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.

Cowboy harriers open season in Rifle

MEEKER I The Meeker High School track and field team got off to a good start Friday with good weather and solid competition in Rifle. The Cowboys are looking forward to a record-breaking season, returning several harriers with state experience. “We are lucky to have so many state qualifiers returning,” head coach John Strate said […]

Meeker girls’ basketball team comes up short at regionals

The Meeker High School girls’ basketball team demonstrated a perfect 3-2 zone defense against Ignacio on Friday night at the regional tournament in Grand Junction. Meeker needed to win both games over the weekend to qualify for state. The girls defeated handily defeated Ignacio by a 63-47 margin on Friday before ending their season with a tough 60-34 loss to Cedaredge on Saturday.

MEEKER I “We came up a little short, but it was a darn good season,” Meeker High School girls’ basketball coach Greg Chintala said of a season-ending loss to Cedaredge in the Region 3 championship game.

Barone’s Hanks wins gold medal wrestling

MEEKER I Barone Middle School eighth-grader Eli Hanks was the only Cowboy to win a gold medal in the Carl Ramunno Memorial wrestling tournament held Saturday in Steamboat Springs.

Cribbage tournament Saturday in Rangely at Rangely Elks Club

RANGELY | The annual Carl Rector Memorial Cribbage tournament, sponsored by Silver Sage RV Park, will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Elks 1907 BPOE (633 East Main) in Rangely. Players will be able to sign up on-site. The entry fee includes lunch. All proceeds benefit the Elks Club Kids’ programs.

Barone grapplers off to good start

MEEKER I After a second-place finish in the 2A Colorado State Wrestling Championships in Denver, Meeker coaches J.C. Watt and Willy Theos were back in the wrestling room, preparing 20 Barone Middle School kids for their first tournament, held in Gypsum on Saturday.

Rangely Wrestling…

Rangely head wrestling coach Jeff Heinle and assistant coaches Gary Bennett and Blane Warrier stand next to senior Ethan Allred, the only Panther to qualify for the 2015 Colorado State Wrestling Championships. Allred won a match in the 2A, 170-pound bracket before being eliminated.

Meeker girls’ basketball team enters regionals as No. 5 seed

According to Meeker girls’ basketball coach Greg Chintala, sophomore Reese Pertile “has really stepped up” her game. Pertile scored 20 points against Hayden, then 18 against West Grand and she pulled down nine rebounds. Meeker will play Ignacio in the Region 3 tournament, Friday at 3 p.m., at Grand Junction Central High School. Like the games against Hayden and West Grand, the lady Cowboys must win in order to advance to the regional championship game and qualify for the state tournament.

MEEKER I Since ending the regular season with an 8-4 league record and finishing sixth in the league standings, the Meeker High School girls’ basketball team had to play two must-win games last week to enter the regional tournament. They did what they needed.

RHS boys conclude season with 6-13 record

RANGELY I The Panther boys’ basketball team ended its season with three games, winning two and finishing the season with a 6-13 record.

Meeker’s Shelton wins third straight state mat title; Meeker No. 2 in state

It was a terrific weekend for the Meeker High School wrestling team at the state tournament at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The team placed No. 2 in the state and MHS junior T.J. Shelton captured his third straight state title.

MEEKER I Anything can happen at a state tournament and a lot did during the 2015 Colorado State Wrestling Championships in the Pepsi Center last weekend in Denver. “You learn more from a loss, but you don’t want to get into a habit of losing.” ~Coach Bill Turner