Craig Sports Briefs for March 20, 2015: Tickets available Friday for inaugural season of planned hockey team

A semi-professional hockey team is in the works for Craig, and residents have the chance to get free tickets to the first home game in October at Moffat County Ice Arena at Loudy-Simpson Park, 600 S. Ranney St.

The developmental team will be known as the Moffat County Vigilantes and is a Senior A Elite group that has applied to be part of the Black Diamond Hockey League.

Owner Chandler Holguin said the group plans to hold open tryouts sometime this summer. He will be in various Craig locations Friday to give away tickets and answer questions about the Vigilantes’ plans.

For more information, contact Holguin at 303-437-7375 or

Moffat County swimmers take 5th in Montrose

The Moffat County High School boys swim team placed fifth at the Montrose Invitational March 13.

The Bulldogs’ top finisher was Jesse Kurz, fourth in the 50-meter freestyle at 24.42 seconds, less than a half-second from a state qualifying time.

Kurz, Chris Kling and teammates Brenden Carta and Sean Portman, both of Steamboat Springs, also took sixth in the 200 free relay at 1:44.49, the foursome also finishing eighth in the 200 medley relay at 2:02.21.

Much of the team is on the brink of qualifying times, said coach Jeff Wert, Moffat County next meeting the D51 team of Fruita Monument, Palisade, Grand Junction and Central High School.

Moffat County golfers shoot well at Montrose

The members of the Moffat County High School girls golf team teed off Tuesday at Cobble Creek Golf Course for Montrose High School’s tournament.

Katelyn Peroulis led the Bulldogs, shooting a 94, followed by Brooke Krause with a 114 and Tané Otis, recording a 127.

Team members Jaci McDiffett, Julia Christensen, Makayla Thompson and Taylor Haddock also attended but did not put up official scores.

With the warmer weather of late, coach Ann Marie Roberts said getting more practice time at Yampa Valley Golf Course will be a big benefit, the team able to hit the course Friday, the next tournament not scheduled until April.

“Once we get on the range, we’ll see a big improvement,” she said.

Craig Daily Press offers March Madness contest

If you’ve got a head for college basketball as it heads into the biggest tournament of the year, catch the fever online with the Craig Daily Press Battle of the Brackets.

Visit to sign up for the free event, which is part of the national UPICKEM program, offering prizes at the local and national levels, a $1 million prize at stake for those who correctly predict the winner of every game of the NCAA Men’s Division I event.

Participants can pick before each game instead of setting their entire bracket from the start. VIP pickers include Shane Camilletti of Mountain West Insurance & Financial Services, Ryan Duran of Eastside Liquor, Steve Maneotis of Victory Motors, Brett Etzler of Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta and Andy Bockelman, Daily Press sports reporter.

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