Riders visit Jackson for region races
Seven Sun Valley Snowboard Team riders in the 10-13 age classes did well during the Intermountain Division slopestyle and halfpipe races Jan. 28-29 at Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Coaches Jacob Tyler and Ed Sawicz accompanied the crew of younger "grom" riders for the first stop of the Intermountain Snowboard Series. And the SV Groms had a great showing in their first event of the year.
Tyler said, "We were able have some great on hill training/progression while at Jackson. We saw some great results with all the kids on the podium or having a personal best over the weekend. Our training at Dollar Mountain is beginning to pay off with all our riders not just those making the trip."
The Sun Valley kids earned four first places led by Clara Jenner's double win in the Menehune 10-11 class. Elk Spencer also earned first place in Menehune halfpipe. Cora Schneider prevailed in Breaker (ages 12-13) halfpipe. Results follow:
Menehune girls: Clara Jenner 1-SS (1,030 points) and 1-HP (1,030); and Payton Bacca 3-SS (810) and 3-HP (810).
Menehune boys: Elk Spencer 3-SS (850) and 1-HP (1,060); and Colton Donovan 6-SS (670) and 5-HP (720).
Breaker girls: Cora Schneider 2-SS (950) and 1-HP (1,050).
Breaker boys: Clyde Montgomery 5-SS (730) and 4-HP (780); and Colin Finnerty 7-SS (610) and 6-HP (660).
Arkoosh Cup at Rotarun
Young skiers, 38 girls and 30 boys, enjoyed Saturday's 46th annual Arkoosh Cup at Hailey's Rotarun Ski Area. Arkoosh Trophy winners were two ski teamers who clocked the fastest times—Sage Rheinschild 29.60 seconds and Jake Blackburn 29.98. Other times as reported by Rotarun Ski Club race organizers were:
4-and-under, girls: Addy Blamires 60.66 and Norah Davis-Jeffers 30.60. Boys: Rick Vigueria 69.56 and Alex Leahy 24.40. Ages 5-6, girls: Sarah Ewing 17.84, Charlotte Davis-Jeffers 18.15, Lowie Watkins 18.78, Ava Schweiger 21.10, Sande Vigueria 21.12, Kelby Whitehead 21.54, Huntley Nabors 24.03, Peyton Wood 35.72. Boys: John Tumolo 17.19, Elliott Burks 18.06, Conrad Foster 18.43, Brody Simcoe 18.47, Abel Mary 21.03, T.J. Campbell 24.12. Ages 7-8, boys: Leo Molter 31.38, Bryce Foster 31.62, Colin MacGuffie 34.03, Russell Stumph 38.10. Ages 9-10, boys: Toby Molter 39.35, Ethan Marx 40.28, John Weekes 40.28. Ages 11-12, boys: Harrison Blamires 39.92.
Ski Team 7-8, girls: Hannah Ferris 29.69, Logan Lindstrom 30.57, Jessica Blackman 30.59, Lola Street 32.56, Saba Grossman 32.97, Gillian Simcoe 33.43, Cate Ritzel 33.94, Lily Dean 34.31, Tatum Minor 35.00, Zoe Bacca 36.06. Boys: William DeWolfe 28.26, Connor Campbell 31.09, Jesse Keefe 36.25.
Ski Team 9-10: Alli Rathfon 33.42, Marit Kaiser 33.71, Anja Jensen 34.15, Laine Allison 34.92, Sage Curtis 35.67, Emma MacGuffie 38.15, Anja Schweiger 39.18, Molly Kucher 39.34, Sage Holter 40.32, Miriam Gilman 41.34, Elle Mann 47.25. Boys: Wyatt Minor 30.21, Josh Blackburn 31.67, Ridley Lindstrom 33.57, Charlie Snyder 34.50, Shaw Dean 34.53, Axel Diehl 35.44, Beck Ritzel 36.42, Aidan Burchmore 37.91.
Ski Team 11-12: Sage Rheinschild 29.60, Kate Rathfon 29.72, Molly Milgard 31.26, Bailey Holter 31.73, Riley Revallier 32.12, Kaia Jensen 32.45, Libby Lindstrom 33.77. Boys: Jake Blackburn 29.98, Charlie Stumph 32.24, Jackson Swenke 36.14.
