Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sports summary

Larson wins Masters class at Robie Creek

     Ketchum’s Tiffany Larson was the overall female Masters winner of Saturday’s 34th annual “Plunderin’ fer Booty” Race to Robie Creek 13.1-mile half marathon run near Boise.

     Larson, 44, clocked a finishing time of 1.40:07 on a course called “the toughest half marathon in the Northwest.” It starts at Fort Boise Community Center and climbs Aldape Summit before descending into Robie Creek north of Boise.

     Among the top Wood River Valley runners among the 2,400 finishing Saturday’s Cyndy Garvin third in the Women’s 55-59 class in 2.15:22; India Wysong fifth Women’s 35-39 in 1.49:06; and E.J. Harpham sixth Women’s 50-54 in 2.09:00.

     Garvin, 58, improved her finishing time by 10:41 compared to last April’s Robie Creek 13.1-miler, while Matthew Fredback improved by 5:27, Nicole Kashino by a full 21:00 and Meagan Gittins 5:27.

     Winning times were Kameron Ulmer for the men at 1.18:25 and Maike Holthuijzen for women 1.27:59.

     Here are other local runners among the 15 at Robie Creek:

     Matthew Fredback, 31, 16th Men’s 30-34, 1.39:14; Nicole Kashino, 37, 63rd Women’s 35-39, 2.19:15; Meagan Gittins, 29, 118th Women’s 25-29, 2.38:47; and Amanda DeHaas, 24, 27th Women’s 19-24, 2.18:38;

     Gigi Prior, 52, 17th Women’s 50-54, 2.24:24; Jessica Schlueter, 33, 15th Women’s 30-34, 1.59:25; Candice Smith, 33, 151st Women’s 30-34, 2.46:27; Rick Stark, 53, 24th Men’s 50-54, 2.05:24; Andrea Stutz, 48, 57th Women’s 45-49, 2.40:02; and Colleen Cronin, 37, 187th Women’s 35-39, 3.46:58.


Warriors battle with Borah, drop 7-3 match

     Top scorer Gus Conrad, a freshman, scored two goals and Cooper Rogers added one goal as the Wood River Warriors lacrosse team debuted its 2011 home season Saturday by playing its closest game to date.

     Wood River dropped a 7-3 decision to visiting Borah of Boise at South Valley Sports Complex soccer field in Hailey. Goalie Tanner Dredge, a senior, made 13 saves as the shots were fairly even, 30 for Borah and 29 for Wood River.

     Borah (1-4) led by only 2-1 after two quarters but outscored Wood River 3-0 in the third quarter and 2-1 in the fourth. The tight score was a nice change for the Warriors (0-4), who dropped their first three games 27-1 to Eagle, 16-2 to Boise and 20-0 to Timberline, all away from home.

     Besides Conrad (3 goals) and Rogers, Warriors goals to date have come from Conner Bennett and Drew Deffe. Others playing in all 16 quarters through four games have been Cooper Bailey, Tommy Bailey, Brian Boyle, Nathan Farrow, Quinn Guthrie, Keegan Heneghan, JR Hill, Sam Rogers and Parker Weekes.

     Also playing for coach Johnny Galgano have been Kasey Barker, Kyle Clark, Alec England (1 assist), Riley Heneghan, Max Jones, Cody Levitan, Fischer Lewis, Jake Miczulski, Sam Ruddell and James Williams.


Mr. Wolverine Contest is April 26

     Set aside Tuesday, April 26 for one of the most popular events of the Wood River High School year. That’s the Mr. Wolverine Contest, to be held Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in The Community Campus auditorium, Hailey. Entry is $5.

     Contestants include Alec England, Jake Miczulski, Walker Royston, Lashon Smith, Sean Sutton, Greg Lindbloom, Eron Bates, Michael Flolo, Ian McKenzie, Lane Coulthard, Eric Boyle and Chase Hutchinson. Emcees are Janice Gillette and Stacie Smith.


Spring speed series at Mt. Bachelor

     Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine ski racers closed out their 2010-11 season this week during the Western Region FIS Spring Speed Series at Mt. Bachelor, Ore.

     Top results included Sierra Fox with a third-place J1 (ages 17-19) podium in super giant slalom. She was fifth, sixth and 13th overall in three SGs. Kipling Weisel made the J2 (15-16) podium with a third-place SG, seven overall of 76 finishers. Weisel was sixth in another SG heat. Other SVSEF SG overall placings: KJ Savaria 15th/38th, Miles Sweek 26th/16th (7th J1), Connor Farrow 31st/52nd, Cole Caulkins 44th/55th.


Bigwood Golf Course driving range is now open

     The Bigwood Golf Course driving range is now open and operators are hopeful the course north of Ketchum will open for the 2011 season on Saturday, April 23, weather permitting, according to Thunder Spring LLL general manager Derek Agnew. The driving range has an on-site credit card processor with small buckets costing $3 and large buckets $6.

     Bigwood early/late season greens fees through June 9 are $30 for nine holes ($40 peak season June 10-Sept. 30) and $55 for 18 holes ($80 peak season). Golf carts are $10 for nine or 18 holes ($15 peak season). Early/late season passes for $650 include unlimited golf before June 15 and after Sept. 19. During peak season, early/late golfers can play before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Call 726-4024.

     New this year is a Corporate Pass for $700 per person (5 or more employees from one company, unlimited golf all season) or $800 per person (4 or more employees, unlimited). The spring season discounted pass sale features $900 for all-season unlimited golf, $1,700 couples.


Sign up for SV Half Marathon

     The Sun Valley Half Marathon 13.1-mile run, scheduled for June 4 at 9 a.m. is quickly approaching. Take advantage of early registration to be guaranteed the low entry fee and a gender-specific Sun Valley Half Marathon technical t-shirt. Early registration closes April 30, fee is $50. Register at Race details can be found at


School athletic physicals May 17

     It is hard to believe with the 2010-11 school year ticking way. But it’s nearly the time when St. Luke's Hospital, St. Luke's Elks Rehabilitation, Wood River High School and Wood River Middle School come together to host the annual Athletic Physical Night. It is set for Tuesday, May 17 at Hailey’s Wood River High School, said Wood River athletic and activities director John Rade.

     Rade said, “Because the Wood River medical community and others volunteer their time, the physical fee is only $15 per student athlete. All proceeds go back to participating schools. That further benefits the youth of the Wood River Valley.”


Wolverine Family Fun Run

     The Wood River High School Student Union is sponsoring the first annual Wolverine 13 Fun Run on Saturday, May 14 starting at 9 a.m. from the Hailey high school. Plans call for four distances—the half marathon 13.1-mile run, 10-kilometer (6.2 miles), 5k (3.1 miles) and a kids’ run.

     Afterwards, at 12 noon, the Student Union will provide a barbecue lunch for all participants and their families. The event is the culmination of the Blaine County School District’s “Fitness Challenge” held in conjunction with St. Luke’s and the Wood River Community YMCA.

     Registration deadline is Sunday, May 8 at (for 18-and-older) or the Wood River High main office (younger than 18). Families will receive a discount. Fees are $40 for the half marathon, $35 for the 10k and 5k, and free for the kids’ race. You get a t-shirt and finishing medal.

     Any proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross for its Japan Earthquake Relief Effort. Volunteers can sign up by contacting Keith Nelson ( or Stephanie Spindler (

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