Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Sports summary

Half marathoners tackle the Zeitgeist course

Fourteen Wood River Valley runners were in the field of 908 finishers Saturday in Boise during the seventh annual Zeitgeist 13.1-mile half marathon starting at Boise's Optimist Football Park.

The sanctioned half marathon featured a scenic course on rolling country roads with four hills and 1,250 feet of elevation gain and loss. The event raised money for the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation and Idaho Donor Network.

Male and female winners were Taylor Neal, 22, of Boise in 1.20:05 and Lisa Spenner, 34, of Boise in 1.29:09, good for 11th place overall.

Hailey's Daryl Fauth, 38, was the top local finisher in 29th place and fifth in his age class at 1.33:13. Placing second in her age class and ninth among Master women was Mary Kim Deffe, 49, of Ketchum, while Bellevue's Tizz Miller, 40, was fourth in her class and fifth among Masters.

Placings and times for locals, with class and gender placings:

29—Daryl Fauth, 38, Hailey, 1.33:13 (5th class). 75—Chris Williams, 42, Ketchum, 1.42:41 (13th). 131—Jennifer Schwartz, 38, Ketchum, 1.47:54 (9th class, 36th women). 134—Jason Dykhouse, 40, Hailey, 1.48:04 (21st). 140—Tizz Miller, 40, Bellevue, 1.48:24 (4th class, 5th Masters, 41st women).

172—Mary Kim Deffe, 49, Ketchum, 1.51.32 (2nd class, 9th Masters, 56th women). 202—Kristin Cassalia, 32, Hailey, 1.53:32 (17th class, 65th women). 208—Erin Northrop, 23, Boise, 1.53:48 (7th class, 69th women). 209—Jeff Ealey, 46, Hailey, 1.53:52 (22nd).

214—Jamie McClure, 52, Ketchum, 1.54:02 (4th class, 72nd women). 283—Jessica Kolkmann, 27, Hailey, 1.59:27 (15th class, 107th women). 331—Sarah Parker, 27, Ketchum, 2.02:30 (19th class, 138th women). 478—Lindsay Smith, 28, Sun Valley, 2.11:41 (36th class, 226th women). 813—Molly Kukachka, 24, Ketchum, 2.54:56 (38th class, 476th women).

Play cards, help the Wood River Baseball and Softball Association

As a fundraiser, the Wood River Baseball and Softball Association is conducting its second annual "Texas Hold 'Em Tournament," on Friday, Nov. 7 from 7-10 p.m. at St. Charles Parish Hall in Hailey. Bring a $50 donation to the WRBSA. They'll be playing a timed game for three hours with prizes going to top players. The tournament is limited to 50 players. RSVP to Jonah Torseth, 578-5030 ext. 2355 or email the Wood River Middle School teacher/assistant high school baseball coach at

Boise Ski Swap this weekend

The 58th annual Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation "Ski Swap" is Thursday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 9 at Expo Idaho Fairgrounds, Boise. Admission is $3. Sale hours are Friday from 5-10 p.m., Saturday 10-8 and Sunday 10-3.

Hailey Hawks win two baseball games in Arizona

Great pitching and solid defense couldn't translate into a playoff berth for the Hailey Hawks during the Men's Senior Baseball League (MSBL) World Series in Arizona Oct. 19-23. The Hawks went 2-4 in the round robin portion of the 25-plus Central Division and just couldn't muster enough offense to advance any further.

Righthander Nic Nottingham secured both of the Hawks wins 9-1 over the Sonoma (Ca.) Black Sox and 8-5 over the Southern California Stars. Hawks righty Christian Nickum had the best outing on the hill, but lost to eventual undefeated champions Chicago Seminoles 2-0 in a close preliminary bracket game.

The Hawks team sponsored by Hailey Car Quest, Class Five Construction and Sun Valley Auto Club also featured Robin Sarchett, Brian Nelson, Ryan Stavros, Bryan Burrell, Kenny Nelson, Jeff Burrell, T.J. Peterson, Gio Tognoni, Brent Anderson, Anthony Anderson, Justin Herald and John Rathfon.


