Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sports summary

DeYong, Johnson pick up Aspen Festival wins

     Nicole DeYong, Mike Sinnott Patrick Johnson collected wins and Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation cross-country ski racers had top results during last weekend’s Aspen (Colo.) Nordic Festival.

     DeYong, 30, won the women’s division of Sunday’s 21-kilometer Owl Creek Chase with a time of 1.10:07, two minutes ahead of the next female racer and 23rd of 150 finishers. Ketchum’s Alexa Turzian, 24, was seventh among women, 43rd overall in 1.15:58.

     Winning the men’s Owl Creek Chase on a beautiful day with perfect cold soft snow conditions was Central Cross-Country Team racer Brian Gregg, 28, of Winthrop, Wash. in 1.02:04, nine seconds faster than Boulder Ski Tour winner Sylvan Ellefson, 26, of Vail, Co.

     Sinnott, 28, who won Saturday’s SuperTour classic sprint qualifier by 6.5 seconds over Ellefson, settled for third in 1.03:27. Sun Valley’s Gold Team cross-country coach Colin Rodgers was fifth (1.04:01), Patrick Johnson, 23, sixth (1.04:30) and Matt Gelso, 24, eighth (1.05:07).

     The second junior male in 13th place overall was SVSEF racer Nick Lovett, 18, in 1.07:31 followed in 26th place by Kevin Bolger, 19, in 1.12:54.

     On Saturday, Patrick Johnson won his first SuperTour race by placing first by six seconds over Ellefson in the men’s 10k classic event. Sinnott was fifth, Gelso sixth, Lovett 13th and Bolger 14th. DeYong placed second to Rosie Brennan in the women’s 5k classic event.


Cordeau takes dual moguls win at Telluride

     Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Gold Team member Shane Cordeau had a solid weekend in Nor-Am Cup competitions at Telluride, Colo.

     Cordeau, a 26-year-old bump specialist from Ketchum, won the men’s dual mogul event and was 13th in single moguls. Sunday’s win was Cordeau’s first in a Nor-Am dual moguls in almost a year. His last win was Feb. 14, 2012 at Apex, Canada. According to the SVSEF, Cordeau’s score of 26.34 in seeding runs was his highest ever recorded mark.


Payette Lakes Ski Race set for Feb. 23

     In its 75th year of operation, the non-profit Payette Lakes Ski Club of McCall, Idaho has scheduled Saturday, Feb. 23 for the annual Payette Lakes Ski Marathon on new 30-kilometer and 15k skate courses at Bear Basin Nordic Center. Start time for the family-friendly event is 9:30 a.m. followed by a junior race at 12:30 p.m. at Little Ski Hill. Online registration is done through Feb. 22 at, or call Mark Jensen 208-634-1582.


Paris clocks top Colgate time in 800-meter run

     Hailey’s James Paris, a Wood River High School graduate and Colgate University (N.Y.) sophomore track and field team member, has clocked the fastest time for a Raider athlete in the men’s 800-meter run this season placing 12th overall in 1:58.38, just five seconds off the winning time. It happened at the eighth annual Giegengack Invitational Feb. 1-2 at Yale University in New Haven, Ct.

     Paris, a 6-0, 150-pound former distance ace for Wood River, was a member of Colgate’s cross country team that achieved a 3.44 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) last semester to earn recognition as an NCAA All-Academic team. Paris had a 3.93 GPA, second best on the team.


Simplot Games track and field Feb. 14-16

     Hundreds of athletes from all over the U.S. and Canada are expected for the 35th annual Simplot Games track and field meet Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16 at Holt Arena on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello. Athletes and spectators can hear from Olympians like Dick Fosbury of Ketchum and gymnast Olga Korbut during the “Breakfast with Fosbury and Friends” Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Red Lion Hotel. Tickets are $20 for an individual. Get them at


Join youth wrestling club

     It’s not too late to participate in Wood River Youth Wrestling. Interested wrestlers in grades K-6 are invited to come to the wrestling room at Hailey’s Wood River High School on Mondays or Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 pm to register.

     Registration is $40 for the season (including a T-shirt) and wrestlers must provide proof of insurance. Tournaments are scheduled in March.  Please contact Aaron Stern 721-7125 or


Football team plans crab feed on March 2

    The Wood River High School football program is planning its second annual Crab Feed and Raffle for Saturday, March 2 from 5-9 p.m. at the high school in Hailey. The all-you-can-eat cost of $30 per person (4 for $100) benefits WRHS football. Tickets are available at the high school office. Call 720-2840 or


Parent player meetings for WRHS spring sports

     Official practices don’t start until Feb. 22, but Wood River High School’s athletic department will have its annual Spring Sports Parent Player meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19 starting at 6 p.m. in the high school commons area, Hailey. The sports are baseball, softball, track, tennis and golf. Parents will meet the coaches and be greeted by administrators.


Friday Night ski racing at Rotarun

     Rotarun’s four-week nighttime ski racing series continued Friday, Feb. 8 through a timed obstacle course at Art Richards Mountain west of Hailey.

