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Glenwood boys swimmers dominate conference championships; track athletes improve state marks

The Glenwood Springs Demons boys swim team won 11 of 12 events and swept the top-3 positions in four of the events to score a dominating team win at the Southwest Conference Championships on Friday.

Glenwood, which combines swimmers from six different area high schools this season, won the conference championship with 288 points. The combined Grand Junction/Central/Palisade/Fruita Monument team was second with 91 points, and Montrose was third with 78.

Individual wins for the Demons swimmers were recorded by Max Bradbury in the 50 free (23.32) and 100 breast (1:00.48), Ross Bradbury in the 100 free (51.25), Shea Card in the 100 back (51.58) and 200 IM (1:58.08), Quinn MacPherson in the 500 free (5:05.17), and Charlie Kiddoo in the 100 fly (53.02) and 200 free (1:48.43).

Also standing atop the championship podium were the Demons’ three relay teams, the 200 free (1:34.90), 200 medley (1:38.65) and 400 free (3:20.93).

The only event that didn’t have a Glenwood competitor was 1-meter diving, which was won by Gabe Woodland of Montrose.

Glenwood Springs will now send a strong contingent of swimmers to the 4A State Championships Friday in Thornton.

Area track athletes compete at Tiger Invite

Several area boys and girls track and field athletes improved their state qualifying marks at the Thursday-Friday Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction.

The meet served as the final opportunity for 4A Glenwood Springs and 3A Coal Ridge, Roaring Fork, Basalt and Rifle to establish a top-18 ranking to qualify ahead of this week’s State Track and Field Championships in Lakewood.

For the Glenwood Springs girls, junior Ella Johnson and sophomore Sophia Connerton-Nevin moved into the 13th and 18th qualifying spots in the 1600 meters.

Johnson ran 5:11.62 to place second at the Tiger meet, while Connerton-Nevin ran 5:15.30 to place fifth.

Senior Sophia Vigil also lowered her time in the 100-meter hurdles, running a 16.96 to place second and move into the 17th qualifying position.

The Lady Demons’ 4×200 relay team also improved its ranking, running a 1:49.57 and placing second to move into the 16th qualifying spot.

Other area athletes improving their qualifying mark at the Tiger Invite included, for the girls (qualifying mark and state ranking):

Roaring Fork Lily Nieslanik, 1st long jump (17-1, 5th). Coal Ridge Phoebe Young, 1st pole vault (11-5, 5th); Mikayla Cheney, 1st 400 meters (58.73, 7th), 3rd 1600 meters (5:05, 3rd); Taylor Wiescamp, 1st shot put, (39-2.5, 3rd); 4×200 relay, 1st (1:46.51, 3rd); 4×400 relay, 1st (4:05.17, 3rd). Rifle Abigaile Pinkerton-Sparkman, 4th pole vault (8-2, 12th). Basalt Katelyn Maley, 1st 800 meters, (2:15.53, 1st); Ava Lane, 2nd 3200 meters (11:39.76, 11th); Katie Bohannan, 3rd pole vault (8-8, 8th); 800 medley relay, 2nd (1:52.49, 4th);

And, for the boys:

Coal Ridge Shayne Sandblom, 2nd pole vault (11-8, 4th); 1st 4×200 relay (1:33.84, 11th), 1st 4×400 relay (3:33.60, 7th). Rifle Kade Bishop, 1st long jump (20-1.75, 16th); Patrick Whitt, 3rd pole vault (10-2, 12th).

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or jstroud@postindependent.com.

On the Fly column: What should I do today?

Lesley Wreyford holds a Fryingpan brown trout.
Glenn Smith

Besides hiking, golf, cycling, kayaking and all the other distractions this valley has to offer, fly-fishing can be a very relaxing way to spend your day. Even if you’ve never fished the Roaring Fork Valley, there are a bunch of great places to explore and wild trout to meet out there during the summer months.

If you are visiting and don’t have any gear, most fly shops from Glenwood Springs to Aspen offer rental gear as well as top-notch guide services to maximize your time on our rivers, streams and lakes.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to where and when to go, as you can choose between intimate small streams, high country lakes, world-famous gold medal waters or floating the big rivers in a dory or raft. Any shop in the valley would love the opportunity to spread out a map on the counter and show you their favorite haunts, including what to use and how to fish the flies they recommend. Finding great water is easy here, and getting a license for the day or the week is even easier.

