Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sports summary

Tyler Palmer steps down from alpine coaching

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation has announced that Tyler Palmer has stepped down as alpine ski coach after 11 years. Suffering from the effects of Addison's disease, Palmer has returned to his native New Hampshire.

Palmer, 60, the brother of Ketchum's Terry Palmer, has been a cornerstone of the SVSEF because of his energy, focus and passion, according to the July 27 announcement on the Web site.

His normally high energy level flagged this past winter and he experienced back pain and fatigue, ultimately resulting in a diagnosis of Addison's disease. Palmer said, "My first goal is to get my health back."

Palmer skied on the World Cup circuit from 1969-72. In Jan. 1971 he won a World Cup slalom at St. Moritz, Switz. It was the first-ever World Cup win for an American male in Europe. A trail is named for Tyler Palmer at Waterville Valley, N.H., "And Tyler Too," which is adjacent to his brother's trail, "Terry's Trail."

Rec District offers youth soccer

With the start of school drawing near, Wood River Valley parents are starting to think about fall soccer, and the Blaine County Recreation District is offering three programs.

Registration is currently being accepted for boys and girls interested in BCRD Tykes Soccer Development (ages 3-5), BCRD Kindergarten Soccer (ages 5-6) and BCRD Fall Youth Soccer (grades 1-6).

Fees are generally lower if paid online at or, in the case of Fall Youth Soccer, before Thursday, Sept. 9.

A Coaches Clinic for BCRD Fall Youth Soccer is Thursday, Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Nelson Field, and a Players' Clinic is Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m.-12 noon at Nelson Field. Here are program descriptions:

Fall Youth Soccer (grades 1-6): Practices start Sept. 13-14 and each team will practice twice a week for about 60 minutes, either Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday between 4-7 p.m.

Practice locations in Hailey are Deerfield, Foxmoor, Keefer, Woodside and Nelson fields. Games will be played at Nelson Field in Hailey, Saturdays only between 9-2, on Sept. 18 and 25, plus Oct. 2, 16 and 23.

Cost is $60 through the BCRD office ($65 after Sept. 9) or $55 online. If you don't hear from your coach by Sept. 13, call Brad Musbach at 578-5458.

Kindergarten Soccer: A clinic-style program (no teams) meets at Nelson Field Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Sept. 13-Oct. 20. Just show up at the field. Cost is $60 through BCRD, $55 online.

Tykes Soccer Development: For boys and girls ages 3-5 and parents or guardians. The clinic-style program meets Wednesdays 4-4:45 p.m. from Sept. 15-Oct. 20 at Nelson Field. You won't be contacted by a coach, just show up. Cost is $50 through BCRD, $45 online.

Tennis players sign up for Labor Day meet

Tournament director David Perry has announced plans for the 2010 Lyle Pearson Labor Day Tennis Championships presented by Sun Valley Resort on the Sun Valley courts.

Mark Frisby, Director of Tennis at Sun Valley Resort, said, "We had a great turnout at our July 4 weekend tournament and we hope you will join us for a great tournament this Labor Day weekend."

The U.S.T.A. Intermountain competition is scheduled for four days, Friday, Sept. 3 through Monday, Sept. 6. Entries close Tuesday, Aug. 31 at midnight Mountain Time.

All Open divisions are sanctioned events. All other divisions are not sanctioned and non-U.S.T.A. members can enter. Perry calls the tournament purse "the largest in Idaho."

Lyle Pearson tournament play includes competition in various men's, women's and mixed classes. Cost for the first event is $40 per person, and $30 for the second and third events.

Tournament site is The tournament ID number is 257408610.

Rally for the Cure at Bigwood

Over 30 women from the Bigwood Ladies golf group participated in the Aug. 5 Rally for the Cure benefiting breast cancer awareness. Tournament chairmen were Cindy Fabian and Barbara Williams.

Winning closest-to-the-hole at #8 was Lupe Sutton. Coming in second and third were Pat Davies and Jef Donovan. The next night the Bigwood Men's group participated with Chris Benson taking first place and Josh Solly in second place.

Donating prizes were Rally Headquarters and Thunder Springs at Bigwood.

Shop to the Top returns Saturday to Baldy

The Elephant's Perch Shop to the Top climb of Baldy is ready to go Saturday, Aug. 21.

Early registration deadline is Thursday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. at The Perch in downtown Ketchum for $25 per person. The cost rises to $40 until the final deadline of Friday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. There are no race day entries. If you register online at, the cost is $30 until Aug. 19 at midnight. Pick up your race packet Friday, Aug. 20 at the Perch.

Courses for the 3,300 vertical foot climb are six miles ("Race Class") starting at 9 a.m. from The Perch in Ketchum, or five miles ("Sport Class") beginning at 8 a.m. from River Run Lodge. Participants can take the chairlift back down, if weather permits. There will be awards for the fastest man and women in each class, and prize drawings for everyone. No dogs, please.

Last year there were 94 finishers—47 in the six-mile "Race Class" for ages 12-59 and 47 in the five-mile "Sport Class" for ages 10-72. Fastest times were Simon Gutierrez 53:19 and Megan Kimmel 1.07:22, Jennifer Schwartz 1.10:13 and Del Pletcher 1.12:38.

Wood River grad earns blue belt

After two years of training, recent Wood River High School graduate Deryk White has earned his first belt. He received a blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu from Hailey-based instructor Lee Anderson. Competing in three Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, White finished at the top of his division each time. Derek, who plans to attend Boise State University, trains at USA Grappling Academy.

Middle School volleyball camp is Aug. 19-20

Wood River High School volleyball players will conduct a clinic for girls in grades 4-8 on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 19-20 in the high school gym. Registration ($30) takes place Thursday at 9 a.m. and the camp will be held Thursday and Friday, Aug. 19-20 from 9:30 a.m.-12 noon. Middle school tryouts take place Aug. 23 so the clinic is a great way to tune up or get started learning volleyball skills. If you have any questions, call Jessica Hamilton 481-0996.

Hole-in-one at Valley Club

Jennifer Harper aced the sixth hole of the Valley Club South Nine course Aug. 13 using a lob wedge from 99 yards. Witnesses were Barb Fallon and Donna Abrahamson.

Girls on the Run seeks adult mentors

The local Girls on the Run branch of the international organization is seeking adult mentors for the fall season starting Monday, Sept. 20 and lasting through Nov. 24 for girls in grades 3-5. Practices are twice weekly from 2:30-4 p.m. Coaches are needed at Hemingway, Hailey, Carey and especially the Woodside and Bellevue sites. New coach training takes place Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 5-8 p.m. An all coach' meeting is Thursday, Sept. 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call Mary Fauth 788-7863. You don't have to be a runner to stress the importance of physical activity to the impressionable young girls.

Middle school 8th grade football meets Aug. 23

Wood River Middle School eighth-grade football coach Chris Malmgren will welcome his eighth-grade football team for the first time Monday, Aug. 23 at the middle school, Hailey.

Equipment check-out will begin at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 23 followed by a light practice and walk-through. For more details contact Malmgren at 720-8807.

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