Aspen Times Editorial: Let’s rally for prep sports
Regular readers of The Aspen Times’ commentary pages have been bombarded with opinions about downtown noise, the USA Pro Challenge bike race, underground parking and the usual issues of the day.
But with school now underway, let’s take a step back and lend support to something we all can get behind — prep sports.
Last month at Aspen High School, Tom Robinson, of the Colorado High School Activities Association, spoke to an overflowing crowd of parents and athletes about the importance of sports, academics and teamwork. His message: striking the right balance between athletics and schoolwork.
It was the right note to start off the fall sports season, and there’s plenty to take in here on the local scene.
Today and Saturday, Aspen High School’s cross-country, football, soccer, tennis and volleyball teams all hit the road.
The football team plays down the road in Carbondale tonight, while the boys tennis team competes in Grand Junction, and the volleyball teams will be in action in Moffat County.
On Saturday, boys tennis continues in Grand Junction, as do the volleyball teams in Moffat. The boys soccer team travels to Delta, while the cross-country teams will be running at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards.
Their schedules are busy indeed, and soon enough they’ll be in action on Aspen’s home fields and courts. And mark your calendar for Sept. 27 — that’s the Skiers’ homecoming tilt against Olathe on the gridiron.
Nowhere in Aspen can you get a truer sense of the community than at a preps sporting event — and you don’t have to be a parent, friend or athlete to appreciate what’s taking place.
Sporting venues are where community members can cast aside their difference and pull for the same cause. If you haven’t been to an Aspen High School sporting event, give it a try. It might change the way you see your town — and for the better.
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