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G’day, mate: Moffat County’s Coltyn Terry raising funds to run for Down Under Sports

Moffat County High School’s Coltyn Terry has been no stranger to adapting to new terrain week after week during the fall cross country season, going from a lush golf course to a plain dirt path with ease.

But, his latest destination may just be the most unusual.

Terry was recently approached to compete for Australian high school program Down Under Sports, which offers American athletes the opportunity to engage in their favorite activity as part of a lengthy summer trip to the Southern Hemisphere.

The excursion will take place from June 29 to July 8, though the fundraising has already begun in order to finance it.

Those who compete with Down Under Sports must pay $4,700 altogether to participate and travel. Terry’s early goal is to raise $1,000 by the end of November, which will knock an additional $500 off the price tag as organizers see he’s serious by starting early.

The MCHS harrier first received a letter from Down Under expressing interest midway through the cross country season.

“They sent the letter straight to the school, so they came in during my math class and showed me all this,” he said. “I opened it up and thought, ‘this is pretty cool.'”

He added that his race times early in the fall, including September’s Liberty Bell Invite, helped draw attention. He was also among the top five Bulldog boys runners at both the 3A Region Meet, where the squad took second, and at the 3A State Championships, as part of a 12th-place team finish.

Terry, who also has competed in wrestling and track at MCHS, is currently the only runner in the region who has committed, as well as one of only eight from within Colorado. About 300 distance runners from across the nation are expected to join the program, which also offers opportunities for basketball, football, volleyball, golf and other sports.

Immersing himself in another culture is part of what drew him to the program, as well as networking with other runners.

“A lot of people have told me it’s about getting to know people while you’re down there as much as it is getting the chance to compete,” he said. “I’m a pretty social person, so I like to go out and talk with a lot of people.”

A few extra perks and tourist activities will also be part of his itinerary provided he raises enough money. He hopes to be able to pay for a skydiving session as well as possibly meeting some uniquely Aussie animals.

“You get to take a picture with a koala, and I’m wondering if I could try and bring one back and convince people it’s stuffed,” he laughed.

Terry is approaching businesses and individuals to sponsor him through donations, and the page to do so is available at DownUnderSports.com/DTS-LLC.

“I am honored to be an ambassador of not only my community and state, but also our country,” Terry wrote in a letter for potential sponsors.

Donations specifying the recipient can also be mailed to the program’s North American office:

Down Under Sports
PO Box 6010
North Logan, UT 84341

For more information, call 435-753-4732.

Perfect pitch: Moffat County’s Mackenzie Marshall signs for CNCC softball

Moffat County High School’s Mackenzie Marshall has grown used to traveling to Rio Blanco County on a regular basis, so it only made sense that would be where she takes her next big step.

Marshall signed her letter of intent Tuesday to compete next fall for the women’s softball program at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Rangely campus. She will serve as a relief pitcher and utility infielder for the Spartans in the 2019 season.

“It’s going to be really competitive. I’ve already practiced with their team, and they have such amazing girls,” she said.

Marshall said she will enroll in CNCC’s dental hygiene program in addition to her time with the team.

“Living on my own, it’s going to be pretty cool,” she said.

Spending time in Rangely, about an hour-and-a-half from Craig, will hardly be an adjustment after competing for the Meeker varsity softball team, which required constant travel south of Craig.

Since MCHS does not field a team in the sport, Marshall has been part of the Lady Cowboys’ roster all four years of high school, and she has been instrumental in the team’s success, said coach Briana Williams.

“She has shown an amazing ability to persevere and work through the ups and downs. The things she has sacrificed to play softball in high school are things other kids can’t wrap their heads around, what it takes to travel every single day, what that takes out of you and to still show up and be a positive influence every day,” Williams said. “I think she’ll adapt really well to the next level. She should be proud.”

Marshall achieved All-Conference and All-State distinctions from Colorado High School Activities Association — as well as All-State through Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports — this fall as one of the group’s pitchers. With a 15-11 overall record, Meeker finished the regular season as the 3A District 5 runners-up with a 9-3 tally and made it as far as the 3A state semifinals.

