Prep: Busy home slate highlights weekend action

Aspen High girls swimming

Ranked No. 1 in Class 3A heading into the weekend’s state meet in Thornton, the Aspen High School girls swim team looks to make history with its first state title.

The Skiers, competing in 3A for the first time, are led by Harvard-bound senior Kennidy Quist and sophomore star Davy Brown. Both are favorites in each of their two individual races this weekend.

Prelims get underway today, while finals take place Saturday. AHS is sending eight swimmers to the state meet.

AHS basketball

After four straight wins, the Aspen boys basketball team now rides a three-game losing streak entering tonight’s 7 p.m. home game against Coal Ridge. The Titans (11-5 overall) ended Basalt’s 14-game win streak Tuesday and holds the edge in the 3A Western Slope League.

At 8-7, the Skiers look to stay above .500 with only three regular-season games remaining after tonight. AHS plays at Cedaredge Saturday, at Basalt Feb. 17 and ends with a home game against Roaring Fork on Feb. 18.

The AHS girls basketball team (1-14 overall) looks to end a five-game skid tonight against Coal Ridge (5:30 p.m. tip). The Titan girls are 2-13 and have lost six straight, most recently to Basalt on Tuesday.

AHS hockey

The Aspen High hockey team has continued to move through the season in roller-coaster fashion. Last weekend, the Skiers won 3-2 at Cheyenne Mountain before a 3-1 loss at Heritage, both key games in the Peak Conference.

AHS is 6-8-1 with four games remaining in the regular season, three of which are conference games. The Skiers will play Columbine (3-11-1) at 8 p.m. tonight at the Aspen Ice Garden, where the seniors will be recognized before the game. Saturday at Lewis Ice Arena, AHS will host a 4 p.m. game against mighty Resurrection Christian. The Cougars won the Jan. 28 matchup, 8-0.

The Skiers will finish out the regular season with two road games, the first Feb. 17 at Columbine and then Feb. 18 at Mountain Vista.

AHS Alpine and Nordic

The Aspen High Alpine and Nordic ski teams have one final weekend to fine-tune some things ahead of the state meet. The Alpine team will compete today at Beaver Creek, while the Nordic team competes Saturday at Summit.

Steamboat Springs will host the state meet Feb. 23-24. The AHS girls (combined Alpine and Nordic) are the defending state champions.

Basalt High basketball

The BHS boys basketball team had a 14-game win streak snapped Tuesday in a 58-52 loss at Coal Ridge. It was the first loss for the Longhorns, now 14-2 overall, since a season-opening loss to Del Norte.

With only three games remaining for BHS, it’ll need help in jumping Coal Ridge for the 3A WSL title, as the Titans hold the edge with the head-to-head win. The Longhorns host Grand Valley (8-7 overall) at 7 p.m. tonight before hosting Aspen on Feb. 17 and finishing out with a home game against Olathe Feb. 18.

The BHS girls were on the other side of the upsets Tuesday, when they ended a five-game slide with a 43-27 win over the Titans. When the two teams played Dec. 16 at the Longhorn Classic hosted by Basalt, Coal Ridge won 62-26.

The Longhorns are 3-13 overall heading into tonight’s game with the 9-6 Cardinals.