Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sports summary

First Baldy Banked Slalom set for Sunday, Jan. 15

Join the first Baldy Banked Slalom races Sunday, Jan. 15. Open to all snowboarders, they occur on the old Warm Springs halfpipe and feature a series of banked turns and a chance to race against the clock. Register at Apple's Bar & Grill from 7-9 a.m. Sunday. There will be prizes. It's free, but proceeds from t-shirt sales will benefit the SVSEF Snowboard Team.

Pond hockey tourney Saturday

The fifth annual Idaho Pond Hockey Classic tournament returns to the outdoor ice rink at Ketchum's Atkinson Park Saturday, Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. Registrations are accepted at the Ketchum Parks Department, through John Kearney Jr. (726-7820) through the deadline of today, Wednesday at 5 p.m.

This year's four-on-four tournament for a maximum of 20 teams is scheduled for one day of action, instead of two. There will be "A" and "B" divisions, six skaters per team. Cost is $120 per team, proceeds to the Atkinson Park Summer Recreation program and Park Penguins skating. Beer and bratwurst will be provided.

Barrymore headed to Winter X Games

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Gold Teamer Wing Tai Barrymore, 19, followed up his December win at the U.S. Grand Prix with an invitation to participate in the Winter X Games at Aspen, Colo., Jan. 26-29, according to the SVSEF Web site. Barrymore will compete in men's skier halfpipe against an international field.

"He was super excited. It is a dream come true for Tai," coach Ben Verge said.

Before the X Games, Barrymore will compete at the Dew Tour at Killington, Vt., Jan. 17-22. Kaitlyn Farrington will also represent the SVSEF Gold Team there, competing in the snowboard superpipe. Graham Watanabe, a SVSEF alum, is in the snowboard cross field.

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.

Hockey victory in McCall

The Karen's Boys ice hockey team won its first tournament of the season, a "B" Division title at McCall last weekend. All team members scored at least one goal and enjoyed a fund weekend, according to goalie Karen Morrison.

Karen's Boys (3-1-0 weekend) avenged an earlier 5-4 loss to Dutch Goose of Boise and cooked the Goose 9-2 in Sunday's championship game. Other wins were 11-0 over Play It Again Sports of Boise and 5-4 over Mackinaw of McCall.

Team members included Rob Prew, Bryan Speth, Shannon Flavin, Nic Thomas, Eric Wingard, Todd Avison, Dan Gralenski, Brad Dredge, Bobby Sloper, John Ellison Jr., Jamie Ellison, Vilnis Nikolaisons and Steve McCoy.

Mini World Cup results

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's Mini World Cup race series for C-Home team members began Sunday, Jan. 1 with giant slalom racing that attracted 30 racers.

Top 10 results based on best single run times were:

Boys: 1—Buey Grossman 28.69 seconds. 2—Charlie Snyder 30.01. 3—William Everitt 30.05. 4—Matt O'Connor 30.22. 5—Alex Daves 31.04. 6—Peter Morawitz 31.25. 7—Shaw Dean 31.30. 8—Fletcher Stumph 31.50. 9—Ridley Lindstrom 31.70. 10—Josh Blackburn 33.01.

Girls: 1—Kaia Jensen 29.30. 2—Alli Rathfon 30.75. 3—Marit Kaiser 30.96. 4—Anja Jensen 32.04. 5—Luca Vernoy 32.80. 6—Alice Hoffer 33.39. 7—Emma MacGuffie 33.71. 8—Sophie Harder 34.20. 9—Laine Allison 34.23. 10—Anwhei Kirk 34.80.

After one race, team standings are Norway 318, Sweden 285, Canada 204, Team USA 197 and Austria 192.

Coming up: Mini World Cup slalom Sunday, Jan. 15 at 8:15 a.m. on Dollar Mountain; and, on Feb. 4-5, downhill/super giant slalom combined on Saturday on Dollar and downhill/slalom combined on Sunday, Feb. 5. The Hobson Memorial is set for March 24.

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