The Cowboys were felled 10-9 at that point by familiar foes Delta in their third consecutive year at state. Even so, Marshall challenged the experience.

“It was just a fun, good last memory,” Marshall said of the final game.

Marshall was ranked second in the conference’s strikeout totals at 72. In addition to throwing one no-hitter, her ERA was 7.72 for the season, sharing the mound with Meeker’s Tori Lasker and Hailey Knowles.

At the plate, her .526 batting average was behind only Lasker’s and Cowboy slugger Megan Shelton, complete with eight doubles, one triple and a home run this season.

CNCC head coach Kenneth DeCook said he had seen Marshall in action multiple times and was especially intrigued by her all-around capabilities.

“Mack has tremendous ability not only pitching but as an infielder and in her hitting,” he said. “She brings a complete package to us. She’s got the character that we look for and an absolutely magnificent attitude.”

He noted that her being a local of the region was also a plus, and he hopes to bring in more athletes from Moffat and Rio Blanco counties or surrounding areas.

“We certainly look for that connection, and Mack is certainly going to help us get going in that direction,” he said.

Craig Peewee hockey team to host West Elk: Bulldog Sports — Week of Nov. 14, 2018

Wednesday

3:30 p.m. Moffat County High School wrestling practice at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
4 p.m. Moffat County High School girls basketball practice at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
6 p.m. Moffat County High School winter sports parent meeting at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
6 p.m. Moffat County High School boys basketball practice at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
6 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation fifth- and sixth-grade girls youth basketball at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.
7 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation adult volleyball league at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.

Thursday

3:30 p.m. Moffat County High School wrestling practice at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
3:30 p.m. Moffat County High School girls swimming practice at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
4 p.m. Moffat County High School girls basketball practice at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
6 p.m. Moffat County High School boys basketball practice at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
6 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation fifth- and sixth-grade boys youth basketball at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

Friday

3:30 p.m. Moffat County High School wrestling practice at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
4 p.m. Moffat County High School girls basketball practice at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
6 p.m. Moffat County High School boys basketball practice at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
7 p.m. Turkey Bowling at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave.

Saturday

9 a.m. Craig Middle School boys basketball at Steamboat Springs

Sunday

9 a.m. Craig Youth Hockey Association 12U Peewees vs. West Elk at Moffat County Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
11:30 a.m. Craig Youth Hockey Association 12U Peewees vs. West Elk at Moffat County Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
3:30 p.m. Youth Bowling League at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave.

Monday

None

Tuesday

None

If the shoe fits: Moffat County fall musical ‘Cinderella’ promises fairy tale finesse

You’ll never hear the phrase “bibbidi-bobbidi-boo” mentioned on stage during Moffat County High School’s latest theatrical project, but that doesn’t make it any less magical.

The Bulldog drama department presents “Cinderella” this week with shows Thursday through Saturday at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Evening performances are 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with an afternoon matinee at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $7 per person, and tickets to the show are good for 10 percent off a meal at Village Inn.

The production is based on the version of the French fairy tale as adapted by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II as one of the duo’s most beloved musicals.

The well-known story tells the tale of put-upon Cinderella (Caroline Riley), treated as a servant by her cruel stepmother (Maria Sanchez Silva) and vain, selfish stepsisters (Alexa Neton, Courtney Smith) while keeping a kind heart nonetheless.

Riley said the role was one she had always wished to play, with the Disney animated movie one of the first DVDs she remembers owning.

“I’m really grateful to have a lead role, and being a senior makes it a lot more fun and sentimental since it’s the last musical I’ll be able to participate in,” she said. “It’s very magical.”

The big transition is easily her favorite scene.

As most any 5-year-old could tell you, Cindy’s fortune changes drastically with the aid of her godmother (Rachel Updike), who turns out to have magical capabilities in providing a makeover to send the humble peasant girl on her way to a royal ball in style.

“Cinderella is the topper for my Christmas tree, so to be my favorite character from that movie has been really amazing for me,” she said. “I love how the godmother shows herself, and being able to bring it in my own perspective is really fun.”

