Preps: Aspen football hosts Delta for homecoming, volleyball wins again
Coming off a surprising win over defending spring state champion Rifle, the Aspen High School football team will host Delta, No. 6 in Class 2A this week, in a 7 p.m. contest Friday on the AHS turf. It also will be homecoming for the Skiers.
Delta (4-1, 1-0 WSL) has only lost to Palisade, which is No. 9 in 3A this week. The Panthers rolled to a 63-0 win at Coal Ridge last week in the Western Slope League opener for both teams.
Aspen (2-3, 1-0) snapped a three-game losing streak last week with a 34-19 win over the Bears in what was the first home game for AHS since a season-opening win on Aug. 27.
Aspen and Delta did not play last season after the Panthers opted to play in the fall and the Skiers in the spring. They last saw each other in the fall of 2019, a 27-14 win for Delta.
Also Friday, Basalt looks to bounce back from its first loss with a trip to Coal Ridge (0-5, 0-1). Kickoff is 7 p.m. in New Castle.
The Longhorns, ranked No. 7 in 2A this week, are 4-1 overall but 0-1 in WSL play after a 19-6 homecoming loss to Moffat County last week on the BHS field. The Bulldogs (5-0, 1-0), who are up to No. 4 in 2A this week, play at Rifle on Friday night in the other league game.
Aspen volleyball escapes Roaring Fork
The Aspen High School volleyball team won its third straight match on Thursday night, winning 3-2 over Roaring Fork in a league game in Carbondale.
The teams went back and forth, Aspen winning 25-15 in the first set but losing 25-21 in the second set. AHS then took the third set, 25-18, but lost the fourth set, 25-23. The Skiers escaped the deciding fifth set with a 15-13 win.
It was a much closer affair than when the teams met Sept. 21 in Aspen, the Skiers winning that non-league match 3-0 by scores of 25-13, 25-17 and 25-19.
The Rams fell to 1-16 overall and remained winless in league play after Thursday’s game. Aspen improved to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in league play. The Skiers next host Battle Mountain in a non-league game on Saturday afternoon.
Basalt volleyball (8-4, 4-1) last beat Cedaredge on Tuesday, 3-0. Set scores were 25-17, 25-21 and 25-15. The Longhorns are off until going to Delta on Tuesday.
Aspen soccer falls short at Coal Ridge
The Aspen High School boys soccer team traveled to Coal Ridge on Thursday, losing 2-1. The game was a makeup from their Sept. 28 meeting, when the contest was stopped midway through the first half because of lightning.
The Titans, ranked No. 7 in Class 3A, improved to 9-2 overall and continue to stay within striking distance of No. 6 Roaring Fork in league play. Aspen fell to 5-4-1 overall and next plays Ridgway on Saturday afternoon in a non-league game in Grand Junction.
Basalt soccer (2-9 overall) lost on Tuesday at home against Coal Ridge, 7-0. The Longhorns aren’t scheduled to play again until next Tuesday in Moffat County.
Aspen XC at home on Saturday
The Aspen High school cross country team is hosting its annual Chris Severy Invitational on Saturday morning near the high school. This includes the 8 a.m. citizen’s race; the $20 entry fee goes toward supporting the AHS cross country team.
Registration takes place in person beginning 7 a.m. Saturday on Lower Moore Field. The high school races will take place later that morning.
Rugby has one final homestand
The Gentlemen of Aspen Rugby Club will host the Denver Harlequins at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Rio Grande Park in Aspen in what will be the host side’s final home match of the season. Spectating is free.
Following the contest, there will be a social held at Aspen Sports Bistro that is open to the public.
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