If solitude and wild cutthroats or brook trout are your speed, be sure to check out the upper Crystal River, Avalanche Creek or Rocky Fork Creek while here in the valley. If it’s all about dry fly hatches and gold medal water, this is the time to be on the Fryingpan with a few pale morning dun, blue winged olive, and midge patterns in your vest. Most of us shop types love to float the bigger sections of the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers, and hatches on these waters are as good as they get, anywhere in the Rocky Mountain West.

Even if you have never fly-fished, I guarantee (with the right advice and/or guide) you can have a blast on our rivers and lakes. Bring along some sunscreen anda few flies, and take in the gorgeous scenery we love to call home. You won’t regret it.

This report is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at 970-927-4374 or TaylorCreek.com.

Seasons come to an end for Aspen girls lacrosse, girls soccer, Basalt baseball

Aspen High School girls lacrosse players Kylie Kenny, right, and Georgia Hollander hug while walking off the field after a loss to Castle View in the Class 4A state quarterfinals on Saturday, June 19, 2021, on the AHS turf. The Sabercats won, 10-9. Photo by Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times.

The Castle View girls lacrosse team made the most of its tiring trek into the mountains by knocking off undefeated Aspen, 10-9, on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A state tournament.

The Sabercats, seeded No. 10 in the inaugural 4A state bracket — girls lacrosse had still been one single classification the last time a season was held in 2019 — held off a late AHS rally to advance.

“It feels so good. Long trip to the mountains, and we made it worth it,” Castle View coach Samantha Silverman said. “So we are really excited. We kind of put everything together that we’ve been doing throughout the season and put it together in this game, and that’s what we like to see. Working together — had lots of assisted goals. It was fun.”

Aspen High School senior Kylie Kenny brings the ball upfield in the girls lacrosse game against Castle View in the Class 4A state quarterfinals on Saturday, June 19, 2021, on the AHS turf. The Sabercats won, 10-9. Photo by Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times.

Castle View led 1-0 not even a minute into the game, but Aspen’s Kylie Kenny answered back with her own goal barely 30 seconds later and it was 1-1 just like that. That led to a 3-1 lead for the Skiers, with another goal by Kylie Kenny and one from her sophomore sister, Michaela Kenny, but the Sabercats finished the half strong and led 4-3 at the midway point.

After taking a 5-4 lead early in the second half thanks to goals by Kylie Kenny and Lindsey Heinecken, Aspen started to see things slip away. The Sabercats scored four straight goals to take an 8-5 lead with about 18 minutes to go, but Aspen rallied to tie the game at 9-all with less than four minutes remaining.

Castle View scored what would be the game-winner with 2:38 on the clock. Aspen had one more good shot on goal, but Georgia Hollander’s attempt was blocked with about 90 seconds to go and AHS never got possession back.

It was the first and only loss of the season for Aspen, which was seeded No. 2 in the tournament, and finishes 10-1 overall. It was the second straight undefeated regular season for the Skiers, who also won the league championship.

The team only has one senior, that being future University of Denver lacrosse player Kylie Kenny, so the Skiers should be in a good position to make a return to the top of the state’s hierarchy next spring.

Castle View improved to 7-5 overall and will play No. 3 seed Grand Junction in Monday’s semifinal game. Grand Junction was a 14-10 winner over No. 11 Northfield on Saturday.

The Sabercats also beat Aspen in the 2017 playoffs, winning 12-8 on the AHS turf.

“It was fun to come back and play them again, and win again,” Silverman said, noting they rarely play any of the mountain teams outside of the playoffs. “We are excited. And really that’s better for us. It’s good to just come out and play our game and that’s what we did today.”

Aspen girls soccer loses in state quarterfinals

The Aspen High School girls soccer team’s season came to an end Saturday with a 5-0 loss to No. 10 seed Colorado Academy in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

The Mustangs (9-2-1) move on to face No. 3 Vail Mountain in the semifinals on Wednesday. VMS beat No. 6 The Academy on Saturday, 2-1.

