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Moffat County swimmers balance competition with service work

As the final stretch of the season comes up, Moffat County High School swimmers are keeping pace as they refocus their efforts in the pool and within the community.

MCHS girls finished fifth Saturday at the Glenwood Springs Demon Winter Invite, narrowing down their finishes in multiple races as they look toward the league finals and beyond.

Alexa Neton continues to chase state qualification in the 50- and 200-yard freestyle events, gaining the team’s best results of the season to date in each during the weekend, placing eighth in the 50 with a time of 28.92 seconds and sixth in the 200, 2:22.28.

She is just over one second from the 3A state time of 27.8. In the 50, Katelynn Turner placed 11th and Jeni Kincher 13th, with Alyssa Chavez and Ellina Jones each hitting their fastest times in 19th and 21st.

Mackenzie Anderson likewise hit her best time in the 200 in 19th, and Jones reached a best in the 100 free at 1:10.31 and 18th place, with state-qualifier Molly Neton ranking 11th.

Kelsey McDiffett got back in the swing of things in the 100 butterfly for the first time since the team was in Glenwood in December, trimming about 1.5 seconds for 1:17.15 and seventh place. She also gained her best time of the season in the 200 individual medley (2:38.94) for fifth, with Molly Neton right behind in sixth (2:40.14).

At 12th and 3:22.04 in the 200 IM, Allison Jacobson chopped a full 15 seconds off her last time in the race in November.

Turner led the team with 11th in the backstroke, in which Chavez and Anderson each hit their season bests, while Kincher brought her time in the 100 breaststroke to a personal best 1:29.56.

In relays, Kincher, Jacobson, Jones and Chavez were the lone Bulldog foursome in the 200 free, placing eighth (2:09.76).

Having already clinched state in the free event, Turner, McDiffett and the Netons placed seventh (2:15.99) in the medley, in which Anderson, Kincher, Chavez and Jones were 11th (2:34.58).

However, it was the 400 free relay where the team saw its best placement, as Turner, McDiffett and the Netons were fifth (4:21.2).

“We had some great cuts by girls, and we still have our sights set on qualifying two more relays for state and some more individual events,” coach Meghan Francone said.

Swimmers will have a week off from competition as they keep up with their training leading up to the Southwest Conference Championships Feb. 1 and 2 at Colorado Mesa University.

Apart from the water, MCHS girls spent last week volunteering as well as practicing. The team performed a clean-up of the Craig Fire/Rescue facilities, with firefighters later providing a tour of the headquarters.

“We are grateful to the fire department to allow us to come in and give back in a very small way,” Francone said.

Ruin the Bruins: Moffat County hoopsters crush Cedaredge

It may have been the visiting school that boasted the ursine team name, but it was Moffat County High School athletes who were giving their latest opponents a bear of a time Saturday.

MCHS varsity teams swept the Cedaredge Bruins in a pair of big wins, as girls picked up their fourth consecutive victory against a 3A Western Slope League foe at 52-33 while boys put an end to their run of bad luck with a hard-fought 57-32 triumph.

Grin and bear it

After a narrow victory the night before, MCHS girls had another team within the Top 10 of the 3A RPI rankings on their hands.

Perhaps it was the extra boost from the win over Grand Valley, but Lady Bulldogs wasted no time racking up a 7-0 lead, with the Bruins prevented from gaining a bucket until nearly five minutes into the game.

MoCo’s quick start only get better, finishing the quarter 13-5, heading into an all but unstoppable second period in which they compiled 15 straight points, five of which came off a Kinlie Brennise corner triple that, thanks to a Cedaredge foul, put her back at the charity stripe for a pair of free throws.

MCHS girls coach Jim Loughran said he was surprised by Cedaredge’s slow entry, though he was far from shocked that his players made the most of it.

“They really put a lot of pressure on them,” he said.

The 35-16 opening half gave way to a slower but solid third quarter as Brennise and Halle Hamilton kept after it in three-pointers with Quinn Pinnt and Jenna Timmer nailing buckets closer to the hoop in the 11-7 stretch.

