Basalt boys win, advance
Darren Duroux and Cody Burkholder each had 13 points as the Longhorns beat Gunnison 42-34 in the semi-finals of the district playoffs at Palisades High School Friday night. Basalt, now 8-4 in the conference and 12-9 overall, will face top seeded Roaring Fork in the championship game today at 5:30 p.m. at Pailsades High School. Roaring Fork beat Aspen 64-32 Friday night to advance. The Rams are one of the best teams in the state with a 12-0 record in the Western Slope Conference, 17-3 overall. Basalt head coach Mike Greene could not be reached for comment. Basalt girls Just how good is the Roaring Fork High girl’s basketball team? The Rams rolled over the Lady Longhorns 74-51 in the semi-finals of the district playoffs at Palisades High School Friday night to advance to the championship game against Hotchkiss today. “They played a great game,” said Basalt’s head coach Terry Kappeli. “Our shooting was dismal – they beat us off the boards.” Deanna Sparacher led the Lady Longhorns in scoring with 13 points, and two freshman – Dayne Toney and Emily Peetz – played well off the bench, Kappeli said. Roaring Fork’s Megan Zeigel had a game high 16 points.The Rams are now 11-1 in the Western Slope Conference, and 18-2 overall. Basalt (6-6, 8-13) will play Cedaredge for third place in the Western Conference today at 1 p.m. at Pailsades High School. “We split this year, I think we can take them,” Kappeli said. Basalt beat Cedaredge 39-33 in January, before losing 53-37 Feb. 18. Regardless of tomorrow’s outcome, the Lady Long Horns have earned a bid in the Regional Tournament. The details of who they will face and when will be known Sunday. Aspen boysAfter taking an 18-13 lead over top seeded Roaring Fork in the first quarter, things got ugly for the Aspen High boy’s basketball team. The Skiers would go on to score only five points in the next two quarters combined and a total of just 14 points the rest of the game to fall 64-32 in the semi-finals of the distrcit playoffs at Pailsades High School. “It went from the biggest upset of the year to the dark side,” said Aspen head coach steve Ketchum. Joe Turner led Aspen in scoring with 12 points. The Rams Nic Lough scored a game high 23 points, while Aaron Markham followed with 19.”They’re really a great team, they’re a state tournament team,” Ketchum said. The Skiers will play Gunnison today at 2:30 p.m. at Pailsades High for third place. The Cowboys beat the Skiers twice during the regular season by a combined 23 points. Aspen has also received an automatic bid to the Regional Tournament, the details of which will be released Sunday.
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A ski season surrounded with uncertainty kicks off on Wednesday. The six inches of new snowfall Tuesday will allow opening of an additional 62 acres on Aspen Mountain, bringing opening-day total to about 160 acres.