Aspen finishes the season, the first played under coach Chris Ellis, 7-4-1 overall. The Skiers, seeded only No. 15 in the 16-team 3A tournament, had knocked off No. 2 Manitou Springs in the first round, 5-1.

Basalt baseball goes 0-2 at state tournament

The Basalt High School baseball team’s run through the postseason ended Saturday with its second loss in the Class 3A state tournament.

The Longhorns opened the double-elimination tournament on Friday with an 11-3 loss to The Classical Academy, sending them into the loser’s bracket. Saturday morning, BHS lost 9-4 to Colorado Academy to eliminate them from the tournament.

The Longhorns finish the season 13-7 overall. BHS had upset higher-seeded Alamosa and Gunnison in the regional tournament last week to make the surprise trip to the Front Range for the state tournament.

Still standing for the conclusion of the 3A tournament next weekend are TCA and Eaton (both undefeated in tourney play), as well as Faith Christian and Lutheran, both with one loss.


Trail Exploration: Atkinson Canal Trail

As a new transplant to the area, each week I will feature a trail within the Garfield County limits. For this inaugural week, I’m highlighting Glenwood Springs’ own Atkinson Canal Trail.

The Atkinson Canal Trail is located on the South side of Glenwood and follows the bank of the Roaring Fork River and an old irrigation canal that used to provide water to parts of the town. The parking lot is located off Midland Avenue, adjacent to Mountain Market gas station. The parking lot is small, but when I got to the trail in the early evening I was the only car in the lot. There is overflow parking nearby off of Mount Sopris Drive to accommodate when the trail gets busier in the early morning and late evening.

The trail spans 3.1 miles out and back, so although it is not a very long trail it does serve as a good option for a quick stroll or ride. The surface is concrete, which makes it accessible for a wide range of activities including biking, running, walking and rollerblading. The Atkinson Canal Trail is also nearly flat, which makes it perfect for those who want a light stroll or other leisurely outdoor activity to do within Glenwood city limits. The trail is unique as it permits dogs on a leash and is wheelchair accessible.

As I walked the trail for an hour, one thing I found myself enjoying was my proximity to the Roaring Fork River. I found myself slowly being transfixed by the soothing gurgle of the river water. It was also a welcome sight to see recreational tubers and rafters leisurely floating down the river as I took in the other sights and sounds.

Rafters floating down the Roaring Fork River.

Close to a mile and a half in, the trail ends at the 27th Street bridge, where there is an option to connect to the Rio Grande Trail. At this junction you can choose to go south toward Carbondale or north toward downtown Glenwood Springs. Make sure to take a look at the river from the bridge as it offers a beautiful look at the river surrounded by the red painted foothills.

View of the Roaring Fork River from the Cardiff Bridge

The Atkinson Canal Trail is a trail worth checking out by yourself, with a spouse or with the family. There are many opportunities along the trail to dip your feet in the water or let the kids play for a while, so if you are a citizen or a visitor to Glenwood, take an opportunity to check out the Atkinson Canal Trail.

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How to get there: Start south on Grand Avenue, take a right onto Eighth Street and then be prepared to merge onto West Eighth Street. Then turn left onto Midland Avenue until you see the parking lot just north of Mountain Market. Length: 3.1 milesHighlights: Roaring Fork River, View from 27th Avenue Bridge

Help us highlight our trails

This is the first in a weekly series on hikes and bike rides throughout Garfield County that are easily accessible and can be done in roughly an hour or less. Have a trail you think we should highlight? Email reporting intern Cody Jones at cjones@postindependent.com.


Rams lacrosse falls 15-8 to Green Mountain in 4A girls state playoffs opener

Roaring Fork’s Sophie Hodgson, No. 22, works the field in the Rams’ 4A state playoff game against Green Mountain Thursday in Lakewood.
Melissa Goodman photo

The Roaring Fork girls lacrosse team kept it close with the higher-seeded team through the first half of the 4A state tournament opener at Lakewood Thursday. But, it wasn’t meant to be for the combined Roaring Fork District team that calls Carbondale home, as the No. 9 Roaring Fork Rams fell to the No. 8 Green Mountain Rams, 15-8.

