Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sports summary

Golds for cyclists in state time trial

Wood River Valley cyclists collected six gold medals during Sunday's Idaho State Time Trial Championships near Kuna. Sponsors were Intermountain Orthopaedics, Lost River Cycling, George's and the Boise Cycling Club.

Ketchum's Sara Youmans of BYRDS cycling won two gold medals Sunday—in the Junior Women 13-14 class over 10 kilometers at 15:24 and in the Women's Category 4 over 20k at 31:48. She raced the 10k course in her Stars-and-Stripes jersey as the reigning national TT queen in her age group.

Jon Engen won the Masters 50-54 class at 40k with a time of 57:20, and Nate Galpin captured Masters 30-34 at 40k in 57:08. Placing eighth in Men's Category 3 at 40k was Taylor Benz with a time of 1.01:23. In all, there were 81 racers at three distances, 53 on the 40k route.

Winning their 20k classes were Tom Campion in Master 65-69 at 30:30 and Amos Galpin in Master 60-64 at 30:59. Colby Benz was second in Junior Men's 17-18 over 20k at 31:58, and Tyler Spence fourth in Junior 13-14 over 10k at 15:50.

Randolph second in Wild Ride tri

Hailey's Cameron Randolph cracked the three-hour mark and finished second among women in Sunday's XTERRA Wild Ride Triathlon over a 26.7-mile course (0.75-mile swim, 19.7-mile mountain bike, 6.2-mile trail run) at McCall.

Mud Honey's triathlete Randolph (2.56:45) was 18th of 98 finishers and first in the Women's 35-39 age class with splits of 20:59 swim, 1.44:04 bike and 48:28 run. The women's winner in 10th overall was Boise's Jenny Tobin in 2.47:02.

Three other Wood River Valley triathletes finished a national points race won by Daniel Ourada of Boulder, Colo. in 2.19:28:

Greg Randolph of Hailey, 4th Men's 35-39 and 16th man overall in 2.54:59, with splits of 38:28, 1.27:12 and 45:56; Susan Robinson of Ketchum and Mudhoney's, 4th Women's 40-44 and 12th woman overall in 3.32:08, splits of 29:54, 2.06:24 and 52:18; and Jane Peterson of Hailey, 7th Women's 35-39 and 13th woman overall in 3.33:17.

Tails wag at Dog Days of Summer race

Organizers Greg Randolph and Billy Olson were thrilled with the turnout at the Dog Days of Summer Short-Track mountain bike races at Dollar Mountain earlier this month.

"We had an incredible turnout," Olson said. "There were hundreds of people."

Sponsored by Sun Valley Company, Sun Valley Road and Dirt and the Wood River Bike Coalition, proceeds will be donated to the "pump parks" in Ketchum and Hailey.

"It was a good fundraiser for the north and south bike parks," Olson said.

In the latest event Aug. 26, Reid Pletcher ripped the A class, winning $100 for his effort. Fresh off his top-100 placement in the Leadville 100, the ageless Matt Luhn was runner-up, pocketing $75. Preem winner Tracy Anderson ($50) was third and Pat Schott muscled his single-speed to fourth place for $35.

Erin Zell ($80), Sara Schroeder ($50) and Cameron Randolph ($30) were the top three women. Georgie Montgomery claimed the preem lap.

Mike Matteson won the men's B class. Chris Corwin was second, Benji Hill third and Lenny Joseph fourth.

The top three junior racers were Rory Lynch, Quentin Dowdle and Cole Caulkins. In the 12-under class, Jay Fitzgerald was first followed by Henry Hawkins and Spencer Wright. Luma Randolph rode to second place overall and first in her class followed by Sydney Shepard.


Bowling leagues forming at Mountain Sun Lanes

Wood River USBC bowling leagues are forming for 2009-10.

There will be a league recruiting party Friday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at Bellevue's Mountain Sun Lanes. Cost is $10 for beer and bowling. Anyone interested in joining a league and meeting other bowlers should show up.

