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Bulldog beat for Dec. 27

John Vandelinder

— Winter break is upon us, so the high school sports scene is going to be thin for a while. The Bulldog Hockey Club continued it’s dominating ways and the boys and girls basketball teams hit the road for a taste of tournament competition.


It’s now four weeks in a row at the top for the Bulldog Hockey Club. The team has yet to lose in 10 games, blowing by the opposition by a 61-13 combined score. The only blemish on its record was a tie with Rock Springs in mid-November.

The boys are 5-0 in league play with 10 points, second to Steamboat Springs with 12. Don’t worry fans: Moffat has already beaten the Sailors 4-1, so the tiebreaker (if needed) goes to the Bulldogs.

Captain Scott Smith has tallied 13 goals and three assists to lead the team, followed closely by Colt Criswell with 10 goals and three assists.

The team has proven it can score in bunches. It holds the league record of largest margin of victory (nine goals) the longest winning streak (five games) and most goals in a game (10 vs. Kremmling).

On the defensive side of the blue line, the Bulldogs aren’t too shabby either.

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Five of its victories have been by shutout, with a three-goalie rotation keeping the defense fresh.

Bryce Ponikvar leads the league with two shutouts and a 0.00 goals against average. Spencer Wayman has three victories and a 0.75 GAA. Third-stringer Curtis Ellgen has four nonleague wins, two shutouts and a GAA of 1.25.

Can you say Frozen Four?

Girls basketball

Moffat County (7-2) finished third in Denver this past week while competing in the Grandview Tournament.

The Bulldogs finished the trip 3-1, taking one on the chin in a loss to Cheyenne Central. The girls have been able to run over the competition, but when it comes to tournament time, they have yet to get over the hump.

Two pre-season tournaments have accounted for both of the team’s losses and it makes me wonder how well they will fair in the big tournament at the end of the season.

Senior Angie Charchalis battled a sprained ankle in Denver, and it actually proved to be a good thing for the team. Jorgiea Raftopoulos stepped up nicely, dropping in 20 points to make up for the shortcoming.

I’ve been wondering who else was going to step up besides Charchalis and senior Markie Workman, and now I know.

Boys basketball

Break open the champagne; it’s time to celebrate.

The boys won.

Moffat County dispatched the giant monkey on its back while competing in the Alamosa Tournament, winning its final game by 21 points.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, once this team wins, watch out.

They got a taste of what it takes to come out on top, and I think they will have full stomachs come the end of the season.

Chayton Owens has been flying under the radar early, but his performance as of late has brought him into the spotlight.

The junior earned a spot on the all-tournament team averaging more than 22 points to lead the team.

I’ve heard numerous times that winning breeds confidence, and I see this team’s confidence growing steadily. The team’s first game of the season was a 42-point loss, its last game a 21-point victory.

The problem is defending Western Slope League champion Steamboat Springs visits the Bulldogs next, a tall task for a team just now finding it’s stride.