Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sports summary

Telemarkers ready for all-terrain cult classic

Danny Walton, organizer of the 30th annual Sun Valley Telemark Series, refers to the upcoming all-terrain race on Baldy's Cozy ski run as a "cult classic Baldy race," complete with bumps, jumps, giant slalom, hiking through the woods and slalom through the gates.

The debut of America's oldest telemark race series is set for Saturday, Jan. 9 at 10:30 a.m., preceded by registration from 9-10 a.m. at Warm Springs Lodge. Race entry is $20. There will be a post-race party in Ketchum Saturday afternoon.

Walton said this year's Sun Valley Telemark Series presented by Sentinel Security, ESS and Pabst Blue Ribbon will stick to the core events—the all-terrain race and the Hawaiian Nationals on April 10 as a spring skiing finale on Baldy.

For more details call Walton at 720-5431.

Prairie Creek Snowmaker Classic race is Saturday

The Elephant's Perch of Ketchum in conjunction with Blaine County Recreation, North Valley Trails and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is staging the annual Prairie Creek Snowmaker Classic cross-country ski races on Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Prairie Creek trail system north of Ketchum. Racing at distances of 15 kilometers, 7.5k and 2k (for kids) begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. Format is interval start—and the course will run clockwise this year.

Registration at Prairie Creek is from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, entry fee a $10 donation to North Valley Trails. SVSEF kids are free. A trail pass is required for all racers. Prize drawings will be held right after the races and light refreshments will be served. Please car pool to the race site. Overflow parking will be at Billy's Bridge. There will be absolutely no parking on S.H. 75.

Carey honors Reggie Barton's memory

Over 500 people crowded into the Carey LDS Church on Saturday, Jan. 2 to honor the memory of Reggie Barton, who died unexpectedly in Pocatello Monday, Dec. 28 with his beloved dog "Tator," at his side.

Carey High School principal John Peck said Hailey native Barton died of a heart ailment.

However, Barton's heart on the football gridiron was as big as his 6-2, 240-pound physical stature when he played eight-man football for Carey High School from 1994-97. Three times, Barton made first-team A-4 All-State as a lineman wearing his #75 Panther jersey.

Barton's Carey football teams in those four seasons compiled a 39-4 record including the school's first state championship in 1994 when he was a freshman, and a state runner-up finish in 1995 when Barton earned the first of his three straight All-State honors.

The son of Jim and Sues Barton attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mt. from 1998-2000 and played football there. He also played football at Idaho State University and became the assistant strength coach for the Bengals.

He was in law enforcement in Blaine County, Custer County and the city of Hailey and was working toward his Masters degree in Pocatello at the time of his death.

Savaria, Kanellitsas to Topolino camp

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine ski racers KJ Savaria and Ben Kanellitsas were among 15 men from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Division Western Region invited to the 2010 Topolino Shootout Camp (giant slalom/slalom) Jan. 21-24 at Park City (Utah) Mountain Resort.

Youth basketball sign-ups tonight in Hailey

The Blaine County Recreation District (788-2117) has planned its youth basketball registration night for grades kindergarten through seventh grade for tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 6 from 6-7 p.m. at The Community Campus in Hailey.

The skill development leagues run through March 12, generally from 4-8 p.m. weekdays at local school gyms. The kindergarten program at Bellevue Elementary begins Feb. 1 from 5:15-6 p.m. The grades 1-2 program starts Feb. 1 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Hailey Elementary or Hemingway Elementary. Grades 3-4 and 5-7 programs begin Jan. 20. Cost is $55 before Jan. 11 and $65 after.

A mandatory skills evaluation clinic is Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in The Community Campus gym for youth in first grade and older.

Coaches are needed. Contact Brad at 788-2117 ext. 223.

SV Ski Club Soup Social Jan. 12

The Sun Valley Ski Club (622-3003) has announced its Annual Soup Social for Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Ketchum American Legion Hall. Menu includes soups, bread, hot dogs, chips, desserts and refreshments. Cost is $15. RSVP by Jan. 7. Pre-registration is required.

Family Skate Night is Friday

The Blaine County Recreation District and Hailey Ice will host a family skate night on Friday, Jan. 8 from 5-7 p.m. at the McKercher Park ice rink in Hailey.

The free event will include skate rentals, hot chocolate, snacks and family friendly games put on by the BCRD staff and YAK! volunteers. Focus of the event is to provide an opportunity for families to recreate together at a great community asset.

Dress appropriately for winter conditions and helmets are encouraged. No pre-registration is required, just show up for a fun evening at Hailey Ice.

Hailey Ice programs include hockey for girls and boys in grades K-5 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Jan. 12 through Feb. 10; figure skating for girls and boys Fridays after school from Jan. 15-Feb. 12; and open skate for secondary school students Thursdays after school from Jan. 14-Feb. 12. Adult general figure skating classes are also available. Call Bege Reynolds at 788-3325 or Diane Dick 721-7117 for details.

Vote for Lynsey Dyer

Hailey's Lynsey Dyer is in contention for the 2010 Powder Video Awards and Reader Poll as one of the top female skiers. Ballots can be cast online at until midnight on Thursday, Jan. 7.

Programs at Sun Valley Nordic

The Sun Valley Nordic Center has introduced several new programs. One-hour "Vintage Skier Clinics", designed for Senior Citizens, began Monday, Jan. 4 at noon. Learn to Ski group lessons started Tuesday, Jan. 5 and provide basic instruction to new cross-country skiers. Classic skiing group lessons are daily at 10 a.m., while skate skiing lessons are at 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday only. Boulder Ski Tour Prep Clinics with Tessa Westbrook and Brooke Hovey begin Thursday, Jan. 8. Private lessons and snowshoe tours are available upon request. Call the Sun Valley Nordic Center at 622-2250.

Senior Hockey League update

Sunday night's Senior Hockey League results: (3-3, 18/21) beat a shorthanded Yoga College team 6-2. Scoring for the winners were Bryan Winkler (2 goals), Eric Wingard, Trevor Thomas, Randy Flood and Shannon Flavin. For Yoga (4-2, 23/17) goals came from Blake Jenson and Kris Webster.

Grumpy's/SV Auto Club (3-3, 27/24) squared up at .500 with a 5-2 victory over Morgan's Fine Finishes (2-4, 21/27). It was 2-2 going into the third period, then John McGuone scored twice on one shift to put Grumpy's on top for good with goalie Eric Wingard in the net.

Other Grumpy's scorers: Harry Weekes 1 goal/0 assists, Frank Salvoni 1/1, Cody Proctor 1/1, Kevin Bullock 0/1 and Mark Stone 0/1. For Morgan's: Goals by Chris Benson and John Stevens, with an assist credited to Dale Johnson.

Coming up Monday, Jan. 11: At 8:20 p.m., Yoga College vs. Grumpy's and 9:30 p.m., vs. Morgan's.

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