Basalt wins pitched rivalry battle
Basalt soccer coach John McDermott called it a vicious game. The two penalty kicks the Longhorns converted against nonleague downvalley rival Glenwood Springs in Tuesdays 4-1 win bears that out. So, too, does the loss of Christian Gallegos, who converted Basalts first penalty kick in the first half before exiting the game after his cousin on the other team of all people took him down with a hard tackle. So went this battle for bragging rights between two schools only 28 miles and an enrollment classification apart. They just totally tried to cut us to pieces, McDermott said of the 4A Devils. Every time [Christian] came through, they ripped him apart. We just kept it going, though, and played our game. Basalts Toby Bopp connected on a well-timed header for the second goal to give his team which plays in the 3A Western Slope a 2-0 lead at the half. The Longhorns improved to 6-2 overall with the win. In the final 40 minutes, Basalts Matt Whittier converted another PK when Glenwood Springs drew another whistle in its goal box. The Demons got a goal of their own to avoid the shutout before Basalts David Musser punched in his first varsity goal with less than 10 minutes remaining. Glenwood Spring played very well, but it was just about us playing our game, McDermott said. They were very physical, and we just stayed calm. Basalt squares off against league rival Aspen at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Sheldon Wolitski’s paradise of puck went from its rudimentary half-rink oval at Crown Mountain to, very recently, a glorious, official-size rink next to the Rio Grande Trail east of Carbondale. The rink opened in November.