"You don't need to be a great bowler to be in a league", says Rosie Soto, Wood River USBC association manager. "We have bowlers with 110 to 210 averages. They're all handicap leagues so you get extra pins depending on the average configuration for that league."

Bowling season starts Tuesday, Sept. 8 with the Tuesday Night Men's League. It is a four-person league with a little twist on the format. "We do what's called a Peterson Point League." said Mike Weems, league secretary, "You compete with the team you're bowling against that night but you're also head-to-head with one of the players on that team. It's a handicap league so the playing field is fair."

On Sept. 9, Wednesday Night Ladies begins for four-person women's teams. "It's a fun league for women who want a night out with their girlfriends, have a couple of drinks, socialize and bowl," says Marta Thompson, league secretary.

Thursday Night Mixed begins on Thursday, Sept. 10. "This is the most popular night of the week," says Deena Seig, league secretary. "We usually fill up so contact me at or 720-4940."

Youth League open to grades 1-12 begins Saturday, Sept. 12. Parents should contact Rosie Soto at or 788-2360.

Sign up Aug. 26 for BCRD fall youth programs

Blaine County Recreation District (788-2117) will host a registration night for fall programs Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at The Community Campus, Hailey.

Registrations will be accepted for BCRD fall youth soccer, Kid Zone after school program and Recess from School. Also available for sign-ups will be Sun Valley Taekwondo, Soldier Mountain All-Star Cheerleaders, Wood River Gymnastics, The Mountain School and Footlight Dance Centre. You can also obtain details on birthday party packages and facility rentals as well as tours of the HUB Youth Center and BCRD Fitness Studio.

New SVSEF board members

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors at its monthly meeting Aug. 17. Joining the board were Muffy Ritz, Jennifer Milgard and Tim Hamilton. The SVSEF thanked Gary Black, Jr. who resigned as president of the board, and Paul Fremont-Smith and John Seiller who all served six years.

Quigley run is Saturday

Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) is holding its first annual Quigley Canyon Run & Fun Saturday, Aug. 29. Open to runners and walkers, the five-mile event will start at the BCRD Aquatic Center in Hailey then travel out Quigley Canyon to the pond and finish at the pool. The event will not be timed, however, all participants will win free day entry to the Aquatic Center. Pre-registration is free for the fun run and will take place at the BCRD Aquatic Center during business hours prior to Saturday. Participants will pay $5 to register on race day between 9-9:45 a.m. at the Aquatic Center. The fun run will begin at 10 a.m. and finish with free swimming at the pool and lunch of hot dogs, chips, watermelon and a cookie for $5.

Correction and other chess news

There was incorrect information provided by organizers of the Aug. 14 chess exhibition at Bellevue City Park featuring two-time Idaho chess champion Garrett Reynolds of Twin Falls.

Ketchum's Larry Helzel was the player who defeated Reynolds by checkmate in 27 moves. And Jeff Baggett earned a medal for his effort during the exhibition. The city of Bellevue provided the food.

In other news, Wood River Valley resident Norman Friedman, 85, of the Manhattan Chess Club and the founder of the Right Move, said the non-profit Wood River Chess Club meets each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Atkinson Park Recreation Center in Ketchum. All ages and abilities are welcome, Friedman said. For details call Friedman at 727-1612.

Bogus Basin Hill Climb is Saturday

George's Cycles of Boise and the Boise Cycling Club is presenting the 37th annual Bogus Basin Hill Climb for cyclists on a 15-mile course Saturday, Aug. 29. Mike Cooley leads the Non-Competitive Touring category departing at 8 a.m. on a two-hour pace. The Race Group takes off at 9:30 a.m., mass start. There will be separate times for all age groups, tandems and Clydesdale categories. Finish after the 3,500-foot elevation gain is at Bogus Creek Base Lodge. Fee is $28, including timing, t-shirt and post-race refreshments. Registration is online only, at through Aug. 28. There is no race day registration. Call George's 208-343-3782.

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