Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sports summary

Lane Parrish Memorial SG Sunday

The races are the same—super giant slalom, halfpipe and moguls—but the format is a little different for the 19th annual Lane Parrish Memorial.

The friendly, local competition will be held over two weekends. This year's "Monster" Lane Parrish Memorial, named so because of the Monster energy drink sponsorship, begins Sunday, March 27 (SG on Greyhawk). Other races are Friday, April 1 (halfpipe on Baldy) and Saturday, April 2 (bumps on Bricks Island).

Any money raised goes to the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's Freestyle Team and the Soldier Mountain Downhill. There will be one "combined" category this year (all 3 events, SG, HP and M).

Entry deadlines are Friday, March 25 for "combined" and SG racers, and Wednesday, March 30 for halfpipe and bumps. Drop off entries and get your t-shirt at Apple's Bar & Grill or the SVSEF office. Cost is $60 per person for three events, $45 for two events and $25 for one event.

Rixon captures Jackson Town Downhill crown

Ketchum's Carl H. Rixon Jr. is the new champion of the Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Town Downhill, and his crown is being displayed at Apple's Bar & Grill in Warm Springs.

Rixon, who will be 29 March 27, won the 35-racer Pro Men's division of the 29th annual Town Downhill March 13 on Snow King Mountain by .28 seconds over four-time winner Sean Clark, according to the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

Leading Clark by .10 seconds after the first run, Rixon (1:49.61) hit 60 miles per hour in beating Clark (1:49.89) by .18 seconds on the second run. Rixon won $1,000 and Clark earned $500. Last year's Town Downhill champion was Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe.

Ski Club end-of-winter season party is April 5

Reservations must be made by Wednesday, March 30 for the Sun Valley Ski Club's end-of-winter season party scheduled for Tuesday, April 5 from 6-9 p.m. upstairs at Whiskey Jacques in Ketchum. The menu includes Caesar salad, wings, spring rolls and a variety of pizzas, costing $30 for members and non-members. Contact the ski club at 622-3003, or  HYPERLINK

Soldier Mountain Ski Area closes Saturday

The final day of skiing for the 2010-11 season at Soldier Mountain Ski Area north of Fairfield is Saturday, March 26.

Sign up by April 13 for Sawtooth Relay

Entry deadline is Wednesday, April 13 for the 20th annual Sawtooth Relay, a 62-mile relay for six-person teams from Stanley to Ketchum. This year's event for a maximum of 310 teams is set for Saturday, June 11. Entry forms are available at, or call Sawtooth Relay director Terry Hoebelheinrich at 208-853-1221. All proceeds from the relay are donated to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.

Sun Valley to host 2011 U.S. collegiate skating

U.S. Figure Skating has announced the selection of Sun Valley as the site of the 2011 U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships. The event will be hosted by the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club July 21-24, simultaneous with the Club's annual non-qualifying competition called the Sun Valley Summer Figure Skating Championships.

The club expects 90 U.S. collegiate competitors to join about 200 junior and adult skaters who regularly come for the Sun Valley Summer Championships, accompanied by coaches and family members.

The U.S. Collegiate Championships is the only figure skating event in the country open solely to high-level, full-time college students. Events are held in four categories: junior ladies, junior men, senior ladies and senior men. Last year's event took place at the Suburban Ice East Lansing Arena in East Lansing, Mich.

Former champions of the U.S. Collegiate Championships include 1994 Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan, 2010 Grand Prix Final champ Alissa Czisny and 2007 U.S. men's silver medalist Ryan Bradley.

B+ Hockey playoffs to begin

On Sunday, March 27, the B+ Hockey playoffs begin at Sun Valley Skating Center with these games: At 6:30 p.m., #1-seeded Islanders vs. #6 Senators; at 7:45 p.m., #2 Vipers vs. #5 Hutch's Bad Dogs; and at 9 p.m., #3 Rangers vs. #4 Sharks.

Three more playoff games will continue Sunday, April 3 from 6:30-10 p.m., with the championship game and consolation game at 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 10.

Midgets go 1-1 on final weekend

Mason Noyes had a big game with six goals leading the Sun Valley Midget high school hockey team to a 10-1 victory over Borah/Capital Friday at Boise's Ice World in the season-ending Boise League tournament.

It turned out to be the final win of an excellent 2010-11 season for the Midgets (35-8-6), who dropped their semi-final game to Boise 2-1. Goalie Cassidy Carson (21 saves) won the Borah/Capital game, and Cody Levitan (19 saves) kept Sun Valley in the thick of things against Boise.

Weekend scorers were Mason Noyes 6 goals/0 assists, Parker Weekes 2/0, Tommy Heinrich 1/2, Riley Sibbach 1/0, Charlie Evans 0/2, Davis Hague 1/0, Tom Crosby 0/2, Cassidy Carson 0/1, Doug King 0/2, Cooper Hanley 0/1, Liam Jablonski 0/1 and Cody Levitan 0/1.

Pitching clinics coming up

Trying to encourage young pitchers and develop their talent, the Blaine County Recreation District will be sponsoring youth pitching and catching clinics the weeks of April 4 and April 11. Wood River High School coaches and players will lead the clinics. Plans call for four 90-minute clinics open to all 8-12 year old boys. Later in April, there will be softball pitching/catching clinics, according to Brad Musbach of the Rec District.

Locals lead way at Clear Lakes Pro-Men's tourney

The Wood River Valley foursome of Scott Syms, Shawn Aicher, Kevin Cincotta and Matt Meador won the Pro-Am Team Division of the Clear Lakes Country Club Pro Men's golf tournament March 14 near Buhl. Meador (67) and Aicher (74) went 1-2 in the Amateur Division gross stroke totals of the Championship Flight, with Cincotta (77) tied for fourth. Ranked 1-2 in the Amateur First Flight, gross, were Gene Korby (82) and Chris Benson (83).

Blaine cagers on winning East teams

Blaine County senior-class prep basketball All-Stars enjoyed playing on the winning teams of the 4th District All-Star boys' and girls' games March 14 at Baun Gymnasium in Twin Falls. Carey High School senior Blair Peck tallied 15 points on five 3-pointers helping the East All-Stars run past the West All-Stars 128-107. Wood River High seniors Allie Hesteness (8 points) and Taylor Hayes (4) were on the winning East All-Stars in their 91-73 win over the West in the girls' All-Star contest.

Youth hockey girls at Salmon

Sun Valley Youth Hockey U-14 girls played two games with Salmon and won 7-0 and 10-1 March 5 at Sun Valley Skating Center. Goalies Allie Laughy (4 saves) and Evi Johnson (11 saves) did well between the pipes. All the Sun Valley skaters recorded at least one point: Taylor Hebert 4 goals/2 assists, Ry Goodwin 4/0, Abby Laughy 2/2, Morgan Benson 2/1, Sophie Nasvik 2/0, Megan Johnston 1/3, Kinley Miller 1/2, Abigail Benson 1/0, Autumn Fluetsch 0/3, Abby Robideaux 0/3, Scout Hutchinson 0/2, Lauren Manning 0/2, Anik Zarkos 0/2, Casey Johnson 0/1, Allie Laughy 0/1 and Audra Mary 0/1.

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