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Preps: Aspen High sports back in action

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The holidays are over.

The Aspen High School winter sports teams are back in action in a big way.

Virtually all of the Skiers' teams have games and events this weekend, including the AHS girls swim team and the alpine ski race team.

In addition, the Aspen girls and boys basketball teams will open Western Slope League play when they host Roaring Fork on Friday night.

The girls varsity game will start at 6 p.m., followed by the boys varsity game at 7:30 p.m.

The AHS boys varsity will enter with a 3-2 overall record, including a 59-51 win at Vail Christian right before the holiday break.

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They will face a Roaring Fork team that is 1-5 on the season. The Rams are 0-1 in the Western Slope League after falling at Basalt 60-34 before the break.

The Aspen High girls team is 1-4 thus far under first-year head coach Greg Peterson.

The Skiers' lone win came over Hotchkiss 35-28.

The Roaring Fork girls are 2-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play. They defeated Basalt 55-45 in overtime in the final game before the holiday hiatus.

The Aspen High School alpine skiers, meanwhile, will head to Copper Mountain for technical races Friday — the first races of the prep ski season.

The AHS cross country ski racers will open Saturday at the Summit Invitational at the Frisco Nordic Center.

The AHS girls swim team also will open the season this weekend. The Skiers will compete in the Montrose Invitational on Friday afternoon.

The Aspen High School hockey team also will return from the break with games this weekend.

The AHS hockey team (2-3 overall) will play on the road Friday. They will take on Castle View in a game at 2:45 p.m. Friday at the Colorado Sports Center in Monument.

The Skiers beat Battle Mountain and Summit before the holidays. They dropped two road games right before the break, falling 5-1 at Cherry Creek and 3-2 at Dakota Ridge.

The Aspen High School hockey team will play at Regis Jesuit on Saturday (3:15 p.m.).

The Skiers will play their first home game of 2016 on Tuesday when they host Steamboat at the Lewis Ice Arena at the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC).

In other area action this weekend, the Basalt High School basketball teams will return to action Saturday afternoon at Roaring Fork in Carbondale.

The Basalt girls lost 50-41 at Coal Ridge on Tuesday in the first game of the new year.

They are 0-4 entering Saturday's game at Carbondale.

The Basalt boys lost their first game of the season Tuesday, falling 63-41 at Coal Ridge. The BHS boys are 3-1 overall, 0-1 in the Western Slope League.

dstrode@aspentimes.com

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