Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sports summary

Bellevue’s Lee Anderson (right) with Master Fabio Santos, one of world’s most prominent Jiu-Jitsu instructors. Courtesy photo

Lifetime achievement for Lee Anderson

     Bellevue’s Lee Anderson has received his Jiu-Jitsu black belt from Master Fabio Santos, one of world’s most prominent Jiu-Jitsu instructors. It’s been 23 years of hard work and dedication for Anderson, who earned his first black belt in 1988 in Tae Kwon Do. Anderson has competed in wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. He plans to put his Jiu-Jitsu to test May 21 at Boise’s Qwest Arena against Manny “The Mangler” Tapia.  Anderson owns and operates USAGrapplingAcademy in Hailey.


First class welcomed to new SV ski shrine

     The induction ceremony for the 2011 class of the new Sun Valley Ski Hall of Fame will be held today, Wednesday at 4 p.m. as part of the Sun Valley Nordic Festival.

     Ceremonies will be held at the SkiMuseum located in Ketchum’s ForestServicePark. There will be presentations saluting each of the nine athletes and refreshments will be served.

     Alpine inductees are Chuck Ferries, the late Bill Janss, Christin Cooper, Bobby Burns and Nelson Bennett.  Nordic inductees are Rob Kiesel, Kevin Swigert, the late Leif Odmark and Phil Puchner.

     Staging the inaugural ceremony is the Board of Directors of the Ketchum Sun Valley Heritage and SkiMuseums. Alpine and Nordic Committees outlined two criteria used for their selections. Each athlete excelled in their sport and contributed to the community. Five local Alpine and five Nordic skiers will be chosen annually for this honor.

     The Museum has dedicated an exhibition area as the Sun Valley Ski Hall of Fame for Nordic and Alpine skiers.  Plaques with the athlete’s photo and history will have a permanent place of honor in the museum.


J1/J2s at Wild West Classic

     Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation J1 (ages 17-18) and J2 (15-16) alpine ski racers started a two-week road trip at the Western Region Wild West Classic Elite FIS Series of technical races Jan. 27-30 at Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo. There were 111 women and 137 men in the qualifying races for the U.S. Alpine Nationals and J2 Nationals. Afterwards, they left for Big Sky, Mt. and the Western Region Open Speed Series Feb. 1-6, a J2 Nationals qualifier.

     Teagen Palmer had the best SVSEF results at Snow King—11th overall in giant slalom on Elk Run (3rd J2) and seventh in slalom on Cougar Run (2-J2). Tanner Farrow finished 14th overall in GS (9-J1) and 8th slalom (6-J1). Nicole Roos finished all four races—34-GS (15-J2) and 32-GS, and 23-SL and 32-SL.

     Other weekend best overall finishes were: Harlan Collins 46-GS/33-SL; Ben Kanellitsas 56-GS/46-SL; Miles Sweek 59-GS; Tanner Dirstine 43-GS; KJ Savaria 56-GS/38-SL; Connor Farrow 72-GS/48-SL; and Kipling Weisel 60-SL.


J3s improve GS skills on CB’s Run

     Twenty-two Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation J3 (ages 13-14) alpine ski racers enjoyed the giant slalom challenges of Park City Mountain Resort’s CB’s Run during last weekend’s David Wright Memorial IMD J3 qualifying races in Utah.

     Leading the way was Jordan Fitzgerald. She podiumed in Sunday’s GS with a second-place finish out of 47 two-run finishers. The only skier ahead of her was Wright Memorial combined winner Isabella Wright of Jackson Hole, Wyo.

     Other SVSEF skiers with top-10 placings in the 113-skier field were Samantha Busby, Haley Cutler and Tanner Josey. Men’s combined winner for the series was Dylan Sondrup of the Park City Ski Team.

     Said coach Scott McGrew, “All in all I thought the weekend went pretty well. The Park City GS hill is one of the best GS hills you can find. It has steeps, flats, roll-overs, dog-legs, narrow throats, and fall-aways. It is a hill that really tests you as athletes and rewards solid, courageous skiing.

