T.J. shakes off the jitters, rolls first 300 game
Softball and baseball slugger Trenton "T.J." Petersen is confident when he sees a ball coming up to the plate so he can send it into orbit, but the 30-year-old Hailey man was shaking like a leaf at the Bellevue bowling alleys recently.
Bowling for Class 5 Enterprises in Tuesday Night Men's League Jan. 12, Petersen had a perfect 300 game going. He's a lefty, one of just two in the league, so the oil on the alleys wasn't breaking down and his strike throws were hooking in beautifully.
After the eighth frame, his heart started pounding in anticipation of what might happen. He's been bowling in league for four years, and last year he had 11 strikes in a row before settling for his previous-best 279 in sanctioned play. This was different.
Supporting him were teammates Ryan Stavros, Phil Deckard and Ned Burns—and the group has been throwing pretty well recently. But you're all alone going for a 300.
"I didn't ever look at the scoreboard," said Petersen, who sensed a crowd gathering behind him.
Once and only once, he had a strike on the Brooklyn side. Everything else was in the pocket. When he picked up his 16-pound Storm Spitfire ball scented with apple cinnamon, he couldn't smell a thing.
"By the second ball in the 10th frame, my legs were shaking. I got to my last throw and figured, well, it's either a hit or a miss. It was a little inside but still solid—and the pins exploded. I turned around and gave a huge fist pump and shout," he said.
About the first thing T.J. did after finishing the 300 was phone up his sister Tina Murphy, a high handicap league bowler. "Guess what I just did, I said to her. And she says right away, you bowled a 300 game," said Petersen.
Petersen, after the 300 in his first game, finished with a career-best 721 series. He'll get a stainless steel ring for his achievement. It was the first 300 game of the 2009-10 season at Mountain Sun Lanes, said event coordinator Rosie Soto.
Langely McNeal scores career-best ski cross finish
Ketchum's Langely McNeal turns 25 today, but she celebrated early last week with her best-ever World Cup ski cross race finishes in Quebec and at Lake Placid, N.Y.
Sunday, Community School alumni McNeal was the top American in 16th place at Lake Placid in the Nature Valley Freestyle Cup ski cross event.
Making the finals hasn't been a usual thing for McNeal, who celebrated her first-ever appearance in a World Cup final Wednesday at Blue Mountain, Quebec, Canada. McNeal eventually ended up 30th.
Sunday's Lake Placid race was the final opportunity for freestyle athletes to make the 2010 Olympic team, due to be announced Jan. 26 during a press conference at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah.
Sherbine at Aspen for Winter X Games
The ESPN Winter X Games are coming for the ninth consecutive year to Aspen, Colo. this week—and Bellevue's Isaac Sherbine will be there in the snowmobile competition.
A Wood River High School graduate and son of Rocky and Terri Sherbine, Isaac will competing in the snowmobile freestyle eliminations to be aired Thursday, Jan. 28 at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN. If he makes the final four, the finals will be televised Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. MST.
He is also an alternate for a new discipline called "knock out."
Sherbine, 20, has been riding snowmobiles all his life and competes on a Ski Doo XP RS 600. He progressed to racing snowcross and began riding freestyle two years ago. His career highlights include placing sixth at X-Games his first year competing and fourth at the 2009 Jackson Hole Comp.
Engen, Ritz top Teton Ridge Classic skiers
Ketchum's Jon Engen (1.18:10) and Muffy Ritz (1.35:53, 30th overall) were the leading male and female 28-kilometer skiers in the seventh annual Teton Ridge Classic cross-country ski race Jan. 16 near Driggs.
Besides Engen and Ritz, several Wood River racers won their age classes among the 82 finishers at the 28k distance and 42 at 14 kilometers. Here are results, with overall finish time and age class result:
28k: 17—Rick Knoebel 1.30:31 (1st). 18—Mike Wolter 1.30:48 (3rd). 23—Jim McClatchy 1.33:28 (2nd). 31—Brian Elkins 1.36:07 (6th). 38—Jon Holmquist 1.39:52 (6th). 54—E.J. Harpham 1.48:15 (5th woman overall, 3rd class). 59—Michael Dunham 1.51:32 (2nd). 67—Tullio Celano 2.02:48 (1st). 79—Marilyn Celano 2.19:53 (1st).
