Lady Panthers beat Vail, W. Grand

Lady Panthers Quincey Thacker, Brittany Babineaux, Marie Morton and Victoria Phelan get ready for an inbound play, while Rozilynn Thacker, below, plays defense against West Grand. The Panthers swept the Mustangs and will play in Paonia Friday and host Hayden Saturday.

RANGELY I Like the Panther boys’ basketball team, the Lady Panthers won two games in Colorado but lost in Wyoming. The Lady Panthers pounced on Vail Christian 47-24 then pounded the West Grand Mustangs 61-32 before losing 20-51 to the Little Snake River Lady Rattlers in Baggs, Wyo., last Saturday.

Panthers win two of three

Rangely senior Caleb Templeton goes up and over a West Grand Mustang for a shot. Templeton scored 21 against the Mustangs after leading his team with 31 the night before in a victory over Vail Christian.

RANGELY I The Panther boys’ basketball team played three games in a row, winning the first two against league opponents but losing the last one in Wyoming last Saturday. Rangely beat Vail Christian 68-63 before defeating West Grand 61-56 at home, then lost to Little Snake River 45-79 in Baggs, Wyo.

Panthers defeat Rams

RANGELY I “I told Caleb (Templeton) before the game that he needed to be our ‘glue-guy’ and hold things together until some of the other guys got into the flow of the game,” head basketball coach Eric Hejl said of the Panther senior. “Fortunately, that’s exactly what he did.”

RBC girls play into overtime

Rangely's Brittany Babineaux makes a free throw with less than a minute to play in overtime against Meeker, helping her team win the first game this season between the Rio Blanco County rivals.

RBC I Both Rio Blanco County girls’ basketball teams came into their Tuesday matchup with two wins from the week before. Rangely played in Oak Creek last Friday and defeated the Soroco Rams 55-43 before taking on Fruita’s JV in Fruita and winning 52-35. Meeker pounded Plateau Valley 61-20 last Friday in Collbran before hosting […]

Panthers slay Dragons for first win of season, travel to Soroco

Rangely senior Kacey Denny brings the ball down court. The Panthers lost to the Cowboys but got their first win of the season the next day in DeBeque. The basketball teams will travel to play the Soroco Rams in Oak Creek this Friday.

RANGELY I After a loss at home to Plateau Valley last Friday, the Rangely Panther boys’ basketball team picked up their first win of the season and the new year last Saturday in DeBeque, beating the Dragons 82-39.

Lady Panthers whip Plateau Valley Cowboys

RANGELY I “I thought for our first game since Dec. 17, we played well,” Panther girls’ head coach Jimmie Mergelman said of her team’s 51-29 win over Plateau Valley at home last Friday.

RBC high school sports get under way

RBC I The Meeker High School wrestling team will open the 2011 portion of the season tonight at home, with a dual against Coal Ridge, starting at 6 p.m., while the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will wait until Friday before taking the court.

Panthers shut out in Shootout

Rangely boys' basketball head coach Eric Hejl and his young Panther team found the competition “tough” in the Cowboy Shootout last week, as the team went 0-3.

RANGELY I “We had a tough matchup right out of the gate,” Rangely boys’ basketball coach Eric Hejl said of the first round of the White River Electric Cowboy Shootout. The Rangely boys’ team opened the season against the 3A Grand Valley Cardinals and lost 53-28.

Lady Panthers finish third in WREA Shootout

Victoria Phelan led her team to a third place finish in the White River Electric Cowboy Shootout last week, scoring 51 points in three games. Phelan was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Player by the attending coaches.

RANGELY I Only a couple of weeks had passed since most of the Rangely girls’ basketball team played on a volleyball court in the Colorado State Volleyball Champion-ships in Denver. This past weekend, the Lady Panthers were playing on a basketball court in Meeker, where they finished third in the White River Electric Cowboy Shootout.

ALL-STATE BASKETBALL: Stacey Fitzgibbons, Patrick Phelan play in all-state games


RBC I Both ends of the county were well represented at last weekend’s all-state basketball games. Stacey Fitzgibbons, who was recently graduated from Meeker High School, and Patrick Phelan, who was graduated from Rangely Senior High, both participated in the all-state games.

Hogan concentrates on sport of the season

Jeff Burkhead Rangely senior Audrey Hogan excels both in the classroom and athletically. She competes in three sports and ranks second in her class.

RANGELY I It’s volleyball season, so that’s Audrey’s Hogan’s favorite sport. If it was winter, then basketball would be her favorite sport. Whatever sports season it is at the time, that’s her favorite.