Moffat County's 2008 top sporting events


Moffat County High School was involved in several dramatic sporting events in 2008.

From buzzer beaters and overtime goals to three state champions donning the blue and white, Bulldogs athletes made noise across the state.

Honorable mention - Dec. 13, 2008 - Bulldog Hockey Club vs. Durango

Moffat County ended the Steamers' 33-game regular season win-streak, with a 3-2 home victory. Durango hadn't lost a regular season game since the 2006 season, but the Bulldogs' new offense installed by the team's three first-year coaches - aided by a stingy senior goaltender - proved to be too much for the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League front-runners.

10. Oct. 16, 2008 - Boys soccer vs. Steamboat Springs

The Bulldogs faced playoff-bound and archrival Steamboat Springs in their final home game of the season. The Sailors needed a victory to secure a high seed in the season-ending championships, while Moffat County was at full strength for the first time all year. The Bulldogs controlled the game from the onset, jumping out to a 3-0 lead, but the Sailors fought back to tie the game with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.

9. May 6, 2008 - Girls golf at state regionals in Delta

2008 graduate Senior Meghan Innes shot a season-best 80 on her way to a second-place finish, qualifying for the state championships for the fourth consecutive year.

Then a sophomore, Heather Nicholson saved her best round of the year for the regionals, as well, carding an 88 on her way to a fifth-place finish and her first state championship birth.

8. Sept. 5, 2008 - Football vs. Rifle

What proved to be the most exciting football game of the season, came down to the final play with no time left on the clock. The Bulldogs fought back from 14 points down in the final frame, driving to the Bears' 1-yard line looking to tie the game and send it into sudden death. Moffat County couldn't punch the ball in as the Bears went on to win both teams' league opener, 42-35.

7. Feb. 1, 2008 - Girls basketball vs. Glenwood Springs

The Demons defeated the Bulldogs by 16 points in the teams' first meeting without 2008 graduate Markie Workman, who was injured, and limited by a foul-plagued Desirae Pearcey. MCHS needed a victory to secure at least a share of the league title. Pearcey and Workman combined for 38 points in the rematch, as the Bulldogs triumphed, 65-42, in front of the largest home crowd of the season.

6. Feb. 22, 2008 - MCHS at wrestling state championships

The Bulldogs qualified five wrestlers for the state championships, but it was freshman Charlie Griffiths who impressed the most. Griffiths - the lone freshman in the 125-pound weight class - tore through the opposition in the event's second day, eliminating two seniors on his way to a fourth-place finish, the highest by a Bulldog at the event.

5. May 3, 2008 - Baseball vs. Longmont

After splitting the regular season league title with Palisade, the Bulldogs entered the district round of the state playoffs as the No. 19 seed. In the team's first-round match-up against No. 14 Longmont, MCHS found themselves trailing, 7-2, heading into the top of the sixth inning. A solo home run by then senior Chris Winder ignited a nine-run sixth by the Bulldogs, who went on to complete the upset, 11-9.

4. Jan. 19, 2008 - Boys basketball at Delta

Hands down the most exciting MCHS game of the year.

The Bulldogs were winless in league play and 1-11 overall entering the home of the Devils. Trailing by three points with 6.2 seconds remaining, junior Thomas Noble drained a three-pointer to tie the contest, and after a Delta backcourt violation, Noble assisted on junior Chayton Owens' game-winning lay-up with no time on the clock. The 59-57 victory gave the team momentum going into its first playoff birth in three years.

T1. April 25, 2008 - MCHS at track and field state championships

2008 graduate JT Haddan set new Moffat County High School records in the discus and shot put events for the third consecutive week. Despite Haddan's accomplishments, he couldn't match the efforts of junior Erin Urbanoski. Urbanoski leapt 17 feet, 6.5 inches in the girls long jump, capturing her second consecutive state title in the event. Now a senior, Urbanoski is looking for a three-peat in May.

T1. Oct. 25, 2008 - MCHS at cross-country state championships

Bulldog senior Alicia Nelson capped off a stellar cross-country running career winning the state championships in Fort Collins. Nelson became the first MCHS individual champ in 12 years, and added a 17th title to the Bulldogs program.

T1. Feb 16, 2008 - MCHS at swimming state championships

The night before the finals, the MCHS swim team was relaxed, playing what they call "the ninja game" on the eve of the team's biggest meet of the season. Senior Kelsey Conci was the model of relaxation 15 minutes before her final heat in the 50-free, sleeping on the tile floor of the EPIC center in Fort Collins. Kelsey awoke and dominated the race, winning by more than a second, capturing her first state championship - and a gold medal - in her final high school appearance.


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