Preps: Coal Ridge hoops downs No. 1-ranked Aspen, Roaring Fork boys win, Glenwood hockey drops two
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The Aspen High School boys basketball team lost for the first time this season, falling 57-47 to visiting Coal Ridge on Saturday at Aspen.
A close game throughout, the Titans led by three points at the halftime break after trailing by a point following an intense, back-and-forth first quarter.
Coal Ridge maintained its small lead going into the fourth quarter before pulling away in a 16-9 run with clutch baskets and free throws over the final minutes.
Senior Moises Contreras led Coal Ridge with 17 points, and junior Eddie Salazar had 12. Porter Lee led Aspen with 16 points, while Braden Korpela finished with 10.
With the win, Coal Ridge (now ranked No. 7 in 3A) improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in Class 3A Western Slope League play. The Skiers (with the No. 3 ranking) dropped to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in WSL play.
Coal Ridge next faces Moffat County at home on Tuesday.
LADY TITANS TOP BEARS, STAY UNBEATEN
In a makeup from earlier in the week, the Coal Ridge girls defeated the Rifle Bears on Saturday, 44-40, to go to 5-0 on the season.
A slow start for both teams through the first quarter eventually saw Rifle up by one, 17-16 at halftime.
A 16-11 third quarter for the host Titans was the decider in the nonleague affair, though. Individual scoring statistics were not available.
The Titans take their winning ways into the first 3A WSL game of the season at home Tuesday against Moffat County. Rifle dropped to 4-2, but remains 4-0 in 4A league play heading into a key home contest against Eagle Valley on Tuesday.
ROARING FORK SPLITS AT DELTA
On the road at Delta Saturday, the Roaring Fork boys and girls split the day, with the boys winning 54-42 and the girls falling hard against a tough Panthers team, 65-19.
In the boys game, the Rams (2-3, 1-0) led 25-21 at the half and bested the host team 20-11 in the fourth to claim a win in their first 3A Western Slope League contest of the season.
Senior Graham Pietch had 19 points for Roaring Fork, Alex Jaquez chipped in with 10 and Julian Alcantara had 9.
The Roaring Fork girls could only manage 7 point through the final three quarters of play, as the Delta defense put the stops on the visitors. The Rams fall to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in league with the loss.
Next up for the Rams will be a home contest with Grand Valley for league rites on Tuesday.
BASALT BESTS GRAND VALLEY
The Basalt High School girls basketball team remained unbeaten on the season with a 43-37 win over visiting Grand Valley on Saturday in Basalt. It was a rematch of last Saturday’s non-league game, which BHS won 52-41 in Parachute.
A close game throughout, the rematch was won by the Longhorns in the second quarter, when they outscored the Cardinals, 14-8. Basalt senior Gracie Reardon continued her torrid start to the season by finishing with a team-high 19 points. Kate Bohannan also finished in double figures with 10 points.
Grand Valley fell to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in Class 3A Western Slope League play. Basalt improved to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in WSL play.
The Longhorns next play Thursday at home against Eagle Valley (1-5), and Grand Valley (4-3, 0-1) is at Roaring Fork on Tuesday.
The Basalt boys basketball team bounced back from Tuesday’s loss to Aspen by beating Grand Valley at home on Saturday, 66-42.
The Longhorns led 18-4 after a quarter and 38-18 at halftime, per MaxPreps. The second half was tightly contested, but the Cardinals never threatened.
Wish Moore led the Longhorns with 25 points.
Grand Valley fell to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in Class 3A Western Slope League play. Basalt improved to 3-3 overall and 2-0 in WSL play.
The BHS boys are scheduled to play Monday at Soroco (5-1) before hosting Eagle Valley (2-4) on Thursday. Grand Valley’s boys also play at Roaring Fork on Tuesday.
GLENWOOD HOCKEY FALLS TO ASPEN, BATTLE MOUNTAIN
The Aspen High School hockey team earned its first win of the season on Saturday, beating Glenwood Springs 3-2 AT the Glenwood Springs Community Center Ice Rink.
The win for the Skiers snapped a three-game skid, including Friday’s 4-3 loss to Steamboat Springs in its home opener at Lewis Ice Arena.
Saturday at Glenwood, the Skiers took a 1-0 lead just past the midway point of the first period via an even strength goal by Dillon Passero. Glenwood’s Colter Strautman tied it at 1-1 as time was running out in the period.
The Skiers retook the lead early in the second period thanks to a goal by Eli Hunt, but Strautman got his second goal less than four minutes later to make it 2-2 midway through the game.
Aspen’s Nic Pevny scored the game-winner in the latter minutes of the second period. Neither team added to the scoreboard in the third period.
The Demons also dropped their Friday night home opener to visiting Battle Mountain, 3-1. Glenwood falls to 1-2-1 overall, and is set to travel to play Crested Butte later this week.
GLENWOOD SWIMMERS HOST HOME MEETS
Individual results were not immediately available Sunday, but the Glenwood Springs girls swim team claimed the first of two home meets Friday. The Lady Demons totaled 362 points to 203 for Aspen, 172 for Delta and 154 for Gunnison.
Glenwood also hosted Summit County, Moffat County, Gunnison and Grand Junction on Saturday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Team and individuals results had not yet been reported Sunday afternoon.
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Glenwood Springs High School’s girls swim and dive team is off to a strong start to the shortened 2021 season, having won its first three meets, including a pair of home stands this past weekend.