Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sports summary

Community School unveils new Ski Academy

In a Jan. 31 press release, The Community School of Sun Valley announced the launch of the new Sun Valley Ski Academy in the fall of 2011.

Open to student-athletes ages 13-and-older (competing at the J3 through J1 skiing class levels), the Sun Valley Ski Academy is a cooperative venture between the Sun Valley independent school and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVEF), according to Community School communications director Bill Lauck.

It is designed to offer promising alpine, cross-country, freestyle and snowboarding athletes with a chance for a college preparatory academic program in a mountain setting.

The program will accommodate Wood River Valley skiers as well as student-athletes from around the U.S. and the world.

Cheerleading competition Saturday in Hailey

Hailey's Spirit n'Motion Athletic School and its director/head coach Amanda Norton will host their annual "Altitude with Attitude" Cheerleading and Dance Challenge for up to 250 southern Idaho girls ages 4-18 Saturday, Feb. 12 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at The Community Campus gym, Hailey.

About 15 teams are expected including the three teams and 25 Soldier Mountain All-Star cheerleaders ages 5-14 who represent Hailey's Spirit n'Motion. "It's the only local event we have, so it's an opportunity for people to see what competitive cheerleading is all about and also to see how hard our athletes work," said Norton.

The teams will present two-and-a-half minute routines. The cheerleading competition season lasts from January through April. Soldier Mountain All-Star teams have done well competing in Boise and Salt Lake City. Last weekend in Utah, the Green Emeralds captured third place of six teams, Silver Stars were fourth of eight teams and Black Diamonds took fourth of 10 squads.

Junior National Nordic qualifier Feb. 12-13 at Lake Creek

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's Junior Nordic Team stages the third of three 2011 Junior National qualifying events Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12-13 at the Lake Creek trail system north of Ketchum. Individual start freestyle races are Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., with mass start classic Sunday at 9 a.m. There will be Masters class divisions each day. Saturday's awards banquet starts at 6 p.m. in The Community School gym, and there will be a post-race barbecue at Lake Creek Sunday.

SV Telemark all-terrain race

The 2011 Sun Valley Tele Ski Series kicked off Saturday, Feb. 5 with the all-Terrain race on Baldy's Cozy and Hemingway ski runs. Next race is the Hawaiian Nationals April 2.

Elite telemark men: 1—Lance Levy 2:04.19. 2—Brendan Coyle 2:19.04. 3—Deeder Petersen 2:20.56. 4—Danny Walton 2:24.38.

Sport telemark men: 1—Danny Maloney 2:22.51. 2—Kyle Livingston 2:30.85. 3—Jim Parris 2:38.78. 4—Don Nordstrom 3:05.49. 5—Tim Marsano 3:23.83.

Sport telemark women: 1—Colleen Mauro 3:10.55. 2—Sheridan Brett 3:28.92.

Carey hoop Shoot winner

Carey's Kodi Green, 9, won the district girls' Hoop Shoot contest sponsored by the Elks. Kodi won in Carey, Gooding and in the final contest Jan. 22 at Rupert. She qualified for state competition Saturday, Feb. 12 in Kellogg.

Youth hockey in Salmon

Sun Valley Youth Hockey Squirts (ages 9-10) coached by Dale Johnson and Chris Benson went 2-2 including 3-0 and 6-1 wins over Missoula (Mt.) at a Jan. 29-30 tourney in Salmon.

Goal scorers were Jack Stevens (4), Teagan McAvoy (3), Audra Mary (3), Taylor Hebert, Andrew Nelson and Kinley Miller. Other Squirts on the roster were Sam Ballard, Abigail Benson, Morgan Benson, Sam Fenn, Ry Goodwin, Scout Hutchinson, Kasey Johnson, Connor Manning, Sydney Roberts and Denali Stevens.

Senior Hockey League update

Morgan's Fine Finishes upset first-place Grumpy's/Sun Valley Auto Club 4-3 in Thursday's Senior "A" Hockey League action at Sun Valley Skating Center. It was the Morgan's third win, and only the second loss for SV Auto.

Morgan's broke a 2-2 tie with two goals in the third. Scoring were John Ellison Jr. (2 goals), Dave Hennessy and Sean Murray. Tim Jeneson had two assists. For Grumpy's, Frank Salvoni scored twice and Brad Stansberry added a single goal. John McGuone had two assists.

In a battle for second place, Yoga College erased an early 2-0 deficit, built a 6-2 lead by the third period and held on for dear life as stormed back last Tuesday. Yoga prevailed 6-5 behind two goals apiece by Peter Whitehead and Mark Belanger, singles by Taylor Rothgeb and Brad Dredge, and three assists by Noah Loyd. John Kearney Jr. scored a three-goal hat trick for Peter Stevenson and Shannon Flavin had single scores.

Standings through recent games are Grumpy's 8-2, Yoga 5-5, 4-6 and Morgan's Fine Finishes 3-7.

Amateur boxing in Caldwell

If you're in Caldwell this weekend and you're a boxing fan, check out the second annual Silver Belt Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 12 in O'Connor Fieldhouse in the Caldwell Events Center. The USA Boxing-sanctioned event is sponosred in part by the Caldwell Police Department Police Athletic League. The afternoon matinee is from 1-4 p.m. ($5 admission) and main event at 6 p.m. ($10).

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