Preps: Aspen hockey beats Summit for first win, AHS boys basketball rolls on
The Aspen High School hockey team earned its first victory of the season on Saturday, beating visiting Summit 1-0 inside the Aspen Ice Garden.
A goal by Charles Rondeau late in the first period, assisted by Carson Miller and George Morrison, was all the No. 9-ranked Skiers needed in the shutout.
No. 10-ranked Summit actually outshot Aspen 29-23 for the game, and 17-5 in the first period. Penalties cost AHS early on, but those same penalties caught up to the Tigers as the game advanced. However, the two teams were a combined 0 for 13 when having a man advantage.
Aspen’s Zach Small was credited with 29 saves in net.
Summit dropped to 1-2 overall. Like Aspen, the Tigers’ other loss came against Class 4A No. 1-ranked Cheyenne Mountain. Summit beat Centaurus in its opener.
Saturday’s game was the only one scheduled for the Ice Garden this season. Aspen (1-1) will play twice more before the holiday break, beginning Friday with a trip to Glenwood Springs, whose home ice rink is scheduled to finally open on Monday after having equipment issues related to the cooling system.
Aspen will also host Resurrection Christian on Saturday afternoon at Lewis Ice Arena in its final game of 2021.
Aspen boys basketball wins Meeker tournament
The Aspen High School boys basketball team cruised through a tournament hosted last week by Meeker, winning all three games to stay unbeaten on the season.
The Skiers beat Hayden on Thursday (80-28), host Meeker on Friday (65-31) and finally Lotus on Saturday (63-31) to win the tournament championship.
Aspen improved to 4-0 on the season, along with a 75-33 win over Vail Mountain in the opener.
Next up, AHS will play at the Longhorn Classic hosted by Basalt beginning Thursday.
The Basalt boys basketball team is 2-2 after playing in the University tournament over the weekend in Greeley. The Longhorns lost 68-56 to DSST: Montview on Thursday, but responded with a 59-29 win over Frontier Academy on Friday and a 70-62 overtime win over The Academy on Saturday.
The Longhorn Classic will also include a girls tournament. The BHS girls enter at 2-2 overall after going 1-2 this past weekend at University’s tournament. Basalt lost 48-36 to The Academy on Thursday and lost 30-25 to Frontier Academy on Friday before a 57-17 rout over The Pinnacle on Saturday.
The Aspen girls do not have a varsity team again this season and are playing a junior varsity schedule.
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If all goes according to plan, graduation will serve as a grand opening of sorts for the school’s newest addition, a state-of-the-art videoboard and sound system for the football field.