Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sports summary

Utah alpine trip for slalom and SG races

With the winter season winding down, 46 Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation J3 (ages 13-14) and J4 (11-12) alpine racers traveled to Utah last weekend for slalom and super giant slalom challenges.

At the Snowbird J3 slaloms on Wilbere Ridge Race Hill, second-place finishes went to Taylor Cooper, Will Snyder and Samantha Busby, while Haley Cutler had a pair of thirds.

Meanwhile, 19 SVSEF youngsters ages 11-12 took part in a North/South divisions J4 super giant slalom camp March 3-4 on the Utah hill. There were 55 boys and 51 girls from Idaho, Utah and Wyoming in the field.

Top results: Katelyn Rathfon 1st and 2nd, and Sage Rheinschild 3rd and 3rd for girls; Cooper Dart two 3rds for boys.

Top weekend placings for the SVSEF racers at the Snowbird and Snowbasin races:

Snowbird JO slaloms

J3 (13-14) boys: 2—Will Snyder and Taylor Cooper. 6—Jay Fitzgerald. 9—Austin Savaria. 11—Duncan Fuller. 12—Emmett Say and Trenor Gould. 13—Griffin Curtis. 19—Kristian DeWolfe. 24—Michael Levy. 25—Wyatt Smith. 33—Patrick Riedinger. 35—Travis Flynt. 36—John Blackburn. DNF—Gavin Shipley.

J3 girls: 2—Samantha Busby. 3—Haley Cutler. 11—Olivia Wentzell. 12—Josie Allison. 13—Madison Milgard. 16—Megan Murphy. 19—Alexandra Black. 25—Hallie MacPherson. 30—Margot Griffith. 31—Royce Rheinschild. 34—Loni Unser. 44—Isabella Welsh.

Snowbasin super Gs

J4 (ages 11-12) boys: 3—Cooper Dart. 4—Jake Blackburn. 6—Noah Leininger. 10—Mac Mizer. 17—Will Griffith. 21—Ethan Daves. 22—Tobias Verheijen. 25—Charlie Stumph.

J4 girls: 1—Katelyn Rathfon. 3—Sage Rheinschild. 7—Pilar Pennell. 8—Molly Milgard. 13—Bailey Holter. 16—Ella Viesturs. 24—Libby Kaiser. 27—Riley Revallier. 32—Lucy More. 33—Libby Lindstrom. 35—Alyssa Ritzel.

Papoose Club Kindercup is Saturday, March 10

The 56th annual Papoose Club Kindercup alpine ski and snowboard races for the 3-12 age group are Saturday, March 10 on Dollar Mountain. Pre-register at Carol's Dollar Mountain Lodge, Sturtevants in Hailey and Ketchum, Formula Sports and Radio Shack until March 7, or download the entry form from Entry is free. Sponsors include US Bank, Smith Optics, Power Engineers, Business as Usual and Clif Bar.

Check-in and bib pick-up is Saturday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Dollar Lodge. Races begin at 10:15 a.m. and the awards ceremony is at 12:30 p.m. Parents should be aware that no child supervision will be provided.

Baseball and softball registration is Thursday

The Wood River Baseball and Softball Association (WRBSA) is holding player registration Thursday, March 8 from 4-7 p.m. at Wood River Middle School, Hailey. Registration is open to ages 9-18, both baseball and softball, including Babe Ruth baseball. Players need to bring a copy of their birth certificate. You can also sign up at

The WRBSA benefit night at the Sun Valley Suns men's hockey games are Friday and Saturday, March 9-10 at 7 p.m. The WRBSA is raffling off an Ipod touch those nights. Raffle tickets can be purchased either night. You need not be present to win. Call Heather Colvin, 471-0165, with any questions.

Devo Triathlon and barbecue

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Cross Country Devo Teams wrapped up their seasons Sunday, March 4 with the annual Devo Triathlon and Year End BBQ. Skiers from both the Lake Creek and Quigley Devo teams participated in three events at Lake Creek—a short skate sprint, an obstacle course, and a flying downhill race. End of the season awards were given out by the coaches to skiers from both programs.

