Aspen High basketball back on court Friday

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times


The high school basketball season is back after the holiday break.

The Basalt High School teams hit the court earlier this week, hosting Coal Ridge in Western Slope League games.

The Aspen High School teams are back in action today when the Skiers travel down Highway 82 to Carbondale for league games at Roaring Fork High School.

The AHS boys (4-1) head back into the schedule coming off four consecutive wins to close 2014.

The Skiers beat Eagle Valley, Hotchkiss, Rifle and Vail Christian with the win over Rifle offsetting an earlier loss to the Bears.

Today’s game in Carbondale (7 p.m. boys varsity) will mark the conference opener for the Skiers.

The Aspen boys will take on the Roaring Fork boys, 4-2 overall and 1-0 in conference. The Ram, coached by veteran Larry Williams, opened the conference season with a 46-30 victory over Basalt on Dec. 18.

Roaring Fork will take on Basalt in a league rematch Saturday afternoon at Basalt High School. The boys varsity game Saturday is set for 4 p.m.

The Basalt boys (2-3 overall, 0-2 in league) played Coal Ridge in a thriller on Tuesday, eventually falling 49-46.

The Aspen boys will play two games the following weekend, hosting Olathe on Jan. 16 and playing at Grand Valley in Parachute on Jan. 17.

Grand Valley is 4-1 on the boys side, matching Aspen’s overall record.

Moffat County, one of the favorites on the boys side, is 2-3 overall thus far. Basalt and Coal Ridge also are 2-3.

Roaring Fork is 4-2 while Gunnison is 1-4 and Olathe is 0-5 among the boys.

In girls basketball, Aspen will play at Roaring Fork today (5:30 p.m.). Basalt’s girls will host Roaring Fork on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The Aspen and Basalt girls are looking for their first victories of the season. Both teams are 0-4.

The Olathe girls lead the preseason with a 4-1 overall mark.

Grand Valley is 3-2 while Moffat County is 2-3.

The Roaring Fork girls are 2-4 overall but 1-0 in conference.

Coal Ridge, also 1-0 in league play, is 1-4 overall. Coal Ridge stopped the Basalt girls 58-27 earlier this week.

The Olathe girls team is ranked No. 10 in Class 3A by

Sterling leads the 3A girls poll with Lutheran second and unbeaten Pagosa Springs third. Pagosa finished second in state last year.

The Pirates beat Class 4A Durango on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten.

St. Mary’s is ranked No. 4 with Manitou Springs fifth, Eaton sixth, Faith Christian seventh, La Junta eighth and Platte Valley ninth.

In Class 3A boys basketball,Grand Valley is ranked No. 9 representing the Western Slope League.

Colorado Springs Christian is ranked No. 1.

Faith Christian is No. 2 with Lutheran third and Colorado Academy fourth.

Jefferson Academy is No. 5 with Kent Denver No. 6, Alamosa at No. 7 and Sterling at No. 8.

Grand Valley is No. 9 with Pinnacle No. 10.