Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sports summary

Arritola is second Yank in Finnish 10k skate race

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Olympic Development Team member Morgan Arritola, 24, of the U.S. Nordic Ski Team was the second American in Sunday's final pre-season FIS 10-kilometer skate race at Muonio, Finland.

Arritola (27:23) was 29th overall of 103 finishers behind teammate Liz Stephen (22nd, 27:10). Italy's Arianna Follis (25:57) clocked the winning time. Fairfield resident and Community School graduate Arritola was the second of seven American women.

On Saturday, Arritola (16:11) was the fifth U.S. woman in the 5k classic race won by Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland (14:03). She finished 59th overall of 116 racers. Top U.S. racer was Anchorage's Kikkan Randall (15:11), who tied for 13th place.

The 2010-11 World Cup season officially kicks off Nov. 20-21 at Gaellivare, Sweden.

Community School soccer players receive awards

Four Community School girls' soccer players have been named to the 30-player Idaho 3A Girls State Soccer Championship All-Tournament Team. Earning berths for the 2010 state consolation champion Cutthroat girls were senior midfielder Freya Dickey, senior defender Emma Wilander, junior defender Hailey Rheinschild and freshman midfielder Jordan Fitzgerald.

During Sunday's TCS soccer banquet at Elkhorn Golf Club, Wilander was named the team's Most Valuable Player, sophomore Ellie Swanson received mention for the school's single-game scoring record and Fitzgerald honored for setting the single-season assist record. Most Inspirational was Lena Perenchio. Sharing Most Improved were Chloe Francois and Ella Marks. The Coaches Award went to senior Kelly Hennessy.

Boys' soccer awards went to: Captains, Tim Kanellitsas and Tom Crosby; Most Valuable Player, Zach Lindahl; Most Improved, Calder Zarkos; Factor Award, Tom Crosby; Most Inspirational, Tim Kanellitsas; and "Goal of the Year," John Chrysikopoulos.

Team High Altitude runners compete in Nike footrace

The Wood River Valley-based Team High Altitude high school team sent nine runners (6 boys, 3 girls) to the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run Saturday, Nov. 13 at Eagle Island State Park, Boise.

High Altitude boys ran in the 184-finisher Elite division, placing 20th of 22 teams. Placings and times were: 55—Andrew Pfeiffer 16:35. 71—James Paris 16:46. 120—Ben Stout 17:17. 174—Ketchum Wilt 18:40. 182—Stephen Pfeiffer 20:00. 183—Nate Thomas 20:44.

The three girls in the 113-runner Open division were: 53—Corrine Smith 21:22. 56—Montana Tucker 21:32. 83—Dani McLaughlin 22:45.

Biche Rudigoz joins Polarmax Pro Staff

Ketchum's Biche Rudigoz, an X Games ski cross athlete and founding member of the American Ski Cross Association, has been welcomed to the Polarmax Pro Staff. The company makes technical base layers, and its Pro Staff taps into the real life, end-user experience of core athletes and outdoor experts like 2010 Winter X Games competitor Rudigoz. "Polarmax base layers are a must-have on the race course," said Rudigoz, son of the former U.S. Ski Team coach Michel Rudigoz, also of Ketchum.

Ski Club announces Winter Season Kickoff Party

The Sun Valley Ski Club has announced plans for its 75th anniversary Winter Season Kickoff Party scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 5 from 6-9 p.m. in the Sun Valley Lodge Dining Room. Ski Club members and non-member guests are invited for a winter reception featuring a no-host bar, hors d'oeuvres, beef and turkey breast. You must reserve by Nov. 29. Members and guests are $35 per person. Call the club at 622-3003 or email

Hailey Turkey Trot returns on Thanksgiving Day

Now in its seventh year, the Hailey Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25, has become a great family tradition. Last year, for example, there were over 500 participants having some fun, holiday exercise and raising $1,500 for Souper Supper and another $1,250 for Girls on the Run and Souper Supper.

Those two organizations will also benefit from this year's 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) family fun run and walk Nov. 25. Presented by Blaine County Title and a long list of sponsors, the event begins at 10 a.m. at The Community Campus in Hailey.

For more details and registration visit You can also register and pick up your race bags Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Blaine County Title in Hailey in the E.G. Willis Building above Shorty's Diner, or on race morning at The Community Campus.

Entry fee of $15 per person or $40 for a family up to four members is in effect through Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. Cost on race day increases to $30 per person or $70 family, and there is no guarantee of "race swag" with late sign-ups. The first 500 persons who register get a race beanie hat and goodies. Entry includes coffee and hot chocolate, and there will be a chance to win raffle prizes.

CSI Turkey Trot Nov. 25

If you happen to be in Twin Falls on Thanksgiving Day, you might want to start your day with the College of Southern Idaho Turkey Trot Thursday, Nov. 25 starting at 9 a.m. on the CSI campus. Registration begins at 8 a.m. the Cost is $20 adults, or an additional $5 after Nov. 23 for the 5-kilometer fun run and walk.

Sun Valley Suns getting ready for 2010-11 season

The Sun Valley Suns men's senior ice hockey team started practicing Nov. 2 for its 22-game 2010-11 season that opens Dec. 10-11 with a two-game home series against the Park City Pioneers at Sun Valley Skating Center. The Suns have five games set in December including a Dec. 17-18 weekend series against Bozeman (Mt.) and the annual holiday exhibition against the Future Suns, this year planned for Wednesday, Dec. 22.

Also, the McCall Mountaineers are due in Sun Valley for the New Year's Eve weekend series Dec. 31-Jan. 1. All Suns games are home this season except for a Jan. 7-8 visit to Park City. The season wraps up March 4-5 with the visit of Bobby Farrelly's Boston Gutter Snipes. Visit for more details. All games begin at 7 p.m.

B, B+ Hockey results

Results from Sunday's senior hockey league action at Sun Valley Skating Center:

Isles 6, Bad Dogs 2, with Isles goals by Steve McCoy (2), Eric Wingard, Jay Hedrick, Jeff Ballou and Tony Mallane, and Dogs goals by Kenny Pratt (2);

Senators 2, Sharks 2 (tie): Nats goals by Merri Whitehead and Dan Gralenski, assists to Gunnar Whitehead and Gavin McNeil, and Sharks goals by Gary Norbom and Baird Gourlay, assist to Jeremy Fryberger;

Vipers 7, Rangers 1: Vipers goals by John Riley (3), Chris Roberts, Dan Gorham, John Cortum and Jim Laski, Rangers goal by Lucy Chubb;

Blues 3, Flyers 1;

Coyotes 5, Hawks 1.

Coming up Sunday, Nov. 21: 4 p.m. Coyotes vs. Flyers, 5:15 p.m. Blues vs. Hawks, 6:30 p.m. Senators vs. Rangers, 7:45 p.m. Isles vs. Vipers and 9 p.m. Bad Dogs vs. Sharks.

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