Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sports summary

Two from valley finish hot Boston Marathon

Two Wood River Valley footracers beat the unseasonable 83-degree heat Monday and finished the 116th running of the Boston Marathon 26.2-miler.

They were Joseph J. Wojcik Jr., 48, of Sun Valley and Lance Doby, 46, of Bellevue. Wojcik completed his run in 3.24:45 (1.39:59 at the halfway point), good for 2,352nd overall and 214th in his age class. Doby finished in 5.04:18 (2.12:15 midway), which was 18,024th overall and 2,042nd in his age class.

In the second-slowest men's winning time since 1985, Kenya's Wesley Korir won the Boston in 2.12:40. The defending champion and No. 1 marathoner in the world, Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, was leading after 18 miles this year. He was forced to pull out with cramps.

Michigan native Jason Hartmann, 31, of Boulder, Colo. was the top American in fourth place overall—with three Kenyans ahead of him and two behind. University of Oregon six-time All-American Hartmann ran 2.14:31 and finished less than two minutes behind Korir.

Due to the heat, race officials offered runners a deferment into next year's race if they wanted to withdraw this year. The result? Only 22,426 of the almost 27,000 people who registered actually began Monday's race from Hopkinton to Boston, Mass. Sharon Cherop of Kenya won the women's division with an unofficial time of 2:31:50—slowest for a Boston women's winner in 27 years.

Carbonate Hill Climb is April 28

Get ready for the Carbonate Hill Climb Saturday, April 28 assembling at Hailey's Hop Porter Park. It is sponsored by The Advocates as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The event is sponsored by Albertsons and Modern Woodman.

Plans call for music and barbecue at the park, where community organization information booths will be set up. Register at Hop Porter from 10-10:45 a.m. April 28 with the race up Carbonate at 11 a.m. and the barbecue beginning at noon. There are prizes for top three overall, men and women, and for the 15-and-under class.

Pre-registration for $10 per person or $25 family is taken at Sturtevants in Ketchum and Hailey, and The Elephant's Perch and Backwoods Mountain Sports in Ketchum. On race day the cost is $20 per person. If you're not participating in the event, the cost for the barbecue is $5.

For more details call 788-4191 or visit

Wood River Warriors lacrosse home game Saturday

The Wood River Warriors lacrosse team has its first Treasure Valley Lacrosse League home game of the 2012 season Saturday, April 21 against the Boise High School Braves (2-2-0) on the high school field, Hailey. Game time is 1:30 p.m. The Warriors also play at home on Saturday, April 28 and Saturday, May 12.

Last Saturday's Warriors game against Bishop Kelly (3-0-0) in Boise was postponed and hasn't been rescheduled.

On Wednesday, April 11, the Warriors (1-2-0) played league-leading Centennial (8-4-0, 5-0-0 league) at Mountain Home and dropped a 21-2 decision. Centennial's Patriots out-shot Wood River 64-14 and Warriors goalie Brian Boyle made 19 saves. Scoring Warriors goals were Drew Deffe and Anders Fortuin. Assists went to Gus Conrad and Hayden Thayer.

Wood River is due to play the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies (3-2-0) today, Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Mountain Home.

Hailey Coed Softball League meeting is April 26

League commissioner Mike Beall has scheduled the Hailey Coed Softball League organizational meeting for Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wicked Spud in Hailey. All coaches and/or team representatives are asked to attend the planning meeting for the league season beginning in June at Lions Park in Hailey. Call Beall 720-6842 for details.

USA women's hockey falls short at worlds

Sun Valley's Hilary Knight, 22, and the rest of the

Team USA women's ice hockey team were a disappointed bunch Saturday, April 14 after falling to Team Canada 5-4 in overtime.

Action took place in the gold medal game of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World Championship at Burlington, Vt. Team USA was aiming for its fourth straight world championship, but instead saw Canada earn its 10th world title before 3,300 at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

Knight had scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 OT win over Canada in the 2011 world championship game.

In the end, it was Caroline Ouellette's overtime goal off a U.S. miscue that proved to be the ultimate knockout blow. Team USA out-shot Canada 44-39, but Canada had a 3-0 shooting edge in the extra session.

"That was a great game," said USA captain Julie Chu. "You walk away from a game like that, where it's back and forth and the leads are there and then the leads are gone, with power plays and penalty kills, you can't ask for more from a championship game."

Team USA had won its three preliminary games 9-2 over Canada, 9-0 over Russia and 10-0 over Switzerland in the semi-final with an 80-10 shooting edge in that game alone. Canada beat Finland 5-1 in the other semi-final. In the bronze medal game, the Swiss won their first-ever world medal 6-2 win over Finland, despite being out-shot 52-25 by the Finns.


Golf team shaves scores at Jerome

Being able to practice locally in this early spring at The Valley Club has benefited Wood River High School golf teams.

Wood River players went to Jerome Country Club Monday for the Jerome Invitational and saw a general lowering of their 18-hole scores because they are now able to practice at home.

The Wolverine boys had three rounds in the 80s, and 18-year-old senior Jennie Williams came away with a medal with an 85, good for fourth place in a girls' field topped by Sydney Lee of Twin Falls (73). Two-time state golf qualifier Williams was just two strokes out of the second-place spot.

For the Hailey boys, sophomore Tyler Spence shot an 81, senior Sage Sauerbrey 86, junior Rickie Jeneson 87, senior James Petzke 100 and freshman Riley Neel 100. With 354 team points, Wood River finished in 15th place of the 20 teams.

