Bulldog teams out and about this weekend
If a student is in high school and participates in a winter sport, he or she is in action this weekend.
Cheerleading, boys and girls basketball, dance, swimming, hockey and wrestling all will be competing this weekend.
The Craig Bulldog hockey team will debut its new uniforms for the season’s home opener against Kremmling at 7 p.m. today at the Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena.
Coach Jay Oxley said he was looking forward to the showdown with the Western Slope rival because Kremmling will be the first team they’ve faced that hasn’t had more ice time than the Bulldogs.
“We’ve played teams who have all been on the ice longer than us at this point in the season,” he said. “I don’t know where Kremmling has been practicing because they don’t have ice yet. The good thing about Friday is that we might have a chance to work on positioning, passing and shooting during a game.”
To celebrate the first season of the Bull–dog hockey team, formerly the Cougars, the Craig Youth Hockey Association will hand out inaugural game stickers to the first 100 fans. There also will be several prizes handed out during the game.
The boys basketball teams host Basalt tonight and then go on the road against Summit on Saturday. The JV/freshman game is at 5:30 p.m., which is followed by the varsity game.
Last year, the varsity Bulldogs split for the opening weekend, beating Basalt, 53-44, and losing, 51-39, against Summit. The varsity tip off against Summit is at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, the wrestlers head to East Grand to open up the season at the Middle Park High School tournament. The tournament will include defending state champion teams Pueblo South (Class 4A) and Olathe (Class 3A) as well as No. 5 in 4A, Eagle Valley.
The young Bulldogs will have six underclassmen suit up along with eight upperclassmen.
“We’re young but hungry,” coach Roman Gutierrez said about his No. 8 in 4A Bulldogs. “Those young guys have been taking a beating at practice, so it will be interesting to see what they’ve learned.”
Gutierrez also said that defending state champion Korey Kostur may compete in the toughest bracket at the tournament.
“His weight (145) could be brutal,” he said. “Really 40s, 45s and 52s will be solid in the tournament.”
The dance and cheerleading teams left today for the pinnacle of their year — the Colorado High School Activities Association Spirit Championships in Denver. The teams have an idea of where they are at going into the weekend after competing at a National Cheerleading Association regional two weeks ago.
“The dance team just had some minor adjustments,” coach Susie Lord said. “They are excited about their routine and hope the adjustments will make them competitive with the top teams.”
The cheerleaders have been working hard since the regional on sticking their stunts.
“The routine has been running smoother,” Lord said. “The main hope is that the stunts stick.”
The Bulldog divers and swimmers compete Saturday in Grand Junction in a meet made up of relays.
“The relay meets are always fun for the team because everyone is competing together,” coach Jennifer Zimmerman said.
Even the divers compete in a relay format with two divers competing on a team.
There will be 21 Moffat County athletes whetting their competition skills at 9:15 a.m. at the Orchard Mesa swimming pool.
On Thanksgiving weekend, the girls basketball team went to Fruita to scrimmage Fruita Monument, Grand Junction and Montrose. Coach Craig Mortensen said he was pleased with his team’s play and expects it to carry over this weekend to the Uintah High School tournament in Vernal, Utah.
“We shot the ball well last weekend,” he said. “This weekend, we’ll learn a little more about ourselves.”
Freshman, JV and varsity teams are making the trip to Vernal. The varsity plays Logan, Utah, at 5:30 p.m. today.
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