Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sports summary

Watanabe invites community to Sunday celebration

Wood River High School graduate Graham Watanabe, 28, of Park City, Utah has invited friends and well-wishers to a celebration of the community's continued support of his international snowboarding career. He will meet the public, sign posters and offer a free raffle for terrific equipment on Sunday, April 11 from 2-5 p.m. at Penelope's Café, 4th and Leadville in Ketchum.

The former Sun Valley Ski Team racer and two-time U.S. Olympian just completed his ninth year of FIS (International Ski Federation) snowboard competition by finishing third overall on the World Cup snowboard cross (SBX) tour. That was Watanabe's best World Cup season finish ever, and he was the top American in the season-long standings. He is a three-time World Cup race winner.

Atkinson Park field scheduling meeting is April 14

Ketchum's Atkinson Park has set Wednesday, April 14 for its annual meeting of all sports groups wishing to schedule the Atkinson Park fields for the summer of 2010. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m. in the Park Recreation Building. Call Kirk Mason at 726-7820 for more details.

Sawtooth Relay entry deadline is Wednesday, April 14

Entry deadline is Wednesday, April 14 for the 61.9-mile Sawtooth Relay set for Saturday, June 12 from Stanley to Ketchum's Atkinson Park. Runners and walkers are welcome. Non-refundable team entry fee is $330 (6 members per team, each doing two 5-mile legs), and there is a limit of 300 teams. The event raises money for the PKD Foundation for research in polycystic kidney disease. Visit

Discount offered for Hagermania Baseball Skills Clinic

Blaine County ballplayers who want to participate in the April 10 Hagermania skills clinic for ages 11-and-under can take advantage of a $10 discount, said organizer Lars Hovey of Sawtooth Baseball ( That lowers the cost to $25 per person for six hours of instruction, lunch, a clinic shirt and 1000 Springs swim pass.

Soldier Mountain All-Stars

The Soldier Mountain All-Star Competitive Cheer and Tumbling teams walked away from the recent Salt Lake City, Utah competition with first-place honors and are now gearing up to compete in the U.S. National competition April 9-11 at Las Vegas, Nev.

Head coach Amanda Norton said,

Amanda Norton, head coach, stated, "My competitive teams have just done remarkably this year. They all took the floor and gave the other teams some serious competition."

Results from Utah: Senior Jumps: 1—Jenni Murphy. Senior Tumbling: 2—Hank Blunt. Green Emeralds—1st place Mini level. Silver Stars—4th place Youth level. Black Diamonds--1st place Senior level 3.

SMAS is hosting a demonstration in May for the community. Try-outs for next year's competitive squads will take place in May as well. For more information call 720-4306.

Gymnasts at state competition

Further Wood River Gymnastics Academy class placings from the March 19-21 state competition in Moscow: Level 6 athletes—Callie Weber 7-vault, 10-bars, 10-beam, 9-floor and 10-all-around. Level 7 athletes—Alma Stosius 12-vault, 8-bars, 16-beam, 13-floor and 16-all-around.

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