Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sports summary

Youthful Legion debuts with home twinbill

First-year Wood River American Legion baseball coach Trent Seamons was impressed with the progress shown by his youthful group of 15-18 year olds during Saturday's season-opening home twinbill with Kimberly Astros.

Kimberly lashed out 19 hits in its 19-6 opening-game Area C "A" victory at Hailey's Founders Field, but Wood River played better in the nightcap before falling 16-11. The second game was tied 11-11 before the Astros rallied late for the win.

Four of 19 Kimberly runs were earned in the opener.

"Our guys did a great job of being selective at the plate in the second game," said Seamons, whose squad also drew 15 walks in the first game. "We're hoping to keep getting better with every game."

Incoming freshman Cam Benson, batting out of the No. 2 hole, ripped a two-run single for one of the two Wrangler hits in the opening game, then Benson contributed three doubles in the nightcap. Also playing big roles were sophomores Tim Boyle and Finn Isaacson.

Senior Collin Dean did a good job in relief in the second game before defensive lapses spelled the end of Wood River's comeback. At one point, the Wranglers trailed 6-2 before tying it 11-11 in the sixth. Seamons said, "Collin did a great job of keeping it close."

Wood River travels to Pocatello Saturday, June 11 and hosts Buhl Monday at 3 p.m. and Burley on Tuesday.

Snowline Basketball starts Monday in Hailey

The 38th annual Snowline Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 9-13 is Monday through Wednesday, June 13-15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will take place Monday at 8:30 a.m. at The Community Campus gym in Hailey.

Former Wood River High and College of Southern Idaho coach Fred Trenkle has returned as camp director, while Snowline founder Jim Boatwright is accepting the registrations. Both have a long background with Wood River basketball.

At camp they are accepting boys entering grades 3-9.

Middle school teacher and coach Trenkle said, "It will be a comprehensive camp that will stress the fundamentals of man-to-man defense, an old-school kind of approach."

Snowline Hailey is in its eighth year. Campers bring their own lunches. The instructors focus on individual and group instruction in fundamental skills. Games are played daily in team competitions. There are awards given for free throw champions and jump shot champions.

Cost is $150. Fees include a camp T-shirt and awards. Send registration forms to Boatwright, 133 Treasure Lane, Hailey, ID 83333, or call 788-3700 for more information.

Other camps start Monday

With the end of school this Friday, other athletic camps are starting Monday, June 13:

- The Stuart Lee/F.C. Seattle Soccer Camp has been coaching boys and girls of all ages since 1984. Eligible are boys and girls ages 6-15.

Two five-day sessions are offered catering to beginner, intermediate and advanced players. This year's camps are Monday through Friday, June 13-17, and Monday through Friday, June 20-24. The camps meet five days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nelson Field adjacent to Hailey Elementary School. Call 425-392-0204 or e-mail


- 5B Basketball Camps for boys in grades 9-12, with former Wood River basketball coach Liz Clark, are Monday through Thursday, June 13-16 from 12 noon-4:30 p.m. at the Community School in Sun Valley. Visit

- Bigwood Golf Course junior golf clinics are Mondays and Wednesdays from June 13-29, kids 7-11 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and those 12-and-up from 2:45-3:45 p.m. Cost is $130, 726-4024.

"A Movie About a Bike"

Come out and watch one of the best cycling films of 2010 when the Wood River Bicycle Coalition presents Life Cycles "A Movie About a Bike," on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Sun Valley Opera House. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 kids 12-and-under, sold at the door.

The film will raise money to help with the development of a new trail called "Forbidden Fruit" being built in the Ketchum Ranger District's Eve's Gulch. It is the first trail locally that has been purposely built as a one-way trail, for mountain bikers only. Due to open this summer, the trail will offer diverse riding opportunities with berms, corners and a flowy experience like nothing that presently exists in the Wood River Valley hills, according to Karoline Droege of the WRBC.

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.

Adams Gulch Run is Saturday

The Elephant's Perch of Ketchum is staging the annual Adams Gulch Fun Run and Walk on a 4.2-mile road and dirt trail course Saturday, June 11 starting 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.

Taylor qualifies in four events for state rodeo

Although she had a strong chance of winning the barrel racing season championship in the 5th District High School rodeo circuit finals May 28 at Shoshone, Wood River High School junior Haillie Taylor declined to compete.

She felt protecting her horses, in the midst of May's outbreak of the contagious Equine Herpes Virus in Idaho, was more important than winning a buckle—and Taylor stuck to her guns. Other cowgirls also declined to compete.

Girls' all-around champion Darby Fox of Glenns Ferry emerged with the barrel racing season title 90-78 over runner-up Taylor. But Taylor still qualified in four events for the State High School rodeo finals set for June 14-18 in Pocatello.

Taylor will head to state in barrel racing, breakaway roping, polebending and girls' cutting. She finished third in the polebending season standings with 64 points, behind winner Fox (89) and second-place Cassie Bahe of Gooding (65). Taylor placed third in girls' cutting.

Final girls' season standings had Fox as all-around winner with 345 points. Reserve all-around winner was Valene Lickley of Valley (303) and Rookie Girl was Marlee Mussmann of Valley (230). Queen was Shania Laird of Jerome.

Taylor had 220 points over five rodeos in April and May and would have likely placed third for the season.

Final boys' standings had Brogan Bennett of Gooding (216 points) the winner, with Jared Parke of Gooding (206) in reserve. Rookie Boy was Gooding's Ty Faulkner (110).

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