     “We started off the weekend by overskiing the flats and giving up precious time in the ‘easy’ sections, and executing well in the tough sections. For the most part everyone responded to the video review on Saturday evening and made some positive adjustments.  I feel like the group skied even better on Sunday, and the results certainly showed.”

     Here are best-of-weekend results from the Junior Olympic qualifier:

     SVSEF girls: 2—Jordan Fitzgerald. 5—Samantha Busby. 6—Haley Cutler. 11—Josie Allison. 12—MadisonMilgard. 19—Alexandra Black. 26—Olivia Wentzell. 27—Julia Vorsteveld. 31—Loni Unser. 35—Chloe Francois.

     SVSEF boys: 6—Tanner Josey. 14—Taylor Cooper. 16—AustinSavaria. 21—Jay Fitzgerald. 24—Griffin Curtis. 25—Emmett Say. 28—Michael Levy. 35—Jack Rizzo. 40—Will Long. 44—CarsonJones-Wilkins. 45—Elliot Lewis. DNF—William Harder.


Rotarun now open Sunday

     Hailey’s Rotarun Ski Area has expanded its operating hours to Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Rotarun also offers skiing and snowboarding Fridays from 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Team High Altitude indoor track athletes

     Team members performed well Jan. 28-29 at the New Balance Meet held at The Idaho Center in Nampa.

     James Paris, Ben Stout, and Chase England ran the 3200-meter distance run Friday. Stout placed 13th (10:18.27), Paris 14th (10:19.83) and England 22nd (11:20.65). On Saturday Paris ran the 1600m in 4:43.98 placing 14th. Stout was fourth in the 800m (2:03.11). Corrine Smith placed eighth in the 800m (2:43.98) and Dani McLaughlin ninth (2:53.45).


“Ducks in the Snow” coming Feb. 11 to Whiskeys

     University of Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens and Oregon Hall of Famer Tom Drougas of Hailey will appear Friday, Feb. 11 during the “Ducks in the Snow” social gathering from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Whiskey Jacques in Ketchum. There will be an auction plus a raffle for an Oregon football game jersey, and more. It is free and open to the public.


Sigourney is silver medalist at X Games in Aspen

     In her X Games debut Thursday, 21-year-old Brita Sigourney of Carmel, Ca. won the women’s halfpipe skiing silver medal with a second-place finish behind Canada’s Sarah Burke at Aspen, Colo. Sigourney is traveling and training with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) Freestyle team this season. Now studying graphic design at UC-Davis, Sigourney burst onto the freeskiing scene last summer winning the FIS Junior World Championship halfpipe skiing title in New Zealand.


Fast pitch softball clinic Feb. 19

     The high school softball season doesn’t begin until Feb. 25, but the WoodRiverHigh School team as part of team member Josie Dawson’s senior project is presenting a one-day softball fundamentals clinic on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is designed for girls in grades 5-8. Location is the high school gym in Hailey. Admission fee is $10 per person, with proceeds to the high school softball team. Each participant will receive a t-shirt. Call Dawson at 720-9386 or coach Dale Martin at 720-5133 for more information.


Midget hockey to host tourney, salute seniors

     The Sun Valley Midget high school hockey program will salute seven seniors Friday, Feb. 4 as part of its “Sun Valley High School Hockey Weekend,” encompassing three days of hockey tournament action.

     Sun Valley, coached by Chris Benson, will play BoiseHigh School Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Sun ValleySkatingCenter preceded at 8 p.m. by a “Seniors” ceremony honoring seniors Charlie Evans, Cody Levitan, Ian Murphy, Davis Hague, Tony Martin, Doug King and Tom Heinrich.

     There is a $3 donation at the door.

     The seniors will honor their parents at the ceremony. Sun Valley Youth Hockey thanked Sun Valley Company for its support of youth hockey for nearly 35 years here.

     Seven other Idaho teams are due on resort ice for 14 games through Sunday. They are Idaho FallsHigh School, Salmon, Bonneville/Hillcrest and Skyline from Idaho Falls, Boise High, Eagle and Meridian.

     The Sun Valley squad has three other games after Friday’s debut. The Midgets play Bonneville/Hillcrest and Skyline High on Saturday at 1:40 p.m. and 8:10 p.m., and then go against Salmon Sunday at 9:30 a.m.


