Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sports summary

Bartender's Cup trophy moves south

The Bartender's Cup golf tournament first-place trophy has moved south after starting its journey in Ketchum.

With Matt Mahoney, Shaun Mahoney and "Minnesota" Mark Belanger shooting a 59, Mahoney's Bar & Grill of Bellevue won the third annual 18-hole tournament by three strokes Sunday at Ketchum's Bigwood Golf Course.

Il Naso and Pioneer Saloon of Ketchum had won the Bartender's Cup golf its first two years, but Il Naso (62) settled for second place of 13 teams on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.

Playing for runner-up Il Naso were Joel Evans, Clic Bloomfield, Shawn Tierney and Dillon Witmer. Tying for third place at 63 were Pioneer Saloon and Bigwood Grill. The Christiania was fifth at 66. Last place went to The Cellar at 80.

Longest drives went to Molly McCredy and Joel Evans. Closest-to-the-pin winners were Jolie Dunn and Mike Shanks. Here are the final team scores:

1—Mahoney's 59. 2—Il Naso 62. 3—Pioneer Saloon and Bigwood Grill 63. 5—Christiania 66. 6—Apple's Bar & Grill, Sushi on 2nd and The Kneadery 67. 9—Fresshie's 69. 10—Grumpy's and Rickshaw 73. 12—Whiskey's 75. 13—Cellar Pub 80.

Valley's Ryder Cup

Some of the Wood River Valley's best men played a Wood River version of the Ryder Cup American and European challenge Sept. 19 and 23.

Organizer Kevin Cincotta said Sun Valley Golf Club defeated The Valley Club 15.5 to 8.5. And The Valley Club treated the Sun Valley winners to dinner and drinks at Pioneer Saloon in Ketchum.

Striking the ball for Sun Valley were captain Cincotta, Sam Williams, Shawn Aicher, captain Mike Pirzynski, captain Walter Littenberg, John Manocheo, Rick Filkins, Kris Halle and Nils Badenduck.

Valley Club players were captains Jack Dies and Larry Lloyd, Tim Jeneson, Carmen Bradley, Dick Nelson, Reamy Goodwin, Dave Cropper, Latham Williams, Scott Lucas, Neil Bradshaw and Baird Gourlay.

They played 18 holes at The Valley Club Sept. 19 and 18 at Sun Valley Golf Club Tuesday, Sept. 23. Four foursomes teed it up each day. Nine holes were two-man best ball match play. The other nine holes were singles medal play with index.

Spikers stay unbeaten in Great Basin action

It was a happy Homecoming match for the Wood River High School volleyball team Thursday on the Hailey hardwoods.

Two-time defending Great Basin West champion Wood River (11-6, 3-0 league) made quick work of the Minico Spartans 25-13, 25-16, 25-14 in an important league match.

Senior Hanna Gustafson (a team-high 11 kills) started her big night with five kills in the first game sparking Hailey to a commanding lead. The Wolverines were better than Minico in all facets of the game, particularly from the serving stripe.

Angela Coleman (10 successful serves including 5 aces) blistered Minico from the line in the third game. Jessica Hamilton (8 winning serves), Haleigh Hall (7 serves, 3 aces) and Kylie Anderson (7 serves) enjoyed success from the line, too.

Other Hailey hitters were Kaylee Baker (10 kills), Coleman (8 kills) and Grace Lagodich (8 kills). Senior setter Hall led the team in assists.

The Wolverines faced a stiffer challenge Tuesday at Filer during a tough triangular with host Filer (18-4) and Jerome (4-6, 1-2 league). Wood River swept host Jerome in three games Sept. 9, but the second and third games went down to the wire before ending.

Currently, Wood River is ranked third in the 4A prep volleyball poll behind Skyview of Nampa and Kuna, and ahead of Bishop Kelly of Boise and Rigby.

But the ranking is sort of bogus because it doesn't include defending State 4A champion Bonneville of Idaho Falls (27-1), which on Saturday won the Bonneville-Hillcrest tournament 15-25, 25-18, 15-13 over defending champion Idaho Falls (30-4). Idaho Falls was last year's State 5A runner-up and on Sept. 20 won the Wood River Invitational title.

Wood River travels to the 25-team Maverick Invitational Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4 in the Boise area. Starting at 4 p.m. Friday at Meridian High School gym, the Wolverines will compete in a pool with Meridian, Vallivue of Caldwell, Twin Falls and Payette.

Skyview and reigning State 5A champion Eagle are in the same pool, playing at Mountain View High.

