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John Vandelinder: Bulldog beat for Sept. 30

John Vandelinder

First, let me start by saying I’m guilty.

As a sports writer, I’m supposed to be neutral when it comes to reporting results, or stories on Craig’s athletes.

But, being around the teams as much as I am, I’ve ended up being the Bulldogs’ biggest fan.

For more than a year now, I’ve written this weekly column reviewing what’s happening in the land of Moffat County sports.

It’s not as easy as it seems.

I take several factors into consideration when approaching it.

I speak with coaches, athletes and other Western Slope media members – all off the record, mind you – to get a feel for each team I review.

I don’t use quotes – trust me, I couldn’t print half the things I hear – I basically go off of what I’ve learned from that week when considering all the angles.

On that note, let’s take a look:

Cross Country

For the seventh consecutive week, the Bulldog cross country team tops the beat.

Alicia Nelson continues to leave the competition in the dust, claiming her fourth individual title Saturday in Frisco.

And it’s not just Colorado that is noticing Nelson’s name.

Talking to coach Todd Trapp on Monday, I couldn’t help notice the large stack of letters addressed to the senior with Wichita State, University of Washington, TCU and Columbia in the top left corner.

You go, girl.

The boys team got a boost from the return to the primetime by Cory Wojtkiewicz. The junior finished 18th on Saturday, helping the boys team to a third-place finish.


Class 3A Western Slope Conference standings

Conf Overall

Glenwood Springs 3-0 5-0

Palisade 3-0 5-0

Steamboat Springs 3-0 4-0

Rifle 1-1 1-3

Delta 1-2 2-2

Moffat County 1-2 1-3

Montezuma-Cortez 0-2 2-2

Battle Mountain 0-2 0-4

Eagle Valley 0-3 0-5

Wow. I still haven’t caught my breath.

The Bulldogs’ come-from-behind victory against Delta on the Panthers’ homecoming night was a sight to see.

Down by 10 with six minutes to go in the game, Moffat County showed its immense heart, scoring twice to win.

If ever there were a game that could propel this team forward, Friday was it.

I originally predicted four wins for this team.

I’m now changing that number to five.

Oh, and a first-round playoff berth, too.


Class 4A Western Slope Conference standings

Conf Overall

Eagle Valley 6-1 9-1

Battle Mountain 6-1 7-2

Glenwood Springs 5-1 7-2

Steamboat Springs 5-2 8-2

Rifle 3-4 3-6

Moffat County 1-7 2-7

Palisade 0-7 1-9

The MCHS soccer falls to the third spot after an 0-3 record this week. The Bulldogs are in the midst of a grueling five consecutive road games. Unfortunately for them, it doesn’t get any easier this week. Moffat County visits 5A Grand Junction Central and current Western Slope League defending champion Battle Mountain. This week’s 3-1 loss at Rifle stings, as the climb into postseason positioning is getting further away.


Class 4A Western Slope Conference standings

Conf Overall

Eagle Valley 6-0 9-1

Battle Mountain 5-1 8-2

Steamboat Springs 4-2 8-3

Palisade 4-2 6-5

Glenwood Springs 3-2 4-6

Rifle 1-5 6-5

Delta 1-6 3-9

Moffat County 1-7 2-10

Three more losses for the Bulldogs last week puts this team’s slide at eight consecutive matches. Coach Brianna Montgomery still is searching for leadership on the floor, but with just six games remaining, Moffat County would have to win out just to reach .500 in the league. Seniors Ariel Sanchez, Megan Trujillo, Jennifer Harris and Makinzie Bretches have shown spirit and dedication, but sometimes those two things just aren’t enough.

Right now, the goal for this team has to be to climb up from the bottom of the league standings before all is said and done. It’s possible, with games against Rifle and Delta still looming on the horizon.


The 2008 season is done for both of these teams, but rodeo will be back in the spring.

Congratulations to senior golfers Nick Moyer and Erick Leonard.

The duo will move on to college next year, leaving behind some fun memories on the links.

Leonard should be back in the spring when baseball begins, and as for Moyer, what up, 99?

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or


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