Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sports summary

Chuck tennis balls at the rodeo for prizes

Here's something a little different that will be going on at Hailey's Days of the Old West rodeo during the final performance Saturday, July 4.

You can throw tennis balls from your seat in the grandstand and maybe win a prize.

The Wood River High School girls' basketball team is hosting its first annual Tennis Ball Toss at the Hailey rodeo Saturday night after the last event.

Before the rodeo, you may purchase a numbered tennis ball and write your name and phone number next to the number of ball you buy.

Balls will be sold for $5. Following the final rodeo event, participants will toss their tennis balls at three large stakes positioned in the middle of the arena. Those closest to the stake win a variety of prizes donated by local businesses.

Proceeds will benefit the girls' basketball program for new practice gear, summer tournaments and uniforms. Wood River team players will sell balls at each entrance starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Grand prize is a one-week stay in a Las Vegas condo with $250 in cash. Ron and Angie Martinez and POWER Engineers donated the grand prize.

Other prizes include: 18 holes of golf and cart for two at Sun Valley Resort, jewelry by Christopher and Company, a handcrafted Silver Stag knife, $180 from Tamarack Sports, a $50 grocery certificate from Albertsons, a one-week membership pass from Zenergy valued at $250, six large bucket of balls from Bigwood Golf Course at Thunder Springs, and athletic passes to Wood River High School games.

"We are very excited about this fundraiser," said girls basketball coach Mendy Benson. "We hope to provide a family event that isn't too expensive, but is fun and supports an up and coming program in the valley. We really appreciate the Sawtooth Rangers Riding club and our local community businesses—Power Engineers, Sun Valley Resort, Zenergy, Tamarack Sports, Christopher and Co, and Albertsons for help making this a reality."

BCRD to stage Fourth of July criterium in Hailey

Road & Dirt and the Blaine County Recreation District are planning the second annual BCRD Hailey Fourth of July criterium following the Mile Long Independence Day parade in Hailey Saturday, July 4.

Cyclists of all ages and levels will compete on road bikes in a spectator-friendly four-corner course through downtown Hailey. The mass start and high-speed cornering and sprinting make the race exciting for participants and spectators alike.

Racing will start about 1 p.m. immediately following the parade. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. in front of KB's Burritos and Wise Guy Pizza on race day. A current USCF license must be presented at registration (1-day or annual USCF licenses may be purchased at registration).

This year, the holiday race will feature a new category—a Cruiser Crit, open to all ages/levels as long as participants ride a cruiser bike and wear a helmet.

The race needs volunteers for registration and course safety, in addition to sponsors for cash preems. Race details are available at or or by calling 788-2117 ext. 212.

Take a hike with Olympic hopefuls Sunday

The 2010 Winter Olympics at Vancouver, B.C., Canada are just eight months away, and there are several young local competitors hopeful of being there in the "Show."

During the Fourth of July holiday, members of the public are invited to meet Olympic prospects on the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's Cross Country Olympic Development. And you can do it in their own back yard—a group hike.

Coach Travis Jones of the SVSEF Olympic Development Team is inviting the public on a group hike appropriate for all fitness levels. It begins Sunday, July 5 at 10 a.m. at the Lake Creek trailhead three miles north of Ketchum. Time options for the hike range from one to two hours.

Jones can be reached at 721-8579.

Six teams in World Cup soccer, Lefty's is first

Lefty's men's soccer team from Ketchum came out on top in Saturday's six-team World Cup soccer tournament sponsored for the second consecutive year by La Alianza. Action took place on a beautiful Saturday at Atkinson Park. Between 150 and 200 people and many families enjoyed the day, La Alianza's executive director Millie Gaitan-Gonzalez said.

In the championship game, Lefty's defeated Webb Landscaping 1-0. Josh Stanek scored the game winner on a pass from John Campbell. Leading the Lefty's defense were Nate Schwing, Ryon Campbell, Stanek and Mike Stevens. The Lefty's team won a $200 prize.

In the semi-final it was Webb Landscaping winning 3-2 over Sun Valley Landscaping. Preliminary games had Lefty's nipping Chivas 2-1 (8-7 shootout), Webb Landscaping 4-0 over Sun Valley Laurent Perrier and Sun Valley Landscaping 5-0 over SV International.

