Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sports summary

Nordic kids accept awards

The Sun Valley ski Education Foundation's Junior Nordic ski team announced accolades and honors for the 2008-09 season during awards programs Friday and Saturday at nexStage Theatre, Ketchum.

Comp Team—Outstanding: Max Durtschi and Makayla Cappel. Most Improved: Brandon Wade and Emily Williams. Rookies: Torin Tucker and Maggie Williams. Coaches Awards: Scott Schoen and Julia Bowman. Engl Awards: Scotty Phelan and Keller Gibson.

Most Inspirational (voted by teammates): Scott Schoen and Keller Gibson.

Prep Team—Outstanding: Stephen Pfeiffer and Haley Montgomery. Most Improved: Michael Niedrich and Elana King-Nakaoka. Coaches Awards: Ty Reinemann and Brooke Lawrence.

Most Inspirational (voted by teammates): Ty Reinemann and Grace Gorham.

Devo Teams, Lake Creek and Quigley—Outstanding: Emily Siegel and Peter Wolter (LC), Lily Brunelle and Danny Graves (Q). Most Improved: Ellie Gorham and Ike Buxton (LC), Leah Thayer and Luke Dean (Q). Coaches Awards: Tess Burchmore and Alex Feldman (LC), Alina Svidgal and Jorgen Lawrence (Q).

Most Inspirational/Team Spirit: Lily Fitzgerald and Peter Wolter (LC), Lily Brunelle and Carter Ros (Q).

Bigwood Golf Course opens driving range

Bigwood Golf Course at Thunder Spring is about three weeks ahead of schedule, compared to last year. The Bigwood driving range opened for the season Monday, April 6, compared to April 28 in 2008. Use the credit card payment machine, or purchase season pass keys at the Bigwood Pro Shop (726-4024) after 9 a.m. each day.

Second-year Director of Golf Scott Syms is hopeful Bigwood's nine holes will open to the public Friday, April 17, weather permitting. Last year's opening was May 3, the latest ever for the Ketchum course.

Sign up for youth baseball and softball tonight

The Blaine County Recreation District and Wood River Baseball/Softball Association are registering kids for youth baseball and softball seasons:

5-6 Coed Tee Ball (BCRD): Today, Wednesday, April 8, 5-7 p.m. at The Community Campus, Hailey.

7-8 Coed Coach-pitch (BCRD): April 8, 5-7 p.m., Community Campus.

7-10 Machine-pitch Girls' Softball (BCRD): April 8, 5-7 p.m., Community Campus.

11-13 Player-pitch Girls Softball (BCRD): April 8, 5-7 p.m., Community Campus.

Farrow benefit is Saturday

Silent auction and raffle items are needed for the Farrow Family Benefit Saturday, April 11 from 2-10 p.m. at Silver Springs Ranch, 114 Price Lane in Bellevue off Glendale Rd.

All proceeds help Kathy Farrow and her family, following the untimely death of her husband and the children's father Tracey Farrow last year.

Donations of silent auction items and other contributions can be made at First Bank of Idaho in Bellevue or Idaho Lumber in Hailey. Jane Eittreim is collecting side dishes for the dinner. If you can bring something email her at

Family fun at the Farrow benefit includes a jumpy gym and face painting for the kids, plus a horseshoe tournament and card games. Also planned: A pig feed and music from 8-10 p.m. by the Kim Stocking Band.

Child care will be available. Questions, call Buffy at 720-1998 or Kelly at 720-9763.

Youth baseball clinics connected with Farrow benefit

Wood River Baseball and Softball Association coaches are planning special clinics in connection with Saturday's Farrow Family Benefit. The baseball clinics will be held Saturday in Hailey, with all proceeds going to the Farrows.

Ages 9-12: Meet from 10 a.m.-12 noon at Nelson Field. Ages 5-8: Meet from 1-3 p.m. (coaches welcome) at Nelson.

Ages 13-15: Meet from 10 a.m.-12 noon at Founders Field.

Clinic cost is $15, with registration starting 30 minutes prior to the clinics. Visit

Wild Rockies series starts April 11

The fifth annual Barking Spider Bash mountain bike race and trail run debuts the 2009 Wild Rockies Series on Saturday, April 11. The spring opener features a fun and easy, 9.3-mile course with rolling terrain and some great trails and sand washes. The course includes the famous "Skateboard Park" descent, a twisting, turning tunnel of fun. Saturday's event runs at the Hemmingway Butte ORV Area, 25 miles southwest of Nampa off S.H. 45, (Reynolds Creek Rd.). Register through April 11 at

Ellingson takes Mountain Home discus event

Camas County High School junior Jeff Ellingson, the only 1A athlete in a sea of 4A athletes from southern Idaho, won Friday's Mountain Home Invitational discus throw.

His first toss was 153 feet, 5 inches, the second-best Gem State throw so far in 2009, and his winning throw was 154-2, some 22 feet better than the next competitor. Ellingson bettered his Fairfield school record in discus by nearly two feet. He kept up the pace Saturday at the Cole Valley Invitational in Horseshoe Bend but didn't have the same oomph, despite winning both the discus (130-3) and shotput (42-11). Last May, Ellingson was third in the State 1A discus event at 144-7 at Boise's Bronco Stadium.

Cyclists open George's Spring Series in Boise

Although he was in the Masters A 35-and-over class, Ketchum's Richard Feldman pedaled with the best of them Saturday during the Jason Broome Memorial 10.2-mile time trial in Boise—first event of the George's Spring Series.

World Masters time trial gold medalist and American cyclocross champ Feldman (21 minutes, 10 seconds) clocked the second-fastest time, behind Pro 1-2 Men's winner Sam Krieg of Pocatello (21:00).

Owner of Durance Cycleworks for 14 years, Feldman will be 40 June 15. But the 1987 Community School graduate and 1991 Middlebury College alum showed the youngsters how it's done in Boise.

And there were plenty of youngsters and senior riders from the valley in the Jason Broome Memorial.

Here are results by class:

Pro 1-2 Men: 8—Brandon Lynch 22:20. Category 3 Men: 4—Joe Kafka 23:31. 19—Taylor Benz 27:23.

Category 4-5 Men: 5—Bill McCann 24:53. 18—Nate Galpin 27:10. 23—Mark Estrebillo 28:10. 26—Colby Benz 29:51. 37—Tyler Spence 33:16. 38—Matteo Jorgenson 33:31.

Masters Men B 45-plus: 14—Herberth Corrales 31:11. Masters Men B 55-plus: 9—John Swyers 30:35. Pro 1-4 Female: 11—Patty Puz 31:40. 12—Sarah Youmans 32:19.

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