Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 16, 2013: Moffat County boys golf continues to improve |

Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 16, 2013: Moffat County boys golf continues to improve

Nate Waggenspack

Moffat County’s boys golf team played two more tournaments Wednesday and Thursday, producing similar results to their season opening rounds in Avon.

First, the Bulldogs played in a tournament hosted by Eagle Valley at Gypsum Creek Golf Course. Their team score of 277 was higher than the opening day 270, but four of the five varsity golfers improved their scores on their second day of competition.

Casey Nations and Mike Bingham led the way for Moffat County, each shooting 90, while Tyler Jenkins turned in a 97. Taft Clevery (99) and Chris Kling (106) also played for Moffat County.

Head coach Casey Kilpatrick said it was once again a good day overall, but the Bulldogs struggled to adjust to a difficult course with features different than those found at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.

“There were some holes with these huge elevated tee boxes that our guys just haven’t seen something like that before,” Kilpatrick said. “So it was tough for them to figure those out even if they knew the yardage.”

On Thursday, the Bulldogs played at Rifle Creek Golf Course, hosted by Rifle High School, and brought their team score back down a few strokes.

Moffat County shot 270 for the day, led once again by Nations’ 86. Bingham shot 91 and Cleverly 93 to round out the scoring. Jenkins (103), Kling (111) and Silas Cantu (112) also posted scores for the Bulldogs.

Kilpatrick said it was inconsistency that kept them from shooting even lower.

“It was a classic round of great holes and then blowup holes for each kid,” he said. “They would get going on a good streak then shoot a nine on one hole.”

But it was a productive first week for Moffat County golf, which learned it is not far from other 3A schools on the Western Slope.

“When I’m looking at scores other schools are posting, the biggest thing is those teams have one player dropping into the 70s,” Kilpatrick said. “If we can get one or two guys doing that, which we have the talent for, we’ll be right there.”

CMS fall sports begin next week

Craig Middle School’s fall sports season is approaching, with football, volleyball and cross country on the docket for seventh and eighth graders.

Practices for each sport begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 19. All athletes must have a physical completed and turned in and have paid participation fees before practicing.

There will be an informational meeting for parents at 7 p.m. Monday, where parents can meet athletic director Rick Schmitz and the fall sports coaches. There will be fall schedules and other information discussed.

For the rest of the first week, football practice will begin at 6 a.m., with equipment checkout at 4 p.m. Aug. 22.

Parks and Rec seeking football officials

The Craig Parks and Recreation youth football season will begin soon, and the league is looking for officials.

Prospective officials must be at least 14 and inquire about the opportunity by Aug. 19. For more information, contact Craig Parks and Recreation at 826-2006.

Pool league in Craig begins Sept. 15.

The Craig Billiards Congress of America 8-ball pool league begins Sept. 15. League events take place at Popular Bar, 24 W. Victory Way.

For more information on the season, call 629-0436 or e-mail the league at

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