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Memorial Regional Health: Support essential in quest toward weight loss — Research shows emotional, social, practical support bolster weight-loss goals

Editor's note: The following article is sponsored by Memorial Regional Health.

Year after year, Americans make New Year's resolutions to lose weight, but research shows many completely give up on their goal by February.

Many weight loss resolutions include some kind of quick-fix fad diet, which research shows is one of the worst plans a person can follow in terms of long-term success. Fad diets usually claim to help you lose weight quickly — more than 1 or 2 pounds per week — often without exercise. Fad diet marketing campaigns show promising before and after photos, contain boasting endorsements from people who are likely being paid as part of the advertising, and usually require you to spend money on things like pills, books, seminars, prepackaged meals, protein powders, and more, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

At Memorial Regional Health, a new monthly weight loss support group is aiming to help patients who have had bariatric surgery succeed the healthy way by providing education, tools, and social support for living a healthier lifestyle.

The third Thursday of every month, MRH will host a different speaker to discuss various weight loss-related topics before opening the discussion for attendees to ask questions, said Adysen Jourgensen, registered dietitian at Memorial Regional Health. While the group is geared toward bariatric surgery patients, others can attend.

"These topics can vary from exercise to nutrition, and we are hoping to get some guest speakers who can come in and talk about the different bariatric surgeries and various other topics related to weight loss," Jourgensen said. "We are covering all of these topics in hopes of providing attendees more knowledge and various tips that individuals can use to achieve their weight loss goals."

Support works

Support, whether emotional, practical, or inspiring, is a major factor in achieving weight loss goals, according to The Mayo Clinic. Emotional support might be a shoulder to lean on when you're feeling discouraged, while practical support could involve someone watching the kids while you exercise. Inspiring support might include an exercise partner who motivates you on days you feel like giving up.

Psychological research shows it's easier to stick to a weight loss plan when you have support, according to the American Psychological Association. And just in October 2018, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported the findings of a weight loss study that showed intensive, multicomponent behavioral interventions in adults with obesity can lead to clinically significant improvements in weight status. These interventions focused on nutrition, physical activity, self-monitoring, identifying barriers, problem solving, peer support, and relapse prevention.

MRH's weight loss support group includes all of these components, and Jourgensen said she thinks it has the potential to truly benefit attendees.

"Being able to discuss practical ideas when it comes to meeting physical activity goals, different nutrition tips, and various other topics of interest in the weight loss realm with peers can be great," she said. "Support is huge when trying to achieve any type of goal, and building relationships with others who are experiencing the same things you are can really help with staying on the right track. I think the comradery that will come from this group will be huge in helping our participants."

Why fad diets aren't the answer

Unfortunately when it comes to weight loss, there are no quick fixes. That's not to say you can't lose a fair amount of weight quickly with a fad diet, but keeping it off becomes the challenge.

"Slow, steady weight loss is more likely to last than dramatic weight changes. Healthy plans aim for a loss of no more than 1 to 2 pounds per week," according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. "If you lose weight quickly, you’ll lose muscle, bone, and water. You also will be more likely to regain the pounds quickly."

Jourgensen said her rule of thumb is that, if you don't think you can eat a certain way for the rest of your life, then you probably shouldn't start it.

"Quick results are much more exciting and satisfying than long-term lifestyle changes," she said. "I think all of us enjoy instant gratification, so it is much easier to get discouraged when you aren't seeing immediate results."

So what's the best answer? Jourgensen said it's eating healthfully — including lean meats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and limiting eating out — and in the appropriate portion sizes, and getting 150 minutes or more of physical activity per week.

One of the best tips Jourgensen has is to write things down — your weight loss goals, the "why" behind those goals, grocery lists, workout schedules.

"As simple as this sounds, seeing your goals each day and reminding yourself why you started the journey can serve as a huge motivator to continue working towards achieving them," she said. "Those who make a life-long commitment to eating healthier and exercising have the most success in terms of weight management in the long run."

13.5 inches the largest 24-hour snow total at Steamboat Resort since January 2017

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — If you didn't have a big smile on your face this morning, you live in the wrong town.

Steamboat Resort's 5 a.m. report tallied 13.5 inches at mid-mountain in the past 24 hours, with 13 of that falling after lifts closed Thursday. Since 5 a.m., an additional 8 inches have fallen at the summit, and snow is expected to continue throughout the day.