“Our girls lost a tough game to an experienced team with great defensive and stick skills,” Roaring Fork coach Chelsea Robson said in a text message afterwards. “Still, we fought hard to the last minute.”

Green Mountain held an 8-3 advantage after one half of play at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood. Roaring Fork hung tough with five goals in the second, to Green Mountain’s seven.

The Roaring Fork team, which combines players from Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs and Basalt high schools, made the playoffs by virtue of an impressive 8-2 season record, finishing second in the 4A Mountain East behind undefeated Aspen.

“These girls never once gave up in the regular season, and they put everything they had out on the field today,” Robson said. “I am incredibly proud of every single one of them.”

Roaring Forks goals came from senior co-captain Riley Dolan (3), sophomore Sophie Hodgson (2) and one goal each from freshman Grace Garcia, sophomore Addie Nolan and senior co-captain Libby Claassen.

Roaring Fork sophomore Maisie Smith, in blue, works the field against Green Mountain in the Rams’ 4A girls lacrosse state playoff first-round game Thursday in Lakewood.
Melissa Goodman photo

The game marked the high school sports finale for Claassen, Dolan and fellow graduated seniors Mikayla Corgan, Samantha Ferry, Samantha Limongelli and Lyndsey Lizotte.

Robson said she looks forward to returning a core group of players next spring, and with some good experience behind them now.

“We are a young team and I am so excited to see what they are going to bring to the field next year,” she said, noting the expected return of Hodgson, Nolan and key defensive players Yahjairi Castillon, Gracie Pratt and Hailey Bledsaw.

The Rams close out the season at 8-3, while Green Mountain (8-3) will go on to play No. 1 seed Evergreen (8-2) in Saturday’s quarterfinal round.

Aspen, at 10-0 and the No. 2 seed in the 12-team 4A tournament field, was awaiting the winner of the No. 7 Golden vs. No. 10 Castle Valley game Thursday night.

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or jstroud@postindependent.com.

Cross-valley ‘rivalry’ fuels two junior track stars

With an 800 league title on the line, Mikayla Cheney and Katelyn Maley take to the starting line — each hold one arm outstretched in front of their bodies, poised, ready to beat the other, and everyone else, to the finish.

From the start, the two runners remain shoulder to shoulder, allowing only a step or two to separate them. As the athletes turn onto the homestretch, Cheney pushes ahead for a brief moment before Maley regains it.

In the last few strides of the race, the runners grit their teeth, lower their heads, continue to pump their arms, close their eyes and hope when they open them that they have come across the finish line first.

This is just one snapshot of a little-known rivalry taking place in our own Roaring Fork and Colorado river valleys between two rising track athletes. Contrary to most sports rivalries, these two go beyond giving the post race handshake or pat on the back — instead, they overflow with praise for the other competitor.

Mikayla Cheney of Coal Ridge High School and Katelyn Maley from Basalt High School both specialize in distance events ranging from the 800 meter run to the 3200 meters. For the majority of the track season they have been battling against one another in these events, trying to cement their reign as the top runner — not only in the Western Slope League but ultimately as the best in the 3A state classification.

At the Multi-League Championship meet in Grand Junction June 10-11, the two girls faced off in all three of the main distance events. In the 800 detailed above, the two crossed the line separated by a little over a tenth of a second, with Maley edging out Cheney in a time of 2:16.27.

“It was truly one of the most competitive and exciting 800s I’ve ever seen. There was no more than maybe 5 feet of separation between them in half a mile of running.” Cheney’s coach Ben Kirk said after the race. “The exciting thing is that we get a rematch in a week.”

Katelyn Maley sprints to the finish line in the 1600 meter final at the Multi-League Championship Meet on June 11.

The same narrative played out in the 1600 meter and 3200 meter races, with both finishing within seconds of one another, with Maley narrowly beating Cheney. As both darted across the finish line in the 1600 meter race at the Multi-League Championships, both runners put their friendly rivalry on display by both cordially embracing while leaning on each other for support after their intense effort.

“Mikayla will always be the first person to give you a hug after a race. She is so sweet and an awesome person to be able to race against as often as I do,” Maley said.

Maley also said that even though she and Cheney may be from two schools that are battling against one another in the league and 3A classification Cheney ultimately “pushes me to fight for fast times alongside her.”

