Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sports summary

SV Tele All-Terrain Race

On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Sun Valley Telemark Series rings in its 32nd consecutive year as the longest continuously run telemark ski series in the nation.

The first installment in "2012: The Telepocalypse" is the All-Terrain Race coming to Baldy this Saturday. The All-Terrain Race encompasses all aspects of telemark skiing including groomers, off-piste, moguls, gates, trees, rapaloosas, jumps and a few surprises.

Registration is in the Warm Springs Lodge from 9-11 a.m. with racing beginning on Cozy at 12 p.m. There will be two guided ski tours of the course at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to familiarize racers with the race's unique features. Race fee is $20 and a competitor lift ticket will be available at the Warm Springs ticket window for $53 with your race entry.

Any and all telemark skiers are encouraged to participate and snowboarders are welcome to race, too. The after-party, including awards and raffle, will be at Lefty's Bar and Grill at 5 p.m. Sponsors include 22 Designs, FlyLow, Kuhl, Backwoods Mountain Sports, Smith Optics and Scott USA.

Team Randonee race is Saturday on Dollar

Greet the Sun Valley Nordic Festival in a brand new way by participating in the first "Skin It 2 Win It" Team Randonee Race on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dollar Mountain in Sun Valley.

The first annual event is a fundraiser for the Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center. Randonee, telemark and skate skis are allowed. Costumes are encouraged.

Members of one-person, two-person or four-person teams will skin up Dollar Mountain and ski back to the start completing as many laps as possible in the five-hour time period.

Entry fee is $50 per person Register prior to Friday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. at The Elephant's Perch and Backwoods Mountain Sports in Ketchum.

Nordic Gold Team racers

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Gold Team racers Mike Sinnott and Simi Hamilton were in Otepaa, Estonia last weekend for FIS World Cup races. Currently in second place in the USSA SuperTour season standings, Sinnott placed 50th of 63 racers, the fourth American, in Sunday's 15-kilometer classic race. Hamilton was 33rd in Saturday's classic sprint qualifications.

In the five-event Tour de Twin Cities at Wirth Park in Minneapolis, Minn. on Sunday, Gold Teamer Chelsea Holmes (23:01) finished second to Midwest racer Caitlin Gregg (22:44) in Sunday's 10k freestyle race with 128 finishers. Another Gold Teamer, Alexa Turzian (24:04) placed eighth. Holmes was fourth and Turzian 25th of 172 finishers in Saturday's women's 5k classic race.

Gold Teamer Matt Gelso placed fifth of 194 men in Saturday's men's 10k classic at Wirth Park. He was 31st in Sunday's 15k freestyle race. The tour continues today, Wednesday with skate sprints.

B+ League hockey

Sharks nipped Vipers 4-3, Flounders got past Isles 7-5 and Hutch's Bad Dogs nipped Aardvarks 4-3 during B+ League hockey action Sunday.

Scoring for Sharks were Pete Prekeges (2), Bags Brokaw and Greg Townley. Vipers scorers were Jim Laski, John Cortum and Chris Roberts. Josh Green tallied two goals for the Bad Dogs, and Mark Ellsbree had a pair for Aardvarks.


Club volleyball sign-ups Jan. 31

The Wood River Volleyball Club (WRVBC) is gearing up for the 2012 season with registration taking place Tuesday, Jan. 31 at Hailey's Wood River Middle School, according to coach Kristyn Price Rutland (721-2437 or  HYPERLINK

Players in grades 7-8 and high school divisions will register Tuesday at 5 p.m., with high school divisions signing up at 6:30 p.m. at the same site. The first practices will follow for each group. First practices for players in grades 4-6 occur during the first week of March.

"Ducks in the Snow" Feb. 17

The University of Oregon has announced that "Ducks in the Snow" will be held the weekend of Feb. 17 in Sun Valley. Events will include a visit from Rob Mullens, Oregon's athletic director, and Steve Greatwood, offensive line coach of the Pac-12 champion and Rose Bowl football champion Ducks. It is a fundraiser for the Cowboy Duck Scholarship in memory of Tyler Felton. He was a native Idahoan and a long-time resident of Sun Valley who passed away two years ago. After his death a scholarship was established to help a football player from Idaho attend the University of Oregon.

On Friday, Feb. 17 there will be a free event open to the public at Whiskey Jacques in Ketchum, from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. The evening will include Oregon game and sportswear raffle items and a chance to talk with Mullens, Greatwood and Hailey's Tom Drougas, a former Oregon and NFL player inducted into Oregon's Hall of Fame in 2010. Sponsors include Patti Felton, Mike and Kirsten Coughlin, and Blaine County Title. Visit

Sign up for Sawtooth Relay

Terry Hoebelheinrich, Sawtooth Relay director, has encouraged people to organize your Sawtooth Relay team soon. The 21st annual Sawtooth Relay is set for June 9. The 310-team limit is expected to be reached before the March 31 deadline. Entry forms are at

Sawtooth Relay is a 62-mile relay in which 6-person teams walk or run from Stanley to Ketchum. Athletes finish in Atkinson Park where they celebrate at the post-relay party complete with a full meal, live band and awards. See the website for more information or call 853-1221.

Dallas Stars coming to Boise

The National Hockey League's Dallas Stars are coming to CenturyLink Arena in Boise to conduct the first-ever NHL training camp in the state of Idaho this fall, according to a Jan. 7 report in The Idaho Statesman. The Stars will also play an exhibition game against the Minnesota Wild Sept. 25 on the Boise ice. Specific dates for the camp will be announced at a later date.

Magic Valley Vandal Boosters meet Jan. 27

Blue Lakes Country Club in Twin Falls is the site for the 10th annual Vandal Winterfest Banquet for the University of Idaho and Magic Valley Vandal Boosters Friday, Jan. 27. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The evening includes an auction and raffle fundraiser. Cost is $50 per person or $30 for 30-and-younger. Expected to attend are UI president M. Duane Nellis and athletic director Rob Spear. To RSVP, contact Monica Youree 208-316-1683 or Krystle Pehrson 208-490-1843.

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