Deepest days:
• 2018-19: 13.5 inches on Jan. 18
• 2017-18: 11 inches on Dec. 24
• 2016-17: 20 inches on Jan. 5
• 2015-16: 12 inches on Dec. 15 and March 18
• 2014-15: 13 inches on Dec. 15
• 2013-14: 13.5 inches on Dec. 23

Single-day snowfall record: 27 inches on Feb. 20, 2012

Source: Steamboat Resort

The morning snow report is the deepest since Jan. 5, 2017, when Steamboat Resort recorded 20 inches at midmountain. Combined with Thursday's 6-inch report, the official two-day storm total sits just shy of 20 inches.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday across the Yampa River basin, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy snowfall, blowing snow and difficult travel conditions are expected throughout the day, with the storm forecast to move out of the area Friday night.

"What we're thinking is that the snow is going to continue for most of today, and it's probably going to let up this evening and go to scattered snow showers by about midnight," said Chris Cuoco, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

Cuoco said meteorologists in the office were watching the snow cameras in Steamboat and expected the area to pick up another 2 to 3 inches in town and 4 to 6 inches on the mountain before the storm moves out.

The heavy snowfall also brought with it an avalanche warning for the Steamboat and Flat Tops areas, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Large naturally and human-triggered avalanches can be easily triggered on slopes steeper than 30 degrees, according to the report.

"The only way to stay safe is to avoid avalanche terrain," the warning states.

The avalanche warning is in effect until 8 a.m. Saturday.

To reach Nicole Miller, call 970-871-4206, email nmiller@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @millerna.

Colorado women dominate Sports Illustrated list of world’s fittest athletes

You only have to look around to know Colorado is one of the fittest states in the United States, but when it comes to bragging rights, Colorado actually rocks the world when it comes to really fit women.

That, at least, is the conclusion of a story in the current issue of Sports Illustrated, which says five of the world's most fit women call Colorado home. They are Boulder track and field runner Emma Coburn (No. 9); Golden ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter (12th); EagleVail ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin (18th); Boulder rock climber Sasha Digiulian (19th); and Vail ski racer Lindsey Vonn (20th).

Sorry, Broncos and Nuggets fans. The only Colorado man on the list is rock climber Tommy Caldwell of Estes Park (15th). Worse, rival quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs comes in at No. 18. New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is ranked No. 1, and the top female on the list is gymnast Simone Biles.

Nothing says Colorado like a list of world's fittest athletes that includes two ski racers, two rock climbers, an ultra runner and a track athlete.

SI used a panel of experts that included Dr. Michael Joyner, human performance expert at the Mayo Clinic; David Hesse, vice president for performance at the IMG Academy in Florida; Dr. Christopher Lundstrom, exercise physiologist and elite running coach at the University of Minnesota; Roy Holmes, a certified strength and conditioning specialist in Phoenix; and Sue Falsone, physical therapist, athletic trainer and author in Los Angeles. Falsone is a former head trainer for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Continue reading on Denverpost.com.

Across the Street: Colorado legislature working to improve education

During our monthly meeting, as the first week of the 72nd legislative session began, the State Board of Education walked across the street to attend the State of the State address, where Gov. Jared Polis reiterated his primary education related promise.

“Our top priority this session is empowering every single Colorado community to offer free, full-day kindergarten while expanding free preschool to 8,000 more Colorado children,” Colorado's new governor said.

The state already pays for kindergarten students to attend for half-day classes, and many school districts offer full-day kindergarten, using district funds and parent-paid tuition to fund the additional half day. If the state agrees to pay for free, full-day kindergarten for all kindergarten students in Colorado, the estimated cost will be an additional $250 million per year.

In the first week of the new session, 107 new bills were introduced, and 17 of these involved education. Of the 17, five were sponsored by Democrats, four by Republicans, and 8 bipartisan. From their introduction, the bills will pass through the Senate and House committees and to both the Senate and House Chambers before they become law. Many never get that far, but for now, legislators worked into the night to get their five bills written and submitted by the Jan. 10 deadline.

In addition to following all the legislative activity at the Capitol, the State Board of Education met for two days. One of our duties involved a vote to approve the monthly allocation of state funds to the 178 school districts in Colorado.

