Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sports summary

Baldy Hill Climb returns Saturday, mountain bikers welcome

There's an intriguing new wrinkle to the Baldy Hill Climb, which observes its 30th anniversary Saturday, Sept. 27. For the first time the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation community event will include a mountain bike race up Baldy.

Mountain bikers will take a mass start on Cold Springs Rd. above St Luke's Hospital and tackle the Cold Springs perimeter trail starting at 9 a.m. Sept. 27. Bikers will either do the climb only (awards to the top 3 male/female riders) or, if ambitious, they'll do a Baldy Double.

Once they reach the top of Baldy, mountain bikers attempting the Baldy Double will download the Challenger chair and ride to the bottom of Warm Springs. There they will join with the Baldy Hill Climb racing class for the 11 a.m. start.

Meanwhile, at 10 a.m. the Hill Climb hiking class will start its 1.86-mile course, 3,140 vertical foot ascent from the Warm Springs ski run bridge—elevation 5,880 feet—to the top of Baldy—elevation 9,020 feet.

The hill climb racers and Baldy Double bikers will begin at 11 a.m. There is also a Kinder Climb for kids 11-and-under (everyone gets a ribbon) starting at 9:30 a.m. at the base of Warm Springs. And it is free.

Pre-register until Friday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. at Sturtevants in Ketchum and Hailey, The Elephant's Perch and Backwoods Mountain Sports in Ketchum, and at the SVSEF office located at the base of Warm Springs. There is no online entry this year.

Early entry fees (checks payable to SVSEF) are $25 adults, and $15 for 17-and-younger along with biking and Baldy Double classes. The mountain bike race day registration is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the St. Luke's hospital parking lot. The awards party is from 12:30-2 p.m. at Apple's Bar & Grill, Warm Springs.

Irwin Cup at Valley Club

Latham and Suzanne Williams (73) won the gross stroke title of The Valley Club's mixed couples club championship called the Irwin Cup Sunday, Sept. 21. Net champions in the Chapman format tournament were Tommy and Gail Sanderson (60.5). Placing 2-5 in net were Jay and Linda Cooper (62), Dave and Linda Cropper (64.5), Richard and Gay Emery (64.5) and Hayward and Karen Sawyer (65).

"Give Hockey a Try"

Kids and parents will learn more about ice hockey and the program offered by Sun Valley Youth Hockey Association (SVYHA) at this week's "Learn to Skate" introductory sessions for ages 5-8, 9-11 and 12-and-up at Sun Valley Skating Center.

"Give Hockey a Try," is the theme of the free sessions at Sun Valley Indoor Ice Rink. Hockey gear of all sizes will be available for use. Adult supervision will be provided. Visit for details.

Kids ages 5-8 will meet Saturday, Sept. 27 from 4-5 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 29 from 5-6 p.m. Those ages 9-11 will gather Wednesday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 27 from 5-6 p.m.

Older youngsters ages 12-and-up meet Wednesday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 27, 6-7 p.m. each night.

Kids should wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. They should bring hockey gear, a sports helmet (bike helmet, etc.) and winter gloves.

Register for the 2008-09 SVYHA season before Sept. 30 and save $50.

Fun shoot coming Sept. 27 to Sun Valley Gun Club

Sun Valley Resort has planned a Fun Shoot for Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants are being offered 100 targets for $35, a price that includes lunch at the facility located one-and-a-half miles east of Sun Valley Lodge along Trail Creek Road. There will be prizes for top shooters.

The range is open daily from 10-4, the last shooters at 3 p.m. It offers trap, double trap, wobble trap, skeet, duck tower, 5-Stand and sporting clays. Sign up for the Fun Shoot by calling 622-2111.

Valley Club tennis champions

Valley Club Tennis Club singles champions for 2008 are Jamie Everitt and Maria Parkhill.

In an exciting men's final that lasted over two hours, Everitt came from behind to defeat four-time men's winner Reamy Goodwin 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Parkhill successfully defended her women's title 6-2, 6-2 over Barbara Figge in the final.

Goodwin turned the tables in the men's double final. He teamed with John Baker to outlast Everitt and Phil Hebert 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 in another closely contested final. Barbara Figge and Chelle Gourlay, playing an attacking style, downed three-time women's doubles winners Suzanne Williams and Leigh Everitt 6-3, 6-4.

Mixed doubles champions Jamie Everitt and Suzanne Williams won for the third time, defeating last year's winners Rob McGowan and Maria Parkhill 6-3, 7-5.

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