Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sports summary

Hurtig Shooting Center is now open to public

Formerly called the Blaine County Gun Club, the Hurtig Shooting Center in Ohio Gulch is now open for summer hours. The facility is located one mile up Ohio Gulch off S.H. 75, between Ketchum and Hailey.

Offered are trap, skeet, 5-Stand, Wobble Trap, two duck towers and an eight-station sporting clays course. There is also a rifle and pistol range. Guns and ammunition are available. Operating hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Hurtig Center is closed Monday and Tuesday. And the public is always welcome. Call 788-2681.

Ultimate frisbee throwers

Ultimate commissioner Wes Southward is trying to get a feel on the numbers of players coming out for Tuesday and Thursday get-togethers on the upper field at Ketchum's Atkinson Park. League fees are $40 before game day, $45 after. If enough players sign up, the league begins Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. Contact Southward at

First Valley Club ace

Dick Coleman recorded the first Valley Club hole-in-one of the 2008 golf season Saturday, June 21. He aced the par-3 seventh hole of the West Nine using an eight iron from 142 yards. Witnesses were Dick Nelson and Larry Lloyd.

Max Durtschi races in Kentucky

Community School student and promising young bicycle racer Max Durtschi of Ketchum competed June 14-15 in the Tour of the Red River Gorge in Stanton, Kentucky. He won a silver medal in the criterium. The event, a Junior Worlds qualifier, attracted an elite group of junior cyclists from around the nation. It also served as a selection event for USA National Cycling Talent Identification Camps. Durtschi will also attend the Western Regin Talent Camp this month.

SVMABL men's baseball league is back

Commissioner Curtis Bacca has announced the 13th season of the Sun Valley Men's Adult Baseball League, in its sixth season in wood bat format.

Bacca is planning an eight-week season including playoffs, starting July 14 and continuing through Sept. 14. All games are at Founders Field in Hailey, mostly on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The league draft will be Monday, July 7. Plans call for four teams with at least nine players on each team. This year's player fee has been reduced $20 to $165 in order to encourage more players.

Last year there were 42 players, which stretched thin the four-team format. If there are fewer than 48 players this year, there will be only three teams. All players must be paid in full before the draft is held.

Contact Paul Creighton at 450-9087 or Brian Nelson 720-7495. And be sure to email Bacca (720-0704) to confirm your interest.

Idaho State Road Race Championship finals

Melba, south of Nampa near the Snake River, was the site of the Intermountain Orthopedics Idaho State Road Race Championship finals June 15. Racers in their classes traveled from 38 to 100 miles in an event presented by Lost River Cycling.

Among the locals placing first were John Swyers, Jackson Long and Sara Youmans. Second-place class finishers included Scott Robinson, Taylor Benz and Susan Robinson. Colby Benz posted a third place. Bill Nurge and Kris Thoreson finished 4-5 in Master Men's 45-plus, and Jon Holmquist was fourth in Master 55-plus. Other placings: 7—Scott Grill. 9—Lars-Erik Johnson.

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