Under the public-school finance act of 1994 (Section 22-54-115, C.R.S.), the state board is responsible for determining the monthly amount of money each school district receives from the state. At our January meeting, we certified the December 2018 calculations and distribution. All districts and state distribution amounts were listed. The calculations for January through June will be certified at the February meeting. All information is available on the State Board of Education website.

Following are examples of the state distribution for districts in three counties I represent:

• Roaring Fork, with 5,524 students — $1,825,907.67.

• Garfield, with 1,163 students — $681,911.92.

• Meeker, with 700 students — $191,591.25.

• Rangely, with 483 students — $288,488.64.

• Moffat County, with 2,106 students — $595,107.88.

Throughout Colorado, the December distribution totaled $367,678,953.24.

In another vote, the state board approved a Charter School appeal for the SKIES Academy. The SKIES Academy Charter application was initially granted, but later revoked, by the Cherry Creek School District. The state board found this was not in the best interest of students, families, and the community and remanded the charter to go back to the local district to work together for a resolution. Charter SKIES Academy, based at Centennial Airport, will be a hands-on, project-based curriculum for sixth- through eighth-graders. It will focus on students desiring a possible career in aerospace engineering, piloting. and other aspects of aviation.

Thus we begin the first month of the 2019 Legislative Session and the first state board meeting of the new year.

Joyce Rankin represents Colorado's 3rd Congressional District on the State Board of Education. She writes the monthly column “Across the Street” to share with constituents in the 29 counties she represents. The Department of Education, where the State Board of Education meets, is located across the street from the State Capitol.

Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco game management units under new planning as CPW seeks input

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking input on how it manages deer and elk in Northwest Colorado.

The agency is developing a new herd management plan for the White River mule deer herd, one of the largest in the state, which migrates between Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. It is also developing a new plan for the Gore Pass elk herd, which lives in southern Routt County.


What: Discussion about big game season structure and herd management plans
When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16
Where: Colorado Parks and Wildlife Steamboat Springs Office, 925 Weiss Drive

Comments on the big game season can be sent by email to dnr_cpw_planning@state.co.us or online at cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo

Comments on the White River herd management plan can be submitted online at cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo
. The comment period closes Feb. 13.

"A lot has changed since 1995 when we approved the current plan," Meeker Area Wildlife Manager Bill de Vergie said of the White River herd in a news release. "Chronic wasting disease is affecting this herd, and we're dealing with significant loss and fragmentation of habitat. This herd has also gone through severe winters, drought and fires.

"In addition, there is far more outdoor recreation occurring today, and more people means more traffic leading to more dead deer and an increased danger to motorists," de Vergie continued. "Predation is definitely a consideration as is continuing oil and gas exploration. The next plan will need to account for all these dynamics."

Parks and Wildlife is also developing changes to the structure of big game seasons, including when, where and what kind of methods hunters will be allowed to use in order to hunt deer, elk, moose, antelope and bear.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife are creating new management plans for elk and deer herds in the highlighted game management units.

Parks and Wildlife will host a seminar explaining how the agency forms these plans at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at its office in Steamboat Springs.

In a news release, Area Wildlife Manager Kris Middledorf said though wildlife biology is a primary consideration in management, the agency also needs public input to make decisions.

"As wildlife managers, we cannot just look at the science to make decisions," he said in the release. "We need the public on board so that we make decisions they understand and support. That's what this meeting is for — helping folks understand what goes into management decisions and how they can help."

If you can’t attend the meeting, public comment is open on the White River herd management plan and the big game season structure at the following.

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email ehasenbeck@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @elHasenbeck.

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2nd day, 2nd chance: Moffat County wrestlers go out strong at Tournament of Champions

While some members of the Moffat County High School wrestling team had their better rounds Friday, getting back in the action Saturday offered redemption for some and still more experience for all.

MCHS placed 23rd among 31 varsity teams in the Uintah Tournament of Champions in Vernal, Utah.

After going 3-0 Friday, Daniel Caddy saw a familiar face Saturday in the 138-pound semifinals, paired up with Paonia’s Sackett Chesnik, whom he had previously defeated to gain third place in December’s Warrior Classic.

The rematch went to the Eagle rather than the Bulldog this time, as Caddy fought to the end only to take a defeat in a 9-3 decision.