The Twin Falls boys dominated, winning the meet with 292 points ahead of Bishop Kelly of Boise (303). The Bruin girls (338) were 47 strokes better than second-place Century. Boys' medalist on the day was Bishop Kelly's Taylor Judy, 69.

Wolverine boys' coach Bill Petzke said, "Scores are starting to improve and we see progress now that the boys are able to practice locally."

Said girls' coach Chet Olson, "Alma Stosius matched her own personal best with a 115. She has been playing fairly well and this really helped her mentally. First-year player Janie Heather, in only her third tournament, shot a 153."

Alpine kids collect awards

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine ski racers received 2011-12 awards at Friday's alpine awards banquet.

( J1/J2 IMD Team: Most Valuable—Jordan Fitzgerald and Harlan Collins. Most Improved: Jordan Fitzgerald and Tanner Dirstine. Most Inspirational: Teagen Palmer, Connor Farrow, Ben Kanellitsas, Cole Caulkins and William Harder.

Engl Awards—Sofia DeWolfe and Colin Waycott. Odmark Awards: Loni Unser and Cole Caulkins. Mountain Kidd—Connor Farrow. Longevity—Teagen Palmer, Connor Farrow and Colin Waycott.

Howard Dean Scholarship—Wyatt Smith. Academic—Taylor Adler.

( J3 IMD Team: Most Valuable—Samantha Busby and Taylor Cooper. Most Improved—Olivia Wentzell and Jay Fitzgerald. Most Inspirational—Poppy Vorse and Gavin Shipley.

( C-Travel Team: Most Valuable—Katelyn Rathfon and Cooper Dart. Most Improved—Ella Viesturs and Ethan Daves. Most Inspirational—Katelyn Rathfon and Noah Leininger.

Odmark Awards—Alyssa Ritzel and Noah Leininger.

( Academic awards (3.5 or higher GPA) went to Kipling Weisel, Taylor Adler, Colin Waycott, Cole Caulkins, Sofia DeWolfe, Amanda Stelling, Ben Kanellitsas, KJ Savaria, Connor Farrow, Will Harder, Garrett Lodge and Tanner Dirstine.

At the Spring Series

Tanner Farrow, Miles Sweek, Kipling Weisel and KJ Savaria all notched podium finishes in their classes during the first three days of the FIS Spring Speed Series April 13-15 at Mt. Bachelor, Ore.

Sunday, Farrow placed fourth overall of 81 downhillers just .49 seconds off the winning time. He won the J1 (ages 17-18) class, just as he did in Thursday's super giant slalom when he was seventh overall. Sweek was second J1 and third overall in the second SG Friday.

Among the J2s (15-16), class winner Savaria tied for 19th overall of 81 in the first Bachelor downhill. Weisel was 27th, second J2. In the first SG, Weisel won the J2 class and was 25th overall. Savaria was fourth J2, 32nd overall out of 86.

Others from the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation: Harlan Collins 49th SG and 43rd DH (19-J1 and 21-J1); William Harder 47th SG and 72nd SG, 63rd DH (13-J2 SG, 21-DH); and Tanner Josey 75th and 79th SG, 75th DH (27-SG and 29-DH).

Spring has sprung for youth soccer

Sawtooth United F.C. (SUFC) youth soccer competitive program teams traveled to Boise Saturday, April 14 for spring season league games. Here are some coaches' reports:

( U-11 girls: Coach Jess Gouley said her squad (3-0-1) delivered two great games.

The girls prevailed in a back-and-forth battle against Real Emmett with the six goals by five players—Annie Kaminski, Ella Wolter, Audra Mary, Payton Bacca and Jenna Nurge. In a tougher match against Mountain Home, the ladies played to a 1-1 draw.

( U-13 boys: Coach Eric Anderson said the boys played to a 3-2 win over a skilled Nampa Select side with Clay Cutler, Irvin Gonzalez and Dehner Figge finding the back of the net. They recorded a dominant effort over Canyon Crossfire with a final score line of 8-0. Goals were by Peter Wolter (3), Nathan Lambert (2), Gonzalez (2), and Michael Madsen.

( U-14 boys: Coach Greg Gvozdas congratulated his team for its two wins by a combined 15-1 score Saturday. The boys won their first game handily 9-1. In an afternoon game against stronger competition, the SUFC boys continued their dominance and won 6-0.

Keegan Whitelaw, Drew Kaminski, Danny Graves, Henry Everitt, and Derek Thompson tallied the 15 goals. Yuri McClure and Alex Schwartz provided additional attacking power.

Coach Gvozdas pointed out the strong midfield play of Jack Dwyer and Alex Feldman; the solid defensive play led by Carter Ros, Joey Reidy, Emmitt Stevens, Ben Brunelle, and Jacob Truxal; and the notable play of goalkeepers Jack Seiller and Tom Gillespie.

( U-16 boys: Coach Tim Graves commended his squad's determined play. He cited that the team played its two games with only 12 available players, including guest players Cesar Velasco and Kyle Mungall.

In the morning, the boys lost 4-0 to the Idaho Torrent in a physical battle. The boys rallied to a 6-0 victory over Supernova in the afternoon capitalizing on multiple scoring chances. Jose Ortiz recorded a hat trick with Kyle Mungall, Miguel Velasco and Chandler Gifford contributing goals.

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