Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sports summary

Skoch Cup returns Jan. 13-15

The 15th annual Skoch Cup sponsored by Ketchum's Formula Sports is set for Friday through Sunday, Jan. 13-15 on the Warm Springs side of Baldy. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) race features super giant slalom Jan. 13 ($40 entry fee), giant slalom Jan. 14 ($30) and slalom Jan. 15 ($30). Sign ups for the Intermountain Division Masters race event will be taken Thursday, Jan. 12 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Warm Springs Lodge, or you can register online at Awards will be given for all age groups.

Sign up for Boulder Mountain Ski Tour

Registration is underway for the 2012 Boulder Mountain Tour, part of the Sun Valley Nordic Festival. Race day is Saturday, Feb. 4 for the 32-kilometer (19.8-mile) cross-country ski race from Galena Lodge to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area headquarters.

The 37th annual Boulder Ski Tour also includes the non-competitive 15k Half Boulder that begins at Baker Creek and finishes at the SNRA.

Skiers can save money by registering for the Full Boulder prior to Wednesday, Jan. 18 at midnight. The fee is $85 per person through Jan. 18. It rises to $100 from Jan. 19 through the final sign-up deadline of midnight Tuesday, Jan. 31. The 32k fee for ages 17-and-under is considerably less, $42. The Half Boulder costs $63 per adult, or $33 for 17-and-under.

You can register online for the Full Boulder at, or be clicking on the link found at the race Web site,

PeeWee hockey at Boise

The Sun Valley PeeWees (ages 11-12) rang in the New Year at the Eye Opener Hockey Tournament at Ice World in Boise. In a competitive four-team field, the Suns went 0-4 against the Boise Junior Steelheads, Portland Junior Hawks and Treasure Valley Hawks.

The Suns closest contest was a 4-2 loss to Treasure Valley. Ike Buxton netted 2 unassisted goals. Goalie James Everitt finished with 113 saves for the tourney, collecting three game Most Valuable Player awards. Center Alex Broman also earned a game MVP.

Henry Raff, Scout Hutchinson, Anik Zarkos, Megan Johnston, Matt Galgano, George Prekeges, Tiernan Naghsh, Sophie Nasvik, Flynn Stewart, Chris Nordsieck, Ziggy Slanetz and Barrett Ott also skated for the Suns.

The Pee Wees play in Salmon this weekend before hosting their home tournament, Jan. 14-15 at Sun Valley.

Squirts hockey tourney this weekend

The Sun Valley Youth Hockey Squirts (ages 9-10) teams will host a five-team weekend tournament with visiting squads from Idaho Falls, Salmon and Jackson, Wyo. on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 7-8 at Sun Valley Skating Center. Ten games are scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Sun Valley White team plays its games Saturday at 9 a.m., 11:20 a.m. and 4:10 p.m., plus Sunday at 11:20 a.m. The Sun Valley Black team plays Saturday at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., plus Sunday at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

B+ Hockey update

Prior to its two-week holiday break, the Sun Valley Senior B+ Hockey League had three games Sunday, Dec. 18 at Sun Valley Skating Center.

Aardvarks got two goals by Rod Watson and a single by Chris Peterson in a 3-2 victory over Sharks. Hutch's Bad Dogs outscored Islanders 7-1 with Steve McCoy notching a pair to go with other Dogs goals by Baba Street, Kainoa Lopez, Dave McCormack, Bill Sprong and Reed Stokes. Todd Avison scored the Islanders goal.

Flounders won 7-4 over Vipers. Flounders goal scorers were Dan Choma (2 goals, 1 assist), John Ellison Jr. (1 goal, 1 assist), Jini Griffith, Gavin McNeil, Ken Pratt and Bryan Speth. John Baker scored two goals for the Vipers.

League play resumes Sunday, Jan. 8 with Aardvarks vs. Flounders at 4 p.m., Isles vs. Vipers at 5:15 p.m., Bad Dogs vs. Sharks at 6:30 p.m., Wild vs. Racers at 7:45 p.m. and Blues vs. Flyers at 9 p.m.

Wolverine wrestlers debut home season

Tuesday night's Wood River High School home triangular wrestling meet with the Minico Spartans and Gooding Senators debuted the Wolverine home season and was also the first meet of the 2012 season slate.

But coach Shawn Huntington's Wolverines were busy over the holiday as well.

Huntington said, "We traveled to Reno (Nev.) to compete at the Sierra Nevada tournament Dec. 28-29. As a team we finished in 68th place. Not the best but when you consider there were 97 teams and a few ranked in the top 20 in the nation then it wasn't too bad.

"Most tournaments we wrestle in are 16-man brackets but this was a 64-man bracket tourney. The first day we spent 15 hours in the gym and there were nine rounds of wrestling.

"We didn't have anyone medal by placing top eight but we had some very solid individual results. We had three guys place in the top 24 by winning three matches. They were Tim Boyle (113 pounds), Jared Anderson (126) and Thomas Heiden (182).

"Kyle Clark at 138 pounds won two matches and Cooper Bailey (120) and Tommy Bailey (145) each recorded a pin, while Kaleb Guisasola (106) recorded a technical fall. The wrestlers did a great job!"

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