Sent to the consolation rounds but guaranteed to place in the top eight, Caddy worked quickly to gain a first-period pin of Lander Valley’s Nathan Redman. In the consolation finals, he had his closest match of the weekend but outlasted another Wyoming opponent, Cameron Metcalf of Rock Springs, 6-5, to pick up third place.

MCHS coach Dusty Vaughn noted the back end of the brackets was no less tough with a state runner-up and two-time state champ against Caddy.

“As a coach that’s what you want to see. You didn’t get what you wanted so you go get the next best thing,” he said.

With a 2-1 day Friday, 160-pounder Greg Hixson was forced to forfeit Saturday due to a dislocated elbow. Dagan White went 2-2 Friday but wasn’t able to compete further due to his own war wound.

Vaughn said both of the Bulldogs may have to call it a season sooner than expected to recover.

“This is a huge hit to both Greg and Dagan, especially Greg. He's a senior and has gone through so much to get where he's at,” Vaughn said.

Though they had originally planned to attend Rangley’s Vern Rose Memorial during the weekend, MCHS’s junior varsity lineup tore through the first day of TOC, garnering first-place finishes in the JV segment for Caden Call (106), Ryan Duzik (120), and Coltyn Terry (132).

Duzik took five straight wins by pin to move to the top of the podium, finishing with the victory against Zach Weipert of Wyoming’s Green River, who had previously defeated Bulldog Colten Jones in the 120 weight class.

Call took two pins, a 16-0 technical fall, and a 10-4 decision leading up to a 7-2 win over Juab’s Jack Payne in the finals.

Terry gained two falls, both taken in less than one minute, as well as wins by decision of 7-5 and 5-0, the latter of which came against Waylon Martinez of Rock Springs for the title.

To add to the JV success, Pepper Rhyne (145) earned bronze honors with a 4-1 record for the day, complete with three pins. At 126, Blake Juergens took fourth with a 3-2 run.

Brock Hartung (138) didn’t place but had more wins than losses at 3-2, while Jones and Daniel Cruz (160) each fought hard despite two losses each.

Altogether, JV took fifth in the field.

“We thought the TOC would be better for match experience for our kids,” Vaughn said of the schedule change. “We have such a young team and some kids were able to get almost 10 matches in the two days.”

MCHS varsity and JV wrestlers were prominent in the Tournament of Champions Second Chance tourney, specifically for grapplers knocked out of varsity competition in the main event’s first day or JV athletes wanting to stay on the mat, with Hunter Fredrickson (106), Call, Duzik, and Kalub West (126) tearing through opponents with three straight wins each to finish Saturday strong.

Vaughn said the Second Chance was less about podium placement than keeping

“You just wrestled until you lost and our boys did a lot of winning,” Vaughn said. “We added up the total matches and noted this weekend, out of just under a total of 70 matches we pinned or tech-falled over 50 percent of the kids we wrestled. That’s outstanding!”

MCHS wrestlers will spend the coming weekend in Rifle, with a Jan. 18 dual match against the Bears, followed the next day by a dual tournament that will include Steamboat Springs, Basalt, Battle Mountain, Glenwood Springs, Coal Ridge and more from the Western Slope.

The TOC weekend was a stressful one for many with the news of the Montrose team’s bus accident near Rangely en route to Vernal. Though there were no injuries in the incident, Vaughn, a Montrose native, noted that he was very concerned upon hearing the details.

“I have friends I wrestled with in high school who were on that bus. People I grew up with in high school who have kids wrestling now were on that bus. I'm just grateful no one was hurt and everyone is OK,” he said.

Moffat County hoops teams split Saturday matches in Olathe

After a lengthy weekend road trip, Moffat County High School basketball teams are looking for a little regularity back at home.

MCHS’s Saturday games in Olathe proved problematic at times against the Pirates, yet girls were able to work through a foul-heavy first half — which they led 18-14 at intermission — to move to 2-0 in the 3A Western Slope League with a 44-31 win.

It was the second conference win of the weekend after the Lady Bulldogs — now 8-3 overall, 2-0 WSL — defeated Gunnison the night before.

Junior varsity teams fended off the Pirates easily, as girls came out in front 51-12 and JV boys took the W at 70-56, but varsity boys were unable to make it a clean sweep.

While Friday saw MoCo stay in step with the Cowboys — who went on to upset previous WSL leaders Coal Ridge Saturday 70-65 — for most of the match before falling in the fourth quarter, the Dogs were quickly behind the eight-ball against Olathe.

