Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sports summary

Remember Dr. Paul Heuston at Saturday golf meet

Dr. Paul Heuston, a Tacoma, Wash. native and former radiologist at Moritz Community Hospital in Sun Valley, died May 6 at the age of 91 in Gooding. Heuston was an avid skier, skiing on Baldy for 50 consecutive years after first learning the sport on Mt. Rainier in 1936. He also loved golfing. The U.S. Navy veteran was very civic minded and contributed to the building of Wood River High School while living here.

When the Gooding County Hospital was in danger of closing, Dr. Heuston took on the challenge of chairman of the board and helped make the current North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding a reality.

One of the hospital's fundraisers has been the Heuston-Cutright Golf Scramble, which will mark its 22nd year on Saturday, Aug. 11 with a shotgun start scramble at Gooding Golf Course. Cost is $60 per person or $240 per team. Featured are a continental breakfast, prizes, raffle and lunch. Tournament proceeds go to purchase new hospital equipment. After Saturday's scramble, there will be a tribute video to Dr. Heuston.

Call 208-934-9977 to sign up.

Perch's Shop to the Top coming Aug. 18

The Elephant's Perch's Shop to the Top running/walking climb of Baldy is set for Saturday, Aug. 18.

Early registration deadline is Thursday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. at The Perch in downtown Ketchum for $25 per person. The cost rises to $35 until the final deadline of Friday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. There are no race day entries. If you register online at, the cost is $25 until Aug. 16 at midnight.

Pick up your race packet by 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at the Perch, or on the morning of the race at the shop.

Courses for the 3,300 vertical foot climb are six miles ("Race Class") starting at 9 a.m. from The Perch in Ketchum, or five miles ("Sport Class") beginning at 8 a.m. from River Run Lodge. Participants can take the chairlift back down, if weather permits. There will be awards for the fastest man and women in each class, and prize drawings for everyone. No dogs, please.

Last year there were 67 finishers—26 in the six-mile "Race Class" for ages 14-50 and 41 in the five-mile "Sport Class" for ages 7-74. Fastest times in the respective classes were Taylor Sundali 1.04:45 and Nicole DeYong 1.11:46, Kelly Allison 1.12:03 and Chris Williams 1.12:41.

"6 at Sochi" is Aug. 16 at Ketchum Town Square

Raising public awareness to its goal of helping six athletes qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation will hold another "6 at Sochi" Celebration Thursday, Aug. 16 from 5-9 p.m. at Ketchum Town Square. Free to all, the event is oriented to families, locals and resort guests. Donations are welcome.

SVSEF Gold Team athletes will greet the public. Plans call for live music by three bands including George DeVore of Austin, Texas, plus food vendors, a dunk tank and merchandise for sale.

Event organizers will raffle off a 2012-13 Baldy ski pass, Blaine County Recreation District trail pass and a cruiser bike. Raffle tickets are on sale at PK's Ski and Sports and Atkinsons', both in Ketchum. Call 726-4129 or visit

Sawtooth Century Bike Tour returns Saturday

The 2012 Sawtooth Century Bike Tour is Saturday, Aug. 11. The fully supported one-day bicycle tour offers 50-mile and 100-mile routes from downtown Ketchum north into the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Bib bag pickup is Friday, Aug. 10 from 3-6 p.m. at The Elephant's Perch in Ketchum.

Both routes start at the Perch in Ketchum and circle through Elkhorn and Sun Valley before heading north on S.H. 75. Starting at 9 a.m., the 50-mile route goes to the Galena Lodge turnaround and returns to Ketchum. The 100-mile distance begins at 8 a.m. and climbs Galena Summit to Alturas Lake. There will be a "King and Queen of the Mountain" competition up the south side of the six-mile Galena Summit.

Raising money for the Galena-area summer trails, the Century Bike Tour is organized by the Blaine County Recreation District with the support of local sponsors. Entry is $75 for 100-mile riders and $65 for 50-mile cyclists. Wood River Bike Coalition members earn $10 off their entry fees.

Visit or call Janelle Conners at 578-5453.

Schwing stays as SVSEF alpine coach

Offered a position as assistant Europa Cup and Devo Team coach for the U.S. Ski Team in July, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine ski coach Nate Schwing has decided to remain with the SVSEF for the 2012-13 season, according to a SVSEF press release.

Schwing, from East Aurora, N.Y., is currently head coach for the SVSEF U-18 through U-21 squads and has been with the local organization since 2007. He was part of the U.S. Ski Team alpine staff at this year's Junior World Championships.

"It was an honor to be considered for that position, but the job was not an ideal fit at this time. I feel we have very exciting things going on here and I'm excited about the upcoming group and season," said Schwing in the press release.

Lyle Pearson Labor Day tennis championships set for Sept. 1-3

Tournament director David Perry has announced plans for the Lyle Pearson Labor Day Tennis Championships presented by Sun Valley Resort on the Sun Valley courts.

The U.S.T.A. Intermountain competition is scheduled for three days, Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3. Players may enter three events, with two matches guaranteed. Entries close Tuesday, Aug. 28 at midnight Mountain Time. Local sponsors include Atkinsons' and Sun Valley Resort.

All Open divisions are sanctioned, invitational events and competitors will be offered housing. Contact Perry for details at 877-799-4377. All other divisions are not sanctioned and non-U.S.T.A. members can enter. There is a players' party Sunday, Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. including a raffle for many prizes.

Tournament site is The tournament ID number is 250008212.

Jon Francis 5-kilometer run is Saturday in Sawtooth Valley

The Jon Francis Race to Alturas 5-kilometer fun run is Saturday, Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. from Luther Heights Bible Camp at Alturas Lake 40 miles north of Ketchum. The 3.1-mile out-and-back race on unpaved and undeveloped roads and trails is limited to 100 runners. Entry fee is $25. There is online registration only at or

Francis, a Luther Heights counselor, died in 2006 while hiking Grand Mogul. Money raised is used to fund scholarships for kids to attend programs at Luther Heights Bible Camp.

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