Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sports summary

Knight on target for Badgers scoring record

Sun Valley's Hilary Knight, 22, is moving closer to becoming the University of Wisconsin's all-time leading point scorer in women's ice hockey.

Now a Badgers senior and captain of the top-ranked NCAA Division 1 women's hockey team, Knight is already the all-time leading Wisconsin goal scorer with 124 goals in three seasons. She currently has 124 career goals and 99 assists for 223 points, putting her just 15 points behind her former teammate Megan Duggan (108-130 for 238), who was last year's Badgers captain. As a senior Duggan won the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in leading Wisconsin to a 37-2-2 record and the school's fourth national tournament championship.

This year, 10th-year coach Mark Johnson (260-42-24) has Wisconsin on a 13-1-0 pace entering its Nov. 25 and 27 home series against St. Cloud State at the Kohl Center.

Knight, a 5-11 senior from Choate Rosemary Hall, is tied for fourth place on the team with 12 goals and 9 assists in 14 games. She leads in shots (103) and game-winning goals (4). One of her game winners, shorthanded, beat host Minnesota-Duluth 4-3 on Oct. 21. That win came on the heels of Wisconsin's only loss, a 3-2 setback to No. 3 Minnesota Oct. 16 at Madison that ended Wisconsin's NCAA record-tying unbeaten streak of 32 games.

Ultimate Cage Fighting local bouts

Ultimate Cage Fighting's first-ever hometown event Saturday, Nov. 12 in Hailey left its local fighters undefeated. The night included 10 action packed cage fights.

Storm Anderson won his bout by choke in an astonishing one minute and forty-five seconds, total domination over his opponent Justin Doyle of Boise. Julie Daniels received the win by way of unanimous decision after an all-out war with Paris Hill also from Boise. Also winning her grappling cage match was Fairfield's Mandy Palin with a second-round arm bar over Lori Peterson of Nampa. Storm, Julie and Mandy all train with Lee Anderson at USA Grappling Academy in Bellevue.

WRHS girls soccer banquet awards

Third-year Wood River High School girls' varsity soccer coach Jenni Conrad (43-13-4) saluted her players Nov. 9 during the annual team banquet at Rico's in Ketchum. Conrad paid special tribute to assistant coach John Koth, who is leaving the program to spend more time with his family.

Most Inspirational and Coaches Award winner was senior Lucy Paisley, also voted as Great Basin Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Most Improved was freshman forward Lucy Brannon. Rookie of the Year was freshman midfielder Brigette Thomas. Defensive Players of the Year were senior Maddie Bates and junior Maggie Williams. Offensive Players of the Year were senior Erin Murphy and junior Haley Montgomery.

Top Goal Scorer was senior midfielder Sloan Storey, voted to the GBC first team with Erin Murphy. Storey (22 goals, 9 assists) moved into 10th place on the all-time career goal scoring list with 38 goals, just behind ninth-place Kaitana Martinez (40 goals), also a senior.

Coach Doug Stouffer congratulated his junior varsity team (9-4-0, 63-14 goals against, 7 shutouts) and honored Most Valuable Player Claire Sauerbrey, the freshman co-captain and defender, and Most Improved award winner Courtney Ballard, a sophomore forward.

B+ Hockey update

Rob Prew scored a three-goal hat trick leading the Islanders past Vipers 6-3 in Sunday's Sun Valley Senior B+ League action at Sun Valley Skating Center. John Baker had two Vipers goals and Terry Crawford one.

Sharks defeated Hutch's Bad Dogs 2-1. Scoring in a 1-1 tie game were Jeff Ballou of the Aardvarks and Brian Dirksmeier of the Flounders.

Results from Nov. 13 games: Vipers 6-1 over Flounders (Vipers goals Jim Laski, John Baker, John Cortum, Tyler Jeffers-Davis, Greg Merchep, Tom Trieschman—Flounders goal Jini Griffith); Aardvarks 3-1 over Sharks (Aardvarks goals Mark Elsbree, Sean Murphy and Chris Peterson—Sharks goal Cruger Thomas); and a 3-3 draw between Islanders (Tim Jeneson 2, Todd Avison) and Hutch's Bad Dogs (Baba Street, Kainoa Lopez and Reed Stokes).

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