A 31-20 halftime score only got rockier as the Pirates put together a 21-11 third period to lead 52-31 heading toward a 69-48 finish to give Olathe its first WSL victory.

“This was a tough road weekend for us,” Bulldog boys coach Eric Hamilton said. “We played two physical teams and just did not play enough good minutes in both games to win. There were some positives to take from the weekend, but we know there’s a lot of work to be done to compete in the next seven league games.”

With a larger varsity roster, including Dario Alexander and Myles Simpson, nearly all the Dogs scored against the Pirates, with seven points for Jordan Carlson, six for Jerod Chacon and five for Cale Scranton.

At 2-8, MCHS boys travel Tuesday to Frisco for a non-conference game with Summit before four straight home games for both Bulldog squads, starting with Jan. 18 and 19 games in Craig against Grand Valley and Cedaredge, respectively.

“Lots more basketball to go,” Hamilton said.

Avalanche training near Craig keeps crews ready

CRAIG — Gathering their avalanche tools after a short gear check, a small band of about 15 snowmobilers revved their engines Saturday, Jan. 12, and set off into the miles of snowy trails surrounding Black Mountain, hoping to learn some valuable lessons.

For more than a decade, volunteers with Moffat County Search and Rescue have been training near Craig — honing their skills in case the snow gives way and buries an unsuspecting backcountry visitor.

A handful of Colorado Parks and Wildlife rangers were also on hand Saturday to guide the volunteers, including members of Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club.

"There are basically three essential pieces of equipment when traveling in avalanche terrain," said Mark Lehman, acting manager of Yampa River State Park and a senior ranger with some 12 years of avalanche training experience. Lehman's tools of the trade include a beacon that can be set to broadcast or receive a homing signal.

"What this does is it sends out a signal at a regular interval, so if you were to get buried in an avalanche, then everyone involved in a search party can go to the search function so they can pick up on any signal," Lehman explained, as his fellow rangers and volunteers prepped their snowmobiles.

Once a strong signal is located, a long probe is deployed deep into the snow to better locate a potential victim.

"You can feel what the ground feels like with this," Lehman said as he extended a long probe similar to a tent pole. "If you were to catch a backpack, clearly it's a very different feel — a leg or a torso or someone's helmet will be a lot different feel than if you're just hitting the bottom or the dirt."

Once a potential victim is located, it's a race to dig them out carefully.

"Once you get a positive probe strike and hit something that doesn't feel like the ground, that's when you get to digging," Lehman said. "There's a tactical way of digging someone out as well."

Barry Barnes serves as captain of the Moffat County Search and Rescue team, and while he said he hasn't had to put his 14 years of avalanche training to use in a real-life scenario yet, both he and 1st Lt. Dale Clark are ready to act at a moment's notice.

"Response time is very important, because usually, you really don't have a lot of time," Barnes said. "If someone is stuck inside an avalanche, they don't have a lot of time."

Clark said if Moffat County Search and Rescue volunteers were activated, it might take crews an hour to reach Black Mountain from Craig.

"It's a half-hour here and then to unload, then another 20 or 30 minutes probably to get to some of the first avalanche areas up there," Clark said.

Amidst the group of volunteers was Dale Reed, who moved to the area from Texas in the spring.

Reed said avoiding avalanches wasn't the only thing he hoped to learn Saturday.

"Number one, how to ride a snowmobile," Reed said. "Being from Texas, the snow conditions are totally new to me. I'm an avid outdoorsman. Hopefully, when I'm out here, I'll be a little safer, so I won't have to call Clint and them to come find me."

Clint Scofield, a volunteer with Moffat County Search and Rescue, stood nearby and chuckled at Reed's half-joke.

"If somebody gets lost, we're usually the people they call," Scofield said. "Or, if someone is injured up there."

According to Colorado's Avalanche Information Center, avalanche conditions for the Steamboat Springs and Craig areas were moderate, meaning there are "heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features." Those engaging in snow sports are encouraged to "evaluate snow and terrain conditions carefully."

The moderate avalanche risk is the second of five risk categories, five being the highest risk.

The highest avalanche risk category in Colorado Saturday was seen in the North San Juan area, which was under a “considerable” risk of avalanche, the third of five risk categories.

