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MHS ends season district champs Athlete traveling

MEEKER I After a three year absence from the regional volleyball tournament, the Meeker volleyball team qualified for post-season play as district champions but did not advance to the state tournament. Meeker finished third behind the champion team from Mancos and runner-up Telluride team. Our league was really tight this year, it could have gone any way and Im glad we won the district, head coach Christy Atwood said. We were missing a team component the past two years but we found it before the district tournament and were able to do team things at the end. As a coach Im very proud of them. There was a lot of excitement before Meeker played Telluride in the first round of the four-team pool play but not enough to carry the lady Cowboys to a win. Meeker lost the match in three games. Against Telluride, we didnt play our best match, Atwood said. We couldnt put a consistent offense together. Meeker lost the first game 21-25, By BOBBY GUTIERREZ bobby@theheraldtimes.com then 15-25 and lost the final game 19-25. The loss put a little bit of pressure on us for the next two matches, Atwood said. Meekers next match would be against Rangely, the fourth match of the season between the two county rivals. When you play (the same team) more than twice, it feels like something is washed out, Atwood said. We beat them in five the week before and executed very well. Offensively were able to capitalize on little mistakes and put the ball in places to put it away. The first game between the two Rio Blanco County teams was played close, with Meeker winning the first game 25-22. Meeker jumped ahead and controlled the second game to win 25-19 and then won the match by winning the third game. We had to get a win against Mancos to advance, Atwood said. We didnt play horribly but we didnt have a great offense either. We did a good job of containing Aimee Johnson, who is a great player, but we couldnt put the ball away at times we needed to. By SHERRI PURKEY Special to the Herald Times

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By HALLIE BLUNT Special to the Herald Times they played that way, he added, We played so hard in that first match and losing took a lot out of us. The emotional and physical let down proved costly for Rangely as they lost to Meeker in their second match 22-25, 19-25 and 16-25. It is always difficult to play the third match in a tournament formatted this way but the Panthers came out and beat Telluride in the first game 25-18 showing they are team with a great deal of character. They fell behind in the last three games 23-25, 26-28 and 10-25, ending the match. The two teams from the apposing district were the two advancing from our region. Coach Rohn said, I am so proud of these girls. Even though we lost three straight matches, I believe that these girls learned a lot. He had only positive praise for everyone involved with the team this season and added, This season has been full of lessons both for players and coaches. I am honored to be the head volleyball coach and proud to be labeled a Panther. The team banquet is tentatively planned for Nov. 21 at which time

Meeker played Mancos close in the first game but lost 22-25. Mancos won the final two games 18-25 and 14-25 and will advance to the state tournament as the regional champ. The regional tournament was the final match for four Meeker High

Meeker senior Katie Morgan spikes a ball as classmate Kathryn Doll prepares for a return. Morgan, Doll and classmates Aubrey Walsh and Adrienne Wix played their final matches of their high school careers in the regional tournament last Saturday in Palisade.

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School seniors. We are going to miss our seniors, Atwood said of Kathryn Doll, Katie Morgan, Aubrey Walsh and Adrienne Wix. But we are only going to continue to get better.

RANGELY I The Rangely volleyball team concluded their season last weekend at the regional tournament. The Panthers were hoping for a different outcome and one more week of volleyball, however they should be proud of their accomplishments. The team had to fight hard in the previous two weeks of play to earn their spot in the regional playoffs. Coach Dennis Rohn said of the weekend, The weekend definitely didnt go as we had planned. The first match was against Mancos and even though we lost, the games were really anybodys games to win. He was referring to the extremely close games beginning with a hard fought 27-29 loss in game one. Game two was not quite as close with a 19-25 score but the third game again required extra points to find a winner. The Panthers would not go down easy and took game three to 25-27. Rohn said, I told the girls that our first priority was Mancos and

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the individual awards winners will be recognized. Congratulations to

Rangelys only senior Haeley Enterline tries to get the ball past Meeker senior Adrienne Wixs block. Meeker and Rangely finished third and fourth respectively in the regional tournament ending the season for the Rio Blanco County seniors.

the entire Rangely volleyball team on a successful season.

