Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sports summary

Bikers ready for Saturday's Galena Grinder

Registration is underway at for the ninth Galena Grinder Whit Henry Memorial mountain bike race Saturday, July 23 at Galena Lodge north of Ketchum.

The Knobby Tire Series event features 45-mile, 22.5-mile, 17.5-mile and 10-mile courses, plus Trailblazers. Last July over 150 cyclists competed. This year, the Grinder is part of the USA Cycling Pro Ultra-Endurance Tour.

Offered is a $2,500 cash payout for the marathon class, all money given by local business and private individuals, according to race organizer Marc Driver. Money also goes to the cross-country class based on the number of entries.

The marathon races at the two-lap, 45-mile distance start Saturday at 9 a.m. followed by Pros, Category 1/2/3 and Juniors/Trailblazers beginning at 10:30 a.m. on shorter courses.

Early registration ranges from $20 to $65 depending on class, with race day entry generally $15 more. Awards with music will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the lodge.

The race is held in memory of Whit Henry, a 2001 Wood River High School graduate who died July 2, 2003 in an accident on U.S. 20 between Timmerman Hill and Fairfield. He became a passionate cyclist before his untimely death at 20.


Pro player Mike Harris to visit HSB Camp next week

Ketchum's Carson Sofro, director of Hot Shot Basketball Camps, has announced that professional basketball player Mike Harris will visit next week's summer camp for youngsters in Hailey.

Harris, 28, a 6-6, 240-pounder out of Hillsboro, Texas, played for Rice University from 2001-05 where he averaged 16.6 ppg and 9.2 rebounds. He also played for the NBA Houston Rockets and in 2010 was the D-League Most Valuable Player for the league champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers, averaging 27.8 ppg and 10.2 rebounds.

The Hailey full-day camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-12 is Monday, July 25, through Thursday, July 28, at the high school in Hailey. Times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the cost is $235. Sofro said there are five spots still open for the camp. Harris will visit next Tuesday through Thursday. Also offered is a morning clinic for grades K-3, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $115. Visit  HYPERLINK or call Sofro at 720-1904 for sign-up.

Elkhorn's Ladies Member-Guest begins today

Elkhorn Golf Club will stage its Ladies Member-Guest golf tournament today, Wednesday and Thursday, July 21. The 36-hole tourney begins each day with 9 a.m. shotgun starts. The awards luncheon will be on the deck at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Carey's Pioneer Days Rodeo set for Friday, Saturday

Rodeo fans will gather at Blaine County Fairgrounds rodeo arena in Carey Friday and Saturday, July 22-23 for the Carey Pioneer Days rodeo, starting at 8 p.m. each night. The standard rodeo events will be staged in the Intermountain Pro Rodeo Association (ImPRA) and Idaho Cowboys Association two-day competition.

IGA Men's Amateur at Victor in eastern Idaho

Ketchum's Crockett Stearns (81-82-79 for 26-over 242) tied for 50th place of 125 golfers Sunday after the final round of the 54-hole Idaho Golf Association Men's State Amateur Championship on the par-72, 7,099-yard Headwaters Club course at Teton Springs in Victor. Winner by four strokes was Tanner Higham of Shelley (70-72-74 for even-par 216). Sun Valley's Anthony Smith (86-93-87 for 50-over-par 266) tied for 108th.

Atkinson Park junior tennis

Thirty "Park Rats" participated in Friday's Atkinson Park junior tennis tournament. Here are the top results:

Group A: 1—Carlos Hurtado. 2—Riley Guilder. Group B: 1—Jack Keating. 2—Luis "Armando" Ruiz. Group C: 1—Jorgen Lawrence. 2—Jenna Nurge. Group D: 1—Ben Armstrong. 2—Angel Finck.

Capt. Ben Hurtig shoot is Sunday at Blaine County Gun Club

The Hurtig Shooting Center at Blaine County Gun Club has announced its annual "Capt. Ben Hurtig Birthday Skeet Shoot," and members meeting for Sunday, July 24 starting at 9:00 a.m. The club is located four miles north of Hailey Idaho at Ohio Gulch.

Besides the 50-bird skeet competition there will be a 50-bird combo fun shoot featuring both wobble trap and 5-Stand. There is a $30 entry fee ($15 for 18 years and younger). It includes all targets and a barbecue lunch. Everyone is invited to enjoy a morning of shooting, camaraderie and a great lunch. For details call 788-2681.

Mutton bustin' correction

Alexis Wheeler was the winner of the Sawtooth Rangers Riding Club's mutton bustin' contest during the 2011 Days of the Old West rodeo performance on Saturday, July 2.

Mile High Mile open swim in McCall July 23

McCall's Parks and Recreation Department has planned its second annual Mile High Mile open water swim for Saturday, July 23 from Legacy Park to Rotary Park. All ages are welcome. There will be a kids race/swim following the main event at Rotary Park. Registration is $25 before the race and $35 the day of. Check-is from 8--9 a.m. and the races begin at 9:30 a.m. Visit or call Kurt Wolf at 208-315-0063.

SVSEF sends athletes to Mt. Hood fundamentals camp

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is sending three athletes to the U.S. Ski Team's Western Region Project 5 J3 Fundamentals Camp, July 31-August 6, at Mount Hood, Ore. Sun Valley's Taylor Cooper, Haley Cutler and Samantha Busby are three of 24 skiers nationwide invited to attend. Jay Fitzgerald and Austin Savaria are alternates. The camp is designed to focus on the refinement of turn technique and tactics.

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