Quigley Awards: Team Spirit—Luke Dean and Eva Grover. Coaches Awards—Alex Shafer and Lily Brunelle. Most Improved—Conner Campbell and Anja Jensen.

Lake Creek Awards: Team Spirit—Jake Gorham and Logan Smith. Coaches Awards—Joe Hall and Chloe Tanous. Most Improved—Alexander Guylay and Sasha Leidecker.

Storm girls basketball captures second at Wendell

Guided by substitute coaches Haillie Taylor and Cheyenne Swanson from the Wood River High School girls' basketball team, the Storm sixth-grade girls' basketball squad won two of its four games and placed second in the Valley League Lower Division 6th grade girls' basketball tournament staged Feb. 23-25 at Wendell. The Storm lost only to eventual champion Hagerman in the seven-team double elimination meet. Players included Grace Evans, Taylor Schreiner, Leah Thayer, Emily Thayer, Marina Santos, Sierra Castle, Emma Flolo, Kali Castle and Harlee Manning.

Payette Lakes Ski Marathon

Hailey's 40-year-old Liv Jensen (1.40:53) won the women's title of the 31st annual Payette Lakes Ski Marathon on the 30-kilometer course at Bear Basin Nordic Center near McCall Feb. 25. Men's winner in the 49-skier field was Kurt Wolf, 31, with a 1.27:17 time. Other finishers included Whit Albright, 42, third place in the Men's 40-44 class at 1.41:59, and Jon Holmquist, 59, second place in Men's 55-59 at 1.51:05.

Sign up for Half Marathon training

It's the final week to register for the YMCA Sun Valley Half Marathon training program. The program starts Saturday, March 10 and continues to the run on June 2. Saturday group runs are included. So are lectures on topics like nutrition, running form, and performance psychology, and child care for running parents.

New for 2012: Become a Solemate and register for the 12-week training program at a discounted rate. Call the Wood River Y at 727-9622.

Jackson Town Downhill March 17-18 doubles prizes

Because of additional contributions from lodging tax funds, prize money has doubled to $5,000 for the 30th annual Mini-Hahnenkamm Jackson Hole Town Downhill. Race day is Sunday, March 18 at Snow King Ski Area preceded Saturday, March 17 by training runs and the après-ski party and bib draw at 43 North.

Last year's pro champion was Carl Rixon Jr. of Sun Valley. This year's Men's Pro winner will earn $2,000 in cash and the men's runner-up takes $1,000. Payments to third, fourth and fifth places are $500, $250 and $125. The women's winner collects $500, with second- and third-place finishers taking home $250 and $125.

Online registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday, March 16 at Pros have a two-run race, weather permitting. Besides Pro Open/Pro Women, classes are Amateur Men and Women, 40-plus, 50-plus and 60-plus in Amateur, Fat & Baggy, Telemark, Snowboard and Junior 12-14 and 15-17 boys/girls.

Club volleyball registration on Monday

The Wood River Volleyball Club (WRVBC) has its registration day for girls in grades 4 through 6 on Monday, March 12 at 5 p.m. at Wood River Middle School gym in Hailey. The first practice will follow sign-ups. Tournaments are planned for the month of April in Buhl, Kimberly, Filer, Gooding and Twin Falls. Call program director Kristyn Rutland at 721-2437, email her at  HYPERLINK "" or just show up Monday.

Stanley Sled Dog Rendezvous is March 10-11

Be part of the 2012 Stanley Sled Dog Rendezvous by traveling 60 miles north of Ketchum to watch sled dogs and mushers from throughout the Northwest Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11. The two-day event features multiple mid-distance dog sled races (total weekend mileage 20, 40 and 60 miles) as well as skijoring and spectator involvement events. Headquarters is Mountain Village Restaurant. Visit for details.

Girls on the Run spring season starts March 12

The Girls on the Run spring running program that helps build confidence and emotional/physical health for girls in grades 3-8 begins Monday, March 12 and lasts through May 19 when the Community 5-kilometer Fun Run is staged in Hailey. The after-school sessions are twice weekly at Blaine County public elementary schools, and also for grades 6-8 at Wood River Middle School. Full and partial scholarships are offered. Call GOTR executive director Mary Fauth (788-7863,

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