The week in review for Bulldog sports |

The week in review for Bulldog sports

John Vandelinder

— All told, a pretty good week in the Moffat County sports land. The Wrestling team beat up on the state of Utah, the Bulldog Hockey Club remains undefeated, Moffat County swimmers heated up the pool in Montrose and the boy’s basketball team opened the season on the road.

Let’s take a look.


The Bulldog Hockey Club stays on top of the beat this week. When you’re undefeated, you’ve earned that right.

Moffat County continues to embarrass the opposition, blowing out visiting Kremmling, 9-0 and 6-2, on Saturday.

The Bulldogs ran their record to 7-0 on the season and show no signs of slowing down in the near future.

Shades of the ’97 Avalanche led by Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg dance through my head while watching this squad.

They have outscored the opposition, 42-4, during their run through the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League with five of the wins by shutout.

That’s an average score of nearly 12-1 every two games.

Team captain Scott Smith has nine goals and 12 points so far, easily the best numbers in the league.

Newcomer and speedster Colt Criswell is hot on his tail, tallying seven goals after a two-goal performance during the weekend.

Gunnison seems to be the only threat to the Bulldogs. Watch for the two to butt heads Jan. 12 in Craig.


Just like Aerosmith, Moffat County is back in the saddle again. That analogy fits nicely when describing the results of an extra practice week for the Moffat County wrestling team.

After a so-so showing in Grand Junction last week, the Bulldogs reached back and grabbed some of its dominating methods of old, dismantling the competition Friday in Utah.

The team rolled to the title, winning each dual meet, while compiling a 5-0 record.

Last week, the team dropped from the top 10 in the state, but coach Roman Gutierrez didn’t seem to notice when I told him. Utah seemed to be the quick fix Moffat County needed.

Watching practice Monday, you could see why the team has been, and will be, so successful.

These coaches know what they are doing.

I’m eager to watch this team as the season moves forward.

Cory Vigil continued to dominate the competition. The senior moved to 10-0 on the season, with nine of the victories coming by pin.


Coach Marin Campbell took her Bulldogs to Montrose during the weekend, with impressive results.

Moffat County earned second place, but I see many first place finishes in the near future.

The Conci twins are, well, the Conci twins.

Nothing new here, just seven more first-place finishes to add to their already-stellar careers.

Steamboat transplant Genna Bradley dove over, around and through the opposition, qualifying for the state championship meet with two months still left in the season. Bradley pulled off the day’s most difficult dive with minimal practice.

Hmmm. If practice makes perfect, what does two months of practice mean?

Boys basketball

The Bulldog boy’s basketball team competed against host G. J. Central Saturday with positive results despite the loss.

Head coach Steve Maneotis spent his free time traveling to Rifle to scout out the opposition, instead of sitting in a nice warm office reviewing game film (with the opposition’s permission of course).

The move almost paid off.

Moffat County won the game in every statistical category but the most important one: the final score.

The Bulldogs out-shot the Warriors from the field, 43 percent to 27 percent, and from three-point land, 36 percent to 29 percent.

The problem?

Twenty-nine turnovers and 10 missed free throws.


Those numbers hurt.

The Bulldogs will have a chance to redeem themselves Thursday when they travel to Wyoming to compete in the Green River Tournament.