Like Updike, Draken Blackwing had previously played smaller parts in prior plays. This time he portrays the prince hosting the evening who quickly falls for the mystery lady.

“I’m excited, and it’s kind of a big role to take, and I’m just having fun with it,” he said. “The singing is wonderful.”

The prince’s lengthy name is a song in itself, one of many that compete with the tunes from the 1950 cartoon — and its 2015 live-action update — including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible; It’s Possible” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?”

Director Grace Pomeleo noted that while the Disney versions of the character are certainly popular, the Broadway show is one that has legions of loyal fans, and the fanciful costumes, live orchestral music and stage effects are certain to entertain.

As part of Saturday’s matinee, young children are invited to take pictures with the title character.

“Cinderella is kind of the ultimate Disney princess, so clearly she’s loved,” she said. “I thought it was time for another fairy tale, so I figured this would be a good one.”

With an able cast, stagehands and technical crew, as well as the music led by band instructor Erik Memmott from the orchestra pit, Pomeleo said it’s almost as if the fairy godmother has waved her wand over the show itself.

“This has been one of the smoothest shows I’ve ever done on stage. Everything has fallen into place really nicely,” she said.

Routt, Garfield, Moffat County runners make strides in Girls on the Run 5K

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A pack of runners layered in jackets, leggings and tutus lined up at Steamboat Springs Middle School on Saturday to take part in the Girls on the Run 5K.

Girls on the Run is a nationwide 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps inspire girls in third through eighth grade to develop life skills and establish a lifetime appreciation for fitness. The program consists of a 10-week training program that culminates with a 5K race.

Girls On The Run gives the girls better awareness of themselves, their emotions, and it increases their confidence to make good choices both in their own lives and when dealing with others,” Alissa Merage said, one of the Steamboat Springs Girls on the Run coaches. “The girls develop life skills that can be transferred from the Girls On the Run lessons to real-life scenarios, such as remaining calm when a sibling frustrates them, dealing with bullies at school or supporting your friends in an unpopular situation.”

While the program is all over Western Colorado, there are five locations to run the 5K: Montrose, Fruita, Durango, Frisco and Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Springs started its Girls on the Run program eight years ago, adding the 5K race six years ago.

“We didn’t have a race originally in Steamboat,” Western Colorado 5K director Megan Lancaster said over the phone on Wednesday, Nov. 7. “Now, there will be 16 teams from Routt, Moffat and Garfield county that go to that race, and we are expecting 500 participants: 350 girls, 80 coaches, the rest are community runners.”

In the past, Steamboat Springs also hosted Frisco runners, but the program grew enough for the town to host its own race. Steamboat Springs’ central location and growth has enabled it to be an ideal host. The program has 42 coaches with about 15 or more girls to a coach.

Exercise and running is incorporated into each of the 20 lessons as we train for the 5K, but the focus is on being healthy, having fun and supporting each other,” Merage said. “With this focus, the girls are encouraged to see exercise as a fun and social lifelong habit.”

The 5K is open to anyone, so girls ran with their families and friends to show how much they have accomplished through the program. Others stood through the 25-degree weather holding signs with the girls’ names on them or the words “girl power.”

The first runner to cross the finish was Abigail DuFon, 12, finishing with a time of 23 minutes and 13 seconds. But runners continued to finish over the next 20 minutes because it wasn’t about the time — but having the confidence to go to the distance, even if it meant walking.

“Everybody can do it. Doesn’t matter if you walk or you run, everybody is special,” DuFon said. “I have a lot of running buddies, so it’s fun.”

While DuFon aspires to be a competitive runner, she likes the inclusiveness of the program and how it taught her that it’s ok to be yourself. She turned to watch the second runner finish, clapping, then waiting for others. Runners piled in, sometimes hand-in-hand, others sprinting towards the finish. Every participant received a medal.

Claire Booth, a Steamboat Springs Girls on the Run coach, said that the energy at the 5K was uplifting despite the low temperatures. She was happy to see the community running alongside the girls. Booth grew up running in both high school and college and moved to Steamboat Springs from Golden this year. She pushed her 3-year-old daughter in a stroller for the 5K.

