Preps: Aspen girls lacrosse beats Eagle Valley in snow, soccer loses to Delta
The Aspen High School girls lacrosse team held off visiting Eagle Valley on Tuesday, winning 13-12 on the AHS turf to keep its multi-year league win streak alive. Leading 9-7 at halftime, the Skiers had to defend their lead during a strong spring snowstorm in the second half.
Aspen improved to 9-4 overall and 8-0 in league play. AHS, ranked No. 6 in Class 4A this week, has already locked up the league championship and a spot in the postseason.
The Skiers will close out their regular season with two games against Steamboat Springs, the first coming Thursday in Aspen, and the second on Saturday in Steamboat Springs.
The Aspen boys lacrosse team (7-4) is scheduled to host Eagle Valley on Wednesday night (9-4) in another important league game for both sides. Varsity is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start on the AHS turf. Junior varsity will play at 5 p.m.
AHS soccer falls to Delta
The Aspen High School girls soccer team had its unbeaten run through the Class 3A Western Slope League come to an end Tuesday with a 5-0 road loss at Delta.
The Skiers had beaten Delta in the non-league game on April 23 in Aspen, 3-1, but couldn’t keep pace in the league rematch, which came only a day after AHS had won at Basalt on Monday.
The upset — AHS was ranked No. 8 in 3A this week, while Delta sat a few spots outside the top 10 — creates a little bit of chaos in the chase for the WSL title. Now 10-2-1 overall and 4-1 in league play, Aspen next plays league-frontrunner Vail Mountain School on Friday night (scheduled 7 p.m. start) on the AHS turf.
The Gore Rangers, ranked No. 5 in 3A, are 11-2 overall and 5-0 in WSL play after a 2-0 win over Roaring Fork (5-7-1) on Tuesday. VMS will lock up the league title with a win over Aspen on Friday.
Should the Skiers win, it would likely put Aspen, Vail Mountain and Delta into a three-way tie for first place. The Panthers are now 9-5 overall and 5-1 in WSL play with only a trip to Basalt on Thursday remaining on their schedule. Delta lost in overtime to VMS earlier in the season.
Aspen will close out its regular season on Saturday at Roaring Fork.
Basalt baseball beats Aspen
The Basalt High School baseball team took care of visiting Aspen on Tuesday afternoon, winning 12-0 on the BHS campus. It gave the Longhorns the season sweep of the Skiers after also winning twice on Saturday at Crawford Field in El Jebel.
Tuesday’s win made it eight straight for Basalt, which hasn’t lost since April 19 to Delta. Now 10-6 overall and 6-4 in league play, the Longhorns are off until hosting Coal Ridge in a Saturday league doubleheader.
Aspen, now 1-14 overall, is scheduled to host Eagle Valley (5-11) at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Lower Moore Field for senior day. However, with Tuesday’s storm expected to last well into Wednesday, there’s a good chance the game is moved or postponed.
AHS is also scheduled to play Saturday at Delta.
Also of note this week, the Aspen and Basalt girls tennis teams are headed to regional play on Thursday and Friday in Grand Junction. Teams and individuals are hoping to qualify for next week’s state tournament.
Area track teams are headed to Rifle this week for the league meet on Friday and Saturday. It’s the last major meet ahead of the state championships, which begin May 19 in Lakewood.
Aspen High girls golf is off the remainder of this week before hosting its home tournament on Monday at Aspen Golf Club.
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The state track and field championship meet got underway Thursday at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, with Basalt High School coming away with a couple of podiums.