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Moffat County fall athletes earn nine all-state honors

David Pressgrove

All-state selections in Colorado are decided with a simple formula. The further a team makes it into the state playoffs, the more all-staters it will have.

Although Moffat County didn’t earn any top-five finishes at a state event this fall, the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News named nine Bulldogs to their all-state teams.

Moffat County seniors Brian Behrman and Taylor Reed didn’t don the blue and white this fall, but they earned honorable mention awards.

The two tennis players joined the Steamboat Sailors and helped them to a fourth-place finish at state. At the state tournament, Reed and his partner Nick Ludoph finished fourth at No. 1 doubles. Behrman and Scott Peterson finished fourth at No. 4 doubles.

The Denver Post was the only paper to name all-state awards for tennis.

The only Bulldog to earn repeat honors was Moffat County senior Derek Duran. The quarterback and defensive back was also one of two Moffat County athletes to earn honors from both newspapers. The senior earned more than 4,000 all-purpose yards in his career for the Bulldogs. He was a three-year starter at quarterback.

Senior Kevin Loughran also received honors from the Denver Post. Loughran led the Bulldogs with 26 catches for 351 yards from the tight end position.

Senior Malcolm Hillewaert was the other Bulldog to earn honors from both newspapers. The goalie led all classes in saves with 262 stops. He helped lead Moffat County to its second-consecutive state playoff appearance.

Bulldog goalies have made a habit of earning all-state honors. The last Bulldog soccer player to earn the same honor was goalie Brandon Duarte, who earned the recognition in 2002.

Junior Jake Miller was the only underclassman to earn honors. Miller finished his breakthrough season in cross country with a 17th-place finish at the state meet. The Denver Post honored him.

Finally, the lone Lady Bulldog to earn all-state honors was senior April Sanchez.

Sanchez, outside hitter on the volleyball team, was first-team Western Slope League, and the Rocky Mountain News gave her an honorable mention. Sanchez led Class 4A in digs.

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