Early local teachers came to RBC for work, found love

The Lime Kiln Schoolhouse, constructed in 1917, is seen here in 1929 with Eleanor Kugler Service in the doorway. Lime Kiln Schoolhouse is one of 39 school in operation within the county in the past century and most assuredly played a role in the romance of one or a couple school teachers who came into the area to teach.

MEEKER I The Rio Blanco County Historical Society and its Rural School Committee teamed with the Meeker Arts and Culture Council Sunday, April 6, to portray “Rural School Days,” a fun and informative historic presentation.

AAU basketball teams play in Meeker today

Meeker has three AAU basketball teams playing, and the 12-and-under team, coached by Hallie Blunt and Jamie Rogers, featuring Matilda Brown, Julia Dinwiddie, Caleigh Morlan, Carly Neilsen, Serena Goedert, Makenna Burke, Madison Kindler, Kirstin Brown and Kolby Franklin placed second in the Rifle tournament. The teams will host Rangely and Rifle today in the final games of the season, playing games at the high school and Barone Middle School.

MEEKER I The Meeker A.A.U. basketball teams have been very busy the past couple of weekends.

Six DI teams from Meeker headed to state

Six Destination Imagination teams from Meeker qualified in Rifle recently for the state competition. In addition, The Seven Mischief Minions of the Mind and the Snack Attacks received Da Vinci awards, given to teams who have a unique approach to a solution. The Hepta-tectives team received the Renaissance Award, given for outstanding skill in the areas of design, engineering or performance. The six teams will head to the state tournament in April.

MEEKER I Meeker was well represented with 10 teams at the 2014 Western Slope Regional Destination Imagination Tournament in Rifle during the past weekend. Six of those teams will be going to the state competition in April.

2014 2A consolation champions

The Meeker High School girls’ basketball team ended its season on a winning note with a 62-56 victory against Peyton in the consolation championship of the 2014 2A Colorado State Basketball Championships in Pueblo. The lady Cowboys finished with an impressive 23-3 record. Pictured with the third place trophy are, in front: Piper Haney, Sydney Hughes, Taylor Neilson, Aly Ridings, Deena Norell and Megan Parker. In back: assistant coach Karen Dinwiddie, Taylor Morris, Reece Pertile, head coach Greg Chintala, Jenna Walsh, Alex Duell, Jamie McLaughlin and assistant coach Julie Bowman.

MEEKER I The seniors on the Meeker girls’ basketball team ended their high school basketball careers with a win Saturday, finishing in third place in the 2014 Colorado State Basketball Championships.

MHS Cowboys end season as an “Elite Eight” team

The Meeker High School boys’ basketball team ended its season as a member of the “Elite Eight,” qualifying for the 2014 2A Colorado State Basketball Championships in Pueblo. The Cowboys will return several players, all of whom played and got state experience, hopeful for a return trip to the “Big Dance” next year. Pictured are; assistant coach Matt Dupire, Kash Atwood, Matt Frantz, Jeremy Musgrave, Ty Dunham, Dylan Mobley, Joe Newman, Tony Collins, Cade Rowlett, Jake Smith, Raul Lopez, Lane Anderson, Tommy Chitwood and head coach Klark Kindler.

MEEKER I The Meeker High School boys’ basketball team played two very tough games in the 2014 Colorado 2A Basketball Championships in Pueblo over the weekend, finishing their season as one of the top eight 2A teams in the state.

Meeker girls advance to ‘Elite Eight’ in Pueblo

The Meeker girls’ basketball team dominated the Nucla Mustangs in the semifinals and then beat league foe Soroco in the regional championship game to advance to the “Big Dance” in Pueblo. Representing Meeker in the girls’ 2A bracket of the 2014 Colorado State Basketball Championships are in front: Taylor Morris, Sydney Hughes, Taylor Neilson, Deena Norell, Aly Ridings, Piper Haney and Megan Parker. In back: assistant coaches Julie Bowman and Karen Dinwiddie, Jamie McLaughlin, Anna Walsh, Reece Petile, Alex Duell and Shelby Burke, with head coach Greg Chintala behind Duell.

MEEKER I The Meeker High School girls’ basketball team has earned a trip to the 2014 2A Colorado State Basketball Championships by winning the 2A regional tournament in Grand Junction last weekend.

Meeker boys win regional championship

The Meeker boys’ basketball team was determined to win the regional tournament in Palisade and become one of the “Elite Eight” to play in the 2014 Colorado State Basketball Championships in Pueblo, tipping off today against Akron. Pictured with the championship plaque in front are: manager Madison Kindler, Raul Lopez, Jeremy Musgrave, Dylan Mobley, Cade Rowlett and Matt Frantz. In back: head coach Klark Kindler, Clay Anderson, Tommy Chitwood, Jake Smith, Kash Atwood, Ty Dunham, Joe Newman, Tony Collins and assistant coach Matt Dupire.

MEEKER I In a game filled with excitement, suspense and incredible individual and team performances, the Meeker High School boys’ basketball team won the 2A Regional Championship in a double overtime thriller against the Paonia Eagles.

Cowboys finish second at districts

MEEKER I The Meeker High School boys’ basketball team is heading to the regional tournament after a big win Friday night in the semi-finals of the district tournament in Oak Creek.

Lady Panthers end basketball season in pig-tail round

RANGELY I “Overall, this is a great group of young women who have outstanding character,” Rangely High School girls’ basketball coach Quinton Kent said of his team, which concluded its season Feb. 25 in Hotchkiss.

Lady Cowboys win 2A district championships

The Meeker girls’ basketball team won the district championship and will take a 20-2 record and the No. 1 seed into the state-qualifying regional tournament in Palisade, starting Friday, when they play Nucla at 3 p.m. Pictured with the district championship team plaque are, in front: Sydney Hughes, Piper Haney, Aly Ridings, Taylor Neilson, Deena Norell and Megan Parker. In back: head coach Greg Chintala, Taylor Morris, Reece Pertile, Anna Walsh, Alex Duell, assistant coach Julie Bowman, Jamie McLaughlin and assistant coach Karen Dinwiddie.

MEEKER I The Meeker girls are district champions! The Meeker High School girls’ basketball team scored an impressive 117 points in two games and held two teams to a combined 84 points to win the team title in Oak Creek.

Having ice a tough task in old days before refrigeration

Farm and ranch crews had to wait until area ponds and lakes froze over before they could begin the arduous task of cutting blocks of ice from the frozen surface and transporting those blocks back to the farm or ranch in sufficient quantities to last through the year.

MEEKER I Early employees of the 101 Ranch, now the Rio Blanco Ranch, may remember the “ice house” and going out to cut blocks of ice to be used for refrigeration throughout the year—or as long as it would last.

Lady Cowboys win league championship

The Meeker High School girls’ basketball team, pictured here playing against the lady Panthers in Rangely, have used a high pressure defense to create a fast-running offense, which won them the Northwest League championship. Meeker defeated Rangely 41-18 on Tuesday in the final game of the regular season and will have a first round bye in the District Tournament, which will be played Feb. 28 and March first in Oak Creek.

MEEKER I The Meeker High School girls’ basketball team is league champion after winning two exciting conference games last weekend and giving them a first round bye in the district tournament. That also assures them a spot in the regional tournament.