Friday, August 3, 2012

Sports summary

Idaho cyclist Armstrong wins gold in London

Idaho's own Kristen Armstrong won her second consecutive gold medal in the Olympic women's time trial on the morning of Wednesday, August 1, in London.

Armstrong, a University of Idaho graduate, completed the 18-mile course in 37 minutes, 34.82 seconds, ahead of second-place finisher Judith Arndt of Germany who had a time of 37:50.29. Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia finished third.

New U.S. paragliding distance record set

On the morning of July 31, local resident and paragliding pilot Nate Scales launched his paraglider from Bald Mountain and approximately eight hours later, landed near Bozeman, Montana covering a distance of 319 kilometers, (198.2 miles).

Scales' flight of nearly 200 miles is the longest foot launched paragliding flight ever flown in the USA.

Until a month ago Nate held the Idaho state paragliding distance record of 148.5 miles, which he flew on August 20, 2010.

On July 1, 2012 Ketchum resident Matt Beechinor broke that record with a flight from Bald Mountain to a point east of Anaconda, Mont. for distance of 188.5 miles.

The flight by Beechinor not only broke the Idaho state record, but also the US national distance record.

Local cyclists travel to Driggs for Grand Targhee Hill Climb

Two members of the durance-Colango cycling team traveled over to Driggs for the annual Grand Targhee Hill Climb over the weekend.

Richard Feldman won the event with a time of 37:14 for the 19-kilometer course.

John Swyers posted a 52:00 to win the 70-plus age group.

Both riders dedicated their wins to Gene Timmons, their teammate who passed away this spring.

Sun Valley Taekwondo competes in McCall

Sun Valley Taekwondo attended the McCall Open Taekwondo Tournament this past weekend.

Sun Valley Taekwondo sent four competitors to this event with the following results: In the boys white belt division, Ethan Hansen took gold in sparring and silver in forms. In the blue belt boys division, Larsen Bier took silver in forms and sparring. In red belt boys division, Sebi Radl-Jones took silver in forms and gold in sparring, with Ben Wise taking the gold in forms and the silver in sparring.

Wood River Middle School girls soccer tryouts

The Wood River Middle School girls soccer tryouts will begin Friday, August 17, from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

Players will meet at the middle school's soccer fields north of the school.

Players should bring shin pads, soccer socks, cleats, paperwork, water, and an extra soccer ball if possible. Physicals are required in order to participate so please prepare ahead of time.

For further questions please contact Brandeis Coshow at

Boise State opens USA Today Coaches' Poll at No. 22

It will be a rebuilding year for the Boise State Broncos in 2012 as the USA Today Coaches' Preseason Poll was released this week.

Boise State will begin the year at No. 22, and will open the season at Michigan State, which ranks No. 13. The two teams play on Friday, August 31.

This is Boise State's lowest preseason ranking since 2008 when the Broncos weren't ranked at all.

Boise State finished 2011 as the No. 6 team in the nation.

There is a lot of emphasis on this year's opening game in East Lansing, Mich. because the Spartans are the only team that is ranked on Boise State's schedule.

The opening game will be aired on ESPN at 6 p.m. MST.

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