Big snowboarding contest at Sun Valley this weekend
The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Snowboard Team will host an USASA Intermountain Snowboard Series competition Feb. 2-5, all events on Dollar Mountain.
Boardercross is Thursday and Friday, Feb. 2-3, slopestyle Feb. 4 and halfpipe Feb. 5. Registration for all events opened Monday, Jan. 30 at 7 a.m., at usasa.org.
Western Region Tech Series
Eight Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine racers joined nearly 200 of the region's best 15-18 year-old racers during the USSA Western Region Tech Series Jan. 26-29 on CB's run at Park City, Utah (giant slalom) and Wilbere Ridge Race Hill at Snowbird, Utah (slalom).
U.S. Ski Team slalom expert Hailey Duke, raised in Sun Valley, won Saturday's slalom on Wilbere Ridge by .48 seconds.
Tanner Farrow nearly made the class podium, finishing as the fourth J1 (ages 17-18) and ninth overall of 110 starters (76 finishers) in Thursday's slalom. Teagen Palmer placed 19th overall, the eighth J1, in Sunday's 76-racer SL. Other top placings: Miles Sweek 7th J1 SL (18th overall), Kipling Weisel 7th J2 (ages 15-16) SL; William Harder 16th J2 SL; Harlan Collins 34th and 41st overall GS; Tanner Dirstine 42nd and 44th overall GS; and Connor Farrow 76th overall GS.
Jacobellis undergoes knee surgery
Seven-time X Winter Games snowboardcross women's champion Lindsey Jacobellis, 26, of Stratton, Vt., was due to undergo knee surgery Monday at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo., with U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team doctor Tom Hackett. That news came through an email Sunday from Ketchum's Curtis Bacca, Waxroom owner and four-time Olympic wax technician who works with Jacobellis. A perennial favorite in the boardercross sport for nearly nine years, Jacobellis tore the ACL in her left knee during 2012 Winter X Games practice last Wednesday at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo. She crashed on the final landing of the SBX course.
Leif's Combined Race returns Feb. 18
The Sun Valley Ski Club has revived its Leif's Combined Race held in memory of Sun Valley cross-country ski legend Leif Odmark. The race began in 1992 but hasn't been staged the last two years. It's back, on Saturday, Feb. 18 with two categories of competition, alpine and telemark (snowboarders welcome). The combined event starts with one run of giant slalom down Baldy's Cozy ski run, then once or twice around a 2.5-kilometer Nordic ski loop at Sun Valley Nordic Center. Fee in advance is $25, if paid by Feb. 17 at the Warm Springs Lodge Race Desk or Sun Valley Nordic at Sun Valley Clubhouse. Your race bib serves as a lift ticket on the Greyhawk lift. Call 622-3003.
Prep runners at Nampa
High school runners competed Jan. 27-28 at the New Balance Indoor track and field meet staged next to The Idaho Center in Nampa in Boise State University's facility.
Ian Keys placed third in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best 23.29 seconds. Janel Passey led the girls in the 800m placing 11th in a personal-best 2:37.41. Corrine Smith was 14th in 2:41.67, Dani McLaughlin 16th in a PR 2:47.84 and Jade Atkinson, running sick, still ran well at 19th in 2:53.01. In the two-mile, Ben Stout placed seventh, Chase England 12th and Alexis Gonzalez also clocked a PR while nursing a knee injury. In the mile run, Stout was seventh with a PR 4:31.94 and England 23rd in a PR 4:52.95.
Next up on the indoor calendar is the Simplot Games February 16-18 in Pocatello.
Vipers got goals from John Baker, Tony Mallane, Scott Seaward and Taylor Walker in a 4-2 B+ Hockey League victory over Aardvarks (Eric Wingard, Rod Watson) Sunday night at Sun Valley Skating Center.
The Isles won 4-1 over Sharks with Jay Herrick (2 assists), Brad Musbach, Rob Prew and Jim Slanetz scoring goals. Pete Prekeges had a single for Sharks. Art Adamiec also had two assists for the Islanders.
Skating to a 4-4 tie were Flounders and Hutch's Bad Dogs. Flounders goals came from Dan Choma, Brian Dirksmeier, Slanetz and Ken Pratt, while Ned Burns, Steve McCoy, Reed Stokes and Prekeges lit the Dogs light. Kainoa Lopez had two Dogs assists.