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A busy weekend ahead for area preps

Ben Husband

The Aspen High School girls soccer team is starting to come alive.

After a 1-2-1 start, the Skiers regrouped Tuesday night with a 3-1 win over Roaring Fork at River Valley Ranch.

Sophomore forward Ellen Falender, who has been nursing a leg injury that has limited her time on the field, scored two goals and senior Ashley White scored the third in the win.

Falender, AHS’ scoring leader last year with 19 goals, now has four goals on the season. White has two.

Aspen, the defending Western Slope Conference champions, improve to 2-2-1 on the year and will hit the road this weekend for two games before spring break.

Aspen, coached by Kris Hattrup, will travel to Louisville today for a 4 p.m. matchup with Monarch. Saturday, the Skiers will travel to Lafayette to face Alexander Dawson. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Track After winning his first state title at the 3A Cross Country State Championships in October, AHS junior distance runner Jonathan Severy could add two more state titles to his collection in May at the State Track Meet in Colorado Springs.

Severy, one of the top returning distance runners in Class 3A, will see his first action of the year today as the AHS boys track team, ranked third in the Class 3A preseason polls, travel to Grand Junction for the Grand Junction High School relays at Stocker Stadium. The AHS girls team will also travel to Grand Junction.

The meet is scheduled to be an all-day event.

At last year’s 3A High School Track and Field State Championships at Fountain-Fort Carson High School, Severy finished second in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. He finished on the heels of then-state champion Gabe Olchin of Middle Park in both events.Severy led both events until the final lap, when Olchin, who graduated last year, caught Severy on a late kick.

Severy’s senior teammate Rickey Gates, who finished fifth in both the 1,600 and 3,200, also returns as one of 3A’s top distance runners.

Both Severy and Gates, who finished fourth at the State Cross Country Meet, competed in the Footlocker Midwestern Regional 5K Cross Country Championships in Racine, Wis. The event hosted some 500 of the top junior distance runners who competed by invitation only.

Severy and Gates will also run in the 4 by 800 and 4 by 1,600.

Also returning for the AHS boys team is senior high jumper Clay Shipp, who finished seventh at last May’s State meet with a leap of 6 feet, 4 inches.

Senior Jeff Anderson and freshman Weston Paas will also compete in the high jump.

Shipp will also run the 110-meter hurdles and the 4 by 100 and the 4 by 200 with senior Shannon Robinson, Anderson and senior Tim Ingerick.

Returning for the girls will be the 4 by 800 and the 4 by 1,600 foursome of seniors Elizabeth Mitchell, Sarah Graber and juniors Elizabeth Oakes and Sloane Anderson.

Anderson, Mitchell and fellow senior Nicole Reno return will also compete in both the 1,600 and 3,200.

Senior Lacy Gaechter returns for the open 100-meter dash and the triple jump.

Juniors Rebecca Anderson, Melanie Gault and senior Loren Sackett return for the discus and the shot put for the Skiers’ field events. Baseball A new era begins for the Aspen High School boys baseball team as Rick Ryan takes over as coach, replacing 14-year veteran Jeff Yusem who retired last year.

Ryan’s Skiers kick off the season today in Cedaredge. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Saturday, the Skiers travel to Hotchkiss for a doubleheader with the Bulldogs beginning at 11 a.m.

Returning for the Skiers are seniors Lucas Farrell (shortstop), Harris Mufson (second base), Ryan Kerr (center field), junior Jared Gibson (left field) and freshman Jeremy Young (first base).

The Skiers lost ace pitcher Josh Brence to graduation last year, but according to Ryan, the team picked up a solid pitcher in South Carolina senior transfer student Max Paris.

Paris may be the team’s top hitter, as well as the Skiers’ ace on the mound, said Ryan.

Freshman left-hander Jeff Brence will also see time on the mound, as well as in right field.

Another transfer student, Nick Thompson-Miller, a senior from Los Angeles, will be behind the plate as Aspen’s catcher.

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