Prep briefs from Jan. 18-19: AHS alpine team sweeps, hockey ties
Aspen High alpine team sweeps through Steamboat meet
The Aspen High School alpine ski team competed Thursday at Steamboat Springs, earning its second sweep in two contests this season.
The AHS boys scored 177 points for its first-place finish, holding off Battle Mountain (163) and Steamboat (160). Aspen had seven skiers in the top 15, led by Heath Colon’s win with a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 31.08 seconds in the slalom. In second was Aspen’s Ethan DeMoraes (1:34.61) and third Aspen’s Reed Beidleman (1:35.75).
Also for Aspen, J.P. Simpson was fourth, Alex Ilic sixth, Henry Barth 12th and Liam Mazzota 15th.
The AHS girls scored 175.5 points to win their meet, holding off Battle Mountain (167.5) and Steamboat (161). Aspen had five skiers in the top 15.
Like Colon, Aspen’s Mariel Gorsuch won her second race of the season, finishing with a two-run time of 1:27.83 in the girls slalom. Aspen’s Devan McSwain was second in 1:30.50 and Aspen’s Levyn Thomas fourth in 1:33.77.
Aspen’s Annabelle Ward was 14th and McKenna Kiker was 15th.
Because of finals week, the Skiers only took a combined team of 15 athletes to Steamboat. Next, AHS competes Friday in a slalom hosted by Vail Mountain School.
Aspen, Heritage hockey skate to tie
The Aspen High School hockey team finished in a 2-2 tie with visiting Heritage on Friday at Lewis Ice Arena. The game was a matchup of two of the top teams in the Peak Conference. The teams will meet again on Feb. 10.
Robbie Fitzgerald and Dominic Lanese scored for Aspen.
The Skiers are now 6-2-3 overall and will host Cheyenne Mountain at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Lewis Ice Arena.
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