Preps April 20: Aspen girls lacrosse stays perfect, records fall in track
The Aspen High School girls lacrosse team refuses to be beaten. Facing a solid Conifer team Saturday on the AHS turf, the Skiers rolled to a 17-7 win to stay perfect on the season. Unranked Conifer dropped to 9-3 overall, while No. 9 Aspen improved to 10-0. Other than a 14-10 win at Air Academy, all of Aspen’s wins this season have come by at least 10 points.
The Skiers next play Wednesday at Eagle Valley before hosting Arapahoe on Saturday.
The AHS boys lacrosse team took care of business this weekend on its two-game road swing, winning 18-6 at Durango on Friday and then beating Montrose on Saturday, 20-2.
Ranked No. 8 in 4A entering the week, the Skiers improve to 6-4 overall. Next up, Aspen will travel to Grand Junction on Thursday and to Telluride on Friday. The GJ game had originally been scheduled for Tuesday in Aspen.
Aspen girls soccer crushes Faith Christian in playoff rematch
In a rematch of a 2018 playoff game, the Aspen High School girls soccer team made easy work of Faith Christian on Saturday, winning 10-1 at Iselin Field. The two teams had played in the first round of the 3A playoffs last season, Aspen winning 1-0 in overtime.
Saturday’s rematch was a different story. Aided by two own goals, Aspen led 5-0 at halftime. Sophomore Kelley Francis scored three goals, while five others also found the back of the net. Francis has scored at least three goals in four straight games and has 26 on the season. She set the school’s single-season record as a freshman last spring with 32.
Faith Christian, which had come from behind to beat Basalt 4-3 in overtime on Friday, fell to 5-6 overall after Saturday’s loss. Ranked No. 4 in 3A this week, Aspen improved to 9-2 overall and extended its winning streak to seven games.
The Skiers next play Tuesday at Grand Valley (6-3) before hosting Roaring Fork on Thursday.
Aspen girls tennis takes two wins at Snowmass Club
The Aspen High School girls tennis team went 2-0 over the weekend in its final home matches of the season.
Friday at Snowmass Club, the Skiers beat Paonia, 6-1. Mary Williams (No. 1) and Karina Keller (No. 3) both rolled to easy singles wins, while No. 2 player Macy Hopkinson lost a 3-6, 4-6 contest.
The No. 1 and 2 doubles teams both won by default, while the 3 and 4 teams cruised to easy wins, as well.
Saturday, again at Snowmass Club, Aspen beat Cedaredge, 6-1. Williams, Hopkinson and Keller all won their singles matches, losing only a combined two games between them. AHS went 3-1 in doubles play against the Bruins, losing at No. 1 doubles after a tiebreaker.
The Skiers have one more match remaining in the regular season, a trip to Dawson School on Friday. Regionals are the following week.
Aspen baseball still winless after loss to Coal Ridge
The Aspen High School baseball team fell into a 4-0 hole after half an inning en route to an 8-2 loss against visiting Coal Ridge on Saturday at Crawford Field. The Titans improved to 5-8 overall while AHS fell to 0-12. The Skiers next play Tuesday at Gunnison.
School records fall in track for Aspen and Basalt
The Aspen and Basalt High School track and field teams competed at the Coal Ridge Invitational on Friday in New Castle, with a school record falling for each.
For Basalt, senior Megan Maley broke the school record in the girls 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 22.55 seconds. She won the race in a sprint finish against Vail Christian’s Kendelle Smith (2:22.96). Maley’s time should vault her into the top 10 in 3A for the event. She also finished third in the 400-meter dash.
For Aspen, the girls 4×400 relay team set a new school mark of 4:16.57, a five-second improvement over the previous record. It was a nearly 30-second improvement over their seed time.
The foursome of Kendall Clark, Zuleika Hanson, Laurel Yule and Maggie Woodrow, all underclassmen, took third in that race, finishing about a second behind Moffat County and Cedaredge.
Also of note for Basalt was sophomore Sierra Bower, who won the mile with a time of 5:18.33, which shaved more than two seconds off her previous best mile time this spring. Bower also finished fourth in the 800-meter run.
For the BHS boys, Rulbe Alvarado was second in the 200-meter dash (23.55) and Ben Williams fifth in the 110-meter hurdles.
Aspen also had a winner with Nicholas Galambos taking first in the boys mile in 4:49.68, a nine-second improvement over his seed time. He’ll likely need to shave another second or two off that time to make the field for the state meet.
The AHS girls had three fifth-place finishes with Clark (800), Julisa Ruiz-Vega (100-meter dash) and the 4×200-meter relay team. The BHS girls 800-meter sprint medley relay also took fifth.
The Basalt girls finished seventh as a team, while Aspen was 14th. The BHS boys finished 15th and the AHS boys 19th.
Aspen Junior Gents rugby wins big over Cherry Creek
The Aspen Junior Gents rugby team rolled to a 60-19 win over Cherry Creek on Saturday at Willits Field. It was the fourth win in a row for Aspen, which is now 4-1 overall. They are scheduled to have one final home game next weekend.
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The Colorado High School Activities Association on Friday announced the leagues and schedules for all the teams that opted to play in the spring, or Season C, a group that includes both Aspen and Basalt high schools.