Sports Rewind: Recapping Moffat County’s top sports stories of 2011 |

Sports Rewind: Recapping Moffat County’s top sports stories of 2011

Joshua Gordon

Below were the top sports stories in Craig and Moffat County in 2011:

MCHS grad boxes in Las Vegas showcase: Tyler Pogline, a 1998 Moffat County High School graduate, fought in his first televised boxing match Jan. 22 in Las Vegas.

Pogline lost by decision, but said the fight was a once in a lifetime experience.

On Senior Night, MCHS girls hoops team beats rival, wins share of league title: The Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team started the 2010-11 season off shaky, but in February, the Bulldogs beat Steamboat Springs to bring home a share of the Western Slope League title.

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The Bulldogs won their first-round playoff game before falling to No. 1 Longmont in the Sweet 16.

Charlie Griffiths finishes MCHS career with fifth-place finish at state tourney: Charlie Griffiths qualified for the 4A state wrestling tournament all four years he wrestled for the Moffat County High School wrestling team.

In February, Griffiths wrapped up his career with a fifth-place finish, the only Bulldog to place in 2011.

Griffiths said he was aiming for a state title, but he was happy to have won his final match as a Bulldogs wrestler.

1 school year, 3 state titles in Baggs, Wyo.: The Little Snake River Valley School six-man football team won the Wyoming 1A state title in 2010, and the Baggs, Wyo., boys athletes kept the winning ways going, bringing home a basketball and track state championship in the same school year.

The Rattlers weren’t done, as they captured their second straight football title in November.

Moffat County High School names new athletic director/assistant principal: Four years ago, Jeff Simon resigned from the Moffat County High School athletic director position to focus more on being a teacher.

But, after former athletic director Richard Wildenhaus resigned, Simon reclaimed the position, as well as assistant principal duties, in June.

Hulstine brings home 2 first-place finishes from California swim meet: Matt Hulstine, a Moffat County High School junior, competed in the 2011 Western Zone Age Group Championships in August in California, winning the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke events.

Hulstine’s summer success came on the heels of him taking fifth place in the 100-meter breaststroke in May at the 4A state swim meet.

Final round — Ken Harjes steps down as MCHS golf coach: Ken Harjes helped start the Moffat County High School golf program 31 years ago, and Sept. 20 he coached in his final tournament.

At the regional tournament, all the Western Slope coaches and players honored Harjes as he was given the 4A Western Slope League coach of the year award.

Alfredo Lebron brings home state cross-country title to MCHS: Alfredo Lebron, a Moffat County High School senior, never lost to a 4A opponent in his final year on the Bulldogs cross-country team, capping his career off with a state title in October.

Lebron was the first MCHS boys runner to bring home a state title since Clint Wells in 1992.

MCHS athletics to move down a class starting next school year: The Moffat County High School enrollment numbers in November came in at 600.5 students, allowing MCHS athletics to move down from Class 4A to Class 3A starting next school year.

The move will allow the Bulldogs to play schools their size or smaller instead of schools double their size.

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