Rangely and Meeker fall sports teams open play this weekend

RBC I The Rangely High School golf team already has two tournaments under its belt and the rest of the athletes from Rio Blanco County will see live action this week, starting today.

Coryell team claims victory at Cowboy Classic golf tourney

The defending champions of the annual Cowboy Kickoff Classic golf tournament all gave credit to the golf cart for their inspiration to defend their title. The champions were Jim Abshire (holding granddaughter Hadley), Matt Dupire, Andy Coryell (holding son Casey) and Eben Abshire (with son Westley).

MEEKER I “We were excited for everybody who came out to support our football team,” Meeker High School head football coach Shane Phelan said after the annual Cowboy Kickoff Classic golf tournament.

More than 20 Meeker football players compete in 7-on-7 tourney

A group of Meeker teen football players got together over the weekend to play, in this case, seven against seven in order to get a little practice in as the school year is rapidly approaching. The players are utilizing Starbuck Stadium at Meeker High School for their practice.

MEEKER I More than 20 Meeker kids were at Starbuck Stadium on Monday evening, running pass patterns as the sun was setting. “We’ve been having a good turnout all summer,” Meeker head football coach Shane Phelan said from mid field, watching mostly high school but some middle school kids play.

Post-season play ends one game early as MHS gridders fall short vs. Buena Vista

Meeker running back T.J. Shelton takes off on a run against Buena Vista on Saturday.

MEEKER I Five years had passed since the Meeker Cowboys qualified for the 1A Colorado state football playoffs. While there this year, they won two games before ending their season in Buena Vista, losing in the semifinals to the Demons 48-18.

Cowboys throttle Rye, advance to state semi-finals in Buena Vista

Meeker offensive linemen Chase Rule, Tyler Ilgen, Kash Atwood, Jake Henderson and Noah Overton provided protection for their two quarterbacks to throw for a combined 222 yards, and they blocked for eight teammates who carried the ball for a combined 202 yards. The Cowboys will travel to Buena Vista for the Colorado 1A state semifinals, where the winner will advance to the state championship game against the winner of the game between Resurrection Christian and defending state champion Paonia.

MEEKER I “We were awfully excited about the way we started,” Meeker head football coach Shane Phelan said after his Cowboys jumped out to a 28-0 first half lead in the Colorado 1A state playoffs against the Rye Thunderbolts in a filled to overflowing Starbuck Stadium Saturday.

MHS freshmen host barbecue

MEEKER I The freshman class at Meeker High School will host a fundraiser tailgate barbecue at 11 a.m. Saturday in the north parking lot of MHS.

Meeker football team wins playoff; Rye here Saturday

Meeker Cowboy running back T.J. Shelton breaks loose for one of his long jaunts toward the end zone Saturday as Meeker played host to Ellicott in the first round of the playoffs. Meeker won that contest 44-21 on the way advancing toward the state championships. Shelton ran the ball 25 times, amassing 262 yards and three rushing touchdowns. He also had a pass completion for another touchdown. On Saturday at 1 p.m., Meeker will host Rye in their next playoff test at Starbuck Stadium.

MEEKER I The Cowboys defeated the Ellicott Thunder Hawks 44-21 in the first round of the 1A Colorado state football playoffs on Saturday, advancing to the state quarterfinals, where they will host Rye in Starbuck Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m.

Cowboys beat Hotchkiss, to host playoff here Saturday vs. Ellicott

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MEEKER I Five years have passed since the Meeker High School football team qualified for post-season play, and a win in their final game of the regular season in Hotchkiss on Friday night would guarantee the Cowboys a playoff berth. The Cowboys left nothing to chance and won 40-7. Now they will host the Ellicott […]

Meeker Cowboys rip Grand Valley 52-0 for Homecoming victory

Freshman quarterback Logan Hughes held the snap for senior Raul Lopez who kicked an extra point after the two connected on a 44-yard pass for a touchdown. Lopez caught two passes, both went for touchdowns. The first, on the first play of the game, was thrown by starting quarterback Jake Phelan, who helped his team earn a 38-0 lead in the second quarter before handing off the snaps to his younger cousin Hughes.

MEEKER I Disney was the theme for the 2014 Meeker Homecoming festivities, and like most Disney productions, which end happily, so did the football game in Starbuck Stadium, where fans witnessed the Meeker Cowboys shut out the Grand Valley Cardinals 52-0.

Shelton’s 248 yards, strong second half lead to MHS win

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MEEKER I Cowboy junior running back T.J. Shelton rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns against the Bruins in Cedaredge on Friday to help his team come from behind and win the league contest 40-27.

Meeker gridders lose 22-16 to ‘physical’ Paonia team

The Cowboys lost 22-16 but not for lack of effort, including running back T.J. Shelton flying across the goal line and out of the end zone backwards.

MEEKER I “The fans got their money’s worth, I believe,” Meeker High School head football coach Shane Phelan said of the game between the Cowboys and the Paonia Eagles in Starbuck Stadium on Friday, which Meeker lost 22-16.

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Meeker junior varsity quarterback Logan Hughes prepares his release as teammate Doak Mantle (32) provides protection in a recent JV game at Starbuck Stadium.