Meeker’s Shelton wins at ToC, is named tourney Outstanding Wrestler

MEEKER I For the second year in a row, Meeker’s three-time defending state champion T.J. Shelton has won the competitive Tournament of Champions, and this year he was also named the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

Lawson third for Panthers at Tourney of Champs; RHS mat men to play host

RANGELY I The Rangely High School Panther wrestling team wrestled in the annual Tournament of Champions in Vernal, Utah, and Panther senior Caleb Lawson finished third in the 160-pound bracket.

Meeker girls lose in conference cage opener against Cedaredge Bruins

MEEKER I The Meeker High School girls’ basketball team opened the 2016 portion of the season on the road, and will play three games this week, including a home game Friday against Caprock Academy.

Winning on new mat…

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Above, Meeker senior Sammy Palmer wasted no time taking his opponent down to his back with a head lock, before locking up a cross-face cradle to pin the wrestler from Grand Valley early in the first period. Palmer and the Cowboys wrestled Grand Valley and 5A Ralston Valley on Jan 7, on a brand new […]

Sheep walk…

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In a practice that has been repeated for decades, an area sheep farmer ran his sheep down Market Street in Meeker just prior to Thanksgiving on the way to lower pastures for the winter. The scene above is a frequent sight in the late fall and early winter and again in the late spring and […]

MHS wrestlers No. 3 in state…


The Meeker Cowboy wrestling team, currently ranked No. 3 in 2A by On the Mat Rankings, will host Grand Valley and 5A Ralston Valley tonight at Meeker High School, starting at 6 p.m. The Cowboys and the Rangely Panthers are both in the field of 32 teams wrestling in the Tournament of Champions, starting Friday […]

Rangely and Meeker’s high school teams back in action this week

The Meeker High School boys’ basketball team is practicingafter returning from Christmas break and will put their 5-0 record on the line in their first league game Friday in Cedaredge against the Bruins. The Rangely Panthers will host Cedaredge on Saturday after playing in Collbran on Friday.

MEEKER I Winter sports teams in Rio Blanco County will start the 2016 portion of their schedules tonight, when the Meeker Cowboy wrestling team hosts two teams, while Rangely’s wrestling team and the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will take to the courts starting on Friday.

Cowboys place 3 at Panther Invitational

MEEKER I With almost half of the varsity wrestlers taking ACT tests on Dec. 12, seven Cowboys wrestled in the Panther Invitational and three placed in the top three.

Meeker’s T.J. Shelton wins Warrior Classic title; MHS earns ‘Best Small School’

The Meeker Cowboys won 36 matches in the 2015 Warrior Classic, 24 by pin, which earned bonus points, enough for Meeker to be the “Best Small School” team and fifth overall. Meeker’s three-time state champion T.J. Shelton won his first individual Warrior title and was named “Outstanding Wrestler” in the upper weights. Head coach J.C. Watt said he was “really proud of all the kids” and the Warrior Classic was a “good confidence builder” for his team. Pictured are assistant coach Carl Padilla, head coach J.C. Watt, Chase Rule, T.J. Shelton, team managers Abbey Morgan and Avery Watt, Tyler Ilgen, Sheridan Harvey (holding trophy), Jacob Pelloni, Caleb Bradford, Hunter Garcia, Tannen Kennedy, Casey Turner, Garrett Frantz and assistant coach Tyrell Turner. Devon Pontine is in front.

MEEKER I T.J. Shelton has won many wrestling tournaments in his career, including three Colorado state titles, but he had never won a Warrior Classic title until his senior season.

Meeker girls’ basketball team falls in contest against Olathe Pirates

MEEKER I “The game was closer than the final score,” Meeker girls’ basketball coach Greg Chintala said of the 42-29 loss to the Pirates in Olathe on Friday.

Deleon takes third in Rangely mat tourney, Lucero wins consolation

RANGELY I “Our guys competed with an entirely new attitude,” Rangely High School wrestling coach Travis Witherell said. “It was such an improvement from last week and I’m very pleased with how we did.” The Panthers wrestled in the West Grand Invitational in Kremmling with five wrestlers and how they did was two Rangely grapplers […]

Tough competition for Panther wrestlers in Delta tournament

RANGELY I The Rangely High School wrestling team went on the road and found some big-school competition in Delta during the past weekend, and this weekend the Panthers will ride the bus again to Kremmling, where they will wrestle in the West Grand Invitational.