It was also cool to see all the girls cheer on the other girls from other schools,” Booth said. “It’s an interesting age because they form bonds and cliques. Last week, we had a practice 5K, and the curriculum they give the coaches has that built in. At least, they weren’t going into this blind. They seemed to do well. It’s helpful for me to know what girls go through this day and age.”

The program costs $55, including two free t-shirts and entry into the 5K, but if families are unable to pay for the cost, they can call the office to waive the fee.

For some, the most rewarding part is watching the girls they’ve gotten to know through coaching complete the race, embracing them as they cross the finish.

“Some of these girls could hardly run once around the soccer fields when we started back in August,” Merage said.  “What an amazing confidence builder for them to complete the 5K and a great lesson that they can accomplish anything they set their mind to in life.”

To reach Leah Vann, call 970-871-4253, email lvann@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @LVann_Sports

Craig Middle School hoops outshoots Meeker Cowboys in Saturday series

It was a shorter day than expected in the Craig Middle School gym, but Bulldog basketball cleaned up quickly with a sweep of the Meeker Cowboys of Barone Middle School.

CMS won all three games against the visiting team in what was originally intended to be a full tournament only for half the teams to pull out late in the week.

Even so, the Bulldog seventh-grade B-Team made the most of their playing time and edged past the Cowboys 26-16, while the A-Team upped the ante at 54-25.

Coach Mark Carlson’s squad held a healthy halftime lead at 33-17 and didn’t bother to slow down from there.

“They shared the ball really well, 17 assists, so that was really nice,” Carlson said. “They drove really well, got a lot of turnovers, and ball movement was just great.”

The day ended with a 40-16 wallop by the eighth-grade A-Team.

Evan Atkin said he and his teammates worked to mix up the energy so Meeker never got too comfortable.

“We switch really well between our plays,” he said.

On a personal level, Atkin said he’s improved throughout the weeks in his shooting style.

“I’ve gotten a lot better on my open layups. I missed a lot of those last year,” he said. “Our passing has gotten a lot better, too.”

Coach Steve Maneotis noted the group’s ability to overwhelm the Cowboy offense.

“They played well. I thought we did a great job with our man-to-man defense, it really took them out of their flow,” he said.

He added the A-Team defeated the Cowboys 24-14 during a tournament in Steamboat Springs a week earlier.

“They have some good guards who are quick, and we saw them at Steamboat, but the biggest thing is that we ran the floor and looked for fastbreak opportunities, very seldom got into a half-court set,” he said.

The same event in Steamboat saw the Bulldogs fall to the Sailors for the second time as the hosts hit a last-second shot to win 23-21 despite the Dogs fighting their way back from a bad start in a 10-0 first quarter.

“They’ve made great strides,” Maneotis said.

A B-Team tourney hosted Friday by Soroco saw seventh-graders go 2-0 and eighth-graders 1-1, while 5-1 seventh-grade A saw its first defeat at Steamboat, one which players will be looking to avenge. Likewise, CMS eighth-grade A-Team is 4-2, still setting their sights on a couple goals: a 60-point game and defeating the Sailors at districts, hosted by Rangely in December.

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Craig native Aaron Kawcak bounces back from broken neck to coach at Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Aaron Kawcak jogs with a group of junior ability snowboarders across the snow to a parking lot by the fairgrounds.

The junior ability program is offered to kids 14 and younger at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. It provides advanced snowboard training for giant slalom, slalom, halfpipe, slope style and snowboard cross with optional competition participation.

For Kawcak, the new full-time head coach of the program, it was an opportunity to come home when he needed it most.

He sets them up for a dynamic warmup, which includes lunges, bear crawls, crab walks, running and other movements. Today, he plans on taking them for a hike up Emerald Mountain to help build up their strength and endurance.

"Coaching higher level kids, you get to build a relationship," Kawcak said. "Teaching, you get them for a half day or two days. Coaching, I became passionate about."