With the game just about won, Bulldog girls chewed the clock in the last minutes while limiting the Bruins to another 10 points.

Hamilton led in scoring with 14 points and a trio of threes, with 11 for Brennise, and six for Tiffany Hildebrandt.

“I don’t know if Cedaredge didn’t bring it or it’s just because we were working well together, but we were ready for them,” Hamilton said.

Bull(dog) market for buckets

While both MCHS junior varsity teams fell in close games to the Bruins — girls JV in a 34-32 overtime heartbreaker and boys JV 50-46 — boys varsity took a page from the girls’ playbook and did them one better.

Between attacking the hoop from the get-go and shutting down the Cedaredge effort, Bulldog boys held a double-digit advantage with 12 points on the board before the Bruins finally responded after more than six minutes.

A 14-7 quarter became a 32-15 half, with a fully energized crowd all the more spirited thanks to the halftime entertainment by the Moffat County Junior Cheer Clinic, with 57 young kids joining the MCHS and Craig Middle School pep squads.

MoCo boys didn’t slow down in the slightest coming back from the locker room, renewing their resolve near the rim with layups and jumpers galore in another 18-point quarter.

Like the girls, boys didn’t strain themselves coasting to the conclusion, though Jerod Chacon took advantage of a chance for some shooting practice to add a corner three and get his scoring total to 11 points, tied with Colby Beaver for the evening, followed by Landen Najera with 10.

Connor Murphy mixed it up with one triple and layups for his seven points, though he credited the night’s success to the group effort.

“It all came down to teamwork, everybody did really great tonight,” he said. “Everybody brought a lot of heart, clicking tonight.”

Connor Etzler concurred the crowd was a huge part of the win.

“All that positive energy in the building pushed us, helped us play a lot better,” he said. “It was really loud.”

By the numbers

The W was one the boys varsity team has been striving toward for the past month. A win in December against Denver Christian during Glenwood Springs’ Demon Invitational was the last game Bulldogs recorded in the left column, feeling the effects of eight consecutive losses.

Now 3-10, MoCo boys have a conference victory under their belts, 1-3 in WSL play, which they will seek to build on moving along in the schedule, next hosting Basalt Jan. 26.

The Longhorns have had the roughest run in the league, 2-10 after a 67-48 Saturday loss to Gunnison. Before they come to Craig, they’ll face off with Cedaredge Friday.

“You never know with this league, everything can be pretty inconsistent,” Murphy said, noting that after high rankings for much of the early season, WSL’s Coal Ridge has already fallen twice this month to league opponents.

MCHS girls will see their RPI status rise considerably after their win, and at 4-0 in the conference, the 10-3 team remains one of the Western Slope’s greatest threats.

Basalt (1-11) will be the focus heading into the coming week of practice, but the bigger picture is Delta, which the Lady Dogs host Feb. 1.

The Panthers moved to 10-1 with a Jan. 18 win against Coal Ridge, 52-49, putting them at the top of the RPI list.

Still, athletes are confident moving forward.

“I’m really impressed with our teamwork and how we’ve all come together lately,” Hamilton said.

Moffat County basketball looks to set tone for four-game home stretch after matches with Grand Valley

For one Moffat County High School basketball team, Friday night was a chance to catch up with old friends. For the other, well, the night was far from congenial.

MCHS girls hoops took its third straight win in the 3A Western Slope League with a 40-37 defeat of visiting Grand Valley, while the cold streak continued for Bulldog boys, who lost 67-48 to the Cardinals.

Friendship among rivals

As MCHS’s junior varsity squads were laying a beatdown on Grand Valley — girls JV won 39-14 and boys 65-23 — girls varsity was getting their heads in the game.

But, before warmups, Stephenie Swindler and Jenna Timmer took a moment to greet one of their former teammates, sharing a hug with Megan Olinger, who previously lived in Crag before transferring to the Parachute school.

