Aspen boys lacrosse to host season opener Friday
The Aspen Times
Aspen High School spring sports begin — officially — this week, in spite of the fact the snow conditions at local ski areas are the best of the season.
But the Skiers will delve into the spring lineup of sports — boys and girls lacrosse, baseball, track and field, girls soccer, girls golf and girls tennis.
The first team to take the field will be the team that raced all the way to the semifinals in the state playoffs last year — the Aspen High School boys lacrosse team.
The Skiers, who finished a school-record 15-3 last season, will open the 2015 season at home on Friday against visiting Montrose. The season’s first lacrosse game will be played at either the Aspen High School field or at Iselin Field by the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC), depending on snow-clearing projects.
The varsity game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday.
One day later, the Skiers are scheduled to host Durango in a 2 p.m. game in Aspen.
Last season, led by a pair of all-state players and a legion of all-conference selections, the Aspen boys advanced all the way to the state semifinals before suffering a playoff loss to Wheat Ridge High School.
Returning to anchor the 2015 Aspen team are five all-conference first-team selections from a year ago: Tyler Tick, John Heaphey, Jordy Cottrell, Ryan Fitzgerald and Connor Peirce. They are all seniors this year.
Also back are second-team all-conference picks Harry Fergusion and Zach Storm. Ferguson is a senior; Storm is a junior.
In addition, Heaphey and Tick represented Aspen High School at the all-state game at the end of last season.
Tick totaled 92 points for the playoff Skiers last year, including 72 goals and 21 assists. The AHS senior was the top scorer in Class 4A lacrosse last season.
Tick also scored a goal in overtime to give Aspen a win at Battle Mountain in the state quarterfinals last year.
Midfielder Heaphey is another prolific scorer back for the Skiers this season. He scored 38 goals and added 26 assists for a total of 64 points. Heaphey also is an all-conference boys soccer player and the all-conference kicker/punter in football.
Aspen’s Ferguson led the state in assists last season with 43. He also scored 23 goals for the Skiers.
The AHS boys lacrosse team will play at Arapahoe in Denver on March 11 before their next home game March 18 against Grand Junction High.
In other spring sports, the AHS girls lacrosse team will open the season Saturday with a game in Grand Junction against Telluride (11 a.m.). The game will be played at Canyon View Park.
The Aspen baseball team will play at Moffat County on March 14.
Girls soccer for AHS will open March 10 at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.
The AHS girls are set to open the home season March 12 when they host Basalt.
The girls golf season will open with the Palisade Invitational on March 9 at the Chipeta Golf Course on Orchard Mesa near Grand Junction.
The girls tennis season will start Saturday with Aspen traveling to Fruita Monument High School for matches against Fruita Monument and Steamboat Springs.
Track and field for girls and boys will start March 13 with the Rifle Invitational.
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