Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sports summary

State high school hockey tourney in Sun Valley

Sun Valley Skating Center will host the 2012 State High School ice hockey tournament Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 26. There are 14 teams in four different pools led by the host Sun Valley Midgets. Most of the games will be played Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. in 90-minute sections.

Sun Valley plays Salmon on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 8:15 p.m. to open the 24-game tournament. Other Suns preliminary games are Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. against Canyon County and Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. against Borah/Capital of Boise.

The winners of each of the four pools will compete in the semi-finals Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Championship game is Sunday at 2 p.m.

Final Friday Night Rotarun race is here

The 5B Garage Race Series at Hailey's Rotarun Ski Area wraps up Friday, Feb. 24 with the Haemmerle & Haemmerle dual giant slalom open to all ages and all equipment. Registration is from 5-6 p.m. Friday followed by with racing afterward. You can practice running gates today, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Rotarun. The series is sponsored by Hearing Aid Counselors & Audiology.

Here are results from last Friday's third race in the four-race Friday Night series:

Adults, skiers: 1—Jason Miller 52.87 seconds (combined 2 runs). 2—Travis Jones 53.66. 3—Pete Watkins 55.02. 4—Garth Nelson 59.90. 5—Troy Thayer 61.35. Telemark: 1—Michael Kraynick 68.17.

Kids, skiers: 1—Reilly Neel, 14, 41.36. 2—Bryce Foster, 8, 44.05. 3—Leah Thayer, 12, 45.16. 4—Emily Thayer, 12, 48.05. 5—Ashton Tanner, 9, 48.45. 6—Dillon Porth, 11, 49.57. 7—Sebi Radl-Jones, 9, 52.40. 8—Sam Nelson, 9, 53.20. 9—Conrad Foster, 6, 53.28. 10—Lowie Watkins, 5, 54.96. Snowboard: 1—Spencer Neel, 9, 66.15.

Payette Lakes Marathon is Saturday in McCall

Local cross-country skiers are invited to the 31st annual Payette Lakes Ski Marathon on Saturday, Feb. 25 as part of the McCall Winter Challenge Weekend presented by the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce and Little Ski Hill.

Nordic skiers can compete 30-kilometer (18.6 miles) or 15k (9.3 miles) skate races at Bear Basin starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. A junior race will also be held at 12:30 p.m. at Little Ski Hill. Online registration is available at

New family event Sunday, Feb. 26 is "Go Nordic Fishing." All ages and skills are welcome to participate in a scavenger hunt for fun and great prizes.

Rotarun Ripper on Friday night

Sun Valley Tele presents its Rotarun Ripper event Friday, Feb. 24 as the second race of the 2012 season. It's called "The Telepocalypse," a night slalom featuring a dual course with each competitor getting two runs. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. All telemark skiers and snowboarders are welcome. Race fee is $20 including a lift ticket and raffle. Call Kyle Livingston at 509-991-1139 for details. There will be a 5:45 p.m. shuttle provided by the Mountain Fairy from the 5B Garage in Ketchum to Rotarun. The shuttle will return to Ketchum after racing.

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 in Hailey or at these other locations: River Run Auto Parts in Ketchum; Shelley's Deli in Hailey; and Mahoney's and Cowboy Coffee in Bellevue.

Simplot Games track meet

Wood River High junior Ian Keys, 17, had an impressive pair of races during the 34th annual Simplot Games track and field meet in Pocatello last weekend. More than 1,800 athletes competed indoors at Holt Arena in one of the nation's premier prep track meets.

Competing with the Boise-based YMCA Team Idaho, sprint specialist Keys ran a 22.03-second first leg on the Team Idaho 4x200-meter relay team that made the finals and placed third overall. The Keys relay leg clocking was very comparable to the Open 200m winner, who ran 22.02 seconds. Keys (7.23 seconds) also tied for 18th place out of 124 runners in the 60m preliminaries and just missed the finals.

Other local results, reported by coach Monte Brothwell:

Corrine Smith ran a 6:01.66 at 1600 meters placing 99th out of 152. Her time was only one second off her best-ever 6:00.55. Dani McLaughlin performed well running a 13:51.62 in the 3200m. Chase England ran a 10:21.45 placing 25th out of 48 in the 3200 meters.

Brothwell said, "This year was one of the fastest distance years on record. Dallin Farnsworth (Pocatello senior) set a new track record of 9:10.34 at 3200m in his final Simplot Games, and the boys' 1600m had two runners 4:12.39 (Brad Nye of Kaysville, Utah) and 4:13.66 (Erik Harris, Twin Falls High School senior).

Papoose Club gears up for Quigley Cup, Kindercup

The Papoose Club community service organization will sponsor two free kids' events the next few weeks.

The sixth annual Quigley Cup cross-country ski event (skate/classic disciplines) is Sunday, Feb. 26 for kids ages 3-13 at Quigley Nordic Center at the end of Fox Acres Rd., Hailey. Registration is from 10-10:30 a.m. with racing at 11 a.m.

The 56th annual Kindercup alpine ski races for the same age group are Saturday, March 10 on Dollar Mountain.

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.

Lacrosse sign-ups underway

The Wood River Warriors Lacrosse Club has opened registration for the 2012 season, program administrator Jay Bailet said last week.

He said, "This year we will be fielding a high school team, a U-15 team (born after Sept. 1, 1996), a U-13 team (born after Sept. 1, 1998), and a U-11 team (born after Sept. 1, 2000). Information and registration forms are on the Web site, HYPERLINK "" "_blank"

Bailet said, "Presently we are playing box lacrosse and doing skills training in the Community Campus gym in Hailey Fridays from 4-5:30, and Sundays from 1-2:30." Volunteer coaches are needed.

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