Aspen basketball swept by Roaring Fork with playoffs starting Monday
Aspen High School boys basketball coach Alex Schrempf usually is an upbeat guy, and that’s been an important trait over the team’s recent stretch of losses.
“It’s been an interesting experience for us, because just like a single game, the season comes in waves,” Schrempf said. “We have our runs and we have our slumps, and one of our biggest challenges is really convincing the guys to stay positive.”
The current slide continued Saturday in a 54-33 loss to visiting Roaring Fork (15-4 overall, 7-2 WSL) in the final game of the regular season. The Skiers, now 8-11 overall and 2-7 in 3A Western Slope League play, are riding a seven-game losing streak into the postseason.
Although, that stretch has included the league’s top teams, including Friday’s 56-31 loss at Basalt High School. What Schrempf said it doesn’t show is how much the team has improved from the start of the season.
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“I wish our record could reflect the growth and the progress and the hard work that they have put in,” Schrempf said. “We had the chance to display some growth, and I think we have. There are a lot of little things that we didn’t do well at the beginning of the season that we are doing a lot better job of.”
Next for Aspen is a Monday district pigtail game. The official match-ups weren’t available Saturday, although the Skiers are likely to host Moffat County. AHS split with the Bulldogs in the regular season and each finished 2-7 in league play, however only one of those meetings was an official league game, Aspen’s 76-71 win on Jan. 21.
Schrempf believes the team has shown it can compete with anybody this season — the challenge is putting it together for four quarters.
“Monday is going to be about believing that, believing in ourselves,” Schrempf said. “When we stick to the script, when we limit our old habits and really focus on the little things, which are also our new habits, things go well.”
Gunnison is likely to host Olathe in the other pigtail game Monday. Basalt beat Olathe 71-39 Saturday to close out the regular season with a 17-2 overall record. BHS finished tied with Coal Ridge atop the league standings at 8-1 in WSL play, although the Titans will earn the top seed due to their 58-52 win over the Longhorns on Feb. 7.
Both Coal Ridge and Basalt will host district games on Tuesday, their opponents to be determined following Monday’s games.
Also Saturday, the Aspen girls lost 51-4 to Roaring Fork to finish the regular season 1-18 overall. The Basalt girls lost 59-44 to Olathe to finish 4-15 overall.
Both teams will play in Monday pigtail games, with the official match-ups expected to be announced today. Most likely, Basalt will host Coal Ridge while Aspen will travel to Gunnison. Grand Valley went 9-0 in WSL play to earn the league’s top seed.
The losers of Monday’s pigtail games are done for the season, while the winners move on to play again Tuesday.
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Herman is the freestyle skiing winner of the Summit Daily’s Peak Performers project, which honors the greatest athletes and most influential figures in Summit county ski and snowboard history.