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Weather postpones 3A soccer playoffs

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Local soccer teams are eager to get the 3A playoffs going. The wait just got a little longer.

Inclement weather Wednesday resulted in the postponement of all opening-round games across the state. The wintry blast left athletic directors scrambling to reschedule games and prompted the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) to take action.

Assuming the weather cooperates, all first-round games must now be completed by Saturday, according to a CHSAA news release. Second-round matches, originally slated for Halloween, will be pushed back to Tuesday.

The quarterfinals will take place Thursday, Nov. 5, as scheduled.

While two other games involving Region 7 teams have been moved to Saturday, Basalt head coach John McDermott, whose sixth-seeded Longhorns were set to host No. 27 Telluride, said he does not know when his team will play. Talks of playing the game in Aspen on the FieldTurf have been bandied about, but a final decision is not expected until Thursday.

Calls to athletic directors Ralph Smalley (Basalt) and Mike Hughes (Telluride) were not returned Wednesday.

McDermott is taking the delay in stride.

“We’re just trying to keep it loose and keep the kids focused on what they need to do,” he said. “I’m anxious to get out there and get into it, but you can’t worry about stuff like that.”

What does concern him, however, is his team’s extended layoff. The Region 7 champion Longhorns (11-3-1) last played on Oct. 17 – a 9-2 rout of Hotchkiss in which Basalt’s starters saw limited action in the second half.

“I’m very concerned because you’re in the click, then you get out of the click,” McDermott said. “Even the Broncos didn’t want a week off because they are in rhythm.”

Snow showers and cold temperatures are forecasted for Thursday and Friday in Basalt. Sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s are expected Saturday.

Should they make it out of the first round, the Longhorns, who have won nine straight, will host the winner of No. 11 Weld Central and No. 22 Alexander Dawson in Tuesday’s round of 16.

“These kids are good. They’re the kind of kids that can pull themselves up,” added McDermott, whose team practiced indoors Wednesday. “They’re so much more focused than probably any team I’ve coached. These kids know what to do.”

Here’s a game-by-game rundown of what the schedule looks like for other Western Slope schools:

Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s playoff opener at Denver Christian is now slated for 10 a.m. Saturday. The game will most likely be played at Englewood High School, although there’s a possibility the game will be at Kent Denver.

Coal Ridge’s game at Ridgway is now on for 1 p.m. on Saturday.

School officials from Roaring Fork and Kent Denver have yet to reschedule the schools’ first-round game. A decision is expected sometime Thursday.

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