Kawcak grew up on his family's ranch in Craig. After working in the oil field for a few years after high school, Kawcak longed for something new.

He deemed himself a "decent" snowboarder, growing up with it, but didn't know he could turn it into a career. He impulsively left home and found out it was exactly what he wanted to do.

"I took a Greyhound to Utah," Kawcak said. "I got into a class at the University of Utah on how to teach snowboarding. I enjoyed it but didn’t know how to teach it or realize there was a whole industry and lifestyle. I fell in love with it."

Kawcak made his way through the ranks, earning a coaching position for Team Utah, the snowboarding sports club in Park City, Utah.

But Kawcak's grandfather was in and out of the hospital, and he felt like he needed to be closer to family to help out on the ranch.

A week before his intended move back to Craig in July 2017, Kawcak went cliff jumping with his friends and broke his neck. Lying nearly paralyzed in the water, unable to move his arms, Kawcak's friends fished him out and rushed him to the hospital.

"I was in a halo for three months, not being able to move," Kawcak said. "Looking back, it was really emotional. It was like being locked up in a cage for months not being able to move or shower."

A halo is a metal frame that includes a vest, stabilization bars and a metal ring that circles the patient's head, fastened to the skull. Kawcak remained in the hospital for a week before returning home in Craig.

He was told that fewer than two percent of people who break their c1 vertebrae have a chance to walk again, and the injury can sometimes be fatal. For that week in the hospital, he couldn't walk, but he would spend the next six months in physical therapy.

"It was in the air. They didn’t know if the halo was going to work," Kawcak said. "If that doesn’t heal right, they would’ve fused it. I didn’t know if I would have full movement."

Three months later, Kawcak was taken out of the halo and put in a neck brace, continuing through physical therapy to gain back movement.

Summer turned into winter, and Kawcak wondered if he could go back to coaching.

He interviewed with Tori Koski, the snowboard program director at the winter sports club, and he took on a volunteer coaching job for the winter, driving from Craig to Steamboat Springs every day.

"I was like, 'Well the only positions we have left are volunteering,' and he was like, 'I’m in,’" Koski said. "He worked way more than he asked for, came to USASA nationals, coached trampoline this summer. We needed a head coach for this program to go full time, and he was great with the kids."

Kawcak said that he took his neck brace off for the initial interview, scared that it called his ability into question.

"In my head, I thought I was capable of doing it but honestly didn’t know if I was going to be able to handle it," Kawcak said. "I was very cautious, but also, it was a very big confidence builder."

The return to snowboarding was a mental hurdle. Kawcak thought any time he fell, his neck would break. But, as he continued his volunteer coaching through the winter, he felt more comfortable getting back to the sport he loved.

"Being around the kids and the whole winter sports club environment was healthy for me," Kawcak said. "It’s worked out well."

To reach Leah Vann, call 970-871-4253, email lvann@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @LVann_Sports.

The Bock’s Office: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ a regal rock biopic of one of music’s brightest stars

If even after dozens of sessions listening to six minutes of confusing, esoteric lyrics, you still don’t fully comprehend how keywords like Scaramouche and bismillah are interconnected, the film of the same name as one of rock’s most endearing tunes won’t give you much more insight.

What “Bohemian Rhapsody” will do, however, is recount how one of the genre’s most transcendent voices came to be a legend.

In 1970 London, twenty-something émigré Farroukh Bulsara (Rami Malek) is bursting with musical talent and no outlet to show it as a baggage handler at Heathrow Airport, though despite the misgivings of his conservative Zoroastrian family he’s on the hunt for a place to showcase his singing.

A vocalist opening in a small-time band called Smile gives him exactly what he needs to display his style, forming a quick bond with guitarist Brian May (Gwilym Lee) and drummer Roger Taylor (Ben Hardy), as well as newly recruited bassist John Deacon (Joe Mazzello).

The quartet becomes a hit thanks largely to their new singer’s explosive energy on stage, in addition to a couple name changes as the band slowly but surely accepts their frontman’s demands that they go by the moniker Queen while he morphs into the identity of one-of-a-kind Freddie Mercury.

