Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sports summary

Feldman fastest biker in Utah

Ketchum's Richard Feldman, owner and sole operator of Durance Cycleworks, and Patty Puz, Durance-Colnago, traveled to Salt Lake City for the Utah State Time Trial Championships on June 6.

Facing a field of over 130 racers, and 30 kilometers (18.6 miles), current national champion and four-time world champion Feldman, 40 on June 15, blew away the competition by 52 seconds in 36:52, averaging 30 mph. The Utah field included racers from professional and amateur ranks.

Patty Puz, 70, had an excellent ride, finishing the 20-kilometer course in 36:43. Puz shows no signs of slowing down and is currently preparing for the national championships in Louisville, Kentucky July 1, as is Feldman. Puz reveled in the fact that as she passed a younger rider, he yelled and swore at her for going so fast.

Fourth of July tennis tourney at Sun Valley

Tournament director David Perry has announced the details of the Lyle Pearson Fourth of July Tennis Championships presented by Sun Valley Resort. The dates are Friday through Sunday, July 3-5 on the Sun Valley courts. Sponsors are Sun Valley Resort, Lyle Pearson of Boise, Sturtevants Mountain Outfitters and Atkinsons' markets. The tournament is open to all ages and levels of play. Entry deadline is Tuesday, June 30. Contact 622-2156 or email Perry at

Bailey Ireland wins Intermountain Cup overall

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine ski racer and recent Wood River High School graduate

Bailey Ireland, 18, has captured the women's overall championship of the Intermountain Cup for the 2008-09 season. Ireland had a season full of consistent results including two silver medals in the Entry League FIS downhills at Soldier Mountain north of Fairfield Jan. 20-21.

Ireland was also second in the downhill standings when the Intermountain Division of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) recently announced its season champions. The results are cumulative, based on results from the 12-race Intermountain Cup (3 races in each discipline, downhill, super giant slalom, giant slalom and slalom).

Other SVSEF athletes honored, according to a June 4 email from SVSEF Development Director Karoline Droege: Sean Higgins 1st GS; Sierra Fox 2nd SG; Miles Fink-Debray 3rd DH; and Nina Hirner 3rd GS.

Openings remain for Wood River High School girls' basketball camp

Former collegiate basketball star and second-year Wood River High School girls' basketball coach Mendy Benson said that openings remain for the WRHS Girls' Basketball Camp set for Monday through Friday, June 15-19 on the Hailey hardwoods.

Morning high school sessions for incoming ninth graders up to seniors will take place from 8:30-11:30 a.m. for $70 per person. The afternoon PrideCamp sessions for grades 4-8 are from 1:30-3:30 p.m., the cost $60. Athletes don't have to live in Blaine County to take part in the June 15-19 sessions.

Email Benson at or show up on the first day.

Volleyball camp at Community School June 22-25

Community School volleyball coach Reamy Goodwin said the school's summer volleyball camp for grades 5-12 at the Fish Tank in Sun Valley will be conducted by "an incredibly qualified" coach of Junior National teams. Her name is Erikka Gulbranson. The dates are Monday through Thursday, June 22-25 from 6-8:30 p.m. each evening. Cost is $25. Sign up by calling Goodwin at 720-8066 or show up on the first night with shoes, knee pads and a water bottle. Gulbranson will emphasize fundamentals, skills and games at the June 22-25 camp.

BCRD Youth Baseball wraps up

The Blaine County Recreation District has announced the top finishers of its spring youth baseball leagues, which wrapped up May 26:

11-12 Major Division—First place: Wood River Inn. Second place: Wicked Spud. Third place: Smith Sport Optics.

9-10 Minor Division—First place: River Run Auto Parts. Second place: Baskin Robbins. Third place: D.L. Evans Bank. Consolation: Soundwave.

Idaho Select Basketball announces Boise BAM Jam 3-on-3 tourney

Idaho Select has announced plans for its 2009 BAM Jam 3-on-3 basketball tournament set for Aug. 7-8 in downtown Boise.

Offered are divisions for teams of all ages and abilities. New are the High School Elite Division and Men's Over 40 Division. To sign up, visit

Proceeds from BAM Jam are donated to non-profit groups like the Boys' and Girls' clubs. Last year the event donated over $2,000 to Treasure Valley organizations.

A non-profit organization, Idaho Select works with all ages to improve on-court basketball skills and off-the-court character. For more details visit

Middle school soccer meeting on Thursday

Coach Adam Porth has called an informational meeting for all seventh- and eighth-grade soccer players and their parents for Thursday, June 11 at 5 p.m. at Wood River Middle School soccer field, Hailey. Bring soccer equipment and water so games can be played, and call Porth at 450-9048.

Fundraiser for Fairfield man next Tuesday

Fairfield's Iron Mountain Inn is the site of a fundraising event for local resident Zack Kandler on Tuesday, June 16 from 6-8 p.m.

Kandler suffered severe head injuries and has experienced blackouts and dizziness since a Sept. 2003 accident. He and his family could use financial help to send him to the head trauma center at the University of California in San Francisco, where he has an appointment set for June 19.

Next Tuesday's spaghetti and taco feed fundraiser at Iron Mountain Inn also features a silent auction, raffles and a 50/50. Donations are $10 singles, $18 couples and $5 for additional household members. Donations are also being accepted for Kandler at U.S. Bank.

Sawtooth United hosts Soccer Open House Monday

Meet coaches, register for upcoming programs and learn about summer drop-in sessions when the Sawtooth United Football Club (SUFC) stages its second Soccer Open House on Monday, June 15 from 4:30-6 p.m. on the Wood River Middle School soccer field in Hailey.

No commitment is required to attend. You will be able to meet program coaches, try on uniforms and take part in informal soccer activities and scrimmages. Bring your gear and water. The Open House is open to all U-10 and U-11 boys and girls. The U-10 competitive program is new, starting in the fall. Visit the Web site for information and registration materials.

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