Briefs Feb. 5: Aspen boys basketball beats Cedaredge; no worlds big air
Aspen boys basketball ends losing streak with win over Cedaredge
The Aspen High School boys basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 58-34 win over visiting Cedaredge inside the AHS gymnasium. It was the first 3A Western Slope League win for the Skiers, who also beat the Bruins 57-40 back on Jan. 11 in a non-league contest.
AHS led 27-19 at the half against Cedaredge in Tuesday’s rematch, but dominated the third quarter by a score of 26-4 to pull away for the needed win.
“It was a good game,” AHS coach Alex Schrempf said. “It was a good quarter. Looking back at it I’m pretty impressed with it.”
The win improved Aspen’s record to 5-11 overall with three games to play. The Skiers next host Coal Ridge on Friday and then league-leading Delta on Saturday before finishing the regular season out Feb. 14 at Basalt.
Cedaredge fell to 5-11 with the loss.
“A few things clicked defensively that I refreshed us on over the week,” Schrempf said. “The next step is seeing how we can turn it over against a much more intense opponent.”
In the girls’ game on Tuesday, Cedaredge rolled to a 54-16 win over Aspen. Cedaredge had also beaten AHS 64-12 back on Jan. 11.
The Bruins improved to 12-4 overall with the victory, while AHS dropped to 4-11 overall.
Snow cancels snowboard big air at world championships
The men’s and women’s snowboard big air finals at the 2019 FIS World Championships were canceled Tuesday because of the weather in Park City, Utah, which is hosting the event.
The area has received a lot of snow over the past few days and colder temperatures, possibly dipping below zero, are expected. The contest, which would have likely included former Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club athlete Chris Corning, will not be made up.
Also postponed Tuesday were the ski slopestyle qualifiers, which are now scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. The finals were moved from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Park City Mountain.
Men’s downhill training at worlds canceled because of airport problems
ARE, Sweden (AP) — The skiers have finally arrived. The skis, however, are still stuck at the snowed-in Stockholm airport. With many teams still missing equipment, organizers canceled the opening men’s downhill training session at the world championships.
The training session, which was scheduled for Tuesday, has been replaced with a free ski session on the race course.
But now that, too, is in question.
Organizers say the free ski is “to be confirmed if/when the truck with the luggage arrives.”
Canceled flights from central Europe affected many of the men’s teams, including the Italian and French squads, who had to take trains up to Are from Stockholm after sleeping overnight at the airport.
The first men’s race of the championships is the men’s super-G scheduled for Wednesday.
The Italian team has asked for the super-G to be postponed.
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While U.S. Ski & Snowboard hasn’t officially announced its roster for the upcoming world championships in Aspen, Hanna Faulhaber did confirm she would be one of four American women to compete in halfpipe at the competition.