Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sports summary

Dr. Harry Huffaker honored as marathon swimmer

Wood River Valley resident Dr. Harry Huffaker was inducted Nov. 18 into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

A retired dentist and 1957 graduate of Grosse Pointe (Mich.) High School, Dr. Huffaker is a pioneer in swimming the dangerous channels between the Hawaiian islands. Throughout his illustrious career in the pre-GPS era, he faced sharks up close, jellyfish, massive ocean swells and extremely strong currents.

After arriving in Hawaii fresh out of the University of Michigan Dental School in 1965, Dr. Huffaker swam the Kaiwi Channel in 16 hours in 1967. He made the first crossing of the 30-mile Alenuihaha Channel between Hawaii and Maui in 20 hours in 1970 and completed the first Kaiwi crossing in reverse direction from Oahu to Molokai in 1972.

At age 50 in 1989, he swam from Lanai to Maui, then Maui to Molokai, then attempted to complete his final Molokai-to-Maui leg before being pulled from the water after 18 hours.

BCRD takes over men's cage league

The Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) is coordinating the local adult men's basketball league for 2011, taking over from former league commissioner Lewis Garza.

The league format has been modified to include "A" and "B" division teams. Captains need to register their team in the appropriate division for the 10-game regular season schedule. The season ends with a seeded, double elimination tournament.

The season begins in January and ends in March. Games will be played Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings in the BCRD gymnasium at The Community Campus, Hailey.

A mandatory captains meeting will be held Monday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Community Campus.

Team fees are $750 for the season. The BCRD will collect names of individual players to assist them with team placement, according to a press release. Contact Brad Musbach at 578-5458 for more information or to register your team.

B, B+ Hockey results

Results reported from Sunday's senior hockey games at Sun Valley Skating Center:

Hutch's Bad Dogs 5, Vipers 1: Kenny Pratt notched the three-goal Dogs hat trick with scoring help from Doug Wilson and Chris Peterson, and assists by Lacie Hernandez and Dave Fleutsch (2). Nancy Parsons-Brown had the assist on John Cortum's Vipers goal;

Sharks 1, Rangers 1: Alex Baron lit the light for Sharks, assisted by Jen Embree, and Pete Prekeges had the Rangers goal, from Christl Holzl;

Isles 3, Senators 2: Rob Prew tallied the Isles' game winner after goals by Eric Wingard and Jay Hedrick. Assists went to Sheila Naghsh, Wingard, Hedrick and Al Reynolds. Merri Whitehead and Nic Thomas had Nats goals, Gunnar Whitehead an assist;

Blues 2, Coyotes 0;

Flyers 3, Hawks 1.

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

Thousands of Nordic fans watch Finnish X-C races

Tens of thousands cross-country ski fans watched last weekend's FIS Cross Country World Cup three-event "Ruka Triple" races in the 18,000-resident Lappish town of Kuusamo, Finland above the Arctic Circle. Among the American entrants were Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Olympic Development Team racer Morgan Arritola and two other U.S. men with SVSEF connections, Simi Hamilton and Noah Hoffman.

In Friday's women's 1.2-kilometer classic sprint, Arritola was 91st, the third of four U.S. women. Hamilton was the second Yank man in 67th and Hoffman finished 120th.

In Saturday's women's 5k classic race, Arritola (14:41) placed 75th, nearly two minutes behind the winning Norwegian time, while Hoffman (25:01) and Hamilton (25:10) were 66th and 73rd at 10k classic—the second and third of five U.S. men.

Sunday's men's 15k free handicap pursuit and women's 10k free pursuit races were staged on slow snow in sub-zero temperatures. Arritola (31:46) was 48th overall and Hoffman (39:36) finished 34th.

U-19 girls make strides at Idaho Falls

The Sun Valley girls' U-19 hockey team traveled to the Idaho Falls Ice Bowl tournament Nov. 19-21 and played strong hockey—despite having limited numbers and practices.

Sun Valley (1-3-0) played close games and scored nine goals. Dylan Peterson earned the weekend jersey. Game pucks went to Emma Wilander, Daniela Stokes, Gina Rickling and Erin Hennessy.

Goalie Wilander (49 saves) was a busy target in a 4-0 loss to a strong Boise squad.

In its next game, Sun Valley out-shot the Utah Grizzlies 32-22 but fell 4-1. Utah's goalie kept the Sun Valley scoring to just a Stokes goal on an assist from Ellie Swanson.

The girls played a powerful game beating Salmon 8-0. Gina Rickling scored her first U-19 goal. Tallying two goals apiece were Peterson, Kelly Hennessy and Swanson. Stokes added a single. In its final game, Sun Valley played two scoreless periods and ended up falling to Idaho Falls 2-0.

Seeing their first U-19 game action were Sun Valley prospects Allison Fluetsch, Abby Laughy, Camille Bourret and Jessica Martinez.

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