State championship…

phmktj on podium

Meeker sophomore T.J. Shelton stands atop the podium after receiving the gold medal in the 2A, 170-pound championship bracket.

Panthers win pig-tail game into district tournament

“It was too close for comfort,” Rangely boys’ basketball coach Eric Hejl said of the district tournament pig-tail game against Hayden, which the Panthers won for the first time in three years, to advance to the district tournament in Oak Creek as the No. 3 seed. The team will play Paonia at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Panthers Colt Allred (31), Kaulan Brady, Cameron Enterline, Connor Phelan (10) and Andrew Morton (22) could only watch as Hayden’s last shot, with no time on the clock, bounced off the rim and gave the Panthers a one-point victory.

RANGELY I For the past three years, the Rangely Panthers boys’ basketball team has had to play in the pig-tail round of the district tournament, and for the past two years, the Panthers lost to end their season. Not this year. Barely.

State Wrestling Tournament 2014

Panthers Heinle and Allred win matches at state

Rangely head wrestling coach Jeff Heinle coached his son, Lucas, a senior, and Panther junior Ethan Allred in the 2014 Colorado State Wrestling Championships. Lucas Heinle qualified for the state meet all four years of his high school career and qualified as a regional champion this year. Allred qualified for the “Big Show” for a second time, finishing one match away from the medal round. He will return to the team next year.

RANGELY I Panther senior Lucas Heinle and junior Ethan Allred qualified for the 2014 Colorado State Wrestling Championships, and, although both won at least one match, neither placed in their respective weights.

Shelton wins second Colorado state wrestling title — Cowboys finish 3rd in team standings

Shelton dominated the 2A 170-pound bracket, including a pin against Jon Hickman of Lyons in the championship match.

MEEKER | “T.J. just dominated his opponents,” Meeker head wrestling coach J.C. Watt said of sophomore T.J. Shelton, who won his second individual title at the 2014 Colorado State Wrestling Championships over the weekend in Denver. Meeker’s Tristin Pelloni (113) and Devon Pontine (160) made it to the championship match in their respective weights, finishing […]

RHS Panthers win 3 of 4

RANGELY I The Rangely Panthers boys’ basketball team won three of their last four regular season games, including a 52-49 win over Rio Blanco County rival Meeker in the regular season finale, in front of a large and loud county crowd.

Heinle wins regional title

Panther senior Lucas Heinle qualified for the Colorado State Wrestling Championships for a fourth time and his first as a regional champion. Heinle won the 145-pound Region 1 bracket.

RANGELY I Panther senior Lucas Heinle will represent his school for a fourth time in the Colorado State Wrestling Championships, which start today at 3 p.m. at the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver.

Cowboys finish second, qualify 10 for Colorado state tourney

The Meeker wrestling team was awarded the “sportsmanship” plaque by northwest Colorado referees before the championship matches of the Region 1 state-qualifying tournament and several wrestlers posed with the award and second place plaque including: Casey Turner, Tristin Pelloni, Kylloe Goedert, Tyler Ilgen, Calvin Shepherd, Sheridan Harvey, Jake Henderson, TJ Shelton, Aaron Cochran, Anthony Watt, JC Henderson, Nick Burri, Willis Begaye and Chase Rule. The Cowboys qualified 10 wrestlers for the “Big Show,” which starts today at 3 p.m. and can be followed online at

MEEKER I “We’re improving,” Meeker’s head wrestling coach, J.C. Watt, said about his team’s performance at the state-qualifying Region 1 tournament last weekend in Grand Junction.

Tournament time…

phmkbms girls bball

The Barone Middle School girls’ basketball teams hosted Steamboat Springs last weekend at the Meeker Elementary School in the final games of their regular season. Rangely will host the seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ basketball tournament Saturday with league teams coming from Meeker, Craig and Steamboat Springs.

Panthers change travel plans, place four in Norwood

RANGELY I Weather caused a change in plans for the Rangely Panthers’ wrestling team. The team was scheduled to wrestle in Crowley County, but a winter storm forced them to cancel the trip over the Continental Divide. Instead, they wrestled in a tournament in Norwood the week before the state-qualifying regional tournament.

Cowboys finish regular season with four wins

Meeker senior wrestlers Aaron Cochran, Calvin Shepherd and J.C. Henderson (above) return to their team after the coin flip in Rifle. The three seniors will lead the No. 2 ranked Cowboys into the state-qualifying regional tournament at Grand Junction High School starting Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.

MEEKER I Ranked No. 2 in 2A by On the Mat, the Meeker Cowboys wrestling team finished the regular season with four dual meet wins and will enter arguably the toughest 2A regional tournament (Region 1) in the state, since it features the Cowboys and the defending state champion and No. 1 ranked Paonia Eagles.

Panthers get win, host Soroco Rams tonight

Rangely senior Connor Phelan goes up for two of his 11 points against Vail Christian.

RANGELY I The Rangely High School Panthers defeated the Vail Christian Saints in a league basketball game at home Saturday, and they will host the Rams from South Routt County (Soroco) in a non-league game today, starting at 5:30 p.m.