Cutthroat spikers return

Coach Reamy Goodwin's Community School volleyball team returned to action Monday night with a homecourt 25-14, 25-14, 25-19 Northside Conference loss to the Magic Valley Christian Conquerors.

The Cutthroats (0-8, 0-7 league) traveled to Murtaugh Tuesday night, then entertain Richfield Thursday, Oct. 2 and Camas County next Tuesday at The Fish Tank.

Carbonate Challenge runners in Hailey

Wood River High School cross country runners, 43 of them, gathered at Hailey's Hop Porter Park last Thursday for the Carbonate Challenge intra-squad workout as part of Homecoming Week in Hailey.

Freshman Tristin Bowers (29:50) won the girls' event over Julia Bowman (30:50). Danny Sundali (23:18) led the boys by a ahead of Chase Caulkins (23:29). Sundali's time bettered the all-time record of Alex Hamlin (23:34) by 16 seconds.

Young golfers sweep IGA honors

Beautiful late-summer weather greeted 102 golfers in the Idaho Golf Association's Tournament of Champions 36-hole meet Saturday and Sunday at Sun Valley Golf Club.

The spoils went to a couple of fine, young Idaho golfers.

Posting the best overall score and winning the prestigious glass trophy was Chris Byrne, 20, of Boise Ranch Golf Club. Byrne shot 70-71 for 141 to win by two strokes over Men's Champions Division winner Eric Peterson of Caldwell's Purple Sage GC (71-72 for 143).

Hillcrest Country Club (Boise) golfer Ali Thompson, 17, was the women's champion with scores of 78-71 for 149, good for a four-stroke win over Cali Hipp (83-70 for 153).

The Senior Women's Champion was Lynne Davies of Warm Springs GC (Boise) at 80-80 for 160. Placing third was Marilyn Celano of The Valley Club 89-87 for 176.

Senior Men's winner in a playoff was Gordon Barry of Canyon Springs GC (Twin Falls) with scores of 77-73 for 150, identical to runner-up Christopher James. Not far behind in eighth place was John Manocheo of Sun Valley 77-81 for 158.

Bigwood Golf Course's Matt Meador (72-76 for 148) finished a strong third in Champions Division. Other locals included Kevin Cincotta of Sun Valley 81-81 for 162, Wray Farmin of Bigwood 81-93 for 174 and Marcia Rankin 89-86 for 175.

Time for Nordic dryland workouts

Sign up now for Nordic dryland pre-ski season workouts sponsored by the Blaine County Recreation District. Instructors Tessa Westbrook and Sarah McLaughlin will help participants with the technique and knowledge specific to the Nordic skier.

Classes are offered Mondays, from 12 noon-1 p.m. from Oct. 6 through Nov. 17 or Wednesdays, from 5-6 p.m. Oct. 8 through Nov. 19. Sessions meet at The Community Campus south fields in Hailey.

Seven classes are $65 or $10 for drop-in. Each student will have a chance to win a BCRD Nordic trails season pass. Register at the Rec District office at The Community Campus. Call 788-2117 or visit to download a registration form.

Four from SVSEF on U.S. Nordic Ski Team

Four Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Olympic Development Team cross-country skiers have been named to the 18-member 2008-09 U.S. Nordic Ski Team, USSA Nordic Director John Farra announced Sept. 26 from Park City, Utah. They are "A" team member Chris Cook, 28, of Rhinelander, Wisc. plus "B" teamers Morgan Arritola, 22, of Fairfield, Alexa Turzian, 20, of Sun Valley and Noah Hoffman, 19, of Aspen, Colo.

Other "A" teamers are Kris Freeman, Torin Koos, Andy Newell and Kikkan Randall. Rounding out the "B" team are Rosie Brennan, Lindsey Dehlin, Matt Gelso, Garrott Kuzzy, Taz Mannix, Morgan Smyth, Liz Stephen, Laura Valaas, Lindsay Williams and Leif Zimmermann.

Benefit golf for Suns hockey

The Sun Valley Suns benefit golf tournament for 2008 will be staged Saturday, Oct. 4 featuring a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Bigwood at Thunder Spring north of Ketchum. The $95 player fee includes nine holes of golf, cart and dinner. A silent auction will follow. Sign up in advance at the Bigwood Pro Shop or call 726-4024.

U.S. Disabled Team skiers include two from Sun Valley

Sit-skier Andrew Soule, 27, of Sun Valley is on the 2008-09 U.S. Disabled Cross Country Ski Team for the second year, and standing skier Elitsa Storey, 20, is a member of the Alpine Women's Development Team of the 2008-09 U.S. Disabled team.

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