Wood River High School softball coach Dale Martin is planning to continue his job as equipment manager for Hailey athletic teams, but he said he prefers not to travel with the football team next year.

Trout Unlimited meeting on redband trout

Featured speaker is Dan Schill for Trout Unlimited's November meeting Thursday, Nov. 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Roosevelt Grill, Ketchum. Schill, who has studied trout populations professionally since 1980, will give a presentation on population studies of high desert redband trout in southern Idaho. Anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts are invited.

Rusch fourth woman in Iron Biker Brazil 2008

Part-time Ketchum firefighter and professional endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch, 30, placed fourth among the women in the 16th edition of Iron Biker Brazil Oct. 18-19 at Sao Paulo, Brazil. About 1,000 mountain bikers competed.

Sponsored by Specialized and Red Bull, Rusch conquered two stages—the hilly 63-kilometer opening stage in temperatures around 100 degrees, and the 55k second stage in 82-degree temperatures. She was sixth after the first stage, about 12 minutes behind the race leader, and improved to fourth overall the final day with a third-place finish despite a flat tire.

Senior project on basketball

Wood River High School senior James Anthony Todd completed his senior project Nov. 1 by hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at The Community Campus gym, Hailey. Seven teams participated in two divisions. Champions were Michale Brunker, Bryan Tidwell and Greg Wakefield.

SV women at 3.5 Senior Women's Tennis finals

A Sun Valley-based women's tennis team went 2-2 and won seven of its 12 matches in preliminary action of the 2008 Chrysler Senior 3.5 Women's National Tennis Championship Oct. 24-26 at Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Ca.

But Sun Valley finished third in its five-team flight and didn't make the playoffs won by the Southern Tennessee squad from Nashville. The Idaho team included Lesley Bisset Hardy, Susan Rippon, Margaret Haase, Linda Fraser, Marilyn Martin, Joanne Wetherell, Pamela Sue Martin and Kelle Weston.

Youth hockey teams back in action

Sun Valley Junior Hockey Association youth hockey teams were back on the ice last weekend in two tournaments.

Midgets in Boise: Top-seeded Meridian was too powerful, beating a determined Sun Valley Midgets (ages 15-18) high school hockey team twice by 12-0 scores for the championship of the QWest tournament for nine hockey teams in Boise Oct. 30-Nov. 2.

Sun Valley posted 7-0, 9-1 and 2-0 wins to earn a berth in the title game, getting a 2-0 semi-final shutout from goaltender Cassidy Carson (14 saves, 85 weekend) to earn the trip to the championship.

Top Sun Valley scorers were Morgan Pike (4 goals/2 assists), Niels McMahon (1/3) and Charlie Evans (2/2). Goalie Carson faced 110 shots in five games.

Other scorers were Jackson Bates (2/1), Caleb Crawford (1/1), Latner Straley (2/0), Rune Haavik (2/0), Jimmy Hague (0/2), Tommy Heinrich (1/0), Douglas King (1/0), Anthony Martin (1/0) and Chance McCroskey (0/1)

Rounding out the runner-up team were Davis Hague, Alexander MacMillan, Ian Murphy, Zak Sjoberg and Reed Stokes.

Bantams in Sun Valley: The Sun Valley Bantam youth hockey team hosted the Boise Hawks for 13-14 year-old two games Saturday at Sun Valley Skating Center. They were the first games of the season for the Suns, who are coached by Tim Jeneson, Chris Zarkos and Bob Crosby.

Boise Hawks won the opening game, 6-1. Drew Barsch cut Boise's lead in half, 2-1 late in the second, but the Hawks reeled off four unanswered goals to win. Sun Valley goalie Gus Conrad made 19 saves.

Tom Crosby scored two goals in the first 20 seconds of the nightcap to set the table for a 6-2 Sun Valley victory. The center finished with a hat trick. Rickie Jeneson twined two goals and Parker Weekes one. Conrad with 10 saves.

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