Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sports summary

Two Nordic skiers headed for Lake Placid camp

Recent Community School graduates Annie Pokorny and Max Christman of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's Junior Nordic ski team are two of 14 picks from among the best U.S. cross country skiers for the 2011 National Elite Group.

The National Elite Group will train with U.S. Ski Team athletes at the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Olympic Training Center Sept. 11-19. Christman and Pokorny were chosen based on this summer's Regional Elite Group (REG) camps led by regional club coaches and U.S. Ski Team staff members. REG camps featured ski-specific assessments and education opportunities, according to Aug. 4 SVSEF press release.

Bigwood hosts "Rally for the Cure" fundraisers

Cindy Fabian and Barbara Williams chaired last week's Susan G. Komen "Rally for the Cure" golf fundraisers at Bigwood Golf Course north of Ketchum. The ladies played Tuesday, Aug. 2 and the men stepped up to the eighth tee for their scramble Wednesday, Aug. 3. Organizers said more money was raised for the cause this year than in the past.

Clic Bloomfield won for the men, 12 inches from the pin. Derek Agnew and Andy Buchanan took second and third places. Lupe Sutton captured the women's closest-to-the-pin prize for the second year. In second and third places were Barbara Williams and Shirley Held. Prizes were also awarded for low net and fewest putts for men and women. Donating prizes this year were Rally headquarters, Bigwood at Thunder Spring, Sports Connection, Ketchum Kitchen, Grumpy's, Lefty's Bar & Grill and Sushi on Second.

Sawtooth Century Bike Tour returns Saturday, Aug. 13

The 2011 Sawtooth Century Bike Tour is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 13. It is a fully supported one-day bicycle tour offering both 50-mile and 100-mile routes from downtown Ketchum north into the Sawtooth Recreation Area.

Both routes start in Ketchum and circle through Elkhorn and Sun Valley before heading north on S.H. 75. The 50-mile route goes to the Galena Lodge turnaround and returns to Ketchum. The 100-mile distance climbs Galena Summit to Alturas Lake before its return. There will be a "King and Queen of the Mountain" competition up the south side of the six-mile Galena Summit.

Raising money for the Galena-area summer trails, the Century Bike Tour is organized by the Blaine County Recreation District with the support of local sponsors. Entry is $75 for 100-mile riders and $65 for 50-mile cyclists. Visit

Middle school sports are starting

Practices for fall sports at Hailey's Wood River Middle School are beginning in the next two weeks. Here is pre-season information that has been submitted to the Express from coaches of the fall sports:

Middle school football: Coach Rob Swanson said middle school football begins Wednesday, Aug. 17 with pad and locker checkout at Hailey school gym. The first practice follows that day after checkout.

Eighth graders should report at 12 noon Aug. 17, and seventh graders at 1:30 p.m. Practices will be held from 3-5:30 p.m. weekdays until the start of school Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Middle school girls' soccer: Girls' soccer at the middle school begins Monday, Aug. 22 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Necessary equipment includes cleats, shin pads, athletic wear, water, proof of insurance, updated physical and a positive attitude, according to coach Brandeis Coshow (727-8736 or  HYPERLINK

Middle school volleyball Volleyball tryouts for Wood River Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade girls is Monday, Aug. 22. Registration will start at 3 p.m. followed by tryouts until 5:30 p.m. in the middle school gym, Hailey. Physicals are mandatory in order to tryout. Be sure to bring insurance information. For more information/questions, contact Kristi Vandenberg at 720-0473.

Volleyball clinic: The Wood River High School volleyball team is hosting a two-day pre-season clinic for girls in grades 6-9 on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 11-12 at the high school gym in Hailey.

Registration is at 9 a.m. Thursday and the middle school clinic runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon each day. Cost is $25. Parents need to sign a waiver at registration. For questions, call volleyball players Kori Paradis at 721-3035 or Lily Richards at 309-3073.

Girls on the Run seeks adult mentors

Adult mentors and coaches for the Girls on the Run fall season for girls in grades 6-8 are being sought, executive director Mary Fauth of the Wood River chapter announced Aug. 2.

The fall season runs Sept. 12-Nov. 19. Volunteer commitments consist of two 75-minute training sessions each week and attendance at the season-ending 5-kilometer run event.

New coach training has been set for Monday, Aug. 29 from 5-8 p.m. followed by an all-coach meeting Thursday, Sept. 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Questions, call 788-7863 or email

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