The Rangely Middle School boys basketball teams are being cheered for by Mariah Wood, Mckenzie Webber and Rebecca Hallmark. (Middle row) Savannah Knowles, No. 1 cheerleading fan Alivia Green, Destinee Ortega, Casey Meeks, and Miekka Peck. (Bottom row) Elena Cummings and Adriana Lopez. Not pictured are Geli Brown, Nikayla Shaw and Cheylinn Jackson.

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MEEKER I Aart Huijg is an inspired athlete with a dream and a rare determination to reach his goal. He is traveling from Prudhoe Bay, the northern tip of Alaska, to Ushuaia, Chile, in South America, the southernmost city in the world. The journey covers more than 19,000 miles and is expected to take 500 days. The trip offers less luxury than most people require for survival and more challenges than most would be willing to endure. Huijg aims to ride 60 miles a day, with 100 miles being an exceptionally good day. His daily budget is $10. He depends on the kindness of strangers for many necessities, including basic hygiene. When he needs a shower or to wash his clothes he knocks on a door and simply asks. They either say yes or no either way no harm no foul, Huijg said. You never know what someones reasons are. Maybe they just killed their husband and the house is a mess, he joked. With a Ph.D. in economics, this 31-year-old from Amsterdam, Netherlands, was a successful businessman when he realized sitting behind a computer, wearing a tie every day and disliking the people he saw on his bike ride to work was not his lifes dream. He started peeling the banana. When the process was finished, the banana, the part of his life that makes Huijg cry-of-joy proud, was a daily challenge involving taking risks, seeing more, risking with less fear and taking the initiative. A lot of bystanders were negative, Huijg pointed out: bears, bad weather, steep terrain, etc. What came as a welcome surprise was the number of connections and sponsors that came to his support once his plan became public. To prepare, Huijg toured the Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Iran and several European nations. For his inspiration he said, Ride five miles to start whatever just start. People are the same everywhere, hospitable, Huijg said of his interaction with strangers along the way. In Iran, he said, less exposure to foreigners made the people more open and ready to open their doors to someone like him. Huijgs friend Gerrit Visser joined the adventure in Calgary, Canada. He intends to ride as far as the Mexican border with Huijg. A man of few words, it seems Visser helped his friend address his competitive nature. Visser believes that stems from his being an identical twin who was constantly encouraged by his parents to excel at being an individual. Has Huijg thought about the end of the journey? He says he has not. If I start thinking of the end it is the beginning of the end. His trip is divided into eight regions: bear region, Rocky Mountain region, desert region, volcano region, Caribbean sea, Amazon rain forest, Andes mountains and Patagonia. Huijg says four out of five days suck, listing hunger, cold, heat, rain, snow, sore muscles, exhaustion and repetition as his main downers. However, the good times are cry-with-joy proud, authentic times that make the bad times worth it. Along the way Huijg has planned presentations for schools, towns and other groups as an inspirational speaker. He feels its important for young people who are choosing their lifes path to consider peeling the banana to find their authentic self before making a decision. More details about Huijgs adventure are posted on his website and blog at www.today-you-can.com.

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CHAMPIONS of the WEEK

Coach Quinten Kent and his eighth-grade Panther basketball team including; Jimmie Sherman, Kaulan Brady, Ryan Barlow, Patrick Scoggins, in back and Kiki Ruiz, Ethan Allred and Chris Hogan on the bottom, will be in Meeker today to play the Cowboys at 4:30 p.m.

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Scoggins, who recently finished fifth at the Colorado Cross Country State Championship meet, was named the the first team all-Colorado 2A team by Colorado MileSplit US. The honor is sponsored by Runners Roost.

Both the seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball teams will put their undefeated record on the court today against Rangely at 4:30 p.m. The young roundballers have both won their first two games and will host Craig Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.