Aspen boys lax presses Arapahoe |

Aspen boys lax presses Arapahoe

The Aspen High School boys lacrosse team stepped up in classification and competition for a nonleague game at Arapahoe High School in the Denver area this week.

The Skiers, ranked among the state’s top Class 4A teams, pressed Class 5A power Arapahoe with a strong second half in a 16-11 road loss.

“It was really good to put up 11 goals against a power team like Arapahoe,” Aspen head coach Mike Goerne said. “We played a great third quarter, and we battled to the end, scoring our last goal with a minute and a half to play.”

Goerne said the Skiers scored on their first possession and stunned Arapahoe with a 2-0 lead.

Arapahoe rallied, taking advantage of Aspen penalties, to take an 8-4 halftime lead.

The Skiers potted seven goals in the second half.

“Outside of the Wheat Ridge team we played last year in the state semifinals, this is the best team we’ve seen,” Goerne said, adding that Arthur Kelso was stellar in goal for Aspen.

“Our defense did a good job of keeping the ball to the outside,” Goerne said, adding that the team is building for the season. “We’re building a foundation.”

The Aspen boys (1-1) also will play Class 5A Grandview in a nonconference game this season. The Skiers will host Grand Junction at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Aspen School District Stadium.

Basalt baseball

In other high school spring sports action, Basalt baseball rallied from five runs down to beat Battle Mountain 13-12 this week.

Michael Glen led the offensive comeback with a grand slam for Basalt.

Glen, the leading scorer on the Basalt boys basketball team, was 3-for-3 with a homer, triple and single.

The Longhorns won when Tucker Schoon raced to first and forced an errant throwing, enabling Clayton Montgomery to score the game-winner in extra innings.

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