Delta basketball sweeps aside Aspen boys and girls with late-game surges

Aspen's Noah Hollander looks for options on Thursday against Delta inside the AHS gymnasium.
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The Aspen High School basketball teams continue to lose more often than not, but Alex Schrempf hopes his boys can see beyond the wins and losses.

“When we match up against some of these bigger teams we haven’t seen yet this season,” Schrempf said, “and especially with the way our record has played out so far this year, it’s easy to get caught up in the end result and lose sight of the dramatic improvement these guys have been making.”

The latest example was Thursday’s 70-50 home loss to a strong Delta team inside the AHS gymnasium. Like the boys, the Aspen girls hung tough against the Panthers en route to an eventual 51-19 loss.

The boys were solidly in the game from the start and only trailed 36-25 at halftime. Delta’s lead was nine entering the final quarter before its size eventually wore down the Skiers.

“That was a close-knit game until the very end when fouls and free throws spread it out a bit,” Schrempf said. “There are so many positives we were sitting there and identifying with these guys after the game.”

The Aspen girls played one of their better halves this season and only trailed 22-16 at the break. But Delta turned it up a few notches in the second half and outscored the Skiers 29-3 over the final two quarters.

The AHS girls fell to 1-13 with the loss, while Delta improved to 11-3 overall and remained unbeaten in league play.

The AHS boys fell to 3-11 overall, while Delta improved to 10-4.

Both the Aspen boys and girls travel to Grand Valley Friday night.

“I’ve been admiring their resiliency so far this year,” Schrempf said. “Really, our biggest opponent night in and night out has been ourselves and every day in practice we get to face that opponent. The way this group has come together and learned to play better basketball is really, really impressive to me.”


Basalt High School will recognize the 50th anniversary of its 1968 boys basketball team Friday during its home game against valley rival Roaring Fork.

The team of ‘68 was the first to represent Basalt at the state level, finishing third at the state tournament in Denver. Members of the team included Mike Bianco, Bob Darien, Mike DeLost, Steve Diemoz, Randy Glassier, Dave Hermes, Rick Jurick, Steve Scott, Steve Stephens and Mike Sterker. The team was coached by the late Bob Stephens.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. before the boys varsity game inside the BHS gymnasium. The girls are scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m.