Preps: Soccer, softball showdowns in valley
The Aspen Times
Basalt softball is on a roll.
The Longhorns, featuring players from Basalt, Roaring Fork and Glenwood Springs, swept both games of a doubleheader last weekend against Gunnison.
The Basalt girls, behind the pitching of Morgan Ash, stopped visiting Gunnison 5-3 in the first game.
The Longhorns won the second game 15-13 for their fourth consecutive victory.
The two wins boosted the Basalt softball team to 7-7 on the season and 3-1 in conference play.
The Longhorns will hit the road for their next games. They will play at Meeker at 4 p.m. Thursday.
On Saturday, the Basalt softball team will play a doubleheader at Cedaredge.
Soccer showdowns are on the prep schedule this week, particularly with the Aspen Skiers back from a week of ex-ed.
The Skiers will host Moffat County in the first match after the ex-ed break at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Aspen School District Stadium.
The game also will be the first Western Slope League match of the season for the Skiers (2-3-1 overall.)
Moffat County is 1-1-0 in league play and 4-3-1 overall.
Aspen play Moffat County in Craig earlier this season in a nonleague match. The teams played to a 3-3 tie in a contest shortened by adverse weather.
Thursday’s match also is a preliminary to a huge showdown Saturday when the Basalt Longhorns visit Aspen for an 11 a.m. match.
Basalt (2-0-1 in league and 4-5-1 overall) is coming off a 1-1 tie against Coal Ridge on Tuesday afternoon. Coal Ridge also is 2-0-1 in league play.
Vail Mountain School leads the conference at 2-0-0, 7-1-0 overall.
The Aspen High School volleyball team played a five-set thriller Tuesday at the historic AHS Skierdome.
The Aspen girls faced off against Moffat County with the visiting Bulldogs taking the first two sets 25-23, 25-17.
But then coach Matt Bergdahl’s Skiers rallied with a 25-15 win and a tense 28-26 victory over the Bulldogs, forcing a fifth set to 15 points.
Moffat County won the decisive fifth set 15-5 to take the match 3-2.
The Bulldogs are 3-10 overall, 1-1 in the Western Slope League.
Aspen (1-6 overall, 0-1 in league) will play at Grand Valley on Saturday afternoon.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
For years, Silvana Cura has led the charge in wanting to establish field hockey in the valley. This has led to various teams and practices, but competing against teams from outside the valley’s bubble hasn’t been that easy.