“She’s a fantastic runner,” Cheney said of Maley. “She’s been training a lot more than I, so to be able to line up next to her and for her to push me like no one else has been able to before has been great.

“(June 10th) in the 3200 meter run, she helped me get a 40-second personal best in only my second time running the event, which is more than I could ever ask for,” she added. “And in the 800 she helped us both post times that are one and two in the state for the 800. I think it’s really amazing for two Western Slope public school girls to post times that high in the state track rankings. I am super grateful to have her [Maley] to compete against.”

Both also share the strong desire to place high at state and someday run at the collegiate level, a goal within reach if they both continue to motivate one another to fast times.

“Top-end athletes like that can become complacent when they are so far ahead of the rest of their competition. Knowing that there is a girl just down or up the road who is getting ready for the next match-up just ratchets up the training intensity for both girls.” Coal Ridge head coach Ben Kirk spoke of what he thinks drives Maley and Cheney in their friendly rivalry.

Both Maley and Cheney will continue to put their friendly rivalry on display at the Colorado State Championship meet June 24-26 in Lakewood. It won’t come as a shock to anyone who knows about the rivalry to see both runners congratulate one another with a warm hug moments after their fervorous duel.


Girls lacrosse state brackets set; Roaring Fork seeded No. 9, Aspen earns bye as 2 seed

The brackets are set for the 12-team 4A girls lacrosse state championships, and the Roaring Fork Rams are dancing as the No. 9 seed.

Roaring Fork, which improved to 8-2 with a final regular season win over Battle Mountain on Tuesday, will be on the road in the opening round Thursday against No. 8 Green Mountain. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood.

The winner will advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal round against No. 1 seed Evergreen.

Two other 4A Mountain East League teams are also in the playoffs. League champion Aspen, at 10-0, is the No. 2 seed and earned a bye to the quarterfinals against the winner of the No. 7 Golden/No. 10 Castle View match.

Eagle Valley also enters the state tournament as the No. 12 seed, playing No. 5 Thompson Valley in the opening round Thursday.

The Rams, playing in just their second season as a program after the 2020 season was canceled, draw players from three Roaring Fork School District communities — Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.

Originally, the state lacrosse tournament was to include only eight teams. The field was expanded to 12 teams at the start of the Colorado High School Activities Association’s revamped Season D in April.

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or jstroud@postindependent.com.

Roaring Fork girls lacrosse tops Battle Mountain, awaits 4A state tourney selections

The Roaring Fork girls lacrosse team in action earlier this season against Summit.
John Stroud/Post Independent

Note: This story has been updated from the original version to reflect that the state tournament is a 12-team, single-elimination format.

The multi-school Roaring Fork girls lacrosse team took care of its end of the deal to secure a bid in the 12-team 4A state playoffs with a 13-8 win over Battle Mountain in Edwards on Tuesday.

Now, the Rams await their postseason fate as the Colorado High School Activities Association prepares to announce bracket seedings on Wednesday. The top four seeds will earn a bye, while the other eight are to play Thursday for the right to advance to the quarterfinal round of the single-elimination tournament.

Roaring Fork ends the regular season at 8-2, finishing second in the 4A Mountain East League behind undefeated and top-ranked Aspen (9-0). The Skiers handed the Rams both of their losses on the season.

The Rams came into the final week of play as the eighth-ranked team in the state in the 4A division, as of June 7.

However, teams just ahead of or behind Roaring Fork in the rankings also scored wins this past week, including a 15-14 win by No. 9 Golden over No. 3 Rocky Mountain on June 10. Whether that was enough to shake up the final rankings remains to be seen.

The Roaring Fork team combines players from three district high schools, including Glenwood Springs, Roaring Fork High of Carbondale and Basalt.

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or jstroud@postindependent.com.

On the Fly column: PMD mayhem

A Fryingpan River Pale Morning Dun mayfly. Scott Spooner

My favorite bug is starting to hatch on the Fryingpan tailwater. In a world where green drakes get all the attention, pale morning duns seem to get second billing. In my humble opinion, PMDs hatch longer and are the prettiest bug around.

