Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sports summary


Date changes for softball clinics

Due to weather-caused rescheduled games for the Wood River High School softball team, there have been changes in upcoming softball pitching and catching clinics for girls ages 8-14 that are being conducted by the Wolverine players and coaches.

The first day of the Blaine County Recreation District-sponsored clinics is Monday, April 18, followed by Wednesday and Thursday, April 20-21 and finally on Monday, April 25. Meeting times are from 6-7:30 p.m. at South Valley Sports Complex softball field (high school field) in Hailey. Cost is $25 per person.

Boise Spring Sprint Triathlon

Hailey's Susan Gundy placed fourth in the Women's 50-59 age class during Saturday's Boise YMCA Spring Sprint Triathlon. For adults, the challenges were a 750-yard swim, 12.5-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. Gundy (1.31:50) had splits of 14:56 swim, 44:00 bike and 29:52 run.

Fly casting tournament in Boise

The Ted Trueblood Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding a Fly Casting Tournament Saturday, May 14 at Eagle Island State Park, Boise.

It's a fundraiser to obtain matching funds and thus complete the $123,000 Pierce Creek culvert replacement where the creek meets the South Fork Boise River just upstream from Danskin Bridge. The completed project will reconnect 1.9 miles of trout spawning and rearing habitat to the South Fork of the Boise—a popular fishery for Wood River anglers.

Format of the tournament is four-person team, golf tournament format. Although there will be $3,000 in prizes awarded, there will not be a separate men's or women's category in either the Gold Division ($500 per team entry, advanced level) or the Silver Division ($140). Individual tickets for spectators are $25. Team entries close Saturday, May 7 or when the 30-team field is full.

For details, visit tedtruebloodtu.org/flycasting/. Team or hole sponsorships are available.

Redfish Lake Lodge Memorial Run

Redfish Lake Lodge has announced its first annual Memorial Day Run on Saturday, May 28.

There are three distances starting with a 13.1-mile half marathon ($50 fee) from Stanley Community Center in downtown Stanley along S.H. 75 to Redfish Lake Lodge. Starting time is 9 a.m., pick up packets from 7-8:30 a.m. Other distances starting and finishing at Redfish Lake Lodge are 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) for $35 and 5k (3.1-mile) for $25. Pick up packets Friday, May 27 from 4-8 p.m. or on Race Day from 7-9 a.m. at the lodge. The lodge will also host a pre-race dinner Friday, May 27 with live music and a cost of $10 for food. There will also be a raffle for prizes and packages. Entry fees raise $10 on May 15. Late registration continues through May 27 from 4-8 p.m. at the lodge. Visit redfishlake.com.

Funds raised this year will go to the Sawtooth Interpretive Historical Association. Volunteers can contact Jeff Clegg at  HYPERLINK "mailto:jeff@redfishlake.com" jeff@redfishlake.com or call him at 208-644-9613 before May 14 or at 208-774-3536 after that date.

East Idaho Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo

Youth workshops, clinics, introductory fly tying sessions and a live auction are some of attractions of the 18th annual East Idaho Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16 at the Shilo Inn and Convention Center in Idaho Falls. Hours are 8-6 Friday and 8-4 Saturday. Expo proceeds are donated to conservation and education. Many nationally known fly tyers are expected to attend. The Expo concludes Saturday evening with a banquet ($35 tickets) and a live auction. Visit srcexpo.com for details.

Cage fighting in Anacortes

Hailey's Billy Owens, 36, in his third professional fight, did well in a Northwest Fight Night 136-pound cage fighting match Saturday, April 2 at a casino in Anacortes, Wash. Owens, who does stucco work in the Wood River Valley, was on a card with 10 fighters including five pros. In his corner was local Mike Bowman, who said, "We represented the Wood River Valley well. It's a growing sport, and it was awesome we got to experience it."




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