Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sports summary

Sun Valley athlete wins Alcatraz triathlon title

Amy Alexander Ostrofe, 24, of Sun Valley won the overall fastest women's amateur title by 14 minutes at the inaugural San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz Aug. 29. The grueling race included a 1500-meter swim starting near Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, plus a 25-mile bike ride and 7-mile run. Amy's time of 2.46:18 (swim 36:08, bike 1.16:35, run 51:17) was fast enough to place her in seventh place had she competed as a professional female and ahead of four other professional women competitors. The winning Elite women's time was 2.32:38.

No stranger to the podium, Amy's triathlon titles include first place in the Idaho Best of the U.S. in 2009 and first place in the Maryland Best of the U.S. in 2008. After collecting her first place award, Amy and her husband (just married June 19) Lieutenant Junior Grade Shaun Ostrofe, hopped on a plane to head back to Bethesda, Md. where she is an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and a third-year medical student at the Uniformed Services University.

Amy is a 2004 graduate of The Community School where she participated in soccer, tennis, and alpine ski racing. She is a 2008 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Her parents, local orthopaedic surgeons Drs. Herb and Charlotte Alexander were in San Francisco to see the event.

Mike Shane is 100-mile SS winner at Grand Targhee

Ketchum's Mike Shane (10.32:04) won the 100-mile Open Singlespeed race by over four minutes during the second annual Pierre's Hole 50/100 mile cross country mountain bike race at Grand Targhee Resort in eastern Idaho Saturday, Aug. 21. There were nearly 80 participants, twice as many as last year. Cary Smith, out of Jackson, Wyo., finished first in the 100-mile Open Men's category with a blistering 8:40:49.

Bellevue Labor Day fun run/walk

A 5-kilometer fun run and walk will take place at 9 a.m., Labor Day Monday, Sept. 6, at Bellevue Memorial Park. Registration costs $10, with kids under 10 participating for free. To register, visit, e-mail or visit Guffy's or Giddy-Up Coffee in Bellevue.

Sun Valley's Hannah Haupt is New Zealand silver medalist

Sun Valley Freestyle Ski Team racer Hannah Haupt, 16, was an important part of a history-making day for Team USA Sunday, Aug. 29 at Cardrona, New Zealand. She won the silver medal behind winner Brita Sigourney, 20, of Carmel, Ca. and Tahoe Freeride in the junior world championships women's ski halfpipe event. One of Sun Valley's bright rising stars, Haupt had placed fourth in halfpipe during the 2010 national championships in March at Squaw Valley, Ca. She also picked up two halfpipe silver medals at the Sun Valley Nor-Am Cup Jan. 8-9.

In less than ideal conditions (new snow and fog), the U.S. women finished 1-2-3-4, Sunday with Devin Logan of New Hampshire and Blake Peterson of Park City, Utah rounding out the third- and fourth-place positions in the two-run race. Besides the 1-2-3-4 finish that helped the USA take the Marc Hodler Cup as the top team after a week of competition in New Zealand, the event was historic in that it brought freestyle and snowboarding together in one event. It was also the debut of ski slopestyle and halfpipe, as well as snowboarding slopestyle.

Sun Valley Freestyle Ski Team racer Tai Barrymore, 18, finished ninth in Sunday's one-run men's ski halfpipe at Cardrona. Coach of the eight-member U.S. halfpipe team was Sun Valley Freestyle's Park and Pipe head coach Ben Verge.

Andy Ware, Sun Valley Freestyle program director, said, "Hannah is young and definitely has the skills to make a big impact in skier halfpipe. To show up in New Zealand in late summer and earn a silver medal is an outstanding achievement. The FIS Freestyle World Championships are going to be held in Park City, Utah this coming winter. Hannah and Tai will be there competing for the overall world title."

Elkhorn Golf Club Championships start Thursday

Elkhorn Golf Club will determine its 2010 men's and women's club champions during its annual 36-hole stroke play finals Thursday and Friday, Sept. 2-3. Players make their own tee times Thursday and will be matched up by first-round scores for the final 18 holes Friday at 9 a.m.

Cyclists, triathloners vie at Boise and McCall

The Wood River Valley sent a strong contingent of cyclists and triathloners to two recent endurance events—the 38th annual Bogus Basin Hill Climb Aug. 28 in Boise and the fifth annual Wild Ride Off-Road Triathlon Aug. 22 at McCall.

Highlights included a fifth-place men's overall finish for Ketchum's Miles Fink-Debray in Saturday's 14.5-mile, 3,500 vertical foot bike up Bogus Basin Road, and second-place finishes by Dave Harrison and Ashley McQueen in the Wild Rockies Series triathlon.

The triathlon at McCall's Ponderosa Park featured a 0.75-mile swim, 19.5-mile mountain bike ride and 6.2-mile (10-kilometer) trail run. There were 79 individual triathlon finishers, compared to 369 cyclists who made it up Bogus Basin Road.

