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Roaring Fork Rivalry

Paul Conrad

It was a weekend of action as archrivals the Basalt Longhorns and the Aspen Skiers battled for upper-valley dominance in football, volleyball, soccer and softball.

Starting off with softball, the Aspen High School team crushed Basalt 15-0, as senior Leandra Sivess pitched a two-hitter that also was Aspen’s first-ever shutout.

In soccer, the Longhorns creamed the Skiers in a 3-0 rout, with Basalt’s Felipe Sanchez scoring two of the three goals. Although the Skiers attacked with vigor at times, the Basalt defense crushed any hopes of their scoring with excellent tackling, blocking and goal keeping.

Revenge was sweet for the Skiers when the Longhorns traveled to Aspen for a gridiron battle. Skier senior Dusty Stutsman gained huge yardage as he ran in for four touchdowns and consistently harassed Basalt quarterback Jimmy Coorigan Jr. The final score was 24-8, making it the first Aspen varsity victory over the Longhorns since the Aspen team was revived.

Later that evening, the Lady Longhorns volleyball team defeated Aspen, three games to one. Basalt showed early dominance as it placed the ball out of reach of the younger, less-experienced Skier team. With a close 20-19 fourth game in favor of Aspen, the computer-controlled gym lights went out temporarily. When the lights came back on, Basalt rallied and won the game, taking the match.

Overall, the annual dosido ended “dos y dos,” with two wins for each side.


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