“It was a little weird,” Swindler chuckled. “I think it would have been a little weirder if we’d had to play against her, too.”

That pre-game pleasantry aside, it didn’t take long for Lady Bulldogs to bear down on the Cardinals, who have routinely been one of their toughest opponents in the conference, as well as their final foe in last season’s district tournament.

Shaya Chenoweth — last year’s WSL overall points leader and 3A leader in average points per game — was on their minds but not in their heads despite another high-scoring night, with 17 total points.

Chenoweth remained quiet on offense for most of the first half, apart from a few free throws, but she and her comrades were nonetheless keeping the Bulldogs in check.

A three-pointer by Halle Hamilton kicked off the MoCo scoring, followed by foul shots for Tiffany Hildebrandt and Jaidyn Steele.

A 7-all score after the first quarter led to more instances of mirror matches, as Chenoweth swiped the ball from Hamilton beneath the Bulldog basket only for Hamilton to nab it back at half-court seconds later.

Likewise, Grand Valley’s Jordyn Pittman stuffed an outside shot by Kinlie Brennise that Brennise would pay back in spades later in the game with some punishing blocks.

Slow but steady scoring by Brennise, Hamilton and Hildy kept the Lady Dogs ahead 14-13 at halftime, and while Chenoweth immediately came roaring back in the third period with five quick points to get the Cards their biggest lead of the game at 18-14, the same Moffat trio put together eight unanswered points with the help of takeaways and rebounds.

With a 31-24 lead to close the third — capped off with a triple by Emaleigh Papierski — Moffat County girls weren’t taking any many risks to cinch the win, though Chenoweth and Pittman evened it up twice at 33 and 35.

Still, staying fierce in the paint was key as Timmer and Hamilton elbowed their way to the rim late in the game.

“It was nerve-wracking for sure,” Timmer said. “I feel like our team works better like that, when we have all that adrenaline.”

A final field goal by Brennise — who led the team for the night with 13 points — had the Dogs ahead by one bucket, but a timeout with less than three seconds remaining meant there was still time for Grand Valley to push it into extra minutes.

An inbound pass to the Cardinals’ Bailey Radel put the game in her hands, but the three-point attempt was no good, much to the delight of Bulldog fans.

The loss was only the second of the season for 8-2 GV, who fell in overtime in a 53-51 game against Meeker. They’ll look for conference redemption as they host Aspen Saturday.

Raining 3’s

From there, Bulldog boys varsity sought to put on a good show for members of the crowd, who had their admission handled for the night thanks to Craig Association of Realtors.

Both teams had long ball aspirations from the start as Cale Scranton and Wesley Counts nailed three-pointers in the first quarter.

However, the Cardinals were draining threes like a freshly unclogged bathtub, as Wade Wiese alone hit three from outside, with one each for Emilio Garcia and Alex Cornejo to lead 17-13 after eight minutes.

Torin Reed added one from the arc to begin the second period, and a free throw by Scranton tied it at 17.

That was as close as the Bulldogs would get for the rest of the night. Aided by fouls, Grand Valley put together 10 points to respond, interrupted briefly by a free throw from Counts.

As MoCo increased their pressure inside, the Cards went back to the perimeter, and Cornejo, Garcia and Blade McCormick each added one more tre heading into the break, with put-backs on the other end by Landen Najera keeping the Dogs alive but behind 39-27.

Grand Valley remained ahead by double digits for the full second half, 53-38 going into the fourth quarter. And, though Jerod Chacon and Connor Murphy got in on the three-spree for the Bulldogs, the Cardinals weren’t giving up much breathing room beneath the rim.

In his first varsity basketball game, Logan Hafey was among the cavalry sent in with about one minute remaining, sinking a pair of free throws as soon as he stepped on the court.

“They had really, really tough defense, they were just not letting us in there,” he said of the Cards.

Just getting warmed up

Bulldog hoopsters will have little time to rest with Saturday home games coming up against Cedaredge.