As the group starts to take over the charts and gain fame in Britain and across the world, Freddie’s artistry keeps Queen rocketing toward bigger and better things but at the same time, his diva-like sensibilities continually create conflicts as he tends to eclipse everyone else.

Outside the band, his relationship with longtime girlfriend Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) faces its own perils between constant touring and studio time as well as Freddie’s reluctance to admit truths about his sexuality that he has avoided for most of his life.

You don’t need a thermometer handy to know that Malek is every bit the 200 degrees Mercury sang of in the guise of Mr. Fahrenheit (while traveling at the speed of light). The “Mr. Robot” star shines in every facet as he dons prosthetics to recreate the rock star’s overly toothy grin — well-known for having four extra incisors — and treats the microphone as if it were a waltz partner, albeit not doing most of his own singing.

It’s when you look beyond the surface that you see the stronger performance as someone whose flamboyance immediately signals to everyone around him that he’ll be a gay icon for years to come even if he remains in denial for the sake of not hurting the love of his life.

While American Malek single-handedly steals the show, true Brits Lee and Hardy anchor him well as his original bandmates, who quickly realize who’s always going to be the center of attention. Maybe that’s why Mazzello, also American, tends to serve as the whipping boy of Queen, but Deacon’s bass riff for “Another One Bites the Dust” at the very least warrants respect.

As for the suits, it’s a peculiar progression through managers as Aiden Gillen plays John Reid, the man who helps catapult the group into the stratosphere only to be regularly disregarded in favor of lawyer Jim “Miami” Beach (Tom Hollander).

You’ll have to really focus to recognize Mike Myers in yet another chameleon role as EMI executive Ray Foster, who insists that a song called “Bohemian Rhapsody” will never be welcome on the radio leading to the first of many schisms between Queen and their record labels.

It’s not so much his lack of foresight about a tune so ahead of its time as it is his ultimatum that “I’m in Love with My Car” should be the lead single. Typical producer…

The long and difficult road to get a Freddie Mercury movie in theaters has involved Sacha Baron Cohen being attached originally, while much of the recent buzz has been around director Bryan Singer’s behind-the-scenes drama, and though he receives on-screen credit, it was Dexter Fletcher who brought the project to completion.

Anthony McCarten’s screenplay reworks the Queen chronology agreeably enough even if fans know full well the timeframe is off — “We Will Rock You” first came to fruition well before 1980, no matter what the film suggests — but the buildup to the band’s landmark performance at the 1985 charity concert Live Aid has exactly the rhythm and crescendos that would befit any of their greatest hits.

Most telling is the amount of time spent focusing on Freddie’s personal journey without languishing on his legacy as one of the first high-profile people to die of AIDS, which while a noteworthy detail of his history is hardly how he or anyone would want to be remembered.

The tongue-in-cheek tone of “Bohemian Rhapsody” is best summed up when it shows a flurry of negative reviews for its namesake song if for no other reason than to prove the doubters wrong and show just how little mainstream acceptance means. As a wise man once sang, “I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face, but I’ve come through.”

Take every opportunity: Moffat County swimming powers on without home pool

The pool area of Moffat County High School won’t be hosting any aquatic athletes in the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean Bulldogs won’t find other ways to compete.

The MCHS swimming program will continue on during the winter and spring despite not having a venue on campus as athletes and coaches look to get creative in continuing the success of the sport in Northwest Colorado.

The announcement came in February that Moffat County School District would be shutting down the pool at the end of the 2017-18 school year due to the cost of potentially repairing the facility’s maintenance issues, including an ongoing leak.

The price tag was estimated to be about $1.1 million, with board members opting to close the pool, a decision that hit hard for the girls and boys swim teams.

The news was particularly rough for girls, who were just coming off multiple state-qualifying swims at the Southwestern Conference League Championships and nonetheless went on to compete at the state championships days later.

In the spring, the boys team likewise took its possible last season to heart as nearly every member went to state.

