Prep briefs from Saturday, Feb. 10: AHS basketball back to winning
Aspen High boys basketball beats Cedaredge with defense; girls fall short
The Aspen High School boys basketball team returned to winning on Saturday with a 44-30 victory over visiting Cedaredge inside the AHS gymnasium. The Skiers held the Bruins to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters and led 18-10 at halftime.
The win snapped a five-game skid dating back to a 57-44 home victory over Moffat County on Jan. 20. Cedaredge fell to 7-10 overall while Aspen improved to 4-13 overall.
In the girls game, Cedaredge beat Aspen 41-10 to improve to 16-1 overall. Cedaredge was ranked No. 9 in Class 3A. Aspen dropped to 1-16.
Aspen has two games remaining in the regular season, next being a home game against rival Basalt on Friday.
Aspen High School hockey loses key game at Heritage
The Aspen High School hockey team saw its impressive stretch of non-losses come to an end Saturday with a 3-2 loss at Heritage in a key battle for first in the Peak Conference.
Aspen trailed 1-0 in the first period before a goal by Jamison Fuentes tied the game. The teams again split goals in the second period, Aspen’s coming from Dominic Lanese, before the teams went to overtime tied 2-2. In extra time, Heritage’s Kory DiPonio scored the game winner 1:17 in.
When the two teams met Jan. 19 in Aspen, the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Aspen fell to 11-3-3 overall with the loss, while Heritage improved to 14-2-1 overall. It was Aspen’s first loss since falling 8-1 to Regis Jesuit on Dec. 15. The Skiers have two games remaining in the regular season, next being another key game Friday at Resurrection Christian.
Basalt High wrestling strong at regional tournament
The Basalt High School wrestling team showed well in its Class 3A Region 1 tournament in Alamosa on Friday and Saturday.
Senior William Rivera led the team by taking second in the 220-pound division to punch his ticket to the state tournament. Seniors Oswaldo Morales was third at heavyweight and Thomas Wirth was fourth at 195 pounds to also qualify for the state tournament.
While he won’t compete at state, BHS freshman Jose Castorena was sixth at 182 pounds to make the podium.
The state wrestling tournament gets underway later this week in Denver.
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