High school briefs: ‘Horns harriers win first meet
A 1-2 finish from seniors Brennan Roper and Casey Weaver propelled Basalt’s boys cross-country team to a win over six other schools Friday at the Holy Family Invitational in Broomfield.Roper was way out in front on a flat course that switched between a grass trail and paved streets, finishing in 17 minutes, 47 seconds – 33 seconds ahead of Roper.Basalt junior Tyler Wilson was sixth, in 19:05, finishing before every team’s second runner. Freshman Connor Roper was Basalt’s final scoring runner, in 20th (20:26).”I knew going in that our guys team was strong, but with a freshman as your fourth runner, you just don’t know,” coach Ron Lund said. “I knew Casey and Brennan were going to run well. Tyler was the one who surprised me the most. He’s really turned it on just in the past couple of weeks.” Lund also got a surprise from freshman Annette Stenstadvold, who surged to a second-place finish in her first high school race to help the Basalt girls to fourth.Stenstadvold wasn’t even among top 10 runners at the midway point, some 30 seconds behind Basalt sophomore Chiara Del Piccolo, who was fourth at the time.Lund, knowing his freshman could run faster, said he told Stenstadvold to pick up the pace and “start picking runners off one at a time.”He didn’t expect her to pick off Del Piccolo in the last quarter-mile and keep on moving toward the front of the lead pack.”I wasn’t surprised she ran well, I was surprised she ran that well,” Lund said. “I’ve never seen her race before. This summer she did a couple races and ran pretty well, but she’d never run a high school cross-country meet before, so I didn’t know what to expect.”Stenstadvold ran a 21:33, 21 seconds faster than Del Piccolo, who ended up sixth after getting outkicked in the final 50 yards. Senior Nuala Del Piccolo was 30th (25:24) and junior Lyss Rousseve was 31st (25:28).Basalt hosts its home meet Saturday at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel, on the same course as for the 3A Western Slope regional.
Despite the fact that Basalt won’t start school until Tuesday, the learning experiences started a few days early For the Longhorns soccer team.The team had little to show for its annual two-game trip to the Front Range. Kent Denver blanked the Longhorns, 4-0, on Friday, then 3A state runner-up Denver Christian produced a shutout of its own Saturday in a 6-0 win.”We played OK, but we didn’t play as enthusiastically as we should,” Basalt coach John McDermott said. “I would’ve been happy if the score was 2-0 or 3-0, but we made mistakes that shouldn’t have been made, and we’re still forming our squad.”The Longhorns (0-2), who pulled out a 2-0 season-opening win against Kent Denver last season before falling to Denver Christian, battled heat and a lack of depth Friday and Saturday. High temperatures, which reached more than 100 degrees on the field, forced Basalt to go to its inexperienced bench early and often; a handful of potential starters did not play because of unresolved eligibility issues. Despite being at less than full strength, the Longhorns played both teams tough at the onset, McDermott said. A defensive breakdown seven minute’s into Friday’s game, then a penalty kick yielded two quick goals. The Sun Devils added two more goals in the first 40 minutes. “We held them after that,” McDermott said. “We even started attacking.”The Longhorns trailed by just one goal at the half Saturday, but their young reserves did little to slow Denver Christian in the second.Basalt will look to rebound this week when they travel to Paonia for a match at 4 p.m. Tuesday, then host Coal Ridge at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Aspen took an early 7-0 lead Friday night against Grand Valley on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Anderson Cole to Travis Van Domelen, then couldn’t find the end zone offensively after that, falling 28-14.Beau Seguin scored on a 90-yard kickoff return late in the game after Grand Valley went up, 28-7.Grand Valley junior running back Colton Cowan helped the Cardinals overcome a slow start, scoring two touchdowns on runs of 22 and 19 yards. He also had a 35-yard run, which set up the Cardinals’ final score.Aspen is off Friday before hosting Basalt for homecoming Sept. 14.
Now 40 years old, the downhill racer from Utah is still speeding along with no plans of slowing down anytime soon. Sure, his back sometimes aches but it’s not enough to deter him from chasing after the feeling of a perfect race.