Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sports summary

Suns back on ice with Missoula

Coming off a well-played Jan. 27-28 series with the South Shore Stumpgrinders from Massachusetts, the Sun Valley Suns senior men's ice hockey team manned its Boulder Ski Tour aid station last weekend.

The Suns will be back on the ice Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11 against the Missoula Cutthroats at Sun Valley Skating Center. Opening faceoffs are 7 p.m. each night. Friday's benefit is the Sawtooth United F.C. youth soccer program, and Saturday's is Sun Valley Ballet.

The Suns (7-2-0) have played some of their best games in recent seasons against Missoula. The five-year, 10-game series stands 6-4 in favor of the Suns. Six of the games have been settled by one goal. Last winter Missoula beat the Suns 4-3 in overtime. The Suns rebounded for a 3-2 triumph in the Saturday night game.

Joey Sides joins Colorado Eagles

Former Sun Valley Suns forward Joey Sides, 25, paid immediate dividends after joining the ECHL Colorado Eagles last week. Sides came directly from the Friesland Flyers in Holland where he had 18 goals and 45 points in just 25 games.

Thursday, Sides scored the first Colorado goal in a 6-3 Eagles win over host Bakersfield (Ca.) Condors. It snapped a four-game winless streak for Colorado (24-16-1-4), a team standing second in the ECHL Western Conference Mountain Division ahead of the Idaho Steelheads and Utah Grizzlies.

Sides, a 5-11, 185-pound left shot from the Sun Valley junior hockey program, was arguably the best player for the CHL Arizona Sundogs over the past two winters, amassing 44 goals and 98 points plus 219 penalty minutes. Prior to that he skated four seasons for Division 3 Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Mass., serving two seasons as captain.

Mini World Cup on Dollar

Team Norway (1,327 points) held the top spot Sunday during the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation C Home Team "Mini World Cup" on Dollar Mountain. It was followed by Sweden 1,209, USA 1,186, Canada 1,110 and Austria 1,068. Top results for the two races last weekend were:

Girls downhill: 1—Alli Rathfon 30.19 seconds. 2—Kaia Jensen 30.75. 3—Laine Allison 31.71 and Sage Curtis 31.71. 5—Anwhei Kirk 31.79. Boys' downhill: 1—Shaw Dean 30.28. 2—Ridkley Lindstrom 30.48. 3—William Everitt 30.59. 4—Matt O'Connor 31.10. 5—Alex Daves 31.48.

Girls' super combined (DH/SL): 1—Alli Rathfon 60.02. 2—Laine Allison 60.05. 3—Kaia Jensen 60.73. 4—Sage Curtis 62.36. 5—Marit Kaiser 63.97. Boys' super combined: 1—Buey Grossman 57.80. 2—Ridley Lindstrom 60.15. 3—Charlie Snyder 60.19. 4—Shaw Dean 60.92. 5—Matt O'Connor 61.24.

Girls' super giant slalom: 1—Kaia Jensen 34.66. 2—Alli Rathfon 34.73. 3—Laine Allison 34.76. 4—Sage Curtis 34.85. 5—Anja Jensen 36.27. Boys' SG: 1—Matt O'Connor 33.95. 2—Buey Grossman 34.33. 3—Josh Blackburn 34.42. 4—Charlie Snyder 34.70. 5—William Everitt 35.31.

Freestylers make trip to Montana

The Sun Valley Freestyle team was back on the road last weekend at Discovery Basin, Mt. Coaches Joey Cordeau and Josh Zuck took 14 SVSEF freestylers to compete in a Northern Division moguls contest.

Senior RJ Bracken had an outstanding weekend. He finished second overall (2-M1) in singles on Saturday. Bracken followed that up by winning the dual mogul title on Sunday.

Alex LafFleur skied well placing 11th overall (2-M4). Renee Shapiro had a strong run Saturday finishing second overall (1-F3) in women's singles. Claire Siderman and Alysha Herich placed fifth overall (4-F3) and sixth overall (5-F3) respectively.

On Sunday Siderman topped all SV women finishing second overall (1-F3) in singles. She then took sixth in women's duals. Bracken was fourth overall (3-M1) in singles and followed that up by winning men's duals. Wilson Dunn, 12, had his best finish in duals claiming fourth overall.

The SVSEF freestyle team travels to Utah Feb. 10-12 to compete on the World Cup course for the Deer Valley Mogul Challenge.

Slush Cup at Rotarun Feb. 18

Alpine skiers ages 12-and-under will run courses at Hailey's family-friendly Rotarun Ski Area on Saturday, Feb. 18 for the annual Slush Cup races.

Older racers will compete on the longer race course, and 6-and-under on a shorter one. Awards will be given to all participants as well as special recognition for the fastest. Register at the hill that Saturday from 8:30-9:30 a.m., with racing at 10 a.m. The $15 fee includes a lift ticket.

You can also train in the gates Wednesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at Rotarun. Volunteers are needed for the Slush Cup. Call Erik 788-1350 or email

Winter Sun Classic, Town Sprint results

Sun Valley Nordic Center hosted the 2012 Sun Valley Winter Classic cross-country ski race Feb. 1 as part of the Sun Valley Nordic Festival week. There were 17 skiers on 10-kilometer and 5k courses. Here are the results:

Men's 10k: 1—Colin Rodgers 31:14. 2—Chris Mallory 34:48. 3—Mike Wolter 35:44. 4—Bob Rosso 36:30. 5—Leigh Mallory 40:05. 6—Tom Pomeroy 47:55.

