Area prep teams get ready for busy weekend |

Area prep teams get ready for busy weekend

Ben Husband

It’s going to be a busy weekend for the preps of the Roaring Fork Valley.

The action kicks off Thursday as the Aspen and Basalt High School baseball teams take the field.

Aspen travels to Carbondale to face Roaring Fork Thursday at Roaring Fork High School. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The Skiers are 0-4 on the year, dropping the season opener to Cedaredge, a double header to Hotchkiss and a game to Steamboat.

Aspen, under first-year coach Rick Ryan, will look for its first win of the season against the Rams.

Basalt travels to Glenwood Springs Thursday to face the 4A Demons (4 p.m.) at Glenwood Springs High School.

On Saturday, Aspen and the Longhorns, coached by Nick Alcorta, will face off in a double header at Basalt High School beginning at 11 a.m.

The AHS girls soccer team, ranked sixth in the Class 3A polls, will be back in action Friday as the Skiers travel to Glenwood for their second match of the year against the Demons.

The two teams battled to a 3-3 tie in the annual Wildcat Invitational earlier this year in Fruita.

The Skiers, who appear to finally be healthy, have many weapons, beginning with freshman Lacee Patterson who has blistered the nets all season long for a team-high seven goals.

Sophomore Ellen Falender, an All-State player last year, has five goals on the year for the defending Western Slope Conference champions.

Glenwood, which moved up a classification from 3A to 4A this year, is paced by senior Amanda Widner.

The AHS tennis team, coached by Suzi Patterson and Sherill Kerr, will travel to Steamboat Springs for a dual match, beginning with a noon match with Summit followed by a 4 p.m. match against Steamboat.

Both the Aspen and Basalt track teams will be in Palisade Saturday for the Bulldog meet.

It will be the first action of the year for Bill Crowley’s Longhorns, who graduated the core of their team last May.

For Aspen, it will be the third meet of the year.

Distance runners Jon Severy and Rickey Gates and high jumper Clay Shipp will pace the third-ranked boys team.

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