     Division winners in the event sponsored by 5B Garage were: Hadley Hodges and Lucas Smith (ages 4-6/ski), Paige DeHart and Conrad Foster (7-9/ski), Jessica Mandeville (10-12/ski), Wilder Curtin (13-18/ski), Dana Moloney and Frank Stanton (adult snowboard), Colleen Mauro and Dan Lee (adult telemark) and Jesse Foster (adult alpine).

     Among teams, the group of kids from the LASAR (Learn to Alpine Ski & Race) program took first place with 75 points from Hadley Hodges, Bryce Foster, Taylor Nelson, Maddox Nickum and Cree Johanningmeier. Still leading the team race with 99 points over two nights is 2Tired2Think with Chloe Deffe, Conrad Foster, Jesse Foster and Troy Thayer.

     Although Rotarun has postponed remaining events like the Arkoosh Cup because of low snow, the Friday Night Series will continue as conditions permit. Next race is Friday, Feb. 15. Register from 5-6 p.m. with racing at 6 p.m.


Sun Valley Tele’s Rotarun Ripper

     Organizers of Friday’s Sun Valley Tele “Rotarun Ripper” thanked Hailey’s Rotarun Ski Area organizers for making a creative and challenging course that attracted 14 freeheelers and four snowboarders.

     · Telemark women: 1—Colleen Mauro 211.41.

     · Telemark men: 1—Dan Lee 147.77. 2—Lance Levy 150.79. 3—Brendan Coyle 168.76. Also: Todd Mandeville 169.72, Kyle Livingston 179.36, Jon Anderson 183.34, Troy Thayer 200.08, Nick Smith 208.80, Mose
Duchano 230.89, Greg Bearce 244.85, Paul Holle 285.75, Julian Tyo and Danny Maloney.

     · Snowboard women: 1—Dana Maloney 144.94.

     · Snowboard men: 1—Frank Stanton 123.49. 2—Josh Switzer 137.47. 3—Quentin Heath 149.07.

     Next scheduled SV Tele race is Sunday, March 17 at Soldier Mountain north of Fairfield.


Emerick contributes to Coyotes swimming squad

     Tori Emerick, 19, of Hailey, an outstanding swimmer for coach Brian Gallagher’s Wood River High School and SV5B swimming squads, is contributing to the success of the College of Idaho women’s swim team in Caldwell this season, particularly in the backstroke events.

     Emerick has posted five of the top 10 Lady Yote times in the 100-yard backstroke this season topped by a 1:07.08 clocking in the Oct. 27 Bay Area Invitational. She also won the 100-yard backstroke at 1:08.36 during a winter training trip to California where C of I competed with Cal Tech and Augsburg in early January.

     Emerick has posted the seventh-best Coyote time in 200-yard backstroke (2:33.64) and the ninth-best time in 200-yard individual medley (2:34.47). She has contributed to top College of Idaho teams in 400 medley and freestyle, and 800 freestyle relays.


Young racers enjoy Papoose Club Nordic race

     The Papoose Club Croy Nordic Cup scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10 west of Hailey was moved to Sun Valley Nordic because of snow conditions in the south valley. Thirty-five kids came out and had a good time, most doing skate skiing.

     Results by class follow, with times in minutes and seconds:

     · Girls’ ages 11-plus: 1—Ella Wolter 7:04. 2—Ellie Gorham 7:35. 3—Chloe Tanous 7:38. 4—Sophia Coplin 7:59. 5—Katherine Estep 8:00. 6—Eveline Svidgal 8:05.

     · Boys’ 11-plus: 1—Luke Dean 7:36. 2—Cash Dart 7:40.

     · Girls’ 9-10: 1—Kate Horowitz 5:43. 2—Caroline Estep 5:54. 3—Rosa Closser 6:30. 4—Abby Kirk 6:38. 5—Maya Lutz 6:44. 6—Luci Ludwig 6:49. 7—Willa Laski 7:27. 8—Anneka Thompson 7:28. 9—Liv Nelson 7:35. 10—Azia Mathieu 8:01.

     · Boys’ 9-10: 1—Jake Gorham 5:30. 2—Felix Gerlach 5:38. 3—Skylar Maguire and Alex Shafer 5:39. 5—Oliver Wiedemann 5:50.

     · Girls’ 7-8: 1—Logan Smith 5:14. 2—Samantha Smith 5:59. 3—Gina Greenberg 7:02. 4—AnikaVandenbergh 7:05. 5—Svea Leidecker 7:11. 6—Jodie Maguire 7:34.

     · Boys’ 7-8: 1—Holden Archie 6:35. 2—Luca Mathieu 6:53. 3—Alec Wiedemann 7:08. 4—Enzo Lutz 7:49. 5—Max Svidgal 8:34. Classic: 1—Calvin Miller 5:36.

     · Boys’ 5-6Classic: 1—Wyatt Miller 2:45.

     · Girls’ 4-and-under: 1—Levi Renner 3:27.

     · Boys’ 4-and-under: 1—Torin Vandenbergh 3:18.



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