Preps: Aspen soccer falls in overtime to Rams, AHS tennis wins regional
The Aspen High School boys soccer team nearly pulled out a shocker on Friday, falling 3-2 in overtime to No. 4-ranked Roaring Fork under the lights on the AHS turf. Trailing 2-1 at halftime, Aspen evened the game with a goal with about 19 minutes to play in regulation.
Goalie Henry Palmaz made a terrific save on a Roaring Fork penalty kick with less than 10 minutes to play that sent it to extra time. However, the Rams were awarded a second PK with literally no time left in the second and final 10-minute overtime session, and this time they found net to give the Rams the sudden-death win. A missed kick would have meant a tie.
Roaring Fork improved to 8-1-1 overall and 3-0 in Class 3A Western Slope League play. The Rams next host Basalt on Friday in Carbondale.
Aspen fell to 1-10 overall and 1-3 in WSL play. It was the second meeting of the season between AHS and Roaring Fork, with the Rams winning the Sept. 28 contest in Carbondale, 7-2.
Aspen is off until traveling to Middle Park for a non-league game on Oct. 19.
Aspen boys tennis cruises in regional play, will send all 11 players to state
The Aspen High School boys tennis team rolled to its regional title on Friday, winning six of seven tournaments at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction.
Even the loss resulted in a runner-up finish, meaning the Skiers will send all 11 players to the Class 4A state tournament, held Oct. 17-19 at Pueblo City Park.
No. 1 singles player Christian Kelly had the only defeat, losing 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to Vail’s Federico Bettazzi in the regional final. Alex Mosher won at 2 singles, beating Vail’s Troy Rindone in the final, 6-3, 6-1. The No. 3 singles title went to Aspen’s Liam Sunkel, who won 6-1, 6-0 over Vail’s Langley Cerovich in the final.
Aspen’s Lukee Tralins and Georges Ghali handled things at No. 1 doubles, beating Vail’s Nate Anderson and Nate Nabonsal in the final, 6-1, 6-1. Aspen’s Bryce Cordts-Pearce and Robert Holton won at 2 doubles, beating Steamboat’s Xander Dalke and Gabe Gray in the final, 6-1, 6-2.
At No. 3 doubles, Aspen’s Ethan Godfrey and Liam Farrey won 6-2, 6-3 over Vail’s Rav Seller and Leo Yang. At No. 4 doubles, it was Aspen’s Dyer Hunting and Quinn McKie over Vail’s Kai Otsuk and Carter Strauss, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Aspen also sent all 11 players to the state tournament last year, where it finished seventh.
Basalt High School, which sent 11 players to the regional on Friday, did not have anyone qualify for the state tournament. This is only the second varsity season for the program, which began in 2017 as a club team. BHS also didn’t qualify anyone for state in their inaugural season.
ASPEN HIGH VOLLEYBALL LOSES IN THREE SETS AT NO. 6 MEEKER
The Aspen High School volleyball team played Thursday at Meeker, ranked No. 6 in Class 2A, falling in three sets. Scores were 25-8, 25-16 and 25-10 in favor of Meeker. AHS next is scheduled to host Basalt on Tuesday.
ASPEN SOFTBALL SEASON ENDS WITH LOSSES AT MONTEZUMA-CORTEZ
The Aspen High School softball team wrapped up its regular season on Thursday with a pair of losses at Montezuma-Cortez. Scores were 15-0 and 19-3. The Skiers finish the season with a 0-17 record.
REGULAR SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE FOR CROSS COUNTRY
The Basalt High School cross country team competed Wednesday at the Rifle Invitational, its final tune-up before hosting regionals next week.
The Longhorns sat out most of their key runners, including junior Sierra Bower, with a pair of freshmen stepping in for top-10 finishes. Ava Lane was sixth in 20 minutes, 15.52 seconds, and Sarah Levy seventh in 20:17.1. Glenwood Springs sophomore Ella Johnson won the girls race in 18:57.19.
Senior Tucker Bruce led the BHS boys by taking 16th in 17:52.08. Moffat County’s Wyatt Mortensen won the race in 16:20.46.
Aspen did not compete at Rifle, instead choosing to race in the low-key Montrose Relays on Saturday.
The Class 3A Region 1 race hosted by Basalt is scheduled for Friday at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel. Both Aspen and BHS will compete for spots in the state meet, which is Oct. 26 in Colorado Springs.
BASALT VOLLEYBALL BEATS MOFFAT COUNTY ON SATURDAY
The Basalt High School volleyball team played Saturday, Oct. 12 at Moffat County, winning 3-1 to avenge a loss to the Bulldogs from earlier in the season. The Longhorns won the first set 25-23 in what was Moffat’s homecoming game, but dropped the second set, 25-14. BHS held on to win the third set 25-20 and fourth set 25-22 for the win.
The teams first played Sept. 10 in Basalt, with Moffat winning 3-0 by set scores of 25-12, 25-23 and 27-25.
Moffat fell to 7-12 overall with Saturday’s loss, while Basalt improved to 6-7 overall. The Longhorns are scheduled to play at Delta on Monday before traveling to Aspen on Tuesday. The Skiers did not play this weekend.
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Chase Kelly, playing at No. 3 singles, won his first three matches before falling to Niwot’s Luke Weber in the final. It was the lone loss of the season for the freshman.