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BHS kicking it into high gear

Ben Husband

The Basalt High School girls soccer team enters Saturday’s nonleague matchup with Glenwood on a roll.

The Longhorns have won eight of their last nine games and have won all five Western Slope Conference games for sole possession of first place at 5-1. Basalt sits one game ahead of valley rival, and WSC defending champ, Aspen which is 4-1.

Basalt will host the Demons, who moved up to 4A this year, for the second time this season Saturday at Basalt High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The first time these two teams met, Basalt, which jumped to seventh in the Class 3A rankings this week, scored a thrilling 5-4 win.

Junior forward Ambere Cunningham, an all-conference selection last year, leads the Longhorn assault with 10 goals on the year (ninth in 3A leaders).

On Tuesday, the Longhorns, who have allowed just 11 goals all season long, will host Aspen in the regular season finale at Basalt High School.

AHS’ Brinkerhoff out

Aspen is coming off a disappointing loss to Battle Mountain in its last game.

The loss to the Huskies dropped Aspen, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the State Tournament last year, out of first place and into a two-way tie for second with Battle Mountain at 4-1.

The only way Aspen can defend its league title from a year ago is if the Skiers defeat Basalt in the regular-season finale Tuesday. If that happens, Aspen, Basalt and Battle Mountain would share the league title.

Entering the game against Basalt, Aspen will be without one of its top players in senior midfielder Courtney Brinkerhoff.

Brinkerhoff, an all-conference selection last season, suffered torn muscles in her thigh in the loss to Battle Mountain. The injury ended her season and her remarkable four-year career as a starter for the Skiers.

But the Skiers do have the top-scoring trio in the WSC in sophomore Ellen Falender, freshman Lacee Patterson and senior Ashley White.

Falender, who led the league in scoring last year with 19 goals, and Patterson, having a magical freshman season, each have netted 11 goals this year – tied for third in Class 3A.

White has 10 goals for the Skiers. Track After dominating the distance events at the Tiger Invitational last weekend in Grand Junction, AHS junior Jon Severy will look to do the same Saturday in Rifle at the Bear Invitational.

The Class 3A State Cross Country champion added two more track victories to his bag of titles last weekend by winning to the 1,600-and 3200-meter runs. Severy was later named co-male athlete of the meet, which attracts some 25-plus teams from all over the state.

In the 3200, Severy cruised to victory in 9:34.9 – one of the fastest times in 3A this year – shattering the old meet record of 9:40.0 set by Alex Accetta of Durango in 1988.

Later in the meet, Severy captured the 1600 in 4:26.25.

Senior Elizabeth Mitchell paced the girls team with a fifth-place finish in the 3200.

Mitchell, who finished fourth at the State Cross Country Championships, finished in 12:05.58.

The Bear Invitational will be all day Saturday at Rifle High School.

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