Lefty's went to a shootout in its victory over Chivas of Jerome. Raul Romania scored early on a penalty kick. In sudden death, goalkeeper Tyler Chandler saved the eighth Chivas shot. Others making Lefty's shootout goals included Greg Gvozdas, Cam Lawler, Campbell and Stanek. Check Friday's paper for a Lefty's team photo.

Hang gliding championships coming to King Mountain

Over 100 hang glider pilots will flock to King Mountain, Idaho, July 20-26, for the 2009 U.S. National Hang Gliding Championships. Pilots will conduct unpowered flight as far as possible over an open distance course daily. They will fly one of four possible courses with the hopes of covering the most terrain possible depending on the weather prediction and thermal updraft velocity. It is not uncommon for pilots to cross more than 150 miles over several mountain ranges, and into adjoining states.

King Mountain is a world-renowned hang gliding site located in Idaho's Lost River Range. This is the first time the National Hang Gliding Championships have been conducted here, however the site has hosted competitions for 15 consecutive years leading to this national event. The Big Lost Mountain Range is known for spectacular scenery and pilot friendly thermals, which are rising columns of warm air.

Holiday tennis this weekend 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 at Sun Valley Tennis Center.

Offered are U.S. Tennis Association-sanctioned Open divisions, plus non-sanctioned divisions. The classes include men's and women's singles and doubles plus mixed categories. There will be cash prizes up to $400 based on draws of 16 or more, plus raffle prizes.

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.

Contact 622-2156 or 622-2135.

Ultimate players signing up for July 9 league debut

Ultimate Frisbee players are signing up for summer league play scheduled to begin Thursday, July 9 at Ketchum's Atkinson Park. Organizer Scott Runkel has emailed Ultimate supporters that there are 25 to 30 players ready to take part in the league, with the possibility of having three or four teams. Currently, Ultimate players are meeting Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. on the upper field at Atkinson Park. The league fee of $35 per player (checks payable to Ketchum Ultimate) includes the field and league fees, and a t-shirt. The fee rises to $40 if paid when the league starts, on July 9. You get $5 off your fee by signing up someone new who pays the $35 player fee.

Team High Altitude track

Wood River High School track and field athletes Chase Caulkins, James Paris and Dale McLaughlin participated in the USATF regional track meet June 26-27 in Nampa.

Dale placed fourth in pole vault. Caulkins won the 2000-meter steeplechase in 7:02 and Paris placed second in 7:30. Paris also ran the 1500m and won in 4:26. Caulkins and Paris qualified to run the in the national meet in North Carolina

20th Excellent Adventure at Idaho City

Boulder's Zack Vestal (1.13:55) and Boise's Jenny Tobin (1.23:44) were the Pro Men and Women winners of the 20th annual Idaho City Excellent Adventure 17.3-mile mountain bike race June 21 for 107 riders of all ages and abilities. It was part of the 2009 Duke Enterprises Wild Rockies Mountain Bike Series.

Fairfield's Dave Harrison (1.15:56) was fifth and Ketchum's Sam Young (1.18:57) seventh in Pro Men. Cameron Lloyd of Hailey (1.30:46) placed fourth in Sport Men 19-29, Mathieu Sorrell of Hailey (4.05:22) second in Beginner Men 15-and-under and Krystofer Sorrell of Hailey (18:25) third in Trailblazer 12-and-under for a 3.3-mile distance.

Softball silver in Driggs

The Wood River U-12 girls' softball team, seeded sixth, climbed all the way up to finish second place overall in "The Top of Tetons" tournament June 26-27 at Driggs, Idaho. The local girls coached by Raeghen Peavey and Jim Bradley played eight games in two days.

Players were Raylin Lyons, Cassidy Cooper, Brittney Bradley, Cicely Peavey, Hailey Hulett, Sara Bunce, Riley Clark, Shelby Cooper, Ashley Hicks, Brittney Bowers, Taylor Lenane and Lilly McNeil. Check Friday's paper for a photo of the happy girls.

Main Street Mile in Boise

Hailey's Jeff Ealey (6:01) placed 12th in the Men's 40-49 class during the Boise Main Street Mile fund-raiser for prostrate cancer awareness June 26. Winning time was 4:27.

Firecracker 5k and 10k runs in Twin Falls on July 2

Take a holiday run Thursday evening, July 2, when the third annual Firecracker 5-kilometer and 10k runs are staged on a flat, paved course and trail route through the scenic College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls. Registration is 7 p.m. ($25) and starting time 8 p.m. at the Expo Center parking lot off North College Rd.

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