Preps roundup: Aspen tennis outlasts Steamboat
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
While he can’t pinpoint exactly how long the drought has stretched, Aspen tennis coach Rob Simpson estimates that the Skiers haven’t beaten perennial power Steamboat Springs in at least a decade.
“They’ve won our region for the last 14 years – they’re always the toughest,” Simpson said Saturday. “We’re closing the gap, but they’re always a little better than us, to be honest.”
Not on Friday afternoon. The Skiers matched wins with the Sailors, then Aspen’s No. 3 doubles duo of Victor Robinson and Grant Goodman prevailed, 6-4, in the third set to seal a 4-3 Aspen victory.
“We had a great effort. This is a great result for us,” Simpson said. “I knew we always had a chance, and I think we’ve worked really hard the past couple weeks in practice to try and get ready. It paid off for us.”
Brad Broeking cruised at No. 3 singles, as did Rocky Tschappat and Devon Cardamone (No. 2 doubles) and Michael Mondry and Alex Reagan (No. 4 doubles). Both duos impressed in 6-3, 6-2 wins.
The Skiers followed up that effort with another 4-3 win Saturday against Evergreen. Broeking prevailed in three sets, while No. 1 doubles teammates Henry Godfrey and Gordon Carr and Tschappat and Cardamone won in straight sets.
No. 2 singles player Dylan Bayer outlasted his opponent, 6-3, in a deciding third set to seal the win for the Skiers, who now are 5-1 in dual matches. Their only loss came to 5A Grand Junction.
Aspen hosts Fruita Monument at 3 p.m. Monday at the city courts.
The Skiers soccer team went to overtime again Saturday. This time, they had to settle for a draw.
Aspen erased an early deficit with a 25th-minute goal at Vail Mountain School, but it could not capitalize on a few scoring opportunities in the second half and overtime.
“The defense played well, and we definitely controlled the whole first half,” Skiers head coach Junior Sutherland said. “The passing is really coming together.”
A defensive lapse resulted in a Gore Rangers score in the 15th minute. The Skiers answered right back when Ramiro Perez hit the back of the net.
Aspen (2-2-1) played the extra period with 10 players because of a red card but held off VMS. The Skiers host CRMS at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, then visit Basalt on Thursday.
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