Preps: District basketball pairings announced
The Aspen Times
The annual District Tournament for the Western Slope League basketball teams kicks off Tuesday night.
All four area high school teams will be on the road for the first-round games.
The Aspen High School boys team will play at Roaring Fork in Carbondale at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Skiers finished 5-9 in Western Slope League play; they are 9-10 overall.
Roaring Fork (10-4 in league, 13-6 overall) secured its home date with a third-place league finish after a big 62-57 win over league-champion Moffat County on Feb. 14 — the Bulldogs’ only conference loss.
Also Tuesday night, the Basalt boys (5-14 overall, 2-13 in league) will travel to No. 2 seed Grand Valley (16-3, 12-2).
Other boys first-round games will feature Olathe (0-19, 0-14) at Moffat County (15-4, 13-1) and Gunnison (7-12, 6-8) at Coal Ridge.
On the girls side, Aspen will play at No. 1 seed Olathe at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Skiers (1-13 in league, 1-18 overall) will take on the state’s sixth-ranked team at Olathe (14-0, 18-1).
Basalt’s girls (2-12, 2-17) will play at No. 2 seed Moffat County on Tuesday. The Moffat girls are 14-5 overall, 12-2 in conference play.
Other first-round girls games will send Roaring Fork (4-12, 5-14) to No. 3 Grand Valley (9-5, 12-7), and Gunnison (5-9, 5-14) will play at Coal Ridge (9-5, 9-10).
The second and third rounds of the Western Slope District Tournament will be played Friday and Saturday at Grand Junction Central High School.
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The Aspen High School girls soccer team might have been flying under the radar when the playoffs started, but it likely has a massive target on its back now. Only three days after pulling off the biggest upset of the first round, the No. 15 seed Skiers will play at No. 10 Colorado Academy on Saturday.