PMDs can vary in size and color here in the Roaring Fork Valley, anywhere from size 14 to size 18, and their colors range from red to gray, and pink to yellow. In my opinion, there’s hardly anything more graceful than a PMD poised for takeoff, experiencing the world outside the cold river for the first time. PMDs are prolific throughout the valley and will begin hatching on the freestones soon, as well.

PMDs will be hatching now until late October. What other insect (besides tiny midges and baetis) offers trout and anglers more pleasure than a bug that hatches four or five months of the year? Caddis, drakes, golden stoneflies and yellow sallies come in a distant second, it seems to me.

For now, we can fish size 14 and 16 imitations, but as the hatch prolongs (and the fish become more “educated”), we will have to downsize our flies and tippet to seal the deal.

Pale morning duns have a one-year life cycle, from larva to nymph, emerger to dun, and then the spinner phase. PMD nymphs (on the Fryingpan, at least) have dark or rust-colored bodies that help conceal them from hungry fish in the red rocked bottom of the river. Fly patterns like red Copper Johns, the Tungsten Split Case PMD and Tungsten Redemptions are excellent imitations for the nymphs.

Emerger patterns consist of Pandemic PMDs, PMD Flag Dun Emergers and Halfbacks, and my absolute favorite dun (dry fly) pattern is the pink or yellow Taylor Creek Sparkledun.

The spinner phase of this mayfly is also rust-colored, and the best patterns are CDC Rusty Spinners and Organza Rusty Spinners. This mayfly undergoes an additional metamorphosis after hatching, and female spinners are oftentimes found dancing above and laying eggs over the water in the evenings and mornings.

These spinner flies are also deadly fished deep under an indicator. Hopefully you get to experience some PMD mayhem this summer — I’m bound and determined to do just that.

This report is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at 970-927-4374 or TaylorCreek.com.

Basalt baseball knocks off Alamosa, Gunnison to win regional, make state

Basalt High School baseball plays Aspen on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times

The Basalt High School baseball team will head to the Class 3A state tournament later this week after pulling off a pair of upsets in regional play on Monday in Gunnison.

Seeded No. 21 among the 24 regional teams, the Longhorns opened play by knocking off No. 12 Alamosa, 11-4. BHS senior Alonso Silva pitched a strong game, holding the Mean Moose to a single run through four innings.

Already leading 4-1 entering the top of the fifth inning, Basalt broke the game open with a seven-run frame and held on from there.

In the regional championship game later Monday afternoon, Basalt faced host Gunnison, the No. 5 seed and a Western Slope League foe. It was an offensive affair, with BHS leading 5-3 after only an inning. A nine-run fifth inning by Basalt made the difference in the 19-10 victory.

The win also avenged a pair of losses to the Cowboys from early on in the regular season.

Now, Basalt will join the seven other regional champions in the double-elimination state tournament that starts Friday. Those teams include No. 1 Lutheran, No. 2 Eaton and No. 3 Faith Christian.

The upsets began after that, with No. 4 Bayfield losing to No. 20 The Classical Academy. No. 8 Colorado Academy, No. 7 Lamar and No. 6 University also advanced.

Late start for Aspen girls soccer playoff game

The Aspen High School girls soccer team’s first-round playoff game at No. 2 Manitou Springs on Wednesday has been scheduled for an 8 p.m. start.

The Skiers (6-3-1) are the No. 15 seed in the 16-team Class 3A state tournament. Manitou Springs is undefeated at 10-0 and has only conceded a single goal this season.

The winner will move on to face either No. 7 Liberty Common or No. 10 Colorado Academy in the state quarterfinals on Saturday, with the highest remaining seed hosting.

Aspen girls lacrosse hosts Steamboat in finale

The Aspen High School girls lacrosse team is scheduled to host Steamboat Springs (2-7) at 5 p.m. Tuesday in its regular-season finale on the AHS turf.

The Skiers, who have already locked up the league title, are looking to finish 10-0 in this shortened spring season. They also went undefeated in the regular season in 2019, with the 2020 season having been canceled because of the pandemic.

The Class 4A state tournament is scheduled to get underway Thursday, where barring any surprises Aspen should have a first-round bye. This would put AHS directly into the state quarterfinals, where the team would likely host a playoff game on Saturday.