Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sports summary

Warriors have home finale Saturday against Falcons

After playing their closest game of the season, Wood River Warriors are looking forward to their final home game of the Treasure Valley Lacrosse League season Saturday, May 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Hailey.

Wood River (0-10-0) will host the Vallivue Falcons from Caldwell (2-9-1) Saturday on the high school soccer field. The other Warriors game this week is today, Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Rocky Mountain High (5-5-0) in Mountain Home.

Last Saturday in Boise, the Borah Lions (1-9-1) nipped Wood River 7-6, despite 13 saves by Warriors senior goalie Tanner Dredge. Borah out-shot Wood River 42-27. Scoring for the Warriors were Cooper Bailey (2 goals, 1 assists), Cooper Rogers (2 goals), Drew Deffe and Gus Conrad (11 shots). Leading Borah were Hayden Woods (3 goals, 3 assists) and David Beery (2 goals).

Girls basketball, youth grid camps next week

Wood River High School coaching staffs are conducting girls' basketball and youth football camps for elementary school and middle school kids.

The after-school Pride Basketball Camp for girls in grades 1-8 is Monday through Thursday, May 16-19 from 4-5:45 p.m. at the high school gym in Hailey. WRHS varsity coach Mendy Benson, her staff and players are staging the camp. Cost is $45 per person.

The Optimist Football Camp for kids entering grades 1-6 next fall is Monday through Thursday, May 16-19 from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Hailey high school. No previous football experience is needed. The camp is run by the high school and Optimist staffs with the assistance of Wood River varsity grid players. Cost is $40.

Freestylers to Gold Camp

Sun Valley Freestyle Team athletes Tai Barrymore, Hannah Haupt and Ben Parker have been invited to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Freeskiing Gold Camp for skier halfpipe at Mammoth Mt., Calif. in June. Only 19 U.S. skiers have been invited. Ben Verge, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation head coach for park and pipe, has been picked by USSA to be the freeskiing head coach at the Gold Camp.

Sign-ups underway for Lyle Pearson 4th of July Tennis Championships

Sun Valley Tennis Club will once again host the Lyle Pearson 4th of July Tennis Championships Saturday through Monday, July 2-4. Tournament director David Perry (877-799-4377) said the three-day U.S. Tennis Association Intermountain tourney has the largest purse in the Gem State, offering prize money in the Men's Open and Women's Open divisions. All participants will receive complimentary Sun Valley Ice Show tickets, and be invited to the Player's Party on Sunday, July 3. Non-USTA players may enter, since all divisions (3.5 to 5.0, and 7.0-9.0 mixed) are non-sanctioned, with the exception of Open classes. Entries close Tuesday, June 28. Visit, and use the tournament ID 257408511 to sign up. You can sign up for three events, $40 per player for the first event, $30 for the second and third.

Rusch fifth in Whiskey Off-Road 50-Miler

Ketchum professional athlete and firefighter Rebecca Rusch, 41, placed fifth of 17 women in the Pro Women's Class of the Whiskey Off-Road 50-mile mountain bike endurance race Sunday, May 1 at Prescott, Az.

Rusch, a three-time 24-Hour Solo World Champion, finished her first major event of 2011 with a time of 3.47:53, about 17 minutes behind women's winner Dua Mata of Anaheim Hills, Ca. (3.30:11). Rusch was two minutes behind last year's Whiskey women's queen Gretchen Reeves of Avon, Colo. (3.45:42).

Said Rusch, "My training has been great this spring and I feel I'm ahead of last year on a fitness basis. However, due to the snow and long winter in Idaho, my time on the dirt has been limited and my single-track mojo has suffered. It was great to see the level of the competition and earn myself a spot on the podium."

In May, Rusch plans on competing in two stage races in a row starting with the Titan Desert stage race from Morocco to Spain May 9-14.

Teams forming for James Nelson Memorial Golf Tournament

Get your foursome together or sign up individually for the first annual James Nelson Memorial Golf Tournament scramble set for Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m. at The Valley Club. It will raise money for the Nelson Boys College Fund and also for the Wood River Baseball and Softball Association. The fee of $150 per person or $560 for a team of four includes 18 holes of golf, cart, appetizers and access to the no-host bar after play. The tournament is limited to the first 24 teams and 96 players signing up, so contact Buffy Brunker at 720-1998 or Val Seamons at 721-7413 to put the process in motion.

Bike swap at Backwoods

Want to sell your well-used bike? Want to get a good deal on a two-wheeler to use whenever the warm weather might arrive? Backwoods Mountain Sports in Ketchum (726-8818) is holding its three-day Bike Swap Friday through Sunday, May 13-15. Buyers and sellers are needed. Sellers get to keep the proceeds.

Register kids for youth football and cheerleading

Wood River Youth Football and Cheer will hold its sign-up fair for 2011 fall tackle and flag football today, Wednesday, May 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Wood River Middle School cafeteria, Hailey. The programs offered are flag football for ages 7-8, cheerleaders for ages 8-11, and tackle football ages 9-11. All teams are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to attend May 11. Bring your insurance card and copy of your birth certificate. Meet the coaches and you can also have free sloppy joes and soft drinks.

School athletic physicals May 17

St. Luke's Hospital, St. Luke's Elks Rehabilitation, Wood River High School and Wood River Middle School will 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. Said Rade, "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."

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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