Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sports summary

Nationals for Taylor in cutting

Wood River High School graduating senior Haillie Taylor has nailed down a berth in the National High School Rodeo Association's Finals July 15-21 at Rock Springs, Wyo.

Taylor, the 5th District High School Rodeo co-champ this spring in girls' cow cutting, finished fourth of 16 riders in the Idaho State High School Rodeo Finals cutting event staged Sunday and Monday, June 10-11 at Bannock County Fairgrounds arena in Pocatello.

With that result, Taylor qualified for 2012 nationals.

The Idaho high school rodeo continues in Pocatello through Saturday, June 16. Taylor is competing there in four other state events—breakaway roping, pole bending, barrel racing and goat tying.

Bad weather takes toll on Boise Ironman

Saturday's unseasonably frosty weather did a number on the Boise Ironman 70.3 race.

Wary of the snowy roads and hypothermic effects on over 1,000 athletes, organizers shortened the 56-mile bike course from Lucky Peak Reservoir to Boise, to just 15 miles.

That change modified the total distance from 70.3 miles to about 29.6 miles, which included a 1.2-mile swim in the 47-degree water of Lucky Peak Reservoir, and a 13.1-mile run.

Deadlocked for the first-place prize money ($10,000 each) at the finish line were men's winners Callum Millward, 29, of New Zealand and Matty Reed, 37, of Boulder, Colo. Both finished in 2.13:23 times, although Reed had a faster run split.

Millward's splits were 25:08 swim, 32:17 bike and 1.12:58 run. Reed's splits were 25:06 swim, 34:11 bike and 1.10:39 half marathon.

Women's winner, 27th overall, was Jodie Swallow, 31, of Great Britain in 2.29:28 with splits of 25:43 swim, 35:39 bike and 1.25:02 run.

Among the finishers were:

( 255th overall—Mollie Holt, 32, of Hailey in 3.02:50, with splits of 34:42 swim, 38:29 bike and 1.43:58 run. She was 40th woman, 11th in 30-34.

( 283—Erin Finnegan, 39, of Ketchum in 3.05:42, with splits of 38:06 swim, 37:43 bike and 1.43:27 run. She was the 49th woman and ninth in the Women's 35-39 class.

( 594—Scott Montgomery, 51, of Ketchum in 3.26:27, with splits of 37:24 swim, 41:59 bike and 1.51:10 run. He was 24th in Men's 50-54.

Snowline basketball in Hailey Monday

Jim Boatwright's mid-June basketball camp in Hailey is now open to girls as well as boys—and newly appointed Wood River High School boys' basketball coach Billy Zei is one of the coaches this year.

The 32nd annual Snowline Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 10-18 is Monday through Wednesday, June 18-20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the high school gym in Hailey. Spots still remain for the camp.

Snowline Camp will accept boys and girls entering grades 5-12 in the fall. Campers bring their own lunches. The instructors focus on individual and group instruction in fundamental skills. Games are played daily in team competitions, and awards are given.

Cost is $125 for this year's camp. Fees include a camp T-shirt and awards. Send registration forms to Boatwright, 133 Treasure Lane, Hailey, ID 83333, or call 788-3700.

Volunteers needed for SV Bike Festival

Volunteers are being sought for the 2012 Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival and USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Championships July 1-8 in Sun Valley. The Sun Valley resort will host riders from all over the country and the top professional athletes in the U.S. as riders vie for the title of national champion and receive stars-and-stripes jerseys.

Support positions bringing volunteers close to the action and the athletes will range from course crew, venue setup and tear down, registration, media and anti-doping chaperones, to course marshals and merchandise sales. Each position will be located on Baldy or in downtown Ketchum.

Positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact volunteer director Susie Quesnel at  HYPERLINK "" or call 720-1089.

For more details about the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival and USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Championships visit

Travis Jones becomes first SV Nordic Festival director

Hailey's Travis Jones, 40, has been chosen for the newly created position of Director of Nordic Town USA and the Sun Valley Nordic Festival.

The fourth annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival has racing events set for Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2013 highlighted by the 38th running of the Boulder Mountain Ski Tour on Feb. 2. For the first time, the 32-kilometer Nordic tour from Galena Lodge to the Sawtooth National Recreation Area headquarters next February will serve as the 2013 American Cross Country Skiers (AXCS) Masters National Championship.

Jones was the Olympic Development Team head coach for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's cross-country ski program from 2008-11.

A father of two, he resigned to spend more time with his family. Jones also coached the Bogus Basin Nordic program in Boise from 2000-04 and with the Steamboat Springs (Colo.) Winter Sports Club. He was raised as an alpine ski racer in the Lake Tahoe area, but spent a year in Norway to further his interest in cross-country ski racing and returned to become a member of the University of Colorado's 1995 NCAA Nordic championship team.

Currently, there is an early-bird sign-up special for the Boulder Ski Tour/Half Boulder and other 2013 Sun Valley Nordic Festival/AXCS Masters events including prologue 3.3k skate and 10k classic races scheduled for Jan. 30 and 31 at Sun Valley Nordic. Visit

Patrick Patterson finishes career for NNU Crusaders

Patrick Patterson of Hailey, whose ironman pitching performances led the Wood River High School baseball team to a 2008 State 4A tournament berth, finished his college baseball career in May for the Northwest Nazarene University Crusaders coached by Tim Onofrei in Nampa.

Senior right-handed pitcher Patterson, 22, son of Denny and Bev Patterson, had the best winning percentage (.714) on the NNU staff. It was a staff that included 6-5, 195-pound junior Zeb Sneed of Twin Falls, chosen by the Kansas City Royals in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball 1st-year Player Draft June 5.

Patterson (5.16 ERA) ended with a 5-2 record in 13 appearances (12 starts, tops on the team) and was second on the staff with 61 innings pitched, and also second in total wins and batters faced per game. The 5-11, 195-pound workhorse was third on the team in strikeouts (42) and led all NNU pitchers in fly ball outs (80).

The Crusaders wrapped up their season in May with a 27-22 overall record including 16-16 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference league play, and were 14-8 at home Vail Field.

Off the diamond, Patterson was one of 412 students at the Christian comprehensive university to be named on the spring 2012 dean's list for earning a 3.5 or higher grade-point average. He majored in kinesiology education/recreation and sports management. Prior to coming to NNU, Patterson attended Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, Ore. where he also pitched for the baseball team.

Grapplers pile up medal haul in Boise

Led by Storm Anderson, USA Grappling of Bellevue brought home six gold medals, one bronze medal and three championship belts from the Grappler's Quest competition Saturday, June 9 at Boise's Century Link Arena.

Wood River High School senior Anderson won four golds, two belts and became the first teen to sweep the adult divisions at a Grappler's Quest. Anderson won all his matches by submission. He captured Teen and Adult No-Gi Advanced and Teen and Adult Blue Belt classes at 169 pounds.

Rocket Stickney brought home a bronze medal in Teen White Belt at 155 pounds.

Julie Daniels earned two gold medals and a championship belt winning the Women's No-Gi Intermediate and Women's 125-pound division. Like the others, Daniels trains with Lee Anderson at USA Grappling Academy.

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