At 2-10, MoCo boys badly need a win, and while the Grand Valley game was humbling, it may have toughened them up for the Bruins, who remain in the middle of the conference at 4-5, playing their first match for league credit in Craig.

“I think we can do well if we come out strong and work on what we didn’t do well tonight,” Hafey said.

Alternately, 9-3 Lady Dogs will have another challenge in store against 7-2 Cedaredge girls, who fell to league leader Delta 57-36 in December tournament play.

Their only other defeat was against Centauri, 45-40, a team which Moffat County also lost to by a five-point margin.

“If we play like we did tonight, we’ll do great,” Timmer said.

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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.

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Always learning: Craig instructor Paul Cruz looks back on 3 decades in martial arts

The number 12 bears special significance for Paul Cruz.

It was the 12th day of the 12th month of the calendar at the start of his 12th year of life that he first began down a path that would last for decades to come.

Cruz recently celebrated 30 years in the world of martial arts with a gathering with his students at Northwest Colorado Tae Kwon Do/Hapkido.

The Craig Press recently caught up with the local teacher on his time in the discipline and how he’s honed his instruction across the years.

Craig Press: How did it first start for you getting in the field?

Cruz: I was up at my babysitter’s house, and she was doing (martial arts) moves. She told me she was doing karate and she had a test coming up. I said, “Oh, I’m a black belt! I know karate!” She said, “Oh, well, can you help me with this?” And I said, “Oh, I was just kidding, I don’t know any of that.” But, then I found out there was a karate school in town, and my parents asked we what I wanted for my birthday, and I just happened to start lessons exactly on my 12th birthday, 12-12-88, just two doors down from where I am today. The old studio where I started was where The Embroidery Shoppe is now. Every time I have a birthday, I like to celebrate this more. Getting older is one thing, but 30 years in this has been a big deal for me.

When did you first start getting serious about the discipline?

I remember traveling to Missouri for a convention, and my instructor’s wife asked me what I wanted to do with my life, and she was really into education. I told her I wanted to teach karate, and she said, “I know you can do that.” That was when I was about 14, and I started taking more classes, some in Denver, and I knew that’s what I exactly what I wanted to do. It took me about five years to get my first-degree black belt, and I just got my fifth-degree last June.

I started teaching with my first instructor, he was taking me around to schools and seminars. We opened a school in Vernal (Utah) and one in Rawlins (Wyoming), like seven different schools in three states. I went with him everywhere he went, sat in the front seat and got to learn everything you could teach. I didn’t really learn the business side of it until I had another instructor who taught me how to run and maintain a school.

What kind of changes have you had throughout the years?

Jason Thomas is my master now, he’s a seventh-degree in tae kwon do, a fifth-degree in hapkido and first-degree in karate. I’m also a second-degree in hapkido and red belt in karate. The reason I left my first instructor was I was learning how to kick and punch, but I really wanted to learn the self-defense side of it as well.

The self-defense of most tae kwon do schools isn’t exactly the same as what I do. We use knives and sticks and learn how the weapon itself can turn into moves if you don’t have it. Say I have two sticks and then get my hands moving really fast and take the sticks away. Those moves are still intersecting the attacks coming after you, and I really wanted to learn close quarters stuff. I was always the guy with the long legs keeping people away from me, but if somebody got in really close and took me to the ground, what would I do? I wasn’t learning that kind of stuff, and I wanted to learn all martial arts not just tae kwon do, learn what everyone else is doing. With my students, I take them to open tournaments where you’ve got karate guys, judo guys, kung fu guys, and we put ourselves up against people we don’t train with. We know what we can do, but we go up against other cities and find out these guys train just as hard as we do. A lot of it’s universal, punching is punching, kicking is kicking, but how do those instructors teach them to put it all together?

