Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sports summary

Downtown Rail Jam draws a crowd

A Saturday night crowd of 500 people plus some talented and brave young Rail Jammers kicked up their heels in downtown Ketchum for the 511 Building Rail Jam last weekend.

Organizer Andy Gilbert said, "It was a really fun community event. We drew a big field from Idaho Falls, Boise and Twin Falls, too."

Cash prizes of $1,000 donated by Sturtos, The Board Bin and Cox Communications were a big attraction. So was the $100 award from Whiskey Jacques for "Best Trick," and dynamite prizes from Smith Goggle. Penelope's chipped in food.

Leading skiers were: 1—Steve Dickens ($500). 2—Nathan Moses. 3—Braydon Bringhurst.

Top girls: 1—Amber Marsh. 2—Tammi Harrison. Leading snowboarders were: 1—Michael Kunz ($500). 2—Cameron St. Pierre. 3—Chris Michael. Top 12-and-under: 1—Carson St. Pierre. "Best Trick": Michael "Ralph" Kunz ($100) with a switch trail press for 270 out. "Best Crash": Chris Mattias.

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Snowboard Team program director Gilbert and coaches Jacob Tyler and Heather Black left Tuesday with 15 Comp and Prep teamers for Park City, Utah where a four-day United States of America (USASA) slopestyle and halfpipe event is being held.

Hailey youth earns national equestrian rating

The U.S. Pony Clubs, Inc. of Lexington, Ky. has announced the uprating of Sofia Drougas of Hailey, to the "HB" rating at a testing held on Feb. 12 in Bellevue. Drougas, 14, is the daughter of Ari and Cara Drougas.

To earn the rating, Sofia passed an exam that tested horsemanship skills and knowledge. She had passed a series of five standardized rating tests since joining Pony Club in 2006.

Each of the Pony Club rating levels is more difficult than the preceding one, and requires Pony Club members to learn more about horses and their care and to become increasingly accomplished riders and teachers of riding and horse care to younger members.

The top rating, 'A,' is reached by fewer than one in 300 and denotes throughout the international horse industry a highly competent and knowledgeable horseperson.

The leader of Sawtooth Pony Club is Renee Catherin of Bellevue. There are about 12,500 members of USPC in 625 clubs throughout the country. Along with an emphasis on helping its members learn to ride and care for horses, Pony Club promotes teamwork, responsibility, safety, good moral judgment and self-confidence.

Club volleyball sign-ups Monday

Wood River Volleyball and 5B Volleyball will hold registration for girls in grades 5-6 Monday, March 7 at 5:15 p.m. with practice to follow. For details, call Kristyn Rutland at 721-2437 or email

55th Kinderup is March 13

The Papoose Club community service organization is staging the 55th annual Kindercup alpine ski races for kids ages 3-11 on Sunday, March 13 on Dollar Mountain. Sponsors are US Bank, Smith Optics, Clif Bars and the Papoose Club, with special thanks to Sun Valley Co. and Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation coaches.

Register until Wednesday, March 9 at Sturtevants or Dollar Mountain. There is no entry fee. Day-of-race registration and bib pick-up is March 13 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Dollar Cabin. Racing begins at 10:15 a.m. Remember that Daylight Savings Time begins March 13.

If you've competed in an USSA-sanctioned event in 2010-11, you aren't eligible for the Kindercup. Last year, there were 308 ski racers and 18 snowboarders in the event.

USCSA National Championships coming to Sun Valley

Some of the country's best college alpine and Nordic ski racers are due in Sun Valley March 6-12 for the 2011 U.S. Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding (USCSA) National Championships. Cross-country ski, alpine and snowboard training begins Monday, March 7 at Sun Valley Nordic, Baldy and Dollar Mountain. Races begin Tuesday and continue through the final races Saturday, March 12 and the awards ceremony at River Run Lodge.

Simplot Games track and field

Four Team High Altitude track and field athletes coached by Monte Brothwell and based in Hailey competed in the 33rd annual Simplot Games Feb. 17-19 at Holt Arena on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello. More than 1,800 athletes from the U.S. and Canada took part in the nation's premier indoor high school track and field meet, sponsored since 1979 by J.R. Simplot Co.

James Paris (4:33.83) placed ninth of 210 runners in the 1600-meter run final Feb. 19, after qualifying with a 4:38.8 time two days before. Ben Stout (2:05.04) placed 16th of 104 runners in the 800m final Feb. 19, after his preliminary 2:06.6.

Not qualifying for 800m finals but running fine races finishing second in preliminary heats were Team High Altitude's Corrine Smith (2:42.89) and Dani McLaughlin (2:55.11).

Open chess tournament Saturday in Hailey

Hailey's Wood River High School is the site of the State Warm-Up K-12 Open chess tournament Saturday, March 5 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Games begin at 9 a.m. School grade sections: K-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

B, B+ Hockey results

Results reported from the Feb. 20 senior hockey games at Sun Valley Skating Center:

Rangers 6, Senators 4: Lucy Chubb (2 goals) and Rod Watson (2) topped the Rangers, with singles by Dave Thomas and Pete Prekeges. Dan Gralenski (2), Merri Whitehead and Gunner Whitehead had Nats tallies;

Blues 2, Coyotes 1: Kevin Lenane and Brad King put the Blues on top, Johnny Galgano scoring for 'Yotes;

Hutch's Bad Dogs 3, Sharks 1: Singles by Kipp Mills, Dave Fleutsch and Dave Gittens led the Dogs, Bryan Speth credited with 2 assists. Jeremy Fryberger had the Sharks goal;

Islanders 2, Vipers 0: Goals by Jim Slanetz and Steve McCoy;

Flyers 3, Hawks 0.

Here are results from the Feb. 27 league games.

Islanders 5, Rangers 3: Todd Avison (2), Eric Wingard, Ryan Laughy and Steve McCoy scored for the Isles and Sheila Naghsh recorded 3 assists. Bill Sprong (2) and Rod Watson were the Rangers goal scorers;

Vipers 5, Sharks 4: Singles putting the Vipers over the top were by Jim Laski, Shaun Kelly, Chris Roberts, Tom Trieschman and John Cortum. Sharks scorers—Jini Griffith, Jeremy Fryberger, Gary Norbom and Baird Gourlay;

Senators 2, Hutch's Bad Dogs 1: Josh Green and Ben Talmadge scored for Nats and Dan Gralenski assisted. Chris Peterson had the Dogs goal.

Coyotes 3, Hawks 2;

Flyers 5, Blues 3.

Diamondback Revenge times

Results from the Diamondback Revenge 10-kilometer freestyle race Feb. 20 at Sun Valley Nordic Center:

Men: 1—Jon Engen 29:11. 2—Travis Jones 32:54. 3—Al Pitt 37:02. 4—Richard Mull 38:43. 5—James Cleveland 38:54. 6—Mel Dyck 54:40 (classic).

Women: 1—Muffy Ritz 32:30. 2—Kelly Allison 34:39. 3—Katharine Sheldon 39:11. 4—Sue Engelmann 39:14. 5—Kim Nalen 39:56.

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