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8th-grade boys basketball team places 2nd in home tournament

Craig Middle School eighth-grader Connor Murphy goes in for a layup with two New Castle players trailing him Sunday at the Moffat County Youth Basketball Tournament. Six teams competed in the tournament held at CMS and Sandrock Elementary School. The Bulldogs placed second overall.
Lauren Blair

— The Craig Middle School eighth-grade team played their hearts out Sunday at the Moffat County Youth Basketball Tournament, finishing second place overall.

Six teams, primarily eighth-graders, participated in the tournament held at Craig Middle School and Sandrock Elementary School. The Bulldogs faced off against teams from Montrose, Meeker, New Castle and Rock Springs, Wyoming, to secure a spot in the final championship game Sunday afternoon against Glenwood Springs.

The tournament was organized by CMS coach Chad Elliott and Pam Maneotis, whose grandson, Colby Beaver, plays on the eighth-grade team.



“I think we’re doing good,” Elliott said after the team’s third win of the day. “We gotta continue to keep hustling and work as a team and hopefully get good results. And if not, it’s good practice for them.”

The Moffat County boys got plenty of practice indeed on Sunday; they were the only team to play five games in the tournament. All the teams played two games in the morning, which seeded them for the single elimination rounds in the afternoon.



The CMS team celebrated four wins to make it to the final game, and lost to Glenwood, 49-24.

“Winning is contagious,” guard Connor Murphy said after the Bulldogs won the first elimination round. He said their goal was to “just get good buckets and play good defense and do it as one.”

The 11-strong CMS team will put their game faces on once again when they head to Glenwood Springs this weekend for another tournament.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com.


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