When you get to master’s, fourth- or fifth-degree, you start to learn it’s not just all these kicks, punches and blocks, now you learn how to make a move out of it. Instead of just block and strike, you can turn one technique into three techniques. Once you get up there, you can teach better because you understand the level that it took to get you to that point. I’ve heard from a lot of people, “Well, this is just a hobby for me.” For me, this is a way of life. I’ve put everything I have into teaching this and learning from as many different people as I can.

How do you believe the culture of martial arts has evolved? Do students take it as seriously as you’d like? 

A lot of people treat a tournament like tag, if you will; you’re just trying to touch the other person and get a point. Here, we’ll put on our gear and we won’t go for knockouts, but we’re also not going to take it easy on each other. We’ll know what it’s like to get hit. If you’re walking down the street and get hit for the first time, it’s going to phase you. In here, we’re not beating them up, but we’re hitting pretty hard. You want to be able to protect yourself or your parents or whoever else you’re protecting. This is a contact sport, not knitting. We want to do realistic stuff, and you never what someone’s going to do on the street. What are the clues if someone tries to hit you, like raising the elbow.

Some of my students have gotten bullied, and they think I’m going to kick them out if that kind of stuff happens. No, I’m teaching you this so that doesn’t happen. You’d better not be the one starting it, but if you’re defending yourself for real, that’s what I’m teaching you, and how to be a good person outside of the school. It begins and ends with courtesy. I have a kid who’s been with me for eight years, and another kid at school just kept choking him and pushing him down. Finally, I started doing private lessons with him and taught him two moves. This is all you’ve got to do to escape. Guess what; that kid didn’t pick on him ever again. He didn’t have to hurt him, but he did a move to put him on the ground and ask, “Do you want anymore?” and the kid’s like, “No, no!” If they’re going to be attacked, I’m going to let them use it. They’re protecting themselves, and there’s no reason it should be any other way.

What does this three-decade milestone mean to you?

It’s been my dream. People say you can dream whatever you want and do anything you want, and this has allowed me to do everything better. Say you want to play a game of pool. I understand what focus means and understand the angles in it. Training like this has helped my mind to accept everything that comes my way. There’s always going to be a barrier, but it’s how you accept that barrier. You can either quit and go on or face it head-on. A lot of people don’t like to learn new things, the fear of not knowing something makes them feel like a child again. It’s a great feeling, almost spiritual. I just learned something new and it makes me feel even better because I’m not afraid of it. I’ve learned how to accept everything in a manner that’s beneficial to everybody around me. If I can’t take care of myself, there’s no way I can take care of these guys.

It means everything to me. I never thought I would be here as a kid. Maybe it was just a dream then, but as I got older, I saw this is what I wanted to do, not just learn martial arts but teach it. A teacher is just a student that hasn’t quit. A white belt that hasn’t quit. I’m always going to be a white belt because they’re always learning. If I have that mentality, I could wear a white belt, and these kids won’t even care because they know what I can do. It’s what I’ve put into it that makes it count.

Weekend Roundup: Happy hoops, poker power, snowshoe speed

Indoors or outdoors, there are a handful of options for sporting entertainment in Moffat County this weekend.

Bulldog ball

Moffat County High School basketball teams play their first Western Slope League home games Friday and Saturday against league opponents Grand Valley Friday and Cedaredge Saturday afternoons.
The game schedule include girls junior varsity, boys JV, girls varsity and boys varsity.
C-Teams also take on Battle Mountain Saturday morning at Craig Middle School.
Friday games are free for all spectators, with admission covered by Craig Association of Realtors.
When:  Varsity, JV games start at 3 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday; C-Team games start at 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Varsity, JV games at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane; C-Team games at CMS, 915 Yampa Ave.
Cost: Friday games free; Saturday games $5
For more information: 970-824-7036

Dashing through the snow

The Dinosaur 100 Trail Race Series snowshoe races run January and February at locations in Moffat and Routt counties.
Each race is designed to be approximately 3.2 to 4.2 miles, a 5K or longer, with all experience levels welcome.
When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: First race at Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.; additional races Jan. 26 at Rabbit Ears Pass, Fox Curve; Feb. 2 at Stagecoach State Park; Feb. 9 at Steamboat Lake
Cost: Advance entry $25
For more information: snowshoesteamboat.com or Dinsoaur100.com

Pick a card…

Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club also will host its annual Poker Run fundraiser Saturday, starting at the Freeman Reservoir parking lot.