Women's 10k: 1—Kristen Monahan 36:29. 2—Jessica Wright 40:17.

Men's 5k: 1—Pat Simpson 21:47. 2—Mel Dyck 27:14.

Women's 5k: 1—Kelsey Dickinson 18:25. 2—Betsy Youngman 18:34. 3—Muffy Ritz 19:31. 4—EJ Harpham 20:59. 5—Joney Otteson 21:53. 6—Grace Dyck 25:19. 7—Karena Jena Simpson 25:58.

Last Thursday, Colin Rodgers and Nicole DeYong of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation were the winners of the Nordic Town Sprints. Finishing second were eventual Boulder Ski Tour winners Matt Liebsch and Rebecca Dussault, while Rosie Brennan and Pat O'Brien came in third.


Friday Night dual racing at Rotarun

Here are top results from the Feb. 3 Friday Night dual alpine ski racing at Hailey's Rotarun:

Adults: 1—Jimmy Grossman (GMan) 35.27 seconds. 2—Pat Revallier 35.63 (5B Garage). 3—Jesse Foster (SV Brewing) 35.81. 4—Jason Miller (SV Brewing) 36.56. 5—Caleb Baukol (5B Garage) 37.63. 6—Pete Watkins 39.98. 7—Mark Charpentier 40.43. 8—Jeff Lyon 42.27. 9—Hayden Thayer, 14 42.35. 10—Meghan Thomas 42.38. 11—Troy Thayer 42.62.

Kids: 1—Buey Grossman, 9, 39.62. 2—Canyon Macdonald, 12, 47.72. 3—Crow Macdonald, 9, 48.12. 4—Jake Charpentier, 8, 48.47. 5—Zane Lyon, 8, 50.04. 6—Saba Grossman, 7, 51.44. 7—Conrad Foster, 6, 58.74. 8—Gavin Rutherford, 8, 58.97. 9—Maddie Charpentier, 8, 61.37. 10—Bryce Foster, 8, 64.28. 11—Lowie Watkins, 5, 75.50. 12—Tristan Boloix, 3, 99.06.

WRHS spring sports parent, player meeting

Wood River High School athletic director John Rade announced Jan. 26 that the 2012 spring sports parent player meeting is Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in the high school commons area, Hailey. That includes baseball, cheerleading, golf, softball, tennis and track.

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. It is set for Saturday, Feb. 18 with two categories of competition, alpine and telemark (snowboarders welcome). 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.

Squirts hockey at Salmon

The Sun Valley Squirts (ages 9-10) Black hockey team went 1-2-1 during a tournament visit to Salmon over the Jan. 28-29 weekend. SV Black won 6-0 over Salt Lake Lightning (goalie Andrew Nelson 9 saves), tied Jackson Hole 3-3 (goalie Sam Laski 8 saves), and lost 8-2 to Boise Junior Steelheads (goalie Evi Johnson 11 saves) and 6-1 to Park City (goalie Andrew Nelson 47 saves). Scoring were Fletcher Stumph 5 goals/0 assists, D.J. Gralenski 4/2, Alex Daves 1/1, Owen Miller 1/1, Sam Laski 1/0, Jake Rushton 0/1. Others on the Black team included Luke Worst, Huck Sprong, Morgan Benson, Max Moss, Taylor Hebert, Seamos O'Connell and Connor Manning. Coaches were Bill Sprong, Andrew Hebert, Jim Laski and Scott Miller.

SV High school hockey

Gearing up for hosting the 14-school State High School Hockey Tournament Feb. 23-26 on resort ice, the Sun Valley Midgets high school hockey team went 3-1 and scored 14 goals against visiting teams Idaho Falls and Skyline on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4-5 at Sun Valley Skating Center.

Sun Valley dropped its opener 2-1 to Idaho Falls then reeled off three wins—6-3 over Idaho Falls (hat trick Eli Conrad), 4-1 over Skyline and 3-2 over Skyline. Sharing the goaltending duties were Cassidy Carson (47 saves in 2 games) and Willis Sanchez-duPont (37 saves in 2 games).

Weekend scoring: Liam Jablonski 1 goal/4 assists; Eli Conrad 4/1; Mason Noyes 3/2; Tom Crosby 3/1; Riley Sibbach 0/2; Gus Conrad 1/1; Rickie Jeneson 0/1; Cam Jenner 1/0; Cassidy Carson 0/1; Drew Barsch 0/1 and Erik Wilander 1/0. On Friday night, the Midget Suns defeated Timberline of Boise 2-0 in league play, Noyes and Eli Conrad tallying the Sun Valley goals.

Magic Reservoir ice fishing

West Magic Resort (208-487-2571) south of Bellevue will stage its second annual Magic Reservoir Ice Fishing tournament Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26. Registration ($5 entry fee per species, trout or perch, per day) starts daily at 7 a.m., with fishing from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be cash prizes awarded and hourly raffle prizes. Fish fry is Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Ice safety clinics and ice fishing techniques will be offered by Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Sportsman's Warehouse.

Crab feed for WRHS football

The Wood River High School football program is holding an all-you-can-eat fundraising crab feed on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 4-9 p.m. at the high school in Hailey. Cost is $30 per person. Buy your tickets at the high school.

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