Meeker track team continues its efforts to qualify for state

MEEKER I The regular track season is winding down, and the Meeker track team continues to improve, with the goal of qualifying as many athletes as possible for the 2015 Colorado State Track and Field Championships in Denver in less than three weeks.

Meeker girls first while boys are third at track meet held in Rangely

Meeker High School senior, 2014 Homecoming King and Special Olympian Marcus Archuleta, center, runs the 100-yard dash against his teammates in preparation for the Special Olympics 100-meter dash, which will be run at the 2015 Colorado State Track and Field Championships.

MEEKER I Despite snow, wind and rain in Meeker on Saturday, Meeker High School Cowboy track coach John Strate said, “Both teams had a great day in Rangely,” where the girls won the team title and the boys finished third in a field of eight teams.

Meeker tracksters have busy week

According to Meeker High School track coach John Strate, Jacob Henderson continues to improve his time in the 110-meter hurdles and impressed him after clearing 5-6 in the high jump. “Jake’s high jump was impressive considering it was his first time competing in the event,” Strate said. The Cowboys will compete in Rangely on Saturday.

MEEKER I The Meeker High School Cowboys boys’ and girls’ track teams faced tough competition on Friday at the Coal Ridge Invitational meet, then improved many of their performances the next day in Glenwood Springs.

MHS baseball…

Meeker senior pitcher Matt Frantz started against Hotchkiss in the first game of a doubleheader, in which the Cowboys lost both games. Meeker head coach Jason Browning said, “We play in a tough league, but I thought we competed well.” The Cowboys played in Paonia Tuesday, then they will play in Grand Valley tonight.

Meeker track team battles injuries

MEEKER I One of Meeker’s track stars returned from injury to compete in the annual Frank Woodburn Invitational, another was injured in the same meet and another is expected back this week, when the Cowboys run, jump and throw at Coal Ridge on Friday and in Glenwood Springs on Saturday.

Cowboys drop two games to Paonia, 14-2 and 27-2

Meeker High School senior Kash Atwood made contact with this ball and hit a double in the second game of a doubleheader against the Paonia Eagles. The Cowboys traveled to Hotchkiss on Tuesday to play the Bulldogs in a doubleheader and will host them for another doubleheader on Saturday at Paintbrush Park.

MEEKER I “Paonia is always tough,” Meeker head baseball coach Jason Browning said. The Eagles were in Meeker on Saturday and won a doubleheader held after a JV game at Paintbrush Park. The Cowboys played in Hotchkiss on Tuesday and will host them at home Saturday.

Honors…

Three Meeker High School girls’s basketball players—Sydney Hughes, Reese Pertile, Megan Parker—and their coach, Greg Chintala, were recently honored by the Western Slope League and state coaches associations. Senior Sydney Hughes was named the Player of the Year for the Western Slope League and was also selected to play in two all-state games, the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports game played two weeks ago and the Colorado High School Coaches Association’s all-state game to be played in June. Coach Chintala was chosen to coach the team. Hughes led the team in scoring, assists, steals and was second in rebounding to Pertile, who, along with Parker, was honorably mentioned by the Western Slope League.

Baseball season…

The Rio Blanco High School baseball teams played a doubleheader on Tuesday at Paintbrush Park in Meeker and the Cowboys won both games against Rangely. Meeker won the first game 12-2 and the teams were tied in the fourth inning at five before freshman Logan Hughes hit a triple and slid home safely after being batted in by senior Abrahn Gaeta. The Cowboys are currently 2-2 and will host Paonia on Saturday. The Panthers will play in Cedaredge on Saturday, looking for their first win of the season.

Brothers wrestle at Rocky Mountain Nationals; Shelton represents Colorado

MEEKER I Many brothers from Meeker, related by blood and wrestling, spent the first weekend of their spring break wrestling at the Rocky Mountain Nationals held in Denver.

Middle school wrestlers end season; Meeker and Rangely each place four

RBC I On the first Saturday of their spring break, many Rio Blanco County middle school wrestlers competed in the final tournament of the regular season in Meeker and many placed. Rangely entered nine grapplers and placed four. Meeker entered 14 wrestlers and placed four as well.

Small MHS track team has placers

MEEKER I It was the first Saturday of spring break for Meeker High School, but many of the student athletes still competed in a track and field meet in Hotchkiss, allowing some the opportunity to enter more events than normal.

Barone has two wrestling champs

MEEKER I Three Barone Middle School wrestlers advanced to the championship match in a tournament held in Oak Creek on Saturday, and two seventh-graders won titles in their respective weights.