Local results included:

Bogus Basin Hill Climb

Top men: 1—Andres Diaz, Boise 52:07, winner by 49 seconds. 5—Miles Fink-Debray 53:55 (4th 19-29).

Men 18-and-under: 2—Jackson Long 59:32 (15th overall). Men 35-39: 30—Erik Kafka 1.15:02. Men 40-44: 3—Whit Albright 1.00:39 (25th). 12—Erik Ruggeri 1.04:54. 16—Pete Ross 1.05:48. Men 45-49: 2—Bill Nurge 1.00:42 (23rd). 5—Chris Gardner 1.04:06.

Men 50-59: 5—Blair Clark 1.01:56. 7—Kris Thoreson 1.03:35. 10—Dan Daigh 1.06:39. 17—Scott Grill 1.09:17. 18—Rick Knoebel 1.09:33. 20—Bob Hannah of Caldwell 1.10:34. 21—Ray Liermann 1.10:55. 23—Jon Holmquist 1.11:17. 24—Jim McClatchy 1.11:44. 33—Nappy Neaman 1.17:00. 48—Jim Walker 1.22:09. 60—David Taylor 1.32:46. Men 60-up: 7—John Swyers 1.16:01. 16—Tom Campion 1.28:05.

Women 40-49: 3—Jodi Fillmore 1.15:52. 4—Susan Thoreson 1.16:39. Women 50-59: 4—Nanette Hinton 1.30:20. 5—Kathy Walker 1.34:10.

Wild Ride Triathlon

Top men: 1—Kevin Donovan of

Boise 2.28:51 (splits 15:13, 1.28:33, 42:41). 2—Dave Harrison 2.30:25 (14:09, 1.27:26, 47:06, 1st 45-49). Top women: 1—Jenny Tobin of Boise 2.45:37 (14:36, 1.41:58, 47:20). 2—Ashley McQueen 3.02:37 (16:41, 1.49:15, 53:41, 1st 25-29).

Men 20-24: 1—Luke Brown 3.08:25. Men 25-29: 4—Trey Knox 3.09:06. Men 30-34: 1—Adam Greene 2.38:51 (8th overall). Men 35-39: 5—Chris Abbott 2.45:58 (11th). Men 40-44: 8—Tony Buoncristiani 3.26:51. Men 50-54: 3—Bob Lowry 3.09:39.

Women 25-29: 2—Laura Theis 3.11:25. Women 35-39: 2—Liv Jensen 3.10:37. Women 40-44: 2—Jane Peterson 3.17:55.

Payette Lake Run 2010 is Sunday

Want to get out of town for Labor Day and get some exercise? Consider the Payette Lake Run event Sunday, Sept. 5 along the lake in McCall. Distances for the pavement and trail course are 30 kilometers 18.6 miles (8 a.m. start) totally around the lake, 8.6 miles (9 a.m. start) halfway around the lake and 3 miles (9 a.m.). Awards are Sunday at noon at Depot Park next to Hotel McCall. Fees are $48 for 18.6 miles, $43 for 8.6 miles and $33 for 3 miles. Register at and also visit

Benefit for softball's Rocky Johnson is Sept. 11 at Sagebrush Arena

Energetic slow-pitch softball player and coach Rocky Johnson was diagnosed with leukemia in March and is currently going through chemotherapy. He is scheduled for a bone marrow transplant at Seattle, Wash. during September.

Friends are organizing a benefit this month to raise the $12,000 that former Balltrappers women's coach Johnson will need to cover living expenses for four months in Seattle. The benefit is set for Saturday, Sept. 11 from 4-10 p.m. at Sagebrush Arena along Buttercup Road north of Hailey. Events planned that evening are dinner, dancing and a raffle.

Johnson is a third-year apprentice electrician working for Poggi Bros. Electric. Donations can be made at Wells Fargo Bank, to Debbie Oneida.

Ski Club organizes Sept. 8 event at Silver Creek

Bob and Lynne Nicholson and Gretchen Palmer of the Sun Valley Ski Club have announced plans for the club's third annual Silver Creek Preserve canoe and nature walk Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Canoes are provided, but the trip is limited to 15 people so sign up now. An option is taking a nature hike with the manager of the preserve. Meet at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 8 at the preserve and bring a picnic lunch. The Ski Club will provide beer, wine, and soft drinks for lunch at 12 noon. RSVP by Sept. 1 by calling 622-3003 or emailing the club office.

Roadrunner 5k Family Fun Run/Walk set for Sept. 18

Help raise money for The Senior Connection's "Meals on Wheels" by participating in the first Roadrunner 5-kilometer Family Fun Run/Walk Saturday, Sept. 18 starting at 11 a.m. from The Senior Center in Hailey. The run begins and ends at the center. Registration forms are available there or at Mountain West Bank. Cost is $20 individual, $50 family. Put a team of four together for the $50 rate and join up for the "Best of the Valley" team competition.

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