And the local sports news was not great overnight– the boys’ high school basketball season has ended for the Basalt Longhorns. Basalt was seeded Number 9 going into the Great 8 of the Class 3A tournament at the University of Denver, and was going up against the tournament’s top seed, the Sun Devils of Kent Denver. The Longhorns played well and outplayed the Devils most of the way. Then after leading by 10 after 3 quarters and going ahead by as much as 12, the resolve of the Longhorns seemed to wane a bit, and the Devils got back into the game. In the final couple minutes the lead changed hands, then Kent seemed to stay narrowly ahead, and deliberate fouls were needed that looked like they might work for the Longhorns because Kent missed a couple key free throws. But down 3 in the closing seconds, Basalt scored 2, and didn’t have enough time left to keep coming back. Kent prevailed, 56 to 54. Senior Michael Glen racked up 31 points, 12 of them in the 3rd quarter alone, in the losing effort. Later today, Kent faces Faith Christian, who dispatched the Mean Moose of Alamosa Thursday. Making up the other side of the bracket, Sterling beat Manitou Springs 58 to 50, and defending state champ Colorado Springs Christian edged the Denver School of Science & Technology Stapleton, 57-53. Basalt finishes its season 21 & 4, with its year-end banquet scheduled for Wednesday the 15th.
In other news…
A few weeks after the February 16th robbery of a Carbondale convenience store, the men who allegedly committed it, Benjamin Weeks and his cousin Nicholas Ameral, have been formally charged with a variety of criminal counts, including menacing and aggravated robbery
The Glenwood Springs Historical Society went all in late last week, spending some 84 thousand dollars to buy a one of a kind artifact– the small handgun, a derringer, that Doc Holliday had with him in the Glenwood hotel room where he died in 1887. It had been given to the notorious dentist and gunfighter by his girlfriend, and carries an inscription from her. The gun’s now in a safe deposit box, while plans are completed on just how to put it on display.
For a 2nd time in 7 months Thursday, CDOT crews had to do significant repair work on the Castle Creek Bridge at the entrance to Aspen. They expect to have to do more this summer. The deteriorating condition of the 56-year-old structure makes the work necessary. There’s said to be no plan in place to try and replace the bridge.