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Girls basketball: New coach takes helm of Aspen Skiers

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Aspen High School girls basketball will launch the new season with new leadership.

Greg Peterson, with an extensive basketball resume, has taken over as the Aspen girls head coach.

He'll direct the Skiers in their season opener at 3 p.m. Friday against Steamboat Springs in Carbondale at Roaring Fork High School in the annual Brenda Patch Tournament.

The Skiers will play again Saturday in the Brenda Patch Tournament, taking on Rifle at 2 p.m. in Carbondale.

"The experience has been great," Peterson said of his return to the high school coaching ranks. A 10-year resident of Paonia, Peterson coached in the Paonia schools for years, working of late with the middle school teams.

A former prep coach in Boulder with a basketball background that reaches to a legendary college coach, Peterson said he was excited about the opportunity the Aspen High School girls team. And his business situation allowed for the time commitment, he said.

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Just 10 minutes into his first new coaching conference in Colorado Springs last month and Peterson knew he had made the right decision to coach the Skiers.

"I realized right there," he said, adding that the Aspen girls have been working hard in practice. The Skiers are under their third head coach in three seasons.

"They are a wonderful group of kids. They implement a lot of what we suggest," he said. "I want this to be a good learning expience where they can have fun and get better."

The Aspen girls are scheduled to open their home season Thursday, Dec. 10, against visiting Hotchkiss.

On Friday, Dec. 11, Aspen will travel to Rifle for a nonconference rematch against the Bears.

Aspen also hit the road for a nonconference game Dec. 18 at Vail Christian.

The Skiers will resume play after the holiday break with a home matchup against Roaring Fork on Jan. 8.

Five players with experience from a year ago will be back to lead the Skiers.

Peterson said Mckenna Woodrow, Marissa Buchholz, Jessica Furr, Claire Boronski and Julia Boronski will lead the AHS girls.

"They will be the backbone of what we are doing," Peterson said.

He said the Skiers will focus on fundamentals as he hopes to build enthusiasm for basketball among the younger students in Aspen Middle and Elementary schools.

"We have a long ways to go, but we're getting better," said Peterson, who played for coaching legend Roy Chipman while at Hartwick College in upstate New York. Chipman went on to coach at Lafayette and Pitt.

Peterson said his love of basketball was fostered as a summer basketball camp counselor.

"I really got a taste of basketball," he said.

Peterson said he's pleased to have former Aspen players Kerri Kimmel and Reghan Mahaffy return as assistant coaches this season.

dstrode@aspentimes.com