Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sports summary

Two Labor Day footraces

The Wood River Valley has two fun runs over Labor Day.

Solo runners or two-person relay teams are welcome to join the Harriman Trail 10-miler on Sunday, Sept. 4 starting at 10 a.m. in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area north of Ketchum. Runners will go from Baker Creek to Galena Lodge.

Solo and first-leg relay runners will take off from Baker Creek where it intersects with S.H. 75. Second-leg runners will park at the Prairie Creek turnout. Post-race festivities (food, drinks, awards and prize raffle) will be held at Galena Lodge.

Closing Friday is early entry for $25 solo, $50 team. Register at or visit Day-of-race entries will be taken Sunday from 8:30-9:30 a.m, at Baker Creek. Some race proceeds go to Galena Summer Trails Plan.

As part of its Labor Day weekend, Bellevue holds its second annual 5-kilometer fun run/walk for the Bellevue Fire Department Monday, Sept. 5 starting at 9 a.m. from Bellevue Memorial Park. Sign-up for $11.50 at or get an entry form via email at  HYPERLINK "" Day-of-race entry is $20 per person. Kids are free.

XTerra Wild Rockies Triathlon at McCall

Several Wood River Valley triathletes paced by men's third-place overall finisher Dave Harrison completed the XTerra Triathlon (.75-mile swim, 20-mile mountain bike ride, 6-mile trail run) Sunday, Aug. 21 in McCall. Harrison (2.25:16) won Men's 45-49 with splits of 14:05 swim, 1.24:45 bike, 43:49 run.

Ketchum's Tory Canfield (3.33:22) was the sixth woman, and 53rd overall of 77 finishers, with splits of 20:46, 2.04:07, 1.01:40. She won Women's 40-44. Not far back was Nicole Wark (4th 30-34, 10th woman, 61st overall) in 3.52:04 with splits 17:37, 2.18:12, 1.09:08. Winning the Women's 3-person team division, ninth of 14 teams in 3.37:27, was the Ready or Not Here We Come locals.

Other locals were: 21—Erik Lisk (4th 30-34) in 3.01:36, with splits 17:13, 1.47:59, 49:17. 42—Dave Gundy of Boise (12th 30-34) in 3.18:01. 44—Tony Buoncristiani (9th 40-44) in 3.20:40, with splits 19:51, 1.55:08 and 1.00:02. DNF—Bill McCann.

Suzanne Williams back on top at Valley Club

Suzanne Williams earned her sixth club championship Friday, Aug. 26 when The Valley Club wrapped up its 2011 women's golf tournament. Williams also won the meet in 2010, 2007, 2002-04. Format was match play, played at scratch. Runner-up in the Championship Flight was Britt Palmedo.

Also offered was a Stroke Play Division. Kristen O'Reilly won the gross title with 86. Net winner in Stroke Play Division was Gundl Haskell with a 66.

The Valley Club holds its men's finals in September—the Senior Division Sept. 6-7 followed by the Men's Club Championships Friday through Sunday, Sept. 9-11.

New program director at Sawtooth United

Tim Graves, president of Sawtooth United Football Club (SUFC), has announced the naming of Sally Gerlach as the new SUFC program director, assisted by Sandy Kelly. Gerlach and her family recently moved to the Wood River Valley from Montana.

Former program director Lynn Chaldu stepped aside to spend more time with her family. Sandy Kelly will oversee player registration and handle financial duties for the club, Graves said, while Gerlach will "hit the ground running" using her extensive experience coordinating both youth soccer and Nordic skiing programs.

Gerlach and Kelly can be reached at 726-1160 or by emailing  HYPERLINK ""

In other SUFC news, former Wood River High School girls' varsity soccer coach Greg Gvozdas has joined the SUFC board of directors, Graves said.

Coed Wood Bat softball

The Twin Falls-based Beer View Mirrors team won the second annual Coed Wood Bat 1-Pitch Tournament Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28 at Hailey's Lions Park. It was a fundraiser for Wood River High School softball.

Placing second in the five-team meet was the local Red Dog squad. It featured Anthony and Jimberly Rooney, Tommy Thompson, Kassidy Brice, Tracy Peterson and Lacey Peterson, Sean Guisasola, Milt and Tonya and Tammi Brooks, Brandy and Riley O'Grady, Mike Beall, Brandon Beall, and former Wood River softball players Dani Stone and Ali Levy.

Sign up for BCRD soccer

Boys and girls of all abilities are welcome to participate in the Blaine County Recreation District's fall youth soccer program for ages 3-5 and all the way up to the sixth grade.

The program includes three levels—Tyke Soccer Development for ages 3-5, Kindergarten Soccer and Youth Soccer for kids in grades 1-6. Online ( and in-person registrations are being accepted, with late fees after Sept. 10.

Tyke Soccer Development season runs from Sept. 14-Oct. 19 on Wednesdays from 4-4:45 p.m. at Hailey's Nelson Field. It is a clinic-style program (no teams or coaches) with parents participating along with kids.

Kindergarten Soccer meets Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 12-Oct. 19, from 5:15-6:15 p.m. at Nelson Field. Again, it is a clinic-style program.

Youth Soccer for grades 1-6 has coaches, practices at Hailey fields and games on four Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nelson Field between Sept. 17 and Oct. 22. Each team practices twice a week. A Player's Clinic is Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10-12 at Nelson Field.

Coaches and sponsors are still needed. Contact Brad Musbach at 578-5458 if you're interested. One 60-minute coaches' clinic has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Nelson Field.

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