Snowmobilers head along the path to several stations and pick up a playing card to form a poker hand. Those with the best results win 25 percent of the total collected with 15 percent for second place and 10 percent for third.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony that night, with additional door prizes donated by local businesses are also up for grabs. Money raised during the Poker Run goes to the group's scholarship efforts, last year awarding $1,000 apiece to two local students, the majority of which was raised during the event.

When: Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., awards at 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Poker Run at Freeman Reservoir; awards at Vallarta’s, 2705 W. Victory Way
Cost: Hands $10 apiece, $25 for three
For more information: northwestcoloradosnowmobileclub.org

Do you have an upcoming weekend entertainment item to promote? To submit events for Weekend Roundup, email details including time, date, place, cost and a description of the event to news@craigdailypress.com.

Moffat County boys basketball keeps it close in Summit game

It all came down to the last eight minutes for the Moffat County High School boys basketball team Tuesday night.

Bulldogs hoops fell 66-60 to the 4A Summit Tigers in a non-conference road match-up.

The boys in blue held their own at the start, with a 21-16 lead after one quarter, including nine points from Jerod Chacon.

MoCo held a one-bucket advantage at halftime at 36-34, but Summit’s Wyatt Buller came alive in the third quarter, scoring all the Tigers’ 15 points in the period as part of 26 he’d have throughout the night.

With the tally tied at 49 heading into the fourth, it was anyone’s game, yet a handful of field goals by the Bulldogs couldn’t match a pair of triples by Corbin Furrey and 11 points amassed by Buller and Brendan Collins.

Jordan Carlson led scoring for Moffat County with 12 points, 11 for Chacon and nine by Colby Beaver.

MCHS, 2-9 overall, hosts 3A Western Slope League opponents Grand Valley and Cedaredge, Friday and Saturday, respectively. Friday’s games begin at 3 p.m. and Saturday’s at noon at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane.

Moffat County hoops back at home, swimmers, wrestlers to stay strong traveling: Bulldog Sports — Week of Jan. 16, 2019






3 p.m. Moffat County High School girls junior varsity basketball vs. Grand Valley at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
4:30 p.m. Moffat County High School boys junior varsity basketball vs. Grand Valley at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
6 p.m. Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball vs. Grand Valley at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
6 p.m. Moffat County High School wrestling at Rifle
7:30 p.m. Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball vs. Grand Valley at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane


TBD Moffat County High School girls swimming at Glenwood Springs
8 a.m. Moffat County High School wrestling at Rifle Duals Tournament
9 a.m. Craig Middle School girls basketball vs. Rifle and Meeker at Rifle Triangular
9:30 a.m. Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club Poker Run at Freeman Reservoir
10 a.m. Moffat County High School girls C-Team basketball vs. Battle Mountain at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.
10 a.m. Dinosaur 100 Snowshoe Trail Race Series at Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.
11:30 a.m. Moffat County High School girls C-Team basketball vs. Battle Mountain at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave.
Noon Moffat County High School girls junior varsity basketball vs. Cedaredge at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
1:30 p.m. Moffat County High School boys junior varsity basketball vs. Cedaredge at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
3 p.m. Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball vs. Cedaredge at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane
4:30 p.m. Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball vs. Cedaredge at MCHS, 900 Finley Lane


3:30 p.m. Youth Bowling League at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Ave.


5:30 p.m. Moffat County High School girls C-Team basketball at Soroco High School in Oak Creek


4 p.m. Moffat County High School girls junior varsity basketball at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards
6 p.m. Craig Parks and Recreation third- and fourth-grade youth volleyball at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.
6 p.m. Moffat County High School wrestling at Meeker

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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