Preps: Lacrosse teams making final push; AHS girls soccer splits two
The Aspen Times
The final push is on.
The Aspen High School lacrosse teams — girls and boys — will line up in their final regular-season games this week. Those games will determine state playoff seedings for both squads.
The Aspen girls, with wins in back-to-back conference thrillers, will host Summit at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the AHS turf field. The Skiers will welcome longtime rival Battle Mountain in a featured rematch on Friday afternoon on the AHS turf.
The AHS girls lacrosse team is 6-0 in the Mountain league and 10-2 overall.
The Summit Tigers are 4-7 overall in girls lacrosse, 2-2 in league. They will play at Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch on Monday before the Tuesday trip to Aspen.
The Aspen girls took over sole possession of first place in the Mountain League this week with the 8-6 win over Fruita Monument and a 14-13 triple overtime win at Battle Mountain.
On the boys side, the Aspen Skiers are 10-2 overall, matching the girls record.
The Skiers lost a tough 7-5 league showdown at Battle Mountain last week. The Skiers are 6-1 in conference play.
They will open the final week of the regular season with a Monday afternoon nonconference game against visiting Windsor. Game time is set for 4 p.m. Monday, but is subject to change depending on weather and travel conditions.
The AHS boys lacrosse team will host Fruita Monument on Wednesday afternoon.
The Skiers will travel to Steamboat Springs to take on the league-leading Sailors next weekend — Saturday, May 3. That game will be ultimate state-seeding test for the AHS boys.
State playoffs in girls and boys lacrosse will begin the first full week of May.
The Aspen HIgh School girls soccer team split two games at the end of the week.
The Skiers made the long trip to Craig and brought home a 3-2 victory over the Bulldogs.
Two days later the Class 3A Skiers traveled west to play Class 4A power Palisade at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Palisade, on the field turf at CMU, rolled past the Skiers 8-0.
The Aspen girls (5-6-1 overall, 4-3-0 in conference) will play at rival Basalt on Tuesday afternoon.
The Longhorns are 4-6-1 overall and 4-2-1 in conference under first-year head coach Andrew Huntsman.
The Aspen girls will play three games in all next week.
After the trip to Basalt, the Skiers will travel to Carbondale to face Roaring Fork on Thursday.
The Aspen High School girls soccer team will close the regular season next Friday at Grand Valley.
Next week also marks the close of the regular season and the start of the state playoffs in girls tennis.
The Aspen girls tennis team, coached by Scott Dorais, will head to the Class 3A Regional Championships on Thursday and Friday in Grand Junction.
The Skiers will be shooting to finish in the top two in each competition category to advance to the State Tennis Championships.
Caroline Godfrey is Aspen’s No. 1 singles player.
Haley Hopkinson is at No. 2 singles. Caroline DeRose is at No. 3.
In doubles, Emily Puder and Jenn Coombe play at No. 1 for Aspen.
Sadie Alpern and Kelsey Ward play No. 2 doubles.
Olivia Carr and Ali Nichols handle duties at No. 3 doubles.
And Mary Landis and Hannah Kaufman play at No. 4 doubls for Aspen.
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