Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sports summary

Sun Valley Figure Skating Club award winners at the April 18 ceremony in Sun Valley. Some of the girls were in costume, because the club held its annual ceremony between two ice shows. Back, from left, Gracie Eagan, Alexandra Harten, Julianna Lamb and Claire Siderman. Front, from left, Nicole Pratt and Telar McClure. Not pictured were Julia Broderick and Lauren Farr. Photo by

Skaters celebrate with awards

The Sun Valley Figure Skating Club conducted its annual sports award ceremony on the ice Saturday, April 18 between the matinee and evening "Eskate to Africa" shows at Sun Valley Skating Center.

Each SVFSC skater received a certificate of recognition and club pin to acknowledge participation and efforts in figure skating. In addition, several skaters earned special awards.

For the second straight year in a row, Idaho Falls senior Lauren Farr won the Herman Maricich Achievement Award for placing seventh in Junior Pairs at the 2009 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Community School sophomore Julianna Lamb won the Judy Fuller Sportsmanship Award for her contributions and service over 10 years.

Wood River Middle School eighth grader Gracie Eagan received the Lolly Jensen Junior Achievement Award. The Daisy Langley Junior Sportsmanship Award went to Community School sixth grader Claire Siderman.

Honorable Mention for Sportsmanship Awards were presented to Community School sixth grader Alexandra Harten and Wood River Middle School eighth graders Nicole Pratt, Julia Broderick, and Telar McClure.

Hershey track and field meet returns Saturday

Carey School's Derrick Parke Memorial Field will be a busy place the morning of Saturday, May 2 because that is the day of the Blaine County/Hershey track and field meet for kids in grades 1-8.

It is the culmination of the three-week Blaine County Recreation District spring track and field program that began April 13. Saturday's meet for about 200 kids ages 6-14 begins at 9 a.m. and will include field events like standing long jump and softball throw, plus sprints and distance runs.

First- and second-place winners ages 9-14 Saturday qualify for Southern Idaho State Hershey June 20 in Rexburg.

Conover a leader for Finger Lakes lacrosse

Jeff Conover of Finger Lakes Community College (N.Y.) was chosen as the NJCAA Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the week ending April 12. He is a son of Brad and Debbie Conover, Hailey.

Wood River High School graduate Conover had a great week defensively for Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, according to a NJCAA press release. The sophomore defenseman covered the opposition's top attackmen and recorded 28 ground balls over three games. Against #3 Herkimer, Conover recorded eight ground balls, nine against #8 Hudson Valley and 11 in a game against Tompkins-Cortland.

"He had numerous takeaways this past week and has been an outstanding leader for Finger Lakes all season," said head coach Dave Stein.

Lloyd, Wolfe finish Boston Marathon

Wood River Valley footracers David Lloyd and Rachel Wolfe finished the 113th running of the Boston Marathon 26.2-mile race April 20 in Boston, Mass. They were among 22,849 runners—13,547 men and 9,302 women—completing the granddaddy of all U.S. marathons.

Lloyd, 32, was clocked at a 7:13 per mile pace and finished in 3.08:59, good for 2,542nd overall and 1,663rd in his 19-39 age division. Wolfe, 28, was one of the 74 Idaho finishers in the Boston. She finished in 4.06:03, for 16,846th overall, 6,149th among women and 3,649th in her division.

Emmett Roubaix cyclists

Ketchum's Max Durtschi of Hammer/CMG Racing placed fifth of 19 cyclists in the Pro 1-2 Male class at the 2009 Emmett Roubaix road race, sponsored by Lyle Pearson and starting from Emmett City Park April 26. Distances ranged from 45 to 65 miles. Durtschi (3.28:58) wasn't far off the winning time of Salt Lake City's Chase Pinkham (3.27:26, 21.98 mph), followed closely by Olympic champion Kristin Armstrong Savola of Boise (3.28:06). Among the local cyclists or locally-sponsored cyclists completing their courses at Emmett were Joe Kafka, Matt Fethke, Erik Ruggeri, Jackson Long, Mark Estrebillo, Blair Clark and Herberth Corrales.

YMCA Sprint Triathlon set for May 8-9

Registration is ongoing for the first annual Wood River YMCA Sprint Triathlon (700-yard swim, 8-mile bike, 3-mile run) set for Friday and Saturday, May 8-9. The swim portion will be held on Friday at the YMCA pool in Ketchum. The bike and running legs will begin Saturday from Trail Creek Cabin. Cost is $15 YMCA members, $20 for non-members or $1 for a green entry. Register at up until race day or phone 208-928-6707.

Wide Open golfers gather May 16

If you're a golfer who finds that a few refreshments are beneficial for your putting stroke, save the date of Saturday, May 16 for the return of the Ketchum Wide Open miniature golf tournament.

One of spring's most popular events, the miniature golf tournament has golfers going to different bars in town, with participating establishments decorating holes in unique and challenging ways.

Bars and restaurants participating this year are The Sawtooth Club, The Roosevelt Grille, Casino, Grumpy's, Lefty's, Papa Hemi's Hideaway, Rico's Pizza & Pasta, The Cellar Pub, Smoky Mountain Pizza, Sushi on Second, Whiskey Jacques, and McClain's Pizza.

An awards ceremony will take place at Ketchum Town Plaza, located on 4th and Leadville, with prizes given for Best Overall Score, Best Group Costume, and Worst Score. Entertainment will be provided by DJ YO Mama.

The cost to participate is $20 for a team of two. Tickets can be purchased at any of the participating bars on May 16. Costumes are encouraged.

