Preps: Fall sports practices in full swing
The Aspen Times
Or volleyball. Or softball. Cross country?
Fall high school sports officially kicked off this week with practice opening for the major team and individual sports. Boys golf got a jump on the season the traditional early season schedule of tournaments this week.
But for prep football players and the like, practice started Monday.
The Aspen High School football hit the turf at Aspen School District Stadium for workouts under the direction of second-year head coach Ryan Triece, the reigning coach of the year in the Western Slope League.
The Skiers, because of a week of experiential education at AHS in the fall, will play an early football game, a zero-week game on Friday, Aug. 28.
Most schools open play one week later.
But with the ex-ed schedule, the Aspen football team will kick off the season at home on Aug. 28 against visiting Montezuma-Cortez High School, a larger division school playing down in classification in football.
The AHS football team will travel to Parachute on Sept. 4 for a game against Grand Valley.
The Skiers will host Steamboat Springs on Sept. 11 before a road game at Cedaredge on Sept. 18.
Then, Aspen will take a break for experiential education.
After the break, the Skiers will host Roaring Fork and Coal Ridge in consecutive home games in early October.
They, they will play at Battle Mountain and Moffat County before closing the season at home against rival Basalt.
The Aspen High School boys tennis team actually is the first to play this week. The Skiers, under head coach Gary Quandt, will host Fruita Monument in a dual at the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club on Friday afternoon. Play will begin at 3 p.m. in No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles as well as 1-2-3-4 doubles.
Boys soccer is targeting a Sept. 1 season-opener at Basalt (4 p.m. varsitiy). The Skiers are led by veteran head coach Dave Francis.
They will play in Carbondale at Roaring Fork High School on Sept. 8.
Their first home match will be Sept. 15 against Vail Mountain School.
The AHS girls volleyball team is scheduled to open the season at the Delta Tournament on Sept. 11-12.
Matt Bergdahl is back to lead the Skiers.
Aspen’s first home match of the season will be Sept. 15 when the Skiers host Basalt.
The Aspen High School girls softball team will play its first doubleheader at Meeker on Saturday. Aspen’s first home softball game will be Aug. 28 against the Cortez JV team.
The Aspen High School cross country team is off and running under head coach Chris Keleher.
The team will sponsor the annual Aspen Mountain Summer Uphill on Saturday, the annual fundraiser for the cross country runners.
The uphill is set for Ajax on Saturday morning.
The summer uphill will start at the base of Aspen Mountain on Summer Road.
The 4.6-mile course will follow Summer Road to the top of Aspen.
The finish is at the Sundeck after a climb of 3,400 vertical feet.
Entry fee is $20, and it’s tax deductible.
The uphill race is for runners/hikers and mountain bikers.
The mountain bike climb will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
The running/hiking wave will start at 8:15 a.m.
Participants can preregister at the Ute Mountaineer in Aspen until 5 p.m. on Friday.
There also will be race-day registration at the gondola plaza, starting at 7 a.m. Saturday.
Mikaela Shiffrin did a lot of soul searching after she didn’t win a medal and didn’t finish three of her five individual races at last year’s Beijing Olympics after entering the games amid enormous expectations.