Roundup: Aspen golfers sixth at Keystone
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
KEYSTONE, Colo. – Aspen took a step up in competition Thursday – and a few steps down on the leaderboard.
Ryan Fahy, who carded 76, was the lone Skiers player in the individual top 10 at the Keystone Invite at Keystone Ranch Golf Course. Aspen, which had won seven of its last eight tournaments, settled for sixth place with a team total of 240 in a field comprised primarily of 4A schools.
Valor Christian, which had three golfers finish in the top five, captured the team title with 216 points. Dylan Mitchell fired a 69 to earn medalist honors and lead host Summit to a second-place finish with 233.
Hector Morales’ goal in the first half proved to be the difference as Basalt blanked Coal Ridge, 1-0, in Thursday’s game in Peach Valley.
“In the first half Basalt had a ton of possession,” Titans coach Brian Blair said. “I thought our guys played hard in the second half. We kept them pretty even. I think it was a big wake-up call for us in terms of the level we have to play at. The fact we kept it close is encouraging.”
Coal Ridge (1-2), which lost in Aspen on Tuesday, produced a few good opportunities down the stretch. It missed a penalty kick with about 10 minutes remaining.
Titans goalkeeper Tyler Guettler turned away scores of prime chances against the Longhorns, who exploded for seven goals in their rout of Roaring Fork in Sept. 1’s season opener. Morales managed to slip one shot past him, however.
“It was on a rebound,” Blair said. “Tyler made the first save, and [Morales] just tapped it in.”
The Longhorns (2-0) host Grand Valley at 11 a.m. Saturday.
For the second time in a week, Eagle Valley had a devil of a time keeping pace with the Longhorns.
The Basalt bats came to life on the road Thursday, resulting in a 20-run outburst. The Longhorns cruised to a 20-4, mercy-rule shortened win – their fifth straight.
Basalt batted around in the first and third innings last Thursday against the Devils, erupted for 16 runs in little more than three innings and cruised to a 16-1 win. It has scored 56 runs in its last three games.
Aspen rolled to a 25-21 win in the first game Tuesday night, and it looked like more of the same early in the second.
“That’s how we’ve been in our first two matches,” said a smiling Eagle Valley coach Sean Weatherred.
He was smiling because the Devils are 2-0. Eagle Valley is a relatively experienced crew, and they’ve seen all this before. It wasn’t time to panic, it was time to pound.
Beginning with the opening serve of that second game, the Devils powered to a
16-5 lead and a 25-9 win. The third game saw Eagle Valley cruise to a 25-19 win.
The fourth and final game saw the Devils box the Skiers’ ears one last time. They opened a 20-7 lead and won the match going away, 25-11.
They’re still working with lineups, Weatherred said. They have some varsity experience coming back, and they have some sophomores who need to be tested the Weatherred way – throw them in and see what happens.
“You put up with a 25-21 loss in the first game to get that kind of information,” Weatherred said. “We have a long way to go and we’re trying to get better all the time.”
Alex Lassa drilled six aces. Kelsey VanGoey had three.
The Devils had seven service errors in the first game.
“Once we got the errors out of our system we were fine,” Weatherred said.
(The Vail Dail contributed to this report.)
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