Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sports summary

WRHS student-athletes named to Senior Honor Banquet

Wood River High School seniors Kaitana Martinez, Cheyenne Swanson, Haylee Thompson and Braxton Parish are their school's "Outstanding Seniors" and will be recognized at this year's 4th District Activities Association's Senior Honor Banquet on Monday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at the Turf Club in Twin Falls.

Each year, Wood River head varsity coaches vote for 4th District "Outstanding Senior" recipients on a regional tally that includes every high school in the district. Criteria to qualify include involvement in two or more Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA) activities in a student's high school years, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or more, and outstanding qualities of leadership, citizenship and responsibility.

Sides picked up by AHL St. John's Ice Caps

Sun Valley's Joey Sides, 26, has put another sticker on his well-traveled ice hockey suitcase—that of being a member of the American Hockey League St. John's IceCaps from Newfoundland, Canada. Not bad for a kid whose father Steve Sides made a backyard hockey rink in Hailey for his son to use during the winter all the way until Joey was 13.

A native of Tucson, Az., the 5-11, 185-pound forward is on the St. John's roster for the first round of the 16-team Calder Cup playoffs. A first-year team in the 76-year-old AHL, the Winnipeg Jets-affiliated IceCaps skated to second place in the 15-team AHL Eastern Conference during the regular season, 19 points behind the front-runner Norfolk (Va.) Admirals.

The IceCaps are playing No. 7 Syracuse (N.Y.) Crunch in the best-of-five first round series. St. John's won Friday's opener 3-2, then Syracuse eked out a split of their home ice series at War Memorial Arena Saturday, April 21 by a 4-3 score. The series shifts to Mile One Centre in St. John's for games No. 3 and No. 4 Wednesday and Friday, April 25 and 27. If necessary, the finale would be in St. John's Saturday.

In early April prior to the Calder Cup playoffs, the IceCaps signed Sides to a professional tryout contract. Sides had been playing for the ECHL Colorado Eagles. The Eagles were swept out of the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs April 7 by the Stockton (Ca.) Thunder. Sides joined the Eagles' roster midway through the 2011-12 season and registered a point-per-game with the team as one of its top performers during the second half of the season. In 29 games, the speedy Sides had 15 goals and 14 assists, and finished February with the best plus/minus rating in the ECHL for the month (+13). In three Eagles playoff games, Sides recorded one goal.

A product of Avon (Ct.) Old Farms, Sides played four years and 90 games for Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Mass., amassing 32 goals and 85 points in 90 collegiate games. He then skated for two seasons with the Central Hockey League Arizona Sundogs, with 44 goals and 54 assists plus 219 penalty minutes in his 123 games there.

Youmans excels at Sea Otter cycling

Ketchum cyclist Sara Youmans, 16, raced to a second-place finish at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, Ca. last weekend at the Laguna Seca Raceway. In the Junior Women's circuit race for 20 riders, Youmans raced in a very competitive field of junior women. It included several national champions. She won the bunch sprint at the finish, outsprinting Junior World track champion Jennifer Valente. Youmans rides for Washington-based team, Keller Rohrback/Stranamanti Cycling.

Special Olympians to South Korea

Special Olympics Idaho has selected three athletes to compete as part of Team USA in the 2013 World Winter Games at PyeongChang, South Korea. The three athletes were selected at the Special Olympics Idaho Headquarters in Garden City, Idaho on April 23.

Jerry Smith from Sun Valley Adaptive Sports will compete in Nordic skiing, Brandon Staley from the Boise Ghostbusters will compete in snowboarding, and Andrea Mousseau from the Silver Valley Superstars will compete in alpine skiing. Special Olympics Idaho was given three spots for athletes on Team USA. All three athletes qualified by receiving gold medals in the 2011 State Winter Games.


Save money, sign up early for SV Half Marathon

Early-payment, save-money entry deadlines have arrived for the eighth annual Sun Valley Half Marathon and Team Relay set for Saturday, June 2 at 9 a.m. starting and finishing the 13.2-mile course at the Sun Valley Resort Pavilion.

Individual entries pay $60 if they sign up by Sunday, April 29. The cost rises to $70 if paid between April 30-May 20, then goes to $80 from May 21-27. Two-person relay teams are charged $120, $140 and $160 by the same payment deadlines. Sign up at or visit the event Web site,

Golfers aim for Camp Rainbow Gold tournament

The seventh annual Camp Rainbow Gold fundraising golf tournament with a four-person scramble format is Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m. at 93 Golf Ranch south of Jerome. Cost is $70 per person, $280 per team, which includes 18 holes, cart, range balls and food. Prizes include a huge raffle. Sign up with Doug D'Andrea at 720-5812. A maximum of 30 teams will be accepted.

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.

Atkinson Park field use meeting is today

Any organization, team or individual wishing to reserve space at Ketchum's Atkinson Park this spring and summer for their league or other activities is asked to attend the annual field use meeting at the park Rec Building today, Wednesday, April 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Call 726-7820.

Five Star gals win final game

Saving its best for last, the Ketchum Five Star Kitchen Design women's ice hockey team went 2-1-1 and won the consolation championship game in a shootout at the Wasatch Wings Icebreaker tourney April 13-15 at Ogden, Utah.

Jennifer Embree and Nellie Brown made shootout goals in Five Star's 4-2 shootout triumph over Boise Wildfire that secured third place for the Ketchum gals. Goalie Denae Commons (63 weekend saves) shut down all four Boise scoring attempts in the shootout to preserve the victory.

Nellie Brown (4 goals, 1 assist) led a well-balanced Five Star scoring attack, with 13 players recording either a goal or assist in four games.

In other games: Salt Lake Black Diamonds handed Ketchum Five Star a 5-1 defeat in its opening game;

But the Ketchum skaters bounced back with an 8-0 win over the Wasatch Wings—outshooting the Wings 33-14. Then they battled to a 0-0 draw with Logan, Utah. Commons stopped a breakaway with 45 seconds left to keep it scoreless. It assured Five Star a berth in the third-place consolation game against Boise.

Weekend scoring:

Center Nellie Brown 4 goals/1 assist; wing Georgia Hutchinson 2/1; captain/wing Lisa Wood 2/0; wing Dotty Sarchett 0/2; assistant captain/defender Jen Embree 1/1; defender Jody Zarkos 1/0; wing Jini Griffith 1/0; assistant captain/defender Bege Reynolds 1/0; player/coach Sheila Naghsh 1/0; wing Tizz Miller 0/2; center Erin Griffith 0/1; wing Tristan Gralenski 0/1; and defender Nancy Parsons-Brown 0/1.

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