RHS boys’ basketball season comes to end in Durango

Rangely basketball coach Eric Hejl said Panther seniors Connor Phelan (10) and Cameron Enterline (13) have been with him since they were his managers as sixth graders, and they, along would Andrew Morton, would be missed. Hejl is also excited about players returning, like Mitchell Webber (15) and others to “reload” the varsity.

RANGELY I The final game for the Rangely boys’ basketball team was played in Durango against Sangre de Cristo in the semifinal round of a state-qualifying regional tournament. The Panthers were eliminated in a 40-34 loss.

Panthers finish fourth, play in Durango Friday

The Rangely Panther boys’ basketball team will play Sangre de Cristo on Friday in the first round of the state-qualifying regional tournament, held in Durango. Playing for the Panthers this season are, in front: Cameron Enterline, Andrew Morton, Connor Phelan and Mitchell Webber. Second row: Kaulan Brady, Kelton Elam, Troy Allred and manager Daniel Connor. Third row: Layne Mecham, Colt Allred, Freddie Ruiz and Chance Sheppard. Back row: coaches Eric Hejl, Cody Brunton and Chris Hejl.

RANGELY I The Rangely boys’ basketball team finished fourth at the district tournament held in Oak Creek and now advance to the state-qualifying Region 3 tournament in Durango.

Panthers win pig-tail game into district tournament

“It was too close for comfort,” Rangely boys’ basketball coach Eric Hejl said of the district tournament pig-tail game against Hayden, which the Panthers won for the first time in three years, to advance to the district tournament in Oak Creek as the No. 3 seed. The team will play Paonia at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Panthers Colt Allred (31), Kaulan Brady, Cameron Enterline, Connor Phelan (10) and Andrew Morton (22) could only watch as Hayden’s last shot, with no time on the clock, bounced off the rim and gave the Panthers a one-point victory.

RANGELY I For the past three years, the Rangely Panthers boys’ basketball team has had to play in the pig-tail round of the district tournament, and for the past two years, the Panthers lost to end their season. Not this year. Barely.

RHS Panthers win 3 of 4

RANGELY I The Rangely Panthers boys’ basketball team won three of their last four regular season games, including a 52-49 win over Rio Blanco County rival Meeker in the regular season finale, in front of a large and loud county crowd.

Panthers get win, host Soroco Rams tonight

Rangely senior Connor Phelan goes up for two of his 11 points against Vail Christian.

RANGELY I The Rangely High School Panthers defeated the Vail Christian Saints in a league basketball game at home Saturday, and they will host the Rams from South Routt County (Soroco) in a non-league game today, starting at 5:30 p.m.

RHS Panthers split weekend games with Hayden, Soroco

Rangely senior Cameron Enterline had a momentum-changing breakaway dunk against the Soroco Rams, but the Panthers could not hold off the Rams’ comeback in the second half. Rangely will host Vail Christian on Saturday.

RANGELY I The Rangely High School boys’ basketball team split league games last week and will host another Saturday. The Panthers defeated Hayden, 45-36, in front of a home crowd, but lost 50-43 in Oak Creek to the South Routt County (Soroco) Rams. The Panthers will host Vail Christian on Saturday.

Panthers win two more, prepare for stretch

Rangely junior Colt Allred recorded a double-double against the Plateau Valley Cowboys when he scored 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, leading the Panthers to 58-38 victory.

RANGELY I The Panthers boys’ basketball team recorded two more league wins last week and play two more this week as they continue down the home stretch.

Rangely Panthers beat West Grand

Senior Andrew Morton (22) drives to the basket as junior Layne Mecham (33) and junior Mitchell Webber (15) look on.

RANGELY I The Rangely Panthers boys’ basketball team defeated the West Grand Mustangs from Kremmling 53-49 at home Friday, and, this Friday, the Panthers will host Plateau Valley then travel to Debeque on Saturday.

RHS Panthers lose three in a row

RANGELY I The Rangely Panthers boys’ basketball team lost 50-47 to the Paonia Eagles at home last Friday, then lost 57-43 to the Bulldogs in Hotchkiss on Saturday. The Panthers played the Cowboys in Meeker on Tuesday and lost 65-52, now Rangely will host West Grand tonight, starting at 6 p.m.

Panthers beat Rattlers for third time

It was RHS junior Colt Allred’s turn to step up and lead the Panthers to victory, which he did, scoring 20 points against the Little Snake River Rattlers.

RANGELY I For a third time this season, the Rangely Panthers boys’ basketball team has played and beaten the Little Snake Rattlers, most recently, a 59-48 home victory to start the new year. The Panthers now enter a tough four-game stretch, both at home and away, against league opponents.

Victory…

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Eric Hejl, the Rangely High School boys’ head basketball coach, was excited after winning the 2013 WREA Cowboy Shootou,and he has been quoted as saying he is “excited about 2014.”

Panthers end 2013 with 2 wins

RANGELY I The Rangely Panthers boys’ basketball team ended the 2013 part of the basketball season with two wins, and they are looking forward to the stretch in 2014.