Schedule offers test for Aspen High hockey |

Schedule offers test for Aspen High hockey

Basalt's Wade Soho scores in the Longhorns' victory over Olathe earlier this season.
Jim Ryan / Special to The Aspen Times |

The Aspen High School hockey team will face a big test from the schedule, starting Friday.

The Skiers’ hockey team will open a key stretch of three games in four days with a home game Friday against visiting Valor Christian.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Lewis Ice Arena at the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC).

Then on Saturday, the Aspen High hockey team will travel to Louisville to take on Monarch High School at 2 p.m.

After a day off Sunday, the Skiers will be back on the ice Monday for a home makeup game with Standley Lake. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m. Monday at the Lewis Ice Arena.

“We made a lot of progress last weekend, so we want to stay on that same track,” Aspen head coach Dru Lucchesi said. The Skiers actually won four games in a row before a tough 2-1 loss at upper-tier team Ralston Valley.

“Our huge focus now is scoring,” Lucchesi said. “If we score three or more goals, we can win. We know we’ll give up only one or two goals.”

The Skiers posted huge 7-0 wins over Mullen and Kent Denver during their latest win streak.

They also scored a 4-2 win over Chatfield and a 2-1 win over Columbine.

“We’re fine-tuning everything now,” Lucchesi said, adding that the Skiers – like most teams – are battling sickness in the ranks. “But we’ll be ready to go.”

The Skiers are 7-7-0 overall and 7-5-0 in the statewide Foothills League.

Valor Christian is 3-10-0, 2-7-0.

Monarch is 11-2-1 overall, 8-2-0 in conference.

Standley Lake is 4-11-0 and 2-8-0.

Basalt basketball

The Basalt High School basketball teams will host a pair of games Friday and Saturday.

The Longhorns, girls and boys, will host Gunnison on Friday with the girls game starting at 5:30 p.m. The boys game will follow at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the Basalt teams will host Grand Valley in another round of Western Slope League games.

The Basalt boys are 4-11 overall and 1-9 in the Western Slope League. They picked up a nonconference road win at West Grand 56-31 last weekend before suffering a 64-44 road loss at league-leading Moffat County.

The Basalt boys pushed Class 4A Delta to the limit Tuesday before falling 57-52.

The Gunnison boys are 4-6 in league and 5-10 overall.

The Basalt girls (1-14, 1-9) will bid for another victory Friday against Gunnison (3-12, 3-7).

The Basalt teams will close the regular season next weekend with home games against Aspen on Feb. 20 and road games at Olathe on Feb. 21.

Aspen basketball

The Aspen High School basketball teams will host a pair of games this weekend.

The Skiers, girls and boys, will take on Grand Valley on Friday at the AHS gym.

On Saturday, the Skiers will host Gunnison with special starting times. The boys varsity game Saturday will begin at 2:30 p.m.

The girls varsity game will start about 4 p.m. Saturday.

Friday’s schedule calls for the Aspen girls (1-14 overall, 1-9 in the Western Slope League) to take on the Grand Valley girls (9-6 overall, 6-4 in league) at 5:30 p.m.

The Aspen boys (8-7 overall, 4-6 in league) will play at 7 p.m. against the Grand Valley boys (13-2, 9-1).

Basalt wrestling

The Basalt High School wrestling team will compete in the Class 3A Regionals on Friday and Saturday at Montrose High School.

The Longhorns of coach Ryan Bradley will be out to qualify for the State High School Wrestling Championships on Feb. 19-21 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

The top four finishers in each weight class at regionals will qualify for the 3A state tournament.

Other schools competing with the Longhorns at Montrose will be Coal Ridge, Gunnison, Rifle, Olathe, Delta, Moffat County, Steamboat Springs, Eagle Valley, Montezuma-Cortez, Bayfield, Grand Valley, Pagosa Springs and Sterling.

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