Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sports summary

Sign up now for Backcountry Run, save some money

Save-money early registration deadline of $30 per person is Wednesday, July 18 for the 32nd annual Elephant's Perch Backcountry Run. Register at or at The Perch retail store in Ketchum.

The event featuring 16.5-mile and 10-mile distances on single track trails in the Adams Gulch and Fox Creek areas is Saturday, July 21 starting at 8 a.m. from the Hulen Meadows Park three miles north of Ketchum. The challenging courses offer 3,570 of vertical feet exchanged.

You can also sign up at the Perch (at the shop only, not online) for the $40 late fee Thursday and Friday, July 19-20. There is no race day registration. Pick up race packets Friday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Perch. Post-event includes food, drink, awards and raffle prizes. Results will be posted at the finish.

Last year there were 264 runners finishing led by Mike Sinnott (1.50:00) and Joelle Vaught (2.12:00) at 16.5-miles, and Gus Pelican (59:09) and Morgan Arritola (a course-record 1.00:31) at 10 miles.

Haillie Taylor places in breakaway roping

Colorado Mesa University-bound Haillie Taylor wrapped up a productive breakaway roping effort during the Silver State International Rodeo July 2-7 at Winnemucca, Nev. Riding her roan gelding Roanie, the recent Wood River High School graduate finished fifth in breakaway out of 120 girls from nine different states.

Taylor said, "It was a great week of rodeo. In the first go of breakaway I roped a 3.3 (seconds) and placed seventh in the round. In the second go I roped 4.4 and placed 19th. So on two calves I was a 7.75 and sitting No. 7 out of the top 15 they brought back to Saturday's short go. In the short go I roped a 3.7 which placed me fifth in the round. On three calves caught that placed me fifth in the average as well."

Next, Taylor competes at the Camas County Rodeo in Fairfield Friday, July 14 and leaves Saturday for the Cinch National High School Rodeo Finals July 15-21 at Rock Springs, Wyo. Taylor competes in cow cutting at nationals.


Hole in one at Valley Club

Hillcrest Country Club (Boise) member John Thornton had an ace on the No. 7 hole of the West Nine at The Valley Club in Hailey on Saturday, July 7. He used a wedge from 136 yards. Witnesses were Chip and Sandra Fisher and Mrs. "Killer" Thornton.

Sagebrush swimming at Zenergy

Nearly 120 swimmers ages 6-14 from Blaine County and Burley attended a Sagebrush League swim meet Saturday, June 30 at Zenergy at Thunder Spring's pool in Ketchum.

Coaches Ed Flory, Maria Beattie, Kelsey Syms and Sophia Carkonen supervised the meet that was sponsored by Zenergy and Ketchum. Meet official was Bobby Noyes.

The following are results from the city of Ketchum's Barracudas team:

( 1st place finishers: Laura Daves (6 year olds); Tate Minor (8s); Laine Allison and Alex Daves (9-10s); Maddie Ferris and Kristina Poydenis (11-12s); Danielle Doerflein and Katherine Lemma (13-14s); and the 8-and-under girls' relay team of Tatum Minor, Hannah Ferris, Laura Daves and Jessica Blackburn.

( 2nd place finishers: Devon McAvoy (6 year olds); Ethan Daves (11-12s); Danielle Doerflein (13-14s); and the 13-14 girls' relay of Maddie Ferris, Kristina Poydenis, Danielle Doerflein and Katherine Lemma.

( 3rd place finishers: Maya Lightner (6 year olds).

Tumbling, gymnastics camps at Spirit n'Motion

Spirit n'Motion Athletic School located in two Wood River Valley locations is offering a series of summer camps for children including:

( Gymnastics and Nature Camp: Monday through Friday, July 9-13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day for ages 6-14, no gymnastics experience necessary.

( Tumbling Twisters Camp: July 18-20 from 9-12.

( Loving Summer Arts Gymnastics Camp: Aug. 6-10 from 9-3.

Camps are located at 3950 Woodside Blvd. in south Hailey across from Power Engineers, or the Wood River YMCA in Ketchum. Register at or call owner/head coach Amanda Norton at 720-4306.

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