Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sports summary

Chuck Gates Memorial golf tourney is June 12

Entries are being accepted for the 14th annual Chuck Gates Memorial golf tournament set for Sunday, June 12 at Sun Valley Golf Course. This year's best ball scramble tournament is dedicated to the late Tim Appleton. All proceeds will benefit the Atkinson Park Junior Golf program and the Chuck Gates Youth Golf Endowment. The cost of $150 per person ($85 Sun Valley members) includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls, buffet and tee prizes. The event kicks off with the Chuck Gates junior putting contest (free, all ages) at 10 a.m. June 12, and goes into the 11 a.m. buffet lunch on the Sun Valley Clubhouse deck, warm-up at 12 noon, and the shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Contact Mike Pirzynski 720-4301 for sign-up, or email Roger Roland at  HYPERLINK "" to request an invitation.

Youth soccer in Eagle

Community School seventh-grade student Jay Fitzgerald was a key member of the Meridian Fury gold-medal winning youth soccer team during the recent President's Cup tournament held May 20-22 at Eagle west of Boise. The Fury was undefeated in the boys' U-14 category, with Fitzgerald contributing a spectacular goal in the team's championship 2-1 victory over Idaho Rush.

Sun Valley Half Marathon is Saturday

The Sun Valley Half Marathon returns Saturday, June 4, starting and finishing at 9 a.m. on the lawn area near Sun Valley Resort Pavilion.

The 13.1-mile course is staged on on the bike path trails of Sun Valley and the Wood River trail system. It ascends Elkhorn Hill, descends through the Elkhorn Golf course area to State Highway 75, continues north along the bike trail to Hulen Meadows, returns to Sun Valley via Saddle Road, and takes a short turn on to Trail Creek Road before finishing near the pavilion. Parking is available on Dollar Road in the lot across from the indoor ice rink.

Online registration closes Thursday, June 2 for the entry fee of $60 per person ( The fee Friday during packet pick-up from 12-6 at The Elephant's Perch in Ketchum rises to $75, and you can also pay that fee from 7-8 a.m. Saturday at the start/finish area.

All entrants receive a technical t-shirt. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers, and to the first male and female runners to the top of Elkhorn Hill.

Neville to be honored in IHSAA Hall of Fame

Former Wood River High School speech arts teacher and forensics coach Tim Neville, now living in Utah, is one of three individuals who will be inducted Aug. 10 into the Idaho High School Activities Association Hall of Fame.

Neville, who retired from teaching at the Hailey school in 2005, will join Cascade High School choral and band director William Leaf and retired Lewiston High School principal Jim Wilund as inductees during the 32nd annual IHSAA Hall of Fame banquet at Boise's DoubleTree Riverside Hotel.

Neville devoted 34 years to providing quality speech arts programs to his students. A role model and mentor for many current speech arts teachers in Idaho, Neville's teams won 15 Fourth District debate championships and nine IHSAA state debate titles.

Perch stages Adams Gulch Run, bike hill climb

The Elephant's Perch of Ketchum is staging running and biking events in June.

The annual Adams Gulch Fun Run and Walk on a 4.2-mile road and dirt trail course is Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. from Guy Coles Skate Park along Warm Springs Road in Ketchum. Finishing times will be recorded and refreshments provided, but no prizes will be given. There is no entry fee.

On Saturday, June 18, the Town to Summit mass start bike hill climb will occur, starting from The Perch in Ketchum and finishing at Trail Creek Summit east of Sun Valley. Visit or call 726-3497 for details.

Looking ahead, race director Brad Mitchell is staging another Dollar Mountain 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) trail run for Saturday, June 25. Visit

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