Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sports summary

Runners still turning on the speed

Delightful autumn weather has encouraged Wood River Valley runners to keep traveling for footraces.

Three Hailey residents were among 213 finishers at the Bizz Johnson 26.2-mile marathon Sunday, Oct. 10 in the Lassen National Forest near Westwood-Susanville, Ca. It was run at altitude, about 4,200 to 5,600 feet.

Julie Carney, 44, and Kim Morgan Fluetsch, 45, won their age classes. Carney captured the Women's 40-44 class and was 38th overall in 3.46:57. Fluetsch won the Women's 45-49 class and was 58th overall in 3.56:58.

Fourth in 50-54 and 27th overall was Dave Fluetsch, 51, in 3.34:58.

Ten local footracers were in the field of 1,565 who finished the Barber to Boise 10-kilometer and 5k runs Saturday, Oct. 16 near Boise. Leading the way were Ketchum's Chris Abbott and Hailey's Shannon Deboer.

Abbott was Men's 35-39 runner-up and seventh overall on the 10k (6.2-mile) course in 35:30. The winner out of 934 finishers—560 women and 374 men—was Eddie Ernest-Jones of Corvallis, Ore., 29:52.

Deboer was Women's 20-24 second-place finisher and fifth woman overall in 39:52. She was 27th in the entire field. Winner was Gretchen Hurlbutt of Boise, 35:35, in ninth.

Here are other 10k finishers:

Women's 25-29: 27—Brandy O'Grady 54:28. 39—Charlotte Westendorf 58:06. Women's 40-44: 19—Leigh Sandal 57:22. 45—Stacey Doby 1.06:42. Women's 55-59: 3—Cathy Miller, Fairfield 57:36. Men's 45-49: 35—Lance Doby 1.06:42.

In the 5k race, Ketchum's Andrea Lewer won the Women's 20-24 class and was the 10th of 473 women, 40th overall, in 21:50; and Ketchum's Bill Nurge won the Men's 45-49 class and was 12th of 158 men in 18:42.

Shane Cordeau returns to U.S. Freestyle Ski Team

Ketchum's Shane Cordeau, 23, has been renamed to the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team as a member of the Men's "C Team" for moguls. Cordeau was among 28 athletes (18 for moguls) who were named to the 2011 national team Thursday, Oct. 14 at Deer Valley, Utah. Among the athletes on the team are Olympic medalists Hannah Kearney of Vermont, Bryon Wilson of Butte, Mt. and Jeret "Speedy" Peterson of Boise. The 2011 Freestyle World Championships will be held Feb. 2-5 at Deer Valley. Cordeau, a Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alumnus, has Nordica and Marker as his listed sponsors.

Utah Ski Affair is Oct. 27

Freestyle skiers Bryon Wilson and Jeret "Speedy" Peterson plus Billy Demong and Julia Mancuso are among 10 U.S. Ski Team honorees from the West to be honored Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Utah Ski Archives' Annual Ski Affair. A full house of over 500 people at Salt Lake City's Little America Hotel is anticipated for the 20th anniversary of the Ski Affair. Proceeds go to the ski archives at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library. Sign up for the dinner by Oct. 20 with Barbara Yamada, 801-581-3421 or Judy Jarrow at

Youth bowling league begin

The 2010 Wood River USBC Youth Bowling League is starting up at Mountain Sun Lanes, Bellevue.

The league starts Saturday, Oct. 30 at noon and runs for eight weeks for $80 per person. Cost includes three games of bowling each Saturday and rental shoes. Plans call for 7-11 and 12-17 year-old divisions. Organizers are also offering a $250 scholarship at the end of the session.

It is a USBC handicap certified league. Teams will be formed and coaches will offer help to all the kids. Any youth interested in the league can have their parents contact Rosie Soto at or 309-2950.

Conor Davis in telemark skiing film at Whiskeys tonight

Local skier, Sun Valley athlete and Community School graduate Conor Davis will appear in Telemark Skier Magazine's movie "The Freeheal Life 2: Hippies, Punx and Misfits," to be screened today, Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Whiskey Jacques in Ketchum. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. All ages are welcome, $10 at the door. Of the $10, $2 goes to the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center.

SV Solar Sox in Arizona

The Sun Valley Solar Sox senior men's baseball team is returning to Arizona for six games in the Men's 35-plus Wood Bat Central Division of the 2010 MSBL World Series. During a week of competition Oct. 23-29, there will be 350 teams and 6,000 players. On the 16-player team are Sean Moran, Curtis Bacca, Paul Creighton, Dave Fox, Dan Freeman, Brian Nelson, Nelson Drewien, Jeff Poggi, Anthony Anderson, Danny Turner, Jim Bradley, Robin Sarchett, Jimmy Jorgensen, Cliff Dittmore, Mark Drewien and Len Silveri. Average age is 42, with a range of 35-51. The team begins play Sunday, Oct. 24 and finishes its six-game preliminary round of games Wednesday, Oct. 27.

Baseball tryout and hitting camp

Coast to Coast Baseball (740-373-4455) is conducting a tryout event for local players ages 10-18 on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. (tryout) and 2 p.m. (hitting camp) at Sandlot Sports Complex's indoor turf facility, 4741 Glenwood St., Suite B, Boise. Visit

BCRD starts open gyms, indoor playground

The Blaine County Recreation District has started two winter recreational programs at The Community Campus gym, Hailey. Visit

Evening gym sessions are Adult Volleyball on Mondays from 7-10 p.m.; Family Night (batting cage, bounce house and pickleball) on Tuesdays from 6-10 p.m.; Indoor Soccer on Wednesdays from 7-10 p.m.; Adult Basketball on Thursdays from 7-10 p.m.; and Indoor Soccer on Fridays from 7-10 p.m.

Indoor Playground for kids ages 2-6 and parents takes place Mondays through Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. starting Oct. 18 and continuing through March 31 at the BCRD gym inside The Community Campus.

"Willie's Run" is Oct. 31

As his senior project, Wood River High School senior Brandon Wade is hosting a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) running and walking race called "Willie's Run for the Environment" on Sunday, Oct. 31 at Hulen Meadows Park three miles north of Ketchum.

All proceeds go to the Willie Neal Environmental Awareness Fund.

Registration is from 9-9:45 a.m. and starting time is 10 a.m. Entry fee is $20 per person, $50 for families. If you wear a Halloween costume, the fee will be $5 cheaper, Wade said. There will also be a short race within the park for kids ages 10-and-under.

Wade said, "Willie Neal was a 19-year-old young man filled with a passion for life, for skiing, and for the world. He was very interested in environmental issues, including climate change. While in high school, he started two local non-profits with the mission of community education, increasing awareness of climate change issues, and promoting environmental initiatives.

"On June 21, 2009, while roller-ski training in Maine, Willie was struck by a car and killed. In his life, and in his death, he inspired and continues to inspire family, friends, and those he never met. The Willie Neal Environmental Awareness Fund was created in an effort to continue Willie's legacy for his passion and inspiration on environmental issues through education and community involvement."

Trail Creek 12k Oct. 30 has announced the first Trail Creek 12-kilometer Trail Run Saturday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. Starting and finishing near Sun Valley's Trail Creek Cabin, the 7.7-mile course will take runners around Proctor Loop, Aspen Loop, and the bench singletrack. There will be awards and costume prizes. Register at

Race director Brad Mitchell of Hailey (720-3759) is hosting Tuesday evening group course that wrap up Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. from the Hemingway Memorial parking area on Trail Creek Rd. Participants should be able to run a seven-mile trail course.

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