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Bulldogs varsity basketball heating up

Bruce Tippets

With fall sports finished, area gyms are filled with the sounds of squeaky sneakers and “cuts to the paint.”

“Tonight we are giving our football players an optional night,” said Moffat County High School Bulldogs coach Blaine Corlett before basketball practice Monday. “They need a couple of days off after a tough game on Saturday. (Today) we should be at full strength and going 100 percent with everybody here. Last week we had 16 freshmen practicing and we had seven older kids.”

A year ago, MCHS lost much of its leadership.

“Last year we graduated five seniors and four of them started the whole year,” said Corlett. “We had two kids in Kevin Voorhees, a junior, and Adam Peer, a senior, that alternated starting during the year. They both started their fair share of games.”

According to Corlett, the Bulldogs have seniors and juniors who will see plenty of time on the court.

“We have Justin Magnuson, a senior, who played a lot of minutes last year. He didn’t score a lot of points, but he played a lot of quarters,” said Corlett. “Eric Duran, a senior, played a lot of minutes. Grady Wilson, a senior, is hurt with a knee right now and he is a big strong kid. If he is healthy he will be a huge asset. We are hoping that everything with him clears up in the next week or two.”

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The Bulldogs will also play Kyle Hazelwood, a sophomore, on varsity.

“He will give some good minutes for us this year. He worked on his shooting over the summer and he will be a good shooter for us,” said Corlett. “He will play a lot of minutes as a sophomore for us.”

A year ago, the Bulldogs won the league title and this year Corlett believes his team will be right in the hunt again.

“I feel we have as good a chance to win the league as anybody this year. Delta will be tough; they have a couple of all-conference kids coming back,” said Corlett. “Our goal is to win the league. Ultimately our goal is the state tournament and we were one quarter away from that last year.”

The Bulldogs will hold the annual blue and white scrimmage Nov. 23.

“The blue and white will start at 6:30 p.m. and for admission we charge a can of food then we will give it to the food bank,” said Corlett. “It will be a good chance for the freshmen parents to come out and see the freshmen play. We will do a little scrimmage with them. Then we will scrimmage varsity and junior varsity players against each other.”

The Bulldogs will have their first full scrimmage of the season on the road against Fruita Monument Nov. 27.

“Fruita has a kid that already signed with Colorado State Universtiy,” said Corlett. “We decided last year if we want to go to regionals that if you play better teams that will make you better. Having a tough presesaon makes you better. We have one home game before Christmas against Palisade and they were a state qualifier.”