The event is organized by the Ketchum Events Planning Committee, with leadership from the Sun Valley/Ketchum CVB. Sponsors include Zenergy Health Club, Hayden Beverage, the City of Ketchum, and the Sun Valley/Ketchum CVB.

Huntington replaces Young as WRHS wrestling coach

Hailey's Wood River High School has a new varsity wrestling coach, as of Monday.

Wood River activities director John Rade announced Monday the departure of three-year varsity wrestling coach Tyson Young and the hiring of Shawn Huntington as new coach for Wolverine grapplers.

Rade said, "Coach Tyson Young and his wife Kim Young have decided to teach and coach at a school in Wyoming to be closer to family. Wood River High staff, parents and student athletes appreciate all of coach Young's time and effort coaching at Wood River High. His presence, intensity and dedication to the sport of wrestling will be missed."

Young's successor has been involved with Wood River wrestling and football since moving to the valley in 2007.

Huntington, 26, was born and raised in Boise. He graduated from Eagle High School in 2001. There he was a two-time state placer in the 130- and 135-pound classes in wrestling and the captain of a state championship team. He was also a captain of the football team, where he played strong safety for coach Mike Glenn.

He then attended Boise State University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics in 2007. While at BSU, Shawn coached wrestling at Eagle Middle and High Schools for four years. He also met and married his wife Jenna while attending BSU.

Shawn and Jenna moved to the Wood River Valley in 2007. He has spent the past two years working as a paraprofessional at Hailey Elementary, while also coaching football at Wood River High and wrestling at both WRHS and WRMS.

Huntington, who hopes to obtain a mathematics teaching job with the Blaine County School District, has also spent the past two years as an assistant coach for the Wood River Wrestling Club program.

"I would also like to invite anyone with any wrestling knowledge in the Wood River Valley to feel welcome to come into the wrestling room and share their expertise," said Huntington. "Feel free to contact me at or just stop by the wrestling room."

28 climb Carbonate for The Advocates

Twenty-eight people, 14 runners and 14 hikers, turned out Saturday, April 25 for the first annual Carbonate Hill Climb held on Saturday, April 25. The Advocates sponsored the event.

Whit Albright won the men's runner's division with a time of 30 minutes and 19 seconds. Maranda Stopol won the women's runner's division at 39:55, good for fifth place overall.

The event was held in support of Sexual Assault Prevention Month. Hailey Police officer Derek Stewart spoke at the post race barbecue and gave the audience tips about sexual assault prevention.

Close to 100 people took part in the family-friendly event that included the race, kids' activities, a barbecue and the awards ceremony, according to The Advocates executive director Tricia Swartling.

The top male runners following Whit were Eric Hall, Rick Kapala, Hector Ocampo and Erik Zimmerman.

The top female runners after Maranda Stopol were Kate Nichols, Jennett Zimmerman, Suzanne Miller and Kandy Blackburn.

Winning the hiker category were Mark Miller and Kate Ellis-Daluiso.

The race started at Hop Porter Park in Hailey, ran up the ridge to the first peak of Carbonate and back to the park via the switchbacks. Results:

Runner category: 1—Whit Albright 30:19. 2—Eric Hall 36:56. 3—Rick Kapala 37:43. 4—Hector Ocampo 39:12. 5—Maranda Stopol 39:55. 6—Erik Zimmerman 40:01. 7—Kate Nichols 40:49. 8—Jay Dawg 41:52. 9—Jennett Zimmerman 42:22. 10—Suzanne Miller 44:46. 11—Kandy Blackburn 44:54. 12—Lauren Hunter 48:32. 13—Cheyanne Stopol 1.00:09. 14—Angeles Morgana 1.37:53.

Hiker category: 1—Mark Miller 38:45. 2—Emmett Say 46:48. 3—Kate Ellis-Daluiso 47:48. 4—Karen Province 51:04. 5—Barb Hall 54:08. 6—Heidi Jorgenson 1.00:03. 7—Sue Conner 1.00:06. 8—Kelly Martin 1.00:07. 9—Emily Schneider 1.00:08. 10—Tisha Haganuncapher 1.21:57. 11—Peewee Thomas 1.32:01. 12—Lee Edgerton 1.39:18. 13—Stephen Horvath 1.39:54. DNF—Anna Svidgal.

Three golds for Fox at big Minico meet

The spotlight shined favorably on Wood River High School senior track and field runner Delaney Fox during Friday's big 16-school Minico Invitational meet on the Rupert oval.

Fox pulled out all the stops in a high-powered field and won the 100-meter dash (12.4 seconds), the 200m dash (26.2) and the 300m intermediate hurdles (46.6). She amassed all 30 of Wood River's points.

Her winning times were all personal records, leading the way for the 21 Wood River athletes who competed. Rigby edged Twin Falls 128-103 for the girls' championship, and Twin Falls (123) nipped Idaho Falls (118) for boys' team honors.

Wood River's boys finished with 11.5 points led by James Paris (4th at 1600m in 4:47.7), Rob Paris (6th triple jump at 40-8.5) and Dale McLaughlin (6th place tie pole vault at 12-6). The Wolverines fielded the eighth-place medley relay (4:02.2) with Josh Arters, McLaughlin, Greg LeBlanc and James Paris.

Among Hailey girls with personal bests at Minico were Tristin Bowers (6:21.93 1600m and 13:24 3200m), Dani McLaughlin (3:06 800m and 6:54.19 1600m), Corrine Smith (2:49 800m) and Cheyenne Swanson (89-10 discus).

Wood River returns to Rupert for the Great Basin Conference meet May 6-7.

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