Panthers look to upperclassmen for experience


RANGELY I “We are finally top-loaded with experienced upperclassmen, which will be a welcome change in regards to leadership and cohesiveness,” Rangely boys’ basketball coach Eric Hejl said. “We will be returning nine varsity players from last year, including seven guys that started at least one varsity game last season.” The Panthers will be led […]

 Panthers drop two

RANGELY I It was a good defensive game but Panther coach Eric Hejl attributed poor shooting in his team’s loss to the West Grand Mustangs and a “meltdown” in the third quarter for the loss against the Meeker Cowboys last Saturday in Rangely.

Lady Panthers win on the road, lose at home

Rangely’s Brittany Babineaux (20) sets a screen on Meeker’s Aubrey Walsh, for her teammate Quincey Thacker (24) to dribble around. Babineaux and Thacker both scored 14 points against Meeker but lost the game 54-42.

RANGELY I The lady Panther basketball team took its show on the road last Friday and defeated the West Grand Mustangs in Kremmling but lost on their home court to Rio Blanco County rivals the Meeker Cowboys Saturday last.

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Rangely junior Holly Lepro takes a shot during a game against Vail Christian last week. The lady Panthers won 35-31.

Panthers lose two games

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RANGELY I The Rangely boys’ basketball team went on the road last weekend and lost two games, one in Wyoming and another in Colorado.

Rangely teams busy in Utah, home

RANGELY I Rangely High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams were busy this weekend. The varsity teams traveled to Duchesne, Utah, for games Thursday night, and the JV and freshman teams played at home in a tournament Friday and Saturday.

Panthers win consolation bracket

RANGELY I “It was our first game of the year and you could definitely tell,” Rangely girls’ basketball coach Jimmie Mergelman said of her team’s first round game in the White River Electric Cowboy Shootout.

Panthers open season next week at shootout

The Panthers will be led by seniors Mason Fortunato, Kody Denny, David Contreras and Ethan Peacock this season. The Panthers will open the season next week in the WREA Cowboy Shootout in Meeker.

RANGELY I The Rangely Panthers boys’ basketball team will wait until next week to open the season at the White River Electric Association Cowboy Shootout. The Panthers will open the season against Grand Valley next Thursday.

Lady Panthers open season tonight

Haeley Enterline will lead her team as the lone senior when they open the season tonight in Meeker against Palisade at 6 p.m.

RANGELY I “I’m the only one in my class that has played basketball,” Haeley Enterline said and she is Rangely’s only senior on the girls’ basketball team.

Panthers host tournament

The Meeker girls’ team won all six of their games.

By bobby gutierrez RBC I Boys and girls, varsity and JV basketball teams from Meeker and Rangely and several other towns, gathered in Rangely for a round-robin tournament last weekend.

Denver Lutheran ends Panthers’ season at regional tournament

The Rangely boys’ basketball team put their hands together in solidarity before what became their final game of the season. Coach Hejl said his team worked all season on becoming a team and “made huge strides in achieving that goal.”

RANGELY I “Sometimes you run into a freight train,” Rangely boys’ basketball coach Eric Hejl said. The freight train Hejl was referring to was the Denver Lutheran boys’ basketball team that ended Rangely’s season last Friday with a 90-35 win in the Region 4 basketball tournament.

RHS plays Denver Lutheran in regional tournament

Rangely freshman Cameron Enterline works for position against Meeker senior Ryan Wix during the District 5 consolation game. The Panthers finished fourth in the district tournament and will play Denver Lutheran Friday in the semifinal round of the state-qualifying regional tournament.

RANGELY I The Panthers boys’ basketball team will play No. 1 seeded Denver Lutheran in the Region 4 tournament semifinal round this weekend at the University of Denver, after losses to Paonia and Meeker in the District 5 tournament last weekend.