Preps: Aspen High School hockey beats Mountain Vista on Saturday
After back-to-back losses, the Aspen High School hockey team needed to find a way to finish out the regular season with a positive. The Skiers did so on Saturday with a dramatic 2-1 win over Mountain Vista at Lewis Ice Arena.
“It certainly helps,” AHS coach Dru Lucchesi said. “Yeah, we ended up with a loss (on Friday), but we played great hockey. We were a little sluggish (Saturday), but they found a way to win and that’s what makes this team different than the ones we’ve had in the past. They find ways to win, they find ways to compete.”
Aspen had been in the thick of the Peak Conference race until a 3-2 loss to Heritage on Feb. 10 was followed by Friday’s 4-2 loss at Resurrection Christian.
Saturday’s win over non-league foe Mountain Vista came down to the wire. The Golden Eagles had the 1-0 lead late into the first period before Aspen’s Reece Cohan scored the equalizer. The only other goal came late, when Cohan got his second with only 5 seconds remaining to seal the needed win.
Mountain Vista fell to 5-13-1 with the loss.
Aspen improved to 12-4-3- overall and now turns its attention toward the postseason. The state tournament bracket should be released today, where Lucchesi said the Skiers are likely to wind up in the eight- or nine-seed range. An eight seed will come with a first-round bye, while a nine seed would mean a home playoff game on Tuesday.
“Definitely this weekend was theatrical and stressful, so we are excited to move into playoff hockey,” Lucchesi said. “We are excited, but it’s not over yet. Clean slate from here on out. We just got to take care of business.”
Aspen High alpine team sweeps Loveland GS, heads to state this week
The Aspen High School alpine ski team closed out its regular season on Friday by sweeping a pair of giant slaloms at Loveland Ski Area. The meet was a make-up from a postponed meet earlier in the season.
The AHS boys finished with 175 points to edge out Platte Canyon (161 points) and Nederland (159 points). Aspen had six finish in the top 10, led by a first-place finish from senior Heath Colon in 1 minute, 37.02 seconds (combined two runs).
In third for AHS was Max Godomsky, fourth Trey Thorpe, fifth Reed Beidleman, seventh J.P. Simpson and 10th Henry Barth.
The AHS girls finished with 171 points to edge out Lake County (165 points) and Nederland (163 points). Aspen took the top two spots in the GS, with Levyn Thomas taking the win in 1:41.38 and Estelle Sweeney coming in second.
Four others made the top 20 for the Skiers in Sophie Wilcox (14th), Annabelle Ward (15th), Kate Citron (16th) and Taylor McKie (20th).
Next, the Skiers will head to the state championships on Thursday and Friday, hosted by Lake County High School at Ski Cooper and the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.
The AHS alpine team has 18 girls and 13 boys qualified for the giant slalom, and 15 girls and 13 boys qualified for the slalom. The Aspen girls have won seven state titles in school history (combined alpine and Nordic), the most recent championship coming in 2016. The AHS boys have also won seven state titles, the most recent coming in 2014.
Aspen High basketball swept by Roaring Fork in regular-season finale
The Aspen High School boys basketball team lost 61-47 at Roaring Fork on Saturday to close out the regular season. The Skiers finish the regular season 4-15 overall. AHS will play in a district play-in game on Monday. Those brackets should be released today.
The Aspen High School girls basketball team lost 42-10 at Roaring Fork on Saturday to close out the regular season. The Skiers finish the year 1-18 overall. AHS will play on the road Monday in its district pigtail game.
Basalt boys secure district bye with win at Olathe; girls fall
The Basalt High School boys basketball team secured a first-round bye in the district tournament with a 58-46 win at Olathe on Saturday. The Longhorns secured the fifth seed and will play again on Tuesday in the district quarterfinals. BHS now is 6-13 overall.
The Basalt High School girls basketball team lost 48-45 at Olathe on Saturday to finish the regular season 5-14 overall. BHS is likely to again play at Olathe (6-13 overall) on Monday in the district play-in game.
Basalt’s Oswaldo Morales finishes fifth at state tournament
Basalt High School senior Oswaldo Morales finished fifth at heavyweight in the Class 3A state wrestling tournament on Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver. He finished the season with a 29-6 overall record.
Morales won his first two matches at state before falling in the semifinals. He lost his first playback match but defeated Florence’s Parker North-Wanner in the fifth-place match on Saturday via a 5-0 decision.
Basalt senior William Rivera went 1-1 at 220 pounds at state, winning his opening-round match before bowing out in his lone playback match.
Basalt senior Thomas Wirth went 1-2 at 195 pounds. He lost his opening-round match before taking a 10-6 decision in his first playback match.
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A confident group early in the season, the Aspen High School boys soccer team lost its footing midway through and could have seen its playoff aspirations slip away. But the Skiers came together in a way they hadn’t in many years.