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Aspen football wraps up non-league play tonight at Grand Valley

September 20, 2018 — The Aspen High School football team needed a strong bounce back game after a loss at Bayfield, and it got that last week in a 48-12 rout of Cedaredge in its home opener. Now, the Skiers head back on the road for the third time

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AVSC Nordic brings back youth rec program named after Bill Koch

September 20, 2018 — Before Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall reset the bar last winter on what American cross-country skiers were capable of, it was Vermont's Bill Koch who blazed the trail for the sport in the United States. Koch, who won Olympic silver in 1976 to become the

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Colbert: What a wacky Monday

September 17, 2018 — Rarely does a Monday produce so much high school sports news. So, yesterday seemed as good a day as any to write my first Prep Playbook column (maybe it's not the most original name…), which I intend to run each Tuesday going forward during the

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Aspen softball gets first win since 2009, beats Gunnison in shootout

September 17, 2018 — The streak is finally over, and that's a good thing. For the first time since the 2009 season, the Aspen High School softball team came out on top in a game, beating Gunnison 19-18 on Monday in Delta. The teams split the doubleheader, with Gunnison

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Aspen boys golf wins regional title for 10th straight year; BHS takes second

September 17, 2018 — Make it a decade of regional dominance for the Aspen High School boys golf team. Monday at Dos Rios Golf Club in Gunnison, the Skiers once again won their regional tournament to qualify for state, and it wasn't much of a competition. Aspen shot a collective

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Gents rugby rallies, holds off Dark ‘n Stormy Misfits to win Aspen Ruggerfest

September 16, 2018 — For the third straight year, it looked like the Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Football Club was going to get run off its own pitch in the finals of the annual Ruggerfest tournament. Instead, third-year coach Will Herborn and the Gents manned up to rally for

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Preps: Fork beats AHS boys soccer, volleyball sweeps in Saturday action

September 15, 2018 — No. 4 Roaring Fork holds off Aspen boys soccer The Roaring Fork High School boys soccer team overcame a terrible opening minute to hold off Aspen High on Saturday afternoon on the AHS turf, winning 2-1. Aspen's Max Brenninger gave the Skiers a 1-0 lead

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Gents, Dark ‘N Stormy Misfits back in Ruggerfest final for fourth year

September 15, 2018 — For the fourth straight year, the Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Club will face the Dark 'N Stormy Misfits in the Aspen Ruggerfest open division finals on Sunday. The Misfits won the 2017 finale 50-22 — coming on the 50th anniversary of the popular rugby tournament

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Aspen football cruises by Cedaredge in home opener, 48-12; Basalt also rolls

September 14, 2018 — A week ago, the Aspen High School football team played arguably its toughest game of the season in a 20-8 loss at No. 1 Bayfield, the defending Class 2A state champions. This didn't mean Friday's home opener against Cedaredge was going to be any easier.

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Briefs: AHS golf, tennis win Sept. 13

September 13, 2018 — Aspen High boys golf team wins again The Aspen High School boys golf team won Thursday's tournament at Keystone Ranch, their final regular-season competition before regionals on Monday. The Skiers shot 226 to hold off Basalt High School by three strokes. AHS junior Jack Pevny

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Football: Aspen looks to bounce back at home, Basalt hopes to carry on

September 13, 2018 — The Aspen High School football team seems to have taken last week's loss in stride. Coming off a 20-8 defeat at No. 1 Bayfield on Saturday, the Skiers now look toward their home opener Friday night against Cedaredge. "There were some small victories within the

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Aspen volleyball team handles Basalt, wins its home opener in three sets

September 13, 2018 — Two matches into the season, both against rivals, and the Aspen High School volleyball team is making it look awfully easy. A week after sweeping through Roaring Fork in their season opener in Carbondale, the Skiers did much the same Thursday against Basalt in their

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Aspen man, 78, finally completes the Continental Divide Trail after 35 years

September 13, 2018 — Hiking the Continental Divide Trail was never the end goal for Jim Harrison. But, little by little, that's exactly what happened. And it only took him 35 years to complete. "That's how little goals add up to big goals," Harrison said earlier this week from

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Briefs: Aspen golf wins in Gunnison

September 12, 2018 — LED BY HUGHES, ASPEN BOYS GOLF WINS IN GUNNISON The Aspen High School boys golf team won yet another tournament on Wednesday, this one having a bit more meaning to it than previous wins as it was held at Dos Rios Golf Club in Gunnison,

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Ruggerfest rugby tournament back for 51st go in Aspen; starts on Thursday

September 12, 2018 — Brendan Walsh once represented the Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Club on the pitch during the summer, but he never had the greatest of honors in playing in the club's annual Ruggerfest tournament in the fall. The native Australian was a standout for the Gents in

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Colbert: Making the most of an October birthday in Aspen

September 12, 2018 — With less than three weeks until my birthday, I've been thinking about my plans for that day. Unfortunately, it falls on the first Wednesday of October, which is a terrible time for a birthday when you live in a ski town. Aspen will have slowed

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Basalt High softball beats visiting Meeker in a key battle of top-10 teams, 9-6

September 11, 2018 — The schedule hasn't been overly challenging for the Basalt High School softball team early on this fall, so getting to face one of the stronger teams in the state came with a bit of uncertainty. This showed early against Meeker, ranked No. 10 in Class

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Briefs: Aspen tennis plays strong in GJ, soccer falls short to Monarch

September 8, 2018 — ASPEN HIGH TENNIS HAS STRONG SHOWING AT WESTERN SLOPE MEET The Aspen High School boys tennis team represented the mountain schools well by taking fourth in the 16-team Western Slope Tennis Open on Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction. The Skiers finished with 143 points

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Aspen High football holds its own Saturday in 20-8 loss at No. 1 Bayfield

September 8, 2018 — The Aspen High School football team lost the game but in many ways passed the test. Facing host Bayfield Saturday afternoon, the Skiers held serve before folding late in a 20-8 defeat to the defending 2A state champs. "They had fight in them until the

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Aspen football readies for gargantuan task against top-ranked Bayfield

September 7, 2018 — As difficult as the Aspen High School football schedule is in 2018, the team's season-opening 38-26 win over host Meeker was incredibly important. "It was a huge confidence builder," AHS coach Travis Benson said. "The nice part is we were able to win while making

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