Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sports summary

Coed softball meetings coming for Hailey, Ketchum

The Wood River Valley's two coed slow-pitch softball leagues have set their 2011 pre-season organizational meetings. Coaches and/or team representatives are asked to attend.

The Hailey Coed Softball League has its initial meeting Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wicked Spud, Hailey. League games are played weeknights during June and July at Lions Park, Hailey. Contact Mike Beall at 720-6842 for more information.

Organizational meeting for the Ketchum Coed Softball League is Wednesday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Atkinson Park Recreation Room. League games are played Wednesday evenings during June and July at West Ketchum Coliseum. Contact

Morgenthaler seeks rowing spot

Oregon State University junior rower Lauren Morgenthaler has been invited to the U.S. Rowing Women's U-23 National Team Camp at the High Performance Training Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. in June.

The camp selects the Open Women's 8+ and the 4x to compete at the 2011 FISA U23 World Championships July 20-24 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The camp also works toward choosing Open Women's 2-, 4- and 2x to compete at U-23 Trials June 27-29 at Mercer Lake, N.J.

"It is a great honor to be selected and to be considered among the best athletes in the country," head coach Emily Ford said. "It says a lot about the work Lauren has done."

Morgenthaler, a native of Bellevue, was a key member of OSU's Varsity 8+ crew during the 2010 season. She earned All-Pac-10 honors as a sophomore and was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team. The former Wood River High School girls' basketball star rowed at the U.S. Rowing Pre-Elite Camp earning a silver medal in the Intermediate Women's Eight last summer.

Spring Series at Bachelor

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine racers finished up at the Western Region FIS Spring Speed Series held April 15-20 at Mt. Bachelor, Ore. Said head coach Pat Savaria, "I was really stoked with the way everyone skied. Speeds reached 76 miles per hour in the downhill and it was a very technical course."

Highlights came from Sierra Fox (3-DH, 3-DH, 5-SG, 6-SG), Miles Sweek (10-DH, 10-DH), KJ Savaria (28-DH, 16-DH, 15-SG, 38-SG), Connor Farrow (30-DH, 30-DH, 31-SG, 52-SG)) and Cole Caulkins (65-DH, 69-DH, 55-SG, 44-SG). Showing the four-event skier he is, Kipling Weisel (6-SG, 7-SG, 20-DH) had a 14th in downhill after starting 75th.

Soldier Mountain Cheerleaders

The two older teams of Spirit n'Motion Athletic School's Soldier Mountain All-Star Competitive Cheerleaders won national championships March 12 at Salt Lake City, Utah. Nine Silver Stars in the Mini (ages 6-8) Level 1 Division competed against nine teams and tied for first. The 10 Black Diamonds in the Junior (14-and-over) Level 2 Division were tops among eight teams in their class.

"It was an amazing experience," said Spirit n'Motion head coach Amanda Norton, who called it "a first" in six years for SMAS to win two national titles. "All the kids got gold medals and national champions jackets, as well as a huge team plaque and national championship banner that will be in our gym."

Watch the SMAS teams in action Monday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. during a demonstration night at the gym located at 3950 Woodside Blvd., Hailey, across from Power Engineers.

New teams are now forming. The Work Week is Tuesday and Thursday, May 3 and 5 from 5-7 p.m., with tryouts set for Saturday, May 7 at 4:30 p.m. No experience is necessary. Age range is 3-18. Teams are made skill and age appropriate. Call Norton at 720-4306 for details.

Riders invited to train with U.S. Snowboard Team

Sun Valley Snowboard Team members Chase Josey and Ali Appleton have been invited to train with the U.S. Snowboard Team at Mammoth Mountain, Ca. for its Project Gold Camp.

SVST program director Andy Gilbert said, "Both riders were invited based on their great results at the USASA Nationals—Chase sixth in Open Class halfpipe and Ali first in Junior Women's halfpipe. The project brings the best young riders in the country together and is an important step in any young rider's career. It is also one of the best ways to get on the U.S. team's 'radar'."

Gilbert added that it marks eight years that the SVST has had riders invited to the June 9-16 camp. Past Sun Valley invitees include Yancy Caldwell and Kaitlyn Farrington.


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 ( HYPERLINK "" or Stephanie Spindler ( HYPERLINK ""

Play bocce ball in Boise

Idaho Bocce Ball Club of Boise, a non-profit, is hosting the championship games for men's and women's singles for Idaho residents only. The tournament is Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m. at Ann Morrison Park in Boise. Contact Lou Piccotti at 208-375-5228, Mike DeJulis at 208-376-3171 or Judy Campbell at 208-890-4178 or visit

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 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

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

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