Hometown Heroes: Moffat County juniors dedicated to their sports teams
The sports teams from Moffat County High School receive huge support from their community and coaches, but without the work of their managers and trainers, the practices and games would look much different.
Trenci Towner and Lexie Gonzalez, both MCHS juniors this year, have taken their training involvement with Moffat County sports to another level. Since freshman year, Towner and Gonzalez have been managers of the football and girls basketball teams. For the 2013-14 school year, they’ve decided to take on more responsibility as the trainers for the boys basketball team, as well.
That means twice as much getting water for the players, taping up ankles and wrists before the game, running the clock at practices and helping out in any other ways they can.
But for Towner and Gonzalez, the extra workload wasn’t too much of a hardship to take on.
“We figured since we’re already there, we might as well help the boys out,” Towner said, as the two basketball teams travel and play on the same schedule.
The two became good friends playing basketball together during eighth grade, and Gonzalez was the first to suggest managing as an option in high school. Towner said she was not crazy about the idea at first but warmed to it and eventually had to convince Gonzalez to join her when she got cold feet as the fall of their freshman year approached.
That first year managing was enough fun that the two took classes to become trainers and contribute more to the teams. Two years later, they have no regrets.
“It’s time-consuming,” Gonzalez said. “With going to high school, then practices and you stay later. But I like being a part of a team and getting to know people.”
Towner echoed her friend’s sentiment, saying that being part of the team is fun, especially during football season.
“For football, it’s a totally different kind of bond,” she said. “They are like our brothers. We kind of feel like one of the boys.”
At the fall sports banquet earlier this month, football head coach Kip Hafey honored the team’s trainers, saying it was a job of service they were doing without much recognition. Towner and Gonzalez, still with a year and a half of high school to go, are planning on continuing their service after school on a much grander scale.
“I want to go into being an ER nurse in the Navy or the Air Force, one of those branches,” Gonzalez said.
Towner also plans on joining the military, hopefully through the Reserve Officer Training Corps and doing something with anesthesiology.
“You’re fighting for your country and you’re honored,” Towner said about joining the military. “I want to be a part of that.”
Both are studying to become a Certified Nursing Assistant at Colorado Northwestern Community College right now, as well.
As the winter sports season begins and the Bulldogs pick up wins on the court, Gonzalez and Towner will keep doing what they do behind the scenes and on the sidelines.
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.
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On May 17, Moffat County High School acknowledges some of its best and brightest student-athletes for the Class of 2021 with the Lewis “Dude” Dent Memorial Award ceremony.