Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sports summary

Hilary Knight sets new Wisconsin hockey record

Skating for the top-ranked NCAA Division 1 women's hockey team, Sun Valley's Hilary Knight, 22, set another University of Wisconsin career record Saturday afternoon during a 6-1 Badgers rout of the host Bemidji State Beavers in Minnesota. Knight's three-goal hat trick plus an assist for four points lifted the 5-10, 172-pound senior forward into the all-time Wisconsin scoring lead with 135 goals and 104 assists for 239 points. Knight's total is one point better than Meghan Duggan's previous Badger scoring mark of 238. Wisconsin's victory moved the defending national champion Badgers into the winter break with a 19-1-0 record.

Knight, oldest of James and Cynthia Knight's four children, is a three-time gold medalist in the IIHF Women's World Championships. She was the U.S. Olympic Committee's Athlete of the Month in April 2011. And on May 19 of this year, the city of Sun Valley celebrated Hilary Knight Day. The family moved to Sun Valley from New Hampshire in Dec. 2009.

WRHS, Carey football players make Statesman's All-State teams

Honored Sunday by the Boise-based Idaho Statesman newspaper for their 2011 football achievements were Greg Lindbloom and Kevin Cooley of the Wood River High School football team, plus Baley Barg, Jack Cenarrusa, Glen Andrews of the State 1A Division 2 runner-up Carey Panthers.

Seniors Lindbloom (running back) and Cooley (line) made the 4A All-Idaho second team. New State 4A champion Blackfoot placed five on the 4A first team led by 4A Player of the Year Trae Pilster, the Broncos senior quarterback. For Carey, senior Barg made the combined 1A Division 1/2 All-Idaho first team as a tight end and wide receiver on offense. On the second team defense were senior Jack Cenarrusa (defensive back) and junior Andrews (line). Division 1 state champion Hagerman dominated the team with five picks topped by Player of the Year Kade Kress.

New director for Sawtooth United

Sawtooth United F.C. has announced Heather Jones as its new program director. Heather will oversee soccer operations including coaching training, personnel, technical development, team organization. She will work closely with the Board of Directors on whole club development for the valley's youth soccer group.

Jones has experience as a soccer coach at the high school, club, and college levels. She was awarded her U.S. Soccer Federation National "B" coaching license and has played at club, Olympic Development and collegiate levels—including four years as a Division 1 player at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. She is a 2001 Yale graduate.

Turkey Trot correction

Due to incorrect information supplied by the race organizer, the name of the second-place women's finisher of the Hailey Turkey Trot 5-kilometer run was misspelled in last week's paper. She was Lynda Andros-Clay with a time of 21:43 behind winner Heather Miller 21:10.

Senior "A" Hockey results

The Senior "A" Hockey League opened its 2011-12 season Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Sun Valley Skating Center with two closely-played games. The league meets each Tuesday.

Defending Gund Cup champion Yoga College of India built an early 3-0 lead and held off SV Auto Club/Grumpy's 5-3 in a rematch of last March's 30th annual Gund Cup finale won by Yoga College 6-1. It was Yoga's fourth title in six years.

Bryan O'Connell, Taylor Rothgeb and Scott Winkler (3-goal hat trick) scored in front of Yoga's winning goalie Billy Cook. Clint Lightner got an assist. Cody Proctor (2 goals) and Rod Watson lit the light for Grumpy's, assists to Frank Salvoni and Brad Stansberry. Dave Stone was in the net.

Tuesday's late game went into overtime and ended in a 2-2 tie between Morgan's Fine Finishers (goals by Dale Johnson and Vilnis Nikolaisons) and Lefty's Bar & Grill (Ivars Muzis and Bobby Sloper). Pat Ballou tended the Morgan's net and Ryan Thomson for Lefty's.

Sign up for youth basketball

Looking for an inexpensive winter indoor activity for your child? Take a look at the Blaine County Recreation District's youth basketball program for kids from kindergarten through the seventh grade.

Staged at gyms in Ketchum and Hailey, the program for four age levels begins in January and continues through March. The basic fee when registering online is $60 per child. Cost is $65 at the BCRD office, or the $75 late fee after Jan. 2.

Programs start with Kindergarten Basketball plus the following grade levels: Grades 1-2, 3-4 and 5-7. Coaching volunteers are always needed. Mandatory skill evaluations are held for grades 1-2, 3-4 and 5-7.

Team sponsors are needed. Contact program director Brad Musbach at 578-5458. Register online at

Youth basketball tourney Saturday in Hailey

As his senior project, Wood River High School three-sport athlete Braxton Parish is organizing a youth basketball tournament for all ages Saturday, Dec. 17 at Wood River High School in Hailey. The tournament begins at 12 noon and continues. It costs $5 per player. Profits will be donated to the Sun Valley Adaptive Sports Higher Ground program. Call Parish 208-421-4015.

B+ Hockey update

Flounders got goals by captain Jim Slanetz, Dan Choma and John Ellison Jr. in a 3-0 Sun Valley Senior B+ League win over Hutch's Bad Dogs Sunday at Sun Valley Skating Center. Credited with Flounders assists were Ken Pratt, Sara Schroeder and Ellison.

Will Hemmings scored twice to go with singles by Art Adamiec and Rob Prew in the 4-0 Islanders victory over Sharks. Todd Avison, Tim Jeneson and Anthony Naghsh chipped in with assists.

In another game, Vipers and Aardvarks skated to a 2-2 tie. Among goal scorers were Tyler Jeffers-Davis, Jeff Ballou and Rod Watson.

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