Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sports summary

Rudigoz, McNeal lead Americans in Swiss ski cross

Sun Valley-based ski cross racers Biche Rudigoz and Langely McNeal stepped up and led all Americans in FIS World Cup ski cross races last week in Switzerland. Rudigoz had his best result, 19th, in Saturday's race at Meiringen-Hasliberg. McNeal, 25, in her eighth World Cup ski cross, was 31st in last Wednesday's race at Grindlewald. Next up: World Cup Finals March 20 in La Plagne, Fra.

Farrow ends up fifth in J2 National Junior Olympics combined

First-year J2 (ages 15-16) alpine ski racer Tanner Farrow, 15, of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation finished fifth in combined at the FIS U.S. Junior Olympic Championships that wrapped up last week in Aspen, Colo. Farrow placed 17th downhill, 7th slalom and 15th giant slalom. Second-year J2 Bergen Palmer of the SVSEF was 16th DH and 6th SL.

Ski Club Championship GS

John Campbell (77.17 seconds) and Nancy Dreyer (92.19) clocked the fastest two-run combined times March 10 when the Sun Valley Ski Club hosted 26 alpine ski racers for its annual Club Championship giant slalom on Baldy. Other men on the overall podium were Alan Rickers (81.17) and Greg Gerkin (81.52), while Nancy Auseklis (92.38) and Anna Droege (96.31) joined Dreyer.

Age class top placings: 1—Nancy Auseklis, Heidi Flood, Nancy Dreyer, John Droege, Al Auseklis, Herb Meyr, Ned Lumpkin, Bob Sarchett, Dan Kurdy, Kipp Nelson, Campbell and Greg Gerkin. 2—Anna Droege, Jim Tallackson, Cliff Cunha, Mark Masur, Rickers and Jason Gerkin. 3—Drury Cooper, John Reagle and Scott Housman.

Other racers were Randi DuBois, Frank Ward, John Summers, Ken Dreyer and Ron Hendricks.

Friday Night Lights at Rotarun

The Friday Night Lights Beer Slalom League wrapped up a season of silly ski racing at Hailey's Rotarun Ski Area March 13. The event matched randomly drawn four-man teams in a dual obstacle course format that offered cold malts as rewards. The finals came down to a slugfest between Idaho Lumber and Broadleaf Design. Katie Dondero gave Broadleaf a ridiculously big lead, which her team rapidly squandered, especially due to a screaming leg by Tyler Corrock of Idaho Lumber. Eventually, Idaho Lumber was the winner with Wes Powell, Tyler Corrock, Jason Hayes, and Leslie Vroman. In the consolation finals, Idaho Tower was awarded a tie with Mt. Sun Homes. Organizers thanked KB from Watkins Distributing plus team sponsors Idaho Lumber, Broadleaf Design, Mt. Sun Homes, Crazy Susan, Campbell Consulting, Summit Excavation, Shanklin Irrigation and Idaho Tower.

Baldy Snowshoe Challenge set for Saturday

This year's Bald Mountain Snowshoe Challenge, sponsored by Kahtoola as part of its Winter 2009 tour, will be Saturday, March 21 starting at 8 a.m. from the bottom of Baldy's River Run ski run.

Welcoming spring, the annual 3,200 vertical foot climb up River Run and College to the 9,100-foot summit of Baldy is open to snowshoers and skiers with skins.

The route goes from Lower River Run to Hershey Highway, then up the cat track to Lower College, Upper College and Baldy's summit. There will be prize drawings at the top for all participants and chairlift rides down. Bring dry, warm clothes.

Pre-register at or at The Elephant's Perch in Ketchum through Friday, March 20 at the price of $10. You can also sign up for $15 on race morning from 7-7:30 a.m. or by visiting Call 726-3497 for more details.

Last year there were 47 snowshoe and telemark skiers including repeat snowshoe winner Bill Nurge (45 minutes and 12 seconds) and women's champion Jenny Tobin of Boise (54:47). Telemark champions were Roger Mankus (1.09:51) and Charil Reis (1.45:49).

SUFC spring soccer sign-ups

Registration is underway for the Sawtooth United F.C. spring youth soccer development and recreational program. SUFC is pleased to continue its Wednesday afternoon Academy Sessions for ages 9-12, directed by coach Kelly Feldman and staffed by licensed Competitive Program coaches. Visit

All-Star prep basketball

Wood River High School senior Bryan Tidwell (10 points) and Carey senior Heith Adamson (4 points) played big roles for the East All-Star team during the Fourth District boys' senior All-Star basketball game won by the West All-Stars 95-92 March 12 at Twin Falls High School.

WR Volleyball Club enjoys Buhl tournament

Two Wood River Volleyball Club teams earned second-place finishes at the Buhl Volleyball Club's eighth-grade Silver and Gold tournament Saturday, March 7.

WR Black was the top seed in its pool and placed second to Jerome in the finals. Coach was Jessica King. Players were Miranda Gasenica, Madison Hendrix, Alyse Northrup, Kori Paradis, Lily Richards, Alison Gasenica and Sydney Tidwell. Meanwhile, WR Green was the second seed in its pool and finished up second to Twin Falls in the finals. Coach was Tim Richards. The players were Taylor Bernston, Rachel Conover, Alex Feldman, Shyla Jones, Mandy Kinsey, Lauren Malone, Larissa Roberts, Clara Rodriguez, Lena Roebuck and Lex Shapiro.

WR Green also placed third at the Jerome tournament Feb. 28.

Janss Classic clarification

In 1998, as a Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation board member, Beverly DeChevrieux adopted the Pro-Am race format from the Sun Valley Ski Club and got support from Glenn Janss who suggested the name Janss Pro-Am for the new Janss Pro-Am Classic SVSEF fundraiser.

Girls on the Run ready for spring

Registration is underway for the spring season of Girls on the Run, set for April 6-May 14. After school practices will be held at most Blaine County elementary schools. Visit for details, or call Mary at 788-7863. The season culminates with the New Balance Girls on the Run 5-kilometer race and Healthy Living Expo on May 16.

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