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Eighth-graders take title

CMS boys win district tournament championship

Before the Craig Middle School eighth-grade boys basketball team took the court in the district tournament championship game coach Tom Dockstader was reminded by his youngest son, Mark, about what was important.

“He told me to remember that before I told the team to just have fun,” Dockstader said. “So I reminded the guys that the important thing was that they had fun.”

The coach said he thought his team, including oldest son Scott, played relaxed and was poised on its way to a 43-36 win.

The eighth-graders finished their middle school basketball careers with two district tournament titles.

“These guys have played together for a long time,” the coach said. “They’ve improved every time out.”

The Bulldogs went into the tournament in Steamboat Springs after losing their first game of the season to Rangely the previous weekend. The Sailors stopped a rematch from happening when they defeated Rangely in the first round of the tournament.

The Bulldogs moved to the championship game with a 38-15 win against Meeker.

Dockstader said the team handled Steamboat’s press without giving up a turnover, but the inability to make free throws made the game closer.

“It was back and forth early but we took over late,” he said. “I’ve coached freshmen before, and I was always frustrated when that age group couldn’t make left-handed lay ups. But this group is beyond that.”

Seventh grade team loses last game

The seventh grade team lost a heartbreaker 20-19 against Meeker in the final of the district tournament.

“We couldn’t get our shots to fall,” coach Todd Hildebrandt said. “We wanted to have our best game of the year in our last game, but it just didn’t happen.”

The Bulldogs went into the championship game undefeated.

“The guys were pretty torn up about it,” Hildebrandt said. “But we talked about how it could be motivation to work in the off-season and come back better next year.”

The Bulldogs finished 7-1.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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