14k: 2—Farley Marlowe 49:08 (2nd). 19—Charley French 1.04:56 (1st). 22—Joni Cashman 1.05:24 (1st). 30—Norm Clark 1.15:51 (2nd).
WR Youth Wrestling signups
Come to Hailey's Wood River High School tonight, Wednesday from 5-6:30 p.m. and register for the Wood River Youth Wrestling Club for ages 5-14, all abilities welcome. Bring proof of insurance. Practices begin Feb. 22 and continue through the end of March. Call Scott Castle at 720-1635.
Snowshoe race Feb. 3 at SV
A 5-kilometer snowshoe race is set for Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Sun Valley Nordic Center starting at 12 noon. Pre-register at www.active.com for $15. Race day registration for $25 is from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Nordic Center. Participants must check in prior to 11:45 a.m. There will be awards to the top male and female finishers plus a raffle for all. Visit sunvalleyrunning.com. Also, Nordic sprint races have a 1 p.m. start Feb. 3 at Sun Valley Nordic. Register starting at 9 a.m., $20.
Swimmers at YMCA Jan. 9
Seventeen SV5B swimmers practiced strokes against the clock and improved times at the Wood River Community YMCA age group meet Jan. 9. They were Ashley Dreyfus, Chrystal Tullis, Kelsey Syms, Colby Werley, Elizabeth Fry, Brett Bosley, Tayler Bates, Kaedi Fry, Taylor Coiner, Michael Coiner, Wendy Delacruz, Lauren Lichtenberg, Ellie Shay, Danna Cox, Zeb Glenn, Luis Zambrano and Molly Fox.
B+ Hockey update
First-place Sharks and Vipers won convincing games Sunday to set up a battle for B+ Hockey supremacy when the league resumes Feb. 14.
Sharks (6-2-1) keep attacking the shorthanded Wildcats (2-6-1) and prevailed 6-1. They led 2-0 after one period (Jim Slanetz and Rob Prew), 5-0 after two (Slanetz, Eric Wingard and Jim Hobbs) and ended up with Slanetz's hat trick. Annie O'Sullivan erased the goose egg for the Cats.
Vipers (6-2-1) cruised 5-1 over Hutch's Bad Dogs. Jim Laski scored twice with singles from Sara Schroeder, Jini Griffth and John Ellison Jr. Jeff Emerick scored for the Dogs.
Third-place Isles (5-3-1) kept pace with the leaders 4-1 over fourth-place Senators (2-4-3). Isles scorers were Todd Avison, Baba Street, Scott Seaward and Dale Johnson. Dave McCormack got the Nats on the board.
Soldier Mountain All-Star Cheerleaders returned from a huge competition in Blackfoot Jan. 16. They came home with more trophies. The Senior Level 3 Team Black Diamonds took first place. The Mini level 1 Green Emeralds team took second place and the Youth Level 2 team Silver Stars won third. Seniors Hank Blunt and Jenni Murphy captured gold in individual tumbling and jumps, and Alaylia Norton took first place in the individual mini tumbling division.
WR Volleyball Club
Coach Kristyn Rutland (721-2437) said the 6-8 grade deadline for packets is on the first day of Wood River Volleyball Club practices, which is Thursday, Feb. 4 at Wood River Middle School in Hailey. High school packets and deposits are past due, she said, and must be paid.
Sun Valley Half Marathon registration now open
Registration is now open for the sixth annual Sun Valley Half Marathon, scheduled for June 5, 2010. Early registration is $40 and will close on May 31. Late registration is $60 and runs June 1-4. Race day registration will be available for a cost of $65. Online registration is available at www.active.com Mail-in registration is also available. For registration information, race details and updates about the 13.1-miler go to sunvalleyhalfmarathon.com.
The Wood River Community YMCA in Ketchum is offering its 10-week training program for the 2010 run. The program begins in March.
This year's race will offer several new improvements. The start/finish area will move to the new Sun Valley Pavilion lawn at the Sun Valley Resort. While the bulk of the course will remain the same, some small changes will be made in order to pass by the most scenic areas. The race is also eliminating the 5-kilometer and 12k distances in order to focus solely on the Half Marathon. The popular Kid's Marafun will continue with medals and prizes for all participants.