Preps: Aspen boys basketball takes down Moffat in finale; Nordic shines at state
The Aspen High School boys basketball team closed out its regular season on Saturday with an easy 68-42 win over visiting Moffat County inside the AHS gymnasium.
The Skiers jumped out to a 21-10 lead after a quarter and led 40-23 at halftime. It was 58-32 after three quarters and fifth-year coach Alex Schrempf unloaded the bench in the fourth quarter as AHS rolled to its eighth straight win.
Braden Korpela had a team-high 14 points, while his brother, Shae Korpela, chipped in with 11 points. In total, 10 different players scored for Aspen. Ryan Peck led the Bulldogs with 12 points.
Moffat County finishes the regular season 6-7 overall and 2-4 in Class 3A Western Slope League play. Aspen comes in at 12-1 overall and 6-1 in WSL play, the lone loss coming 57-47 at home to Coal Ridge on Feb. 13.
With the regular season wrapped up, teams now await their postseason fate with the state playoff brackets expected out Monday. Aspen is likely to host a playoff game at some point next week.
Aspen Nordic gives ski team the midway point lead at state
The Aspen High School Nordic team gave the Alpine side quite the head start in defense of their state championships from a year ago.
On Saturday at the Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge, Aspen’s Taiga Moore won both the boys classic and skate races to give the AHS boys a 338-301 edge in points over second-place Eagle Valley.
The AHS girls lead 333-301 over Summit after the Nordic portion thanks to Elsie Weiss, who defended her title in the girls skate race on Saturday. Rose Horning of Lake County won the girls classic race.
The Alpine portion of the state championships, which combines the two disciplines for an overall champion, is scheduled for Thursday and Friday at Loveland Ski Area.
Aspen hockey closes out regular season with win
The Aspen High School hockey team capped off its regular season on Saturday night with a 5-3 win over visiting Summit inside Lewis Ice Arena.
Trailing 1-0 early, Aspen’s Eli Hunt immediately responded to tie the game with a goal less than five minutes in. However, in the final minute of the first period, Summit’s Caleb Mallory scored to make it 2-1 Tigers.
Aspen took the lead in the second period with goals by George Morrison and Hunt, but a Summit goal midway through the third period made it 3-3. The game-winner came with less than seven minutes to play off a power-play goal from Braden Haisfield. Connor Allen added an empty-netter as time was about to expire.
Summit dropped to 2-9 overall, while Aspen improved to 3-9 overall. The Skiers also beat Summit 3-2 on Feb. 19. It was the final game of the regular season for Aspen, which is unlikely to make the postseason.
Basalt wrestling qualifies one through to state
The Basalt High School wrestling team competed Friday and Saturday at its regional tournament, qualifying one through to the state finale. Ruben Samuelson, a Roaring Fork High School student, went 3-0 at regionals to win the 195-pound bracket. He’ll enter the state tournament with only a single loss on the season. Class 3A state wrestling is Friday in Pueblo.
Aspen girls swimming fourth at conference meet
The Aspen High School girls swim team competed Friday at the Southwest Conference meet in Grand Junction, finishing fourth out of 10 teams. Glenwood Springs rolled to the win with 526 points, followed by Fruita Monument (393), Grand Junction (302) and Aspen (241).
The Skiers won two events, highlighted by Lilly Huggard winning the 200 individual medley. Aspen’s 200 free relay team also won.
In this week’s Class 3A rankings, Evergreen is No. 1 in the state, followed by No. 2 Glenwood, No. 3 Holy Family and No. 4 Aspen. Next up is the Class 3A state swim meet on Saturday in Thornton.
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The Cory Parker-era of Aspen High School boys basketball picked up essentially where it left off from when he was a player — that is, in a very good place. The Skiers’ rolled to a 75-33 win over visiting Vail Mountain School on Tuesday night inside the AHS gymnasium.