Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Sports summary

Southward moves up

Albertson College senior Jason Southward of Hailey is moving up on the all-time Coyote men?s soccer scoring list.

Southward, 21, a lanky 6-5, 190-pound senior striker at the four-year Caldwell school, has moved into third place on the all-time Coyote goal scoring and total points lists. He?s the son of Glen and Heidi Southward of Hailey.

Southward (50 goals in four seasons) trails only Derek Jordan (55 goals from 1989-92) and all-time leader Matt Blazek (69 goals from 1995-98). The 2001 Wood River High School graduate is tied with Coe Michaelson on the Albertson points list, with 123, behind Jordan (135) and Blazek (173).

Leading scorer of Wood River High School?s state championship boys? soccer teams in 1998 and 1999, Southward enjoyed a productive weekend as Albertson (8-2-1, 5-2-1 Cascade Conference) moved into second place in its seven-team league. The Coyotes are now unbeaten in seven games.

Friday, Southward?s second goal of the game, in the 76th minute, pulled Albertson into a 2-2 draw at Symms Field in Caldwell?and the home team continued its rally for a 4-2 victory over the Western Baptist College Warriors (7-4-2, 3-3-2). Southward assisted on the game-tying goal Saturday as Albertson tied Warner Pacific (6-4-4, 3-2-3) by a score of 2-2?the first Coyote tie since 1999.

Southward and six other Coyote seniors will play their final regular-season home games this weekend at Symms Field in Caldwell. Concordia (8-5-1, 6-2) visits for a 3:30 p.m. game Friday, Oct. 15, then winless Cascade arrives for a 1 p.m. kickoff Saturday, Oct. 16.

Concordia is now tied for first place with Evergreen (8-4, 6-2). Albertson closes out its season Saturday, Oct. 23 with an afternoon game against Evergreen at Olympia, Wash. Then the NAIA Region 1 tournament opens Friday, Nov. 5.

Hole-in-one at Valley Club

Lou Mace made a hole-in-one Friday, Oct. 8 at The Valley Club. He used a six-iron from 180 yards on the sixth hole. Witnesses to Lou?s ace were Steve Malkmus, Dick Toomey and Hal Anawalt.

Yes to Senior League Hockey

There will be a Senior Hockey League season after all.

The 2004-05 men?s season will begin on Monday, Nov. 15 and run for 14 weeks.

All competitive players are welcome. The cost is estimated to be $200 per man. Games will be Monday nights at 8:40 and 10:10 p.m. at the Sun Valley Indoor Rink. Call Chris Zarkos at 720-1866 for details.

Figure skaters in Utah

First place finishes for Sun Valley Figure Skating Club members in their classes at the Sept. 24-25 Oktoberfest contest in Salt Lake City, Utah went to Nicole Pratt, Alexandra Harten and Taylor Figge.

Whitney Richards at UAB

Redshirt freshman Whitney Richards, a Bellevue resident and former Wood River High School All-State volleyball player, played well defensively for the Birmingham-Southern Panthers (9-8, 3-2 league) in their 30-23, 25-30, 30-19, 32-30 victory over Charleston Southern (6-9, 2-5) Saturday at Charleston, S.C.

Richards, a 5-8 defensive specialist for coach Tonya Charland, tallied 11 digs for the Big South Conference NCAA Division 1 Panthers.

Majoring in education at UAB, Richards was Wood River?s co-valedictorian when she graduated from the Hailey school in 2003. She was All-State and team MVP as a Wolverine senior in 2002. Whitney?s father, current Wood River volleyball coach Tim Richards, played basketball, golf and ran cross country for UAB, located in Birmingham, from 1978-80.

?Girls on the Run? event

Join ?Girls on the Run,? girls, family and friends for a 5-kilometer fun run Saturday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. starting from The Heatherlands clubhouse in Ohio Gulch. The 3.1-mile course will go along the bike path to East Fork and back. Let your coach know by Thursday, Oct. 14 if your girl needs a running buddy.

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