Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sports summary


CCF Armageddon cage fighting Friday in Boise

Three athletes who train at Wild West MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) in the south Woodside area of Hailey are planning to compete Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. in the "CCF XX Armageddon" cage fighting event presented by Knockout Productions at QWest Arena in Boise. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $45 for floor.

Bellevue's Kelly Wardell, 45, one of the world's top bareback bronc rodeo riders at the turn of the century, will take his 1-0 record into the show. Others are local Aric Iverson (2-0) and Pocatello's Jason Stafford (3-1).

Visit qwestarenaidaho.com for more ticket details.

Sign up for SVSEF programs

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) is accepting applications for the 2009-10 season. Returning athletes must register by Sept. 10 to avoid a late fee. New athlete applications are due by Oct. 15. Registration forms are available online at svsef.org or the SVSEF offices: 215 Picabo Street, 726-4129 ext. 101.

The SVSEF is in its 43rd season of offering winter sports programs to Wood River Valley youth including alpine, freestyle, cross country skiing and snowboarding. Scholarships are based on financial need.

Durtschi signs pro contract

Max Durtschi of Ketchum, current two-time USA Junior National cycling champion, has signed to ride with Garmin-Slipstream's U-23 program called Garmin-Felt.

Garmin-Slipstream, a Tour de France team, has a strong U-23 development program, which guides young riders to the highest level of European racing. This will be Durtschi's first year riding under a professional contract.

He said, "I hope to move through the development program and ride for Garmin-Slipstream's Pro Tour team. I'm grateful to the people in the community who have supported me and helped me reach a professional level."

Durtschi, 18, who began cycling under the guidance of Billy Olson of Sun Valley Road & Dirt and Greg Stock of Sun Summit Cycling, will ride his first pro season in 2010. He is also a competitive Nordic skier with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF).

VAMPS raise money for grooming machine

The VAMPS, a group of 130 local women cross-country skiers, has launched an effort to raise funds for the Blaine County Recreation District to purchase a Pisten Bully as part of an effort to replace the BCRD's aging fleet of grooming machines for the North Valley and Galena Trails.

The BCRD needs to replace three snow cats over the next three years, according to an Aug. 26 BCRD press release. So far the VAMPS and a private foundation have raised over $70,000 of the $120,000 price for one of the machines, leaving $50,000 more to be raised. For details contact Muffy Ritz 720-2620 or Kris Stoffer at 788-2117.

MS Run Sept. 12 in Ketchum

The Wood River Community YMCA is holding a MS (Multiple Sclerosis) 5-kilometer fun run and walk on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Ketchum YMCA. The run begins at 9:30 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m. Register at msidaho.org. For more details call Liz Clark at 928-6708.

Sign-ups for Girls on the Run, and new coach training

Fall season for the Girls on the Run 10-week after-school running program begins Monday, Sept. 14 but there are a couple of events beforehand.

The new coach training session is Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and the fall coaches' meeting Thursday, Sept. 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Visit girlsontherunwrv.org for more details about these meetings.

After-school programs meet twice a week for 10 weeks this fall culminating in the 5-kilometer Turkey Trot Nov. 26. All the training takes place on school grounds in Ketchum, Hailey, Bellevue and Carey.

Full and partial scholarships are available. Call Mary Fauth at 788-7863 to find out more.

Bowling leagues are forming

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

"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."

League bowling season starts Tuesday, Sept. 8 with Tuesday Night Men's League. On Sept. 9, Wednesday Night Ladies begins for four-person women's teams. Thursday Night Mixed kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 10. The Youth League for grades 1-12 debuts Sept. 12. Contact Soto at rlsoto92@yahoo.com, 788-2360.




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