Senior Hockey League update

     League pacesetter Grumpy’s/SV Auto Club took a commanding lead in the Senior Hockey League Thursday with a triple overtime 4-3 triumph over at Sun Valley Skating Center. Rod Watson scooped a backhanded penalty shot over the glove of Cody Levitan for the game winner, after a defenseman was penalized for throwing a stick at the puck in the defensive zone.

     Early on, it looked like an upset win for After a scoreless first period, Matt Ward and Ryan Enrico gave a 2-0 second-period lead, then Craig Maxwell made it 3-0 early in the third. But SV Auto stormed back with three goals in a two-minute span late in period three—John McGuone, Kyle Rose and Frank Salvoni rattling off scores.

     Yoga College is tied for second with after a 4-2 win over Morgan’s Fine Finishes Jan. 25. Yoga scorers were Don Saver, Tate Mills (2 assists), Clint Lightner (1 assist) and Brad Dredge. Kris Webster had an assist. Morgan’s scorers were John Ellison Jr. and Jim Laski.

     Standings through recent games are Grumpy’s 8-1, Yoga 4-5, 4-5 and Morgan’s Fine Finishes 2-7.


B, B+ Hockey results

     Results reported from Sunday’s senior hockey games at Sun ValleySkatingCenter:

     Hutch’s Bad Dogs 6, Islanders 5: Kenny Pratt (2 goals), Buck Drew, Bryan Speth, Mark Elsbree and Doug Wilson scored for the Dogs. Islanders goals came from Steve McCoy (2), Eric Wingard (2) and Tony Mallane;

     Senators 6, Sharks 3: Dave Gittens (2 goals), John Ellison Jr., Josh Green, Ben Talmadge and Tyler Davis-Jeffers got Nats goals, helped by Dan Gralenski (3 assists) and Georgia Hutchinson (2). For the Sharks, John Baker tallied a pair of goals, Alex Baron had one and Dave McCormack two assists.

     Hawks 1, Blues 1 (tie);

     Coyotes 3, Flyers 1; Johnny Galgano (2 goals) and Tom Cahill lit the light for the Coyotes. Bob Shaw had the Flyers tally for the night;

     Vipers 6, Rangers 2: John Riley (2 goals), John Cortum, Chris Roberts and Scott Miller scored for Vipers. Scott Seaward and Kainoa Lopez had the Rangers goals.


Sun Valley Snowshoe Challenge brings out 23

     Kathy Morell, Andy Jones-Wilkins, EJ Harpham and Dick Andersen were among the top finishers among 23 entrants in Sunday’s second Sun Valley Snowshoe Challenge at Sun ValleyNordicCenter. Results:

     Men’s 10 kilometer: 1—Andy Jones-Wilkins, 43, 1.05:34. 2—Ian Blasch, 39, of Boise 1.14:46. 3—John Fox, 42, 1.16:31. 4—Christopher Burns, 50, of Florida 1.30:10. 5—Michael Naylor, 62, of California 1.38:20.

     Women’s 10k: 1—Kathy Morell, 49, 1.14:28. 2—Erin Finnegan, 37, 1.22:02. 3—Cheryl Moore, 32, Mt. Home, 1.31:28.

     Men’s 5k: 1—Dick Andersen 38:21. 2—Dan Young 39:33. 3—Ross McLeod, 50, N.H., 39:41. 4—Chuck Mead, 39, Boise, 50:28. 5—Don Boosley, Boise, 59:40. 6—Matt Pillar, 42, 1.00:54. 7—Russ  Pillar, 45, Ca., 1.01:11. 8—Goody Tyler, 58, Va., 1.03:48. 9—Allen Lester,64, Va., 1.08:34.

     Women’s 5k: 1—EJ Harpham, 54, 40:29. 2—Cynthia Burns, 46, Fla., 56:36. 3—Elizabeth McLeod, 48, Va., 57:11. 4—Amanda Butler, 35, Boise, 1.03:04. 5—Becky Arrison, 35, Boise, 1.04:27. 6—Ada Lester, 47, Va., 1.08:34.

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