Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sports summary

Summer skating championships this weekend

The Sun Valley Figure Skating Club will stage its 42nd annual Sun Valley Summer Figure 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.

Thursday's competition goes from 2-8 p.m. On Friday, the times are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday it's 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The popular Sunday showcase skating begins at 9 a.m. and continues through 5 p.m., with Showcase Pairs at 3 p.m.

Check the rink for a list of events or

In addition, the first of two USFSA figure, freestyle, dance and pairs testing sessions this summer are Sunday, July 20.

Kickball tournament is July 26 at Atkinson Park

Kickball (soccer baseball) is something everyone can do and enjoy. It's for all ages and abilities. Sun Valley Adaptive Sports in conjunction with Mountain Adventure Tours is staging the sixth annual Wood River Kickball Tournament. Date and site is Saturday, July 26 at Ketchum's Atkinson Park, with registration starting at 10 a.m. The cost of $35 for single players includes a t-shirt, or a team of 10 is $350 including t-shirts for all. Co-sponsor is the Idaho Mountain Express. Call 726-9298 for sign-up or more information.

Activities are set for YMCA Classic weekend Aug. 2

The Wood River Community YMCA has announced details for its 2008 YMCA Classic golf tournament and dinner/auction. A full day of activities is planned for Saturday, Aug. 2 at Elkhorn Golf Club.

The golf tournament ($1,900 entry) has its shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. preceded by registration and breakfast. The dinner, awards presentation and auction featuring entertainment by The Smothers Brothers begins at 6 p.m. the same evening at Elkhorn Golf Club ($300 per person for dinner). Auction items include two weeks in Australia, an in-board boat and a New York fashion week.

You can purchase a $100 raffle ticket at the YMCA before July 25 (only 250 tickets available) and be eligible for the first prize of golf for four and a dinner table for eight at this year's Smothers Brothers dinner. Value is $10,000. Second prize is a dinner table and entertainment, a $2,400 value.

Pre-golf registration and a tour of the new YMCA facility on Ketchum's Warm Springs Rd. takes place Friday, Aug. 1 from 5-7 p.m. Visit for details, or call Hallie Kelly at 208-928-6709.

Whit Henry Galena Grinder set for Saturday, July 26

Galena Lodge 23 miles north of Ketchum offers some of the best high altitude mountain bike racing trails in Idaho.

And Galena's trail system is the site of the sixth annual Whit Henry Memorial Galena Grinder cross-country mountain bike races on Saturday, July 26. The event doubles as the Idaho State Marathon Championships and is part of the USA Cycling MTB National XC calendar. A minimum $2,000 pro purse is offered for the Knobby Tire Series event. The course consists of one 22.5-mile loop with 50% singletrack. There is a 3,200 elevation gain over the course of one full loop.

Your class determines how much of the course you attempt. Juniors and Beginners go 10 miles, Sports 17.5 miles, and Experts/Pros/Semi-Pros 22.5 miles. The 45-mile marathon consists of two 22.5-mile loops. Start times are 9 a.m. for the marathon (mandatory pre-race meeting 8:45 a.m.) and 10:30 a.m. for the cross-country portion (meeting at 10:15 a.m.).

Register on Race Day at Galena Lodge or save $10 and sign up in advance at Galena hosts a racer lunch as part of entry fees.

Whit Henry, a Bellevue resident and Wood River High School graduate, was a 20-year-old mountain biking and skiing enthusiast who died in a car accident in July 2003.

Jason Cook ready for Legends of Idaho Basketball Classic

Former Hailey resident Jason Cook is on the coaching staff and one of the guest players for the Legends of Idaho Basketball Classic fundraising game scheduled for Friday, July 25 at QWest Arena, Boise. The exhibition game announced by Paul J. Schneider will raise money for the Idaho Black History Museum, founded in 1995 and located in the historic St. Paul Baptist Church building in Boise's Julia Davis Park.

Cook, the son of former Wood River High School boys' basketball coach Norm Cook, grew up in Hailey and played his high school basketball at Eagle High School. He played collegiate basketball at Walla Walla Community College and San Diego Christian College, where he played on a NCCAA national championship team and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. He is currently the assistant coach at Borah High School in Boise, where his father is the athletic director.

The Legends of Basketball Classic begins at 7:30 p.m. July 25 preceded by the Pro-Am Championship at 6 p.m. Well-known Idaho players like Cook, Corey Violette, Matt Bauscher and Tonaka Beard are due to play. The event includes the third annual Orlando Lightfoot basketball clinics for boys and girls ages 5 years through 12th grade. Cook will be one of the guest coaches. Sessions are July 25 and 26 at Hillside Junior High School, Boise. Visit for details and sign-up information.

WRHS junior golfers at Muni

Wood River High School golfers Crockett Stearns and Cooper McCroskey had a good day Thursday playing in an 18-hole Idaho Junior Golf Association tournament at Twin Falls Municipal Golf Course. Playing in the 16-year-old class, Stearns finished in first place with a two-under-par 66 and McCroskey was third with a 71. Both had just finished two days and 36 holes of golf in the Trusted Choice Big "I" Junior Classic, also an IGA event at Boise's Shadow Valley Golf Course. Stearns tied for 22nd of 75 two-round golfers with 83-73 for 156, 10 strokes off the winning pace, and McCroskey carded rounds of 81-90 for 171.

Sawtooth United seeks youth soccer coaches

Care to help young people and coach youth soccer? Sawtooth United Football Club has coaching openings for the fall 2008 and spring 2009 seasons. Call the club at 726-1160 for more details.

Idaho Open golf returns to Twin Falls Muni July 23-25

The Ridley's Family Markets Idaho Open golf tournament returns to the Magic Valley for the third consecutive year, Wednesday through Friday, July 23-25. Twin Falls Municipal Golf Course will host the 54-stroke play Rocky Mountain Section PGA tournament that will feature a $40,000 purse based on a full field of 144 golfers in Regular and Senior divisions. Register online at or call 208-939-6028 for registration details.

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