Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sports summary

Galena Grinder Whit Henry race is Saturday

Mountain bikers will descend on Galena Lodge's high-altitude trails Saturday, July 25 for the seventh annual Whit Henry Memorial Galena Grinder cross-country races on 45-mile, 22.5-mile, 17.5-mile and 10-mile courses. Racing begins at 9 a.m. and early registration closes Thursday, July 23 at The event remembers Whit Henry, a Bellevue resident and Wood River High School graduate. He was a 20-year-old mountain biking and skiing enthusiast who died in a 2003 car accident.

Feldman is fastest in Grand Targhee Hill Climb

Ketchum cyclist Richard Feldman, 40, broke his own record by nearly 20 seconds and won the 12-mile Grand Targhee Hill Climb from Driggs to Grand Targhee Resort on Sunday, July 12. His time of 36 minutes and 9 seconds was one minute faster than the next-best racer in a field of 50.

Also finishing the interval start event were Men's 60's age class winner John Swyers (51:24) in 35th place overall and Women's 50's bronze medalist Genie Swyers (1.10:29) in 49th.

Summer softball team second in Jerome tournament

Wood River's U-16 summer fast-pitch softball team coached by Jeff Martin and Curt Tidwell went 4-2 and placed second in the league tournament held July 13-15 at Jerome.

Seeded fourth, Wood River dropped its first game 10-8 to Shoshone July 13 and then battled back with three loser-out victories in the double elimination meet. Wood River defeated Buhl 10-4, Filer 10-3 and Shoshone 10-5 to make the championship finals against unbeaten Jerome. In the first championship game, Wood River prevailed 12-10 in a very tight game. But Jerome held on to win the deciding game.

Coach Tidwell said, "All the girls played hard and I feel we just ran out of gas in the hot weather." Players were Britney Bradley, Kori Paradis, Alex Lindbloom, Taylor Gove, Josie Dawson, Kaitana Martinez, Maddy McInnis, Macey Farrow, Sadie Dawson, Sydney Tidwell, Ashley Karst, Hunter Thompson, Rachel Conover and Haylee Thompson.

Wood River (5-7 overall) had a six-week season in June and July and put it together in the league tournament. Check for a team photo in the July 29 Local Life section of the Express.

Fairfield's rodeo is Aug. 1-2

As part of its Camas Prairie Days celebration, Fairfield will stage an Idaho Cowboys Association (ICA) and Intermountain Professional Rodeo Association (ImPRA) event Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1-2 at Camas County Fairgrounds. Slack cowboys compete Saturday at 10 a.m. and the rodeo is at 6 p.m. Sunday's rodeo is at 5 p.m. Tickets are $6, kids 8-and-under free.

SUFC youth soccer sign-ups

Sawtooth United F.C. is continuing to accept player registration for its 2009-2010 competitive youth soccer fall season through Monday, July 27. Boys' and girls' teams will be formed in ages U-10 through U-14. Practices will begin in late August, and the first Saturday league play date is Sept. 5. Visit the club's site, or 726-1160.

Stearns tops IGA juniors

Hailey's Crockett Stearns led Idaho Golf Association 17-and-up juniors during the weekly IGA golf meet July 14 at Jerome Country Club. Stearns shot an 18-hole score of 74. Tying for fourth was Hailey's Chance McCroskey with a 76. Stearns also won Monday's IGA juniors event at Canyon Springs GC in Twin Falls with a 73 in the Boys' 17-up class.

Ride the Rails Aug. 1

The Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) invites the public to "Ride the Rails" Saturday, Aug. 1 and then cool off with a free swim at the BCRD Aquatic Center in Hailey.

You can bike, walk, run or blade (any non-motorized use) along the Wood River Trail from Ketchum and Hailey and use the courtesy stations from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants are invited to visit the pool from 12-4 p.m. for open swim after their tour.

Blaine Title senior men win Bend softball

The Blaine County Title-sponsored men's 60-and-over slow-pitch softball team went unbeaten in five games to win the six-team Bend (Ore.) Senior Classic tournament July 11-12.

First baseman Bob Sarchett, 64, of Ketchum was the second-leading hitter for the champions with a .682 average. Leading the way was clean-up hitter and left fielder Scott Shumway, who hit 20-for-22 for .909.

Comprised of 12 players mostly from Boise and the Coeur d'Alene area, Blaine County Title placed fourth in a 20-team Reno (Nev.) tourney in June. The squad will travel to the Western Nationals Aug. 7-9 in Salt Lake City and will also compete in October at Phoenix.

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