Lehman said those considering backcountry excursions into the snow should know what conditions existed in the days and weeks before they plan to leave. Doing one's homework when it comes to how weather affects conditions on the ground, he said, is of vital importance.

"Educate yourself," Lehman said. "If you aren't familiar with the snow conditions, look at the forecast. If all you do is look at the forecast on the day you ride, you're kinda just getting a snapshot of what the conditions are that day. That's better than doing nothing at all, but if you look at the forecast every day, you can kind of get a better feel of the problems that existed early in the season that may come into play on how you're riding today."

Contact Clay Thorp at 970-875-1795 or cthorp@craigdailypress.com.

Moffat County wrestlers face Utah, Wyoming foes to start Tournament of Champions

With more than 30 schools representing three states in attendance, Moffat County High School wrestlers faced a wide variety of competitors Friday to kick off Uintah High School Tournament of Champions.

Bulldogs were placed 18th among varsity teams after the opening day of the Vernal, Utah event, which held wins and losses alike for MoCo athletes.

Shifts in the Bulldog roster put competitors in different slots as far as weight, with Daniel Caddy going 3-0 Friday within the 138-pound class to move into the semifinals Saturday.

After spending most of the early season at 145, Caddy worked well at the lower weight, gaining pins against Utah opponents Garrett Franklin, of Salt Lake City’s West High School, and Brayden Lawton, of Juab.

His quarterfinal match was a third-period fall against Mason Yenney of Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Back on the mat after recovering from a December injury, Greg Hixson (160) fell to Carbon’s Keityn Hunt in the opening round but stuck it out in later bouts to Uintah’s William Price in a 7-6 decision, followed by a 9-6 win over Kadin Forney, of Rawlins.

Hixson’s fellow senior, Isiaih Herod, started strong within 30 seconds, pinning Anthony Stout, of Eaglecrest, before a loss by 21-8 major decision to Colby Harper, of Duchesne. Herod pinned West’s David Than in the consolation rounds only to fall in the second period against Joseph Fairbanks, of Syracuse.

Dagan White, 120, also went 2-2, pinning Conor Carey, of Lander Valley, before getting put on his back by Josh Holmes, of Uintah. White took an 8-2 decision over Meeker’s Charles Curry then fell to Zach Sulz, of Pleasant Grove.

Hunter Fredrickson dropped to the lowest weight at 106 for the Bulldogs, and split for the day with a fall against Union’s Westin Hagman, a 4-2 loss to Juab’s Keaton Sperry, and an 8-0 MD over Syracuse’s Ryan Malan. Fredrickson ended the day with a third-period loss by pin to Raiden Harrison, of Uintah.

At 113, Anthony Duran earned a 4-2 sudden victory over Paonia’s Reagan Todd following a defeat to West’s Drew Lang in the opening round.

Kalub West had a rough first day in the 126 bracket but avoided being pinned in close losses by decision to Norwood’s Harley Workman (3-2) and Maple Mountain’s Declan Morris (8-6).

Countering cowboys: Moffat County basketball opens league play in Gunnison

With eight more games coming against opponents within the 3A Western Slope League, Moffat County High School hoops teams had mixed results Friday as they began conference play.

Bulldog basketball split while on the road against the Gunnison Cowboys as girls took a win and boys a loss.

Lady Dogs moved to 7-3 with their victory, keeping it moderately close in the opening half of their first game back from winter break, leading 28-22 at halftime complete with a strong outside shooting performance by Halle Hamilton, who put up four total three-pointers and led scoring for the night with 20 points.

Moffat County girls kept at it on both sides of the ball until they finished 53-39.

Tiffany Hildebrandt put up 11 points, while fellow seniors Madie Weber and Kinlie Brennise added eight, with two triples for Brennise.

MoCo boys looked to continue the momentum, and the Bulldogs were nipping at the heels of the Cowboys through the first three quarters, trailing 38-34 heading into the final period.

Multiple fouls caused woes for the Dogs as Gunnison gained a greater advantage, the win ultimately going to the 7-2 Cowboys at 53-45.

With two buckets from outside, Wesley Counts led scoring with 12 points, while Landen Najera and Colby Beaver each put up 10.

The loss puts MCHS boys at 2-7.

As part of their road trip Bulldog teams will play Saturday in Olathe. Both the Pirate squads fell Friday against Grand Valley, with Olathe girls downed 38-29 and boys 53-51.