Friday, March 26, 2010

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WRHS baseball rallies past Kimberly 14-11

WRHS baseball wipes out big deficits

The Wolverine baseball team picked up its first win of the season, beating host Kimberly 14-11 Tuesday, but the Hailey nine had claw out of two major holes for the win.

Trailing 6-0 in the third and 10-6 in the sixth, Wood River (1-3) pieced together a pair of rallies that had coach Matt Nelson grinning like the Cheshire Cat. "It was fun to watch them come back. They were loose," Nelson said.

Highlights in a 5-run third were RBI hits by Tyler Peters, Juan Martinez (triple), Shane Friesen (double) and Zack Israel (3-for-4).

Trailing by four, Peters (3-for-4) started and finished a decisive 7-run sixth with doubles, setting and clearing the table for big belts by Israel (2 RBI single), Keven Abbott (2 RBI double) and Alex Padilla (RBI double).

"I told them that baseball is a failure sport and you are going to have some setbacks, but to put them behind them and go out and play the game," Nelson said. "They responded."

Zak Sjoberg picked up the win, striking out three and allowing just one run in 3 and 2/3 innings. Starter Taz Lyons fanned six in three frames.

Kimberly pounces on WRHS girls

The Kimberly Bulldogs took advantage of nine walks, scoring on each one, in a 10-0 shutout of Wood River (0-2) Tuesday on the Bulldog diamond.

Kimberly outhit the Wolverines 10-3 and starting pitcher Nellie Makings struck eight in five innings of work. K.T. Martinez, Ali Levy and Josie Dawson all managed singles off of Makings. Hailey pitcher Madison Gove took the loss.

"They are a really good team," Wood River coach Dale Martin said. "It will take time for us to get better. Getting outside will help."


Hailey tennis starts well

Wood River had a slick start to its 2010 racquet season against Gooding and Canyon Ridge in Twin Falls Tuesday.

Coach Vicki Johnston's Wolverines dismantled the Senators 12-0 without dropping a single set out of 24 played. Hailey had similar success against the River Hawks, winning 11-1.

Karl Wilander won both matches at #1 boys' singles. Rusty Williams captured both #3 matches, and R.J. Forgeon won #2 boys' singles against Gooding.

In girls' singles, Ellen Davis and Margaret Reutter posted two wins apiece. Single match winners were Morgan Jones and Alex Feldman, both in #3.

Pairs Charlie Grabow and Raleigh Grossbaum, Jordan Niedrich and Josh Morell, Hannah Baybutt and Morell swept boys' doubles, as did Kelsey Brennan and Lauren Reutter in #1 girls' doubles. #2 girls' doubles champs were Bianca Arizpe and Alex Feldman, Erin Murphy and Morgan Jones.

The Wolverines dominated mixed, dropping only two games in eight sets. Winners were Jessica Hamilton and Morgan Pike twice, Hannah Baybutt and R.J. Forgeon, Erin Murphy and William Eagan.

Golfers—how low can you go

Judging by the small scores carded in one of the first golf meets of the spring, high school players are going to have to get lower than a double-jointed limbo dancer to have a swing at success this season.

The Twin Falls Bruins Invitational, held at Twin Falls Golf Club Tuesday, featured a field of 12 boys' teams and seven in the girls' division. On the 5,503-yard course, one player, Adam Saetrum of Timberline shot par with a 68. Eagle's Ty Travis was 2-over at 70 and Brennon Lancaster was a 3-over 71.

Crockett Stearns 77 led the Wolverines, followed by Jon Hobbs with a 78, Ian Murphy 81, Davis Hague 82 and Chance McCroskey 84. Wood River tied for seventh in the team standings with a four-man 318. Eagle (288) won the team title, all five of its players in the 70s.

The Bruins (358) topped the girls' field. Wood River was sixth at 444. The meet's medalist was Amanda Booher of Mountain View with a 78. Wolverine participants were Jennie Williams, Ashley Hesteness, Karli Jeneson, Nicole Gillette and Shaylee Foley.

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