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Preps: Aspen boys basketball back on winning streak

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Aspen boys enjoy life on the road.

The Aspen High School boys basketball team defeated Olathe on Saturday to win back-to-back conference road games over the weekend.

“It was a good weekend for team cohesion,” Aspen head coach Rolf Schildman said after the Skiers dispatched Olathe 73-44. The Aspen boys won at Gunnison 56-38 on Friday night. “Offensively, we are moving the ball.”

He said all of the Skiers scored in Saturday’s win over winless Olathe (0-14).

“We’re getting to where nobody cares who scores. We’re passing and getting open shots,” Schildman said. “Guys are figuring out how we play.”

Evan Patzoldt led Aspen’s offense with 27 points.

Jack Rosenthal scored 10 for the Skiers, 4-5 in the Western Slope League and 8-6 overall.

Tristan Niskanen scored nine points, and Dominick Alcorta added eight points as the Skiers reversed a pair of home losses one weekend ago.

“We got good rebounding out of Tristan, and Evan Geishart, he really stepped up (Friday night),” Schildman said, adding that the Skiers’ had solid play off the bench this weekend.

“The other thing is, guys are keeping their composure, which is good to see. We had some problems with that (last weekend), but they did a good job (this weekend),” Schildman said.

The Skiers will face three key conference home games this week, starting when they host Coal Ridge on Tuesday (7 p.m.).

Aspen will host Grand Valley on Friday night and Gunnison next Saturday afternoon.

The Aspen High School girls team dropped its game at No. 6-ranked Olathe on Saturday, but the AHS girls picked up valuable experience against an outstanding team, according to head coach Debbie Alcorta.

“Olathe was so gracious and classy,” Alcorta said. “They really allowed us to work hard and learn.”

She said the Pirates (15-1 overall and 11-0 in league) did not press full court and instead focused on other aspects of their game.

“Our girls played four quarters of basketball again. It was a good weekend of basketball,” Alcorta said. “Our JV team played the best it’s ever played.”

The AHS girls are 1-14, 1-9 in league. Like the boys, they will have home games this week against Coal Ridge (Tuesday), Grand Valley (Friday) and Gunnison (Saturday).

In other regional action, the Basalt boys basketball team split two games this weekend.

The Longhorns won at West Grand 55-31 on Friday night in a nonleague game.

The Basalt boys, after staying close for much of three quarters, lost 64-44 at home to league-leading Moffat County (9-0 in league, 11-3 overall).

The Longhorns are 4-11 overall, 1-10 in the Western Slope League.

Basalt will host Delta on Tuesday in a nonleague game. The Longhorns will host Gunnison on Friday and Grand Valley next Saturday.

Aspen hockey

The Aspen High School hockey team’s four-game winning streak ended Saturday afternoon in an agonizing 2-1 loss to Ralston Valley in Arvada.

The Skiers led 1-0 going into the third period.

But Ralston Valley converted on a power-play goal and then scored the game-winner.

Henry Godfrey scored Aspen’s goal on a rebound of a shot from Zac Mencimer.

The Skiers, who scored a big 7-0 win over Kent Denver on Friday, are 7-5 in the Foothills League and 7-7 overall.

Ralston Valley shares the conference lead at 10-0. The Mustangs are 13-1 overall.

The Aspen High hockey team will host Valor Christian at 7 p.m. Friday at the Lewis Ice Arena. The Skiers will host Monarch from Louisville at 2 p.m. next Saturday, also at Lewis Ice Arena at the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC).

dstrode@aspentimes.com


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