While organizers continue to work toward building a new indoor pool facility for Craig, the end of the school year also seemed like the end of an era for coach Meghan Francone, but during the summer, discussions began to keep teams in place even without their own pool.

The arrangement will involve traveling three times a week to swim at Meeker Recreation Center, while two days a week will be devoted to “dryland” work, including core training, cardio and aerobic exercise.

Working out of the water was a supplemental technique Francone insisted athletes practice last season, though now it will be all the more necessary.

“We’ll be doing all we can to support our water workouts since we don’t have that water here,” she said. “It’s not the most ideal situation, but our kids are Moffat County proud, and we will do the best with what we are given, and we’re just grateful to still have a team”

Francone expressed her gratitude to Meeker for working with MCHS, which is hardly new given how frequently other area schools compete as part of the Bulldog crew. Meeker’s Jeni Kincher and Steamboat Springs’ Brooks Birkinbine were among those in the past year who went to state for girls and boys, respectively.

Throughout the summer, many MCHS athletes stayed sharp as part of Craig Sea Sharks, with Ellina Jones, Kelsey McDiffett, Alexa Neton, Molly Neton and Katelynn Turner among those attending the Seasonal State Club Championships in August.

As part of those honors, Molly Neton, a senior at MCHS this year, went on to receive the Seasonal State Female Athlete of the Year.

“She came to practice ready to work and would often be the motivator for the rest of the team when it was time to jump into the water at 7 a.m.,” Sea Sharks coach Heather Trapp said. “Molly is a consistently hard worker who really does put her heart in the pool.”

Trapp added she expects the high school season will be a success if the summer is any indication.

Francone echoed that sentiment.

“We’re still trying to iron out the details, but these kids are great at going out there no matter what,” she said.

Weekend Roundup: Hockey, hoops, honoring heroes — 6 great gatherings in Craig

While you're enjoying your free time this weekend, whether joining community events or local sports, also take some time to remember Veterans Day and those the holiday honors, as well as the sacrifice they made in defending the nation.

Only the best for vets

Moffat County High School will host a salute to those who served Friday morning in advance of Veterans Day. Among the parts of the ceremony are demonstrations and a panel by local vets, a slideshow and a memorial for fallen soldiers.
When: 10 a.m. Friday
Where: MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: 970-824-7036

Early shopping

Downtown Business Association hosts the annual Holiday Craft Show Friday and Saturday at Center of Craig. The gathering features multiple local vendors with a mix of homemade items and retail goods leading up to the holiday season, as well as a special guest.
When: Noon to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.
Cost: Free admission
For more information: 970-824-7957

Get real

The third annual Realife Women's Conference, "KNOWN 2018," runs Friday and Saturday at The Journey at First Baptist. The conference serves as a gathering for women of all denominations to strengthen their faith.
Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Cornerstone Realty, The Journey, Calvary Baptist Church, Craig Christian Church, Lighthouse of Craig, Ridgeview Church of God and New Creation Church.
When: Starts at 6 p.m. Friday; noon Saturday
Where: The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St.
Cost: Tickets $10
For more information: https://www.Facebook.com/events/435050253689937/

Hoops happenings

Craig Middle School boys basketball hosts games Saturday morning, bringing in opponents from Meeker for their final home event of the season.
When: Starts at 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: CMS, 915 Yampa Ave.
Cost: Admission $5 adults, $3 students, $12 families; free to seniors and ages 5 and younger
For more information: 970-824-3289

Best of puck

Craig Youth Hockey Association's 12 and under Peewee team begins the season Sunday morning with a doubleheader against the Telluride Lizardheads at Moffat County Ice Arena.
When: Games at 9, 11:30 a.m. Sunday
Where: Moffat County Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: Facebook.com/Craig-Youth-Hockey-Association-333095583393040/

Attitude of gratitude

Thanksgiving comes early for Craig veterans as a special Sunday feast is available at Lighthouse of Craig to thank those who have served their country. All are invited to join the festivities as part of Veterans Day.
When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Lighthouse of Craig, 3107 W. First St.
Cost: Free to attend
For more information: 970-824-2496
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