Rangely sports begin Monday

RANGELY I The first bell signaling the start of the 2014 school year has yet to ring, but the Rangely High School golf team has already started practice and will open its season today in Grand Valley.

Cowboys preparing for upcoming football season

With music blasting from the speakers in Starbuck Stadium, Meeker High School players warm up with a passing drill Monday. Many players have been gathering on their home field on Mondays and Thursdays all summer in preparation of the upcoming season. Practice officially starts Aug. 11 and the annual Cowboys Kickoff Classic golf tournament will be played Aug. 16.

MEEKER I Many members of the Meeker High School football team have been gathering in Starbuck Stadium every Monday and Thursday this summer in preparation of the 2014 season.

Locals fare well in 27-hole Rangely golf tournament

Rangely’s Ryan Kennedy watches his partner Jason Cox putt, while Chris Hejl and his partner Keenan Harvey await their turn. Hejl and Harvey had the best score in the third flight and Kennedy and Cox had the second best net score in the same flight of the 27-hole, two-man tournament played at Cedar Ridges.

RANGELY I Twenty-three, two-man teams gathered at Cedar Ridges Golf Course in Rangely on Saturday to play in the 27-hole, two-man tournament where three different formats are used.

Thunder competes in Triple Crown World Series in Steamboat

The Meeker Thunder (14 and under) baseball team was invited to play in the Triple Crown World Series by Triple Crown Sports founder and former MHS graduate Dave King, who coached first base for the team in the first game. Pictured (top) are: coach Brian Merrifield, Logan Hughes, Garrett Frantz, Uri Goedert, Luis Villapando, Eli Hanks, Doak Mantle, Eli Newman, Cooper Meszaros, Jacob Pelloni, Avery Newitt, Noah Eichman and Trapper Merrifield.

MEEKER I “What an experience!” Meeker Thunder baseball coach Brian Merrifield said of his team’s play in the Triple Crown World Series in Steamboat Springs last week. “The experience of being around great teams in such a cool setting was worth everything.”

Play ball…

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The 2014 Coed Softball League, sponsored by the ERBM Recreation and Park District, started Monday with seven teams, including one from Rangely. Games will be played Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Paintbrush Park.

Hurricanes swim in Western Slope Championship

Angelina Fortunato, Ezekiel Gianinetti, Aguirre Jackson and Ryann Mergelman all raced in the eight-and-under division at the Western Slope Championships.

RANGELY I The Rangely Hurricanes swim team entered 19 swimmers in the Western Slope Championships held at the El Pomar Natatorium on the Colorado Mesa University campus in Grand Junction.

Edwards, Rohn, Cox capture Rangely Open golf flights

RANGELY I Clark Edwards shot a three-under-par 69 to win the championship flight of the Rangely Open, a stroke-play tournament held Saturday at Cedar Ridges Golf Course, where 35 golfers played in three competitive flights. Edwards beat Vernal’s Rafe Johnston by three shots and Kendall Goodwin by five to win the 18-hole tournament sponsored by […]

Bicycling for Habitat…


This flag-bearing bicyclist was one of 32 young adults peddling across the country from South Carolina to California, stopping every four or five days to do a building project such as Habitat for Humanity.

Trio wins 27-hole, 4-person scramble

RANGELY I “It was a long and hot day,” Chris Hejl, the manager of Cedar Ridges Golf Course in Rangely said of the temperature Saturday when the 27-hole, four-person scramble was played.

Two-time District Champions…

The Colorado River Valley All-stars, which includes four girls from Meeker, three from Rangely and three from New Castle, won the District 1 championship for a second year in a row and will represent the western slope in the state tournament in Denver. Pictured with the championship banner are: Coach Andy Shaffer, Sidney Shaffer, Sierra Williams, Coach Kelly Brown, Micheala Jones, Kaitlyn Jackson, Jasmine Patterson, Kassidee Brown, McKenzie Diaz, Taylor Dodds, Kara Morgan, Katelyn Brown and Coach Rick Dodds.

RBC I For the second year in a row, the Colorado River Valley 14-Under All-stars won the 14-and-under District 1 Fast Pitch Softball Championships in Grand Junction, allowing them to advance to the state tournament Saturday in Denver.

Castaldo wins Meeker’s Lischke tournament

Bill deVergie could only watch as Bobby Castaldo shot a two-under par 66 on Sunday to win the Lischke tournament by 10 strokes.

MEEKER I “I’m just thankful to be able to play the game,” the ever-optimistic Bobby Castaldo said after winning the championship flight of the annual Lischke Memorial, a two-day, 36-hole, stroke-play golf tournament at the Meeker Golf Course last weekend.

Walkathon raises $25,000 for new MHS track

Leota Cook, at 90 years of life, was the oldest supporter on the track for the Save Our Track Walk-a-thon on July 5. She was sponsored by all 11 of her great-grandkids, including McKelivie Cook Lay, the youngest walker at just 1 year old.

MEEKER I The “Save Our Track Walk-A-Thon, held July 5 in Meeker in an effort to raise funds to repair the running track at Meeker High School “Was very successful,” according to Meeker organizer Debbie Cook.