Moffat County golf tees off season: Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 18, 2017 | CraigDailyPress.com

Moffat County golf tees off season: Craig Sports Briefs for Aug. 18, 2017

The Moffat County High School boys golf team opened its season this week with tournaments hosted by Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain. Monday at Gypsum Creek saw the Bulldogs led in score by Torin Reed at 84, Connor Etzler at 88 and Tyler Burkett at 125. Jack Doane shot 125 and Tanner Etzler 144.
The team struggled more Tuesday at EagleVail Golf Club in Avon, with Connor Etzler shooting 91 and Reed 94.
“Tough course, really narrow,” head coach Rod Compton said of the conditions.
Burkett brought it down to 120, while Josh Townsend hit 130 and James DeWald 140.
Compton said the initial tourneys gave him a good idea of where to make adjustments, namely the short game.
“We’ll definitely be working on chipping and putting, because you can hit two good shots and get on the green, but you four-putt on the green, that’s not helping you,” he said.
MCHS golf’s next event is its home tournament, the Bulldog Invitational, at 1 p.m. Aug. 23 at Yampa Valley Golf Course. The group will also play the following day at Haymaker in Steamboat Springs.

Family Cast 'N Blast returns to Wyman Museum Saturday

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in cooperation with the Wyman Museum, Northwest Colorado Outfitters Chapter, Mule Deer Foundation, Nine Mile Guest Ranch and Northwest Pawn, will host a free Family Cast 'N Blast, from 4 to 7 p.m. this Saturday at Wyman Living History Museum, 94350 E. Highway 40.

CPW officers and volunteers will help anyone interested in learning the basics of shooting, archery and fishing in a fun, family environment.

"This event has been very popular in the past, and we expect another great turnout," said District Wildlife Manager Jeffrey Goncalves of Maybell, in a release for the event. "Especially for kids, nothing beats learning along with parents, brothers or sisters, or guardians. It will create some great memories for everyone."

All angling equipment will be available free of charge, however participants can bring their own fishing equipment if they prefer. CPW will provide all firearms and archery equipment. No personal firearms or bows are allowed.

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Participants can enjoy a free dinner and everyone should bring sunscreen and appropriate clothing to protect from the elements.

Anglers 16 and older must have a current fishing license to participate in any fishing event.

For more information, contact CPW's Meeker Service Center at 970-878-6090.

Still time to register online for Moffat County athletics

A new online sports registration program is up and running for Moffat County High School students interested in signing up for sports. To register, visit moffatcounty-ar.rschooltoday.com. Registration and physicals must be completed prior to the student's first practice.

Sports physicals should be dropped off at the high school office or scanned and submitted via the online registration form. Fees will still be paid in person.

Practices officially began this week with competition soon to come.

Moffat County golf's home tourney will be Aug. 23 at Yampa Valley Golf Course, volleyball hosts Steamboat Springs Aug. 24, football brings in Rawlins, Wyoming, Aug. 25 and cross country runs at Cheyenne Mountain Aug. 26.

For updates on sports schedules, visit westernslopeleagueco.org.

For more information on registration, contact Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Rich Houghton by emailing rich.houghton@moffatsd.org or calling 970-826-6553.

Matching challenge supports trails in Moffat County
A $10,000 matching challenge through Aug. 31 will double the value of donations to a fund that helps maintain and improve trails on public lands in Moffat and Routt counties.
The Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund was created in 2015 to provide a permanent funding source for non-motorized trail and trailhead maintenance. A board that includes land managers and citizens determine trail maintenance priorities and projects annually, based on need.
The Trail Endowment Fund is held at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, a primary source for philanthropic resources and education for donors and nonprofit organizations in Moffat and Routt counties.
For more information about the fund, contact Helen Beall at 970-879-8632. To contribute, go to yvcf.org/trails.