1 teams Aspen and Delta each gained good wins at home as the Skiers crushed Cedaredge 48-12 and the Panthers squeaked past Montezuma Cortez 19-14.

At 1-2, Coal Ridge sits in sixth with a 19-0 loss to Paonia, while Rifle vies for the top spot in the conference at 3-0 after a 35-14 victory over Pueblo County.

Also in the lead is Basalt, who set up another angry opponent for the Bulldogs with a 31-0 defeat of Pagosa Springs, who will be Moffat County’s last non-league foe.

“Pagosa is going to be a strong option team, so we’ve got to be very disciplined on our defense,” Nelson said. “They’ll be ready to go again, but we need to make sure we know our assignments and everything out there.”

The Sept. 22 game with the 1-3 Pirates will be an unusual one for several reasons. The result of last-minute rescheduling following Ridge View Academy backing out of the Bulldog schedule, the match will be on neutral ground at Olathe High School as a midway point between the two schools, which represent the northwest and southwest extremes of the Western Slope.

A Saturday afternoon kickoff will also test if the Bulldogs can handle the mid-day conditions they will also see in their Sept. 29 Homecoming game with Basalt.

Either way, Nelson plans to take it in stride.

“Could be good, could be bad,” he said. “We’ll just have to see.”

Gallery: Moffat County junior varsity football vs. Steamboat Springs

The 21-14 Friday night finish for Moffat County High School varsity football against Steamboat Springs was just a taste of the big meal the younger Bulldogs would have after the weekend.

MCHS’s junior varsity team’s first home game on Monday proved to be just as successful, if not more, as their older teammates, with the JV squad routing the Sailors 54-8.

A powerhouse performance started slowly as Steamboat took a brief lead in the first quarter 8-6. Coaches Shane Hadley and Ben Egger noted that the boys in blue suddenly sprung to life.

“Our guys just decided to show up after that,” Hadley said.

Coaches also added that the game was a good occasion to rotate players regularly to ensure all were getting good field time.

With a 21-0 away win in Frisco the week before, JV is 2-0 and will next travel Sept. 17 to Rifle.

Craig firefighters hold cornhole tournament to raise money for scholarships

CRAIG — Craig Fire/Rescue held its first cornhole tournament Saturday, Sept. 8, at the department’s training tower, and the agency is hoping the event will grow into the future.

Craig Firefighter Nick Scheller said he and Fire Battalion Chief Troy Hampton helped organized the event to raise money for scholarships. The new event is an addition to the annual luau, which also raises money for scholarships. The goal was to expand the ability to provide educational funding for local students.

Half the money raised went to the first- and second-place winners of the tournament.

“We want to give back to our community,” Scheller said.

The tournament was originally planned for last year, but had to be postponed due to scheduling problems.

Scheller said he was glad to take some time away from a very busy fire season to do something relaxing that helps the community.

Craig Fire/Rescue offered thanks to Thunder Rolls Bowling Center for partnering to put on the event and for providing entertainment for the children.