Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Sports summary


Feldman fastest in Masters time trial for a fifth year

Bike racer Richard Feldman of Ketchum, riding for Durance Cycleworks-Lehman Brothers, nabbed his fifth consecutive National Master Time Trial Championship at Bridgeport, Ind., last Monday.

The 17-time winner of the Idaho State Time Trial title, Feldman, 39, covered the 39.2-kilometer national course in 50 minutes and 41 seconds. He outdistanced the next-fastest rider by nine seconds.

It was Feldman¹s 10th national championship as a bike race competitor—five time trials and four for cyclocross.

Feldman will travel to St. Johann, Austria at the end of August to try to recapture the World Master Time Trial Championship, which he has won four times in the past.

SVMABL men's baseball league still seeking players

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. But the scheduled July 7 draft of players has been pushed back a week to get all players paid and signed up before action begins.

Bacca is still planning an eight-week, 12-game season starting in mid-July and continuing through September. All games are at Founders Field in Hailey, mostly Monday and Tuesday evenings. The league draft will be Monday, July 14. Plans call for three to four teams with at least nine players on each team. The player fee has been reduced $20 to $165 to encourage more players.

Pay your manager from last year, or contact Paul Creighton (450-9087) at Kentwood Lodge in Ketchum or Brian Nelson 720-7495. E-mail Bacca (720-0704) to confirm your interest.

Sawtooth United starts taking fall sign-ups

Sawtooth United Football Club is now accepting registrations for its fall 2008 competitive soccer program. Age groups for the fall are U-11 through U-14. That includes players born between Aug. 1, 1994 and July 31, 1998.

For complete information and entry forms, log on to sawtoothunited.com or call the SUFC office at 726-1160. To avoid late fees, registration must be postmarked by July 15.

Ultimate League moves to Monday nights

Ultimate League commissioner Wes Southward has informed players that league action will move to Monday nights starting July 14 at 7 p.m. Meeting place is Ketchum's Atkinson Park. Southward said he has 23 committed players and, ideally, 40 players are needed. Each player who brings a new player will have $5 deducted from the league fee. Contact Southward snippies@yahoo.com or come to the park Monday night.

Young wrestlers head to camp

Wood River High School wrestling coach Tyson Young said 22 middle school and high school athletes from the valley are headed to the Oklahoma State Wrestling Camp July 13-25. Most will attend the full two-week camp, said Young.

SV Summer Skating Championships July 17-20

The Sun Valley Figure Skating Club will stage its 42nd annual Sun Valley Summer Figurer Skating Championships Thursday through Sunday, July 17-20 on both Sun Valley Resort skating rinks. The U.S. Figure Skating Association competition offers events in free skating, dance, pairs and showcase. Spectators can watch, free of charge. Check the rink for a list of events or visit sunvalleyfsc.com. In addition, the first of two USFSA figure, freestyle, dance and pairs testing sessions this summer are Sunday, July 20.

Perch's Backcountry Run returns Saturday, July 19

Early entry is now being accepted for The Elephant Perch's 28th annual Backcountry Run scheduled for Saturday, July 19 at 8 a.m. in the foothills north of Ketchum. Offered are trail courses measuring 16.5 miles and 10 miles. Last year there were 268 runners.

Cost is $25 through Wednesday, July 16 at 6 p.m. Late entries rise in cost to $35 on July 17 and July 18, cutting off at 6 p.m. Register online at active.com or in person at The Perch, Ketchum. No race day entries are accepted.

Pre-race volunteers and helpers on Race Day are being sought. For more details, call The Perch at 726-3497 for email brosso@elephantsperch.com

Mountain bikers head to Brundage for July 11-13 races

The Wild Rockies Series has welcomed mountain bikers to the 17th annual Brundage Mountain Bike Festival Friday through Sunday, July 11-13 about 13 miles from McCall.

Organizer Darren Lightfield said, "We have four events including a national caliber cross-country mountain bike race on a 10.5-mile loop."

Lightfield added there is a $1,000 cash purse for the pros, plus cash prizes to the top male and female experts.

Basically, Friday is the evening trail run. Saturday morning features the cross-country mountain bike race. Saturday afternoon is an old-school downhill. Sunday offers the Brundage Bomber downhill.

Sponsors include Ski Tek of Ketchum and SCOTT bikes. You can register onsite or online at sportsbaseonline.com. Annual membership licenses ($5 for a 1-day license) are required for insurance purposes, so visit usacycling.com. There is a free kids' race on Saturday.

Also check out the fundraiser barbecue, with money going to the CIMBA regional trail builders. Visit wildrockies.com for information.

Details of the weekend:

Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m.: Trail run on the 10.5-mile loop with 2,000 vertical feet of climbing. The trail is legendary for its climbs and descents. The final 4.5 miles is all downhill on the spectacular Elk Trail.

Saturday, July 12, XC mountain bike: Beginners (1 lap) and Trailblazers (0.5 laps) at 10 a.m.; Sports, Experts and Pros (1.5 laps) also 10 a.m.; and the "Super D" downhill 1 p.m.

Sunday, July 13: Brundage Bomber Downhill 12:30 p.m. on the 1.5-mile Hidden Valley course that loses 1,500 vertical feet. Shuttles rides use the high-speed quad lift.




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