Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sports summary

Fink-Debray second in Jackson Town Downhill

Ketchum’s Miles Fink-Debray finished second for a second straight year Sunday, March 10 in the 31st running of the Jackson Hole Mini-Hahnenkamm Town Downhill. Snow King Resort hosted the two-day event on a gnarly downhill course.

Second to Sun Valley’s Carl Rixon Jr. last March, the 25-year-old Fink-Debray clocked the top training run Saturday at 50.75 seconds. Lanky U.S. Ski Team racer Colby Granstrom, 22, won Sunday’s two-run combined Pro Men’s event with a time of 1:37.85, .79 seconds ahead of Fink-Debray (1:38.64).

Granstrom, a 6-3, 195-pound Lake Stevens, Wash. and Mission Ridge Ski Foundation product bouncing back from knee surgery, was 2011 U.S. National slalom king and 2011 Nor-Am overall runner-up. Women’s Pro winner Sunday was Jackson native Kristen Irvine, 11th overall in 1:48.44.


Janss Pro-Am returns April 4-6

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) has announced plans for its 16th annual Janss Pro-Am Classic fund-raising event. Title sponsor is Stifel Nicolaus Weisel for the three-day celebration of skiing and snowboarding set for Thursday through Saturday, April 4-6.

A primary SVSEF fundraiser, the Janss Pro Am provides one-third of the organization’s operating budget and is the largest contributor to the SVSEF financial aid program.

It is named for the late Bill Janss, former owner of Sun Valley Resort, Olympian, SVSEF supporter, ski and costume party enthusiast.

Ski and snowboard participants will race dual giant slalom with ski professionals and former Olympians, Pro Tour and World Cup racers.

This year’s Janss pros include Casey Puckett, Langely McNeal, Will Brandenburg, Libby Ludlow, Kyle Wieche, Petr Kakes, Craig Sabina, Jonna Mendes and Zach Crist.

Each team will be assigned “Junior Pro,” a current athlete selected from the SVSEF teams.

Weekend highlights include a traditional “Pro Welcome Party” at the Olympic Bar at Ketchum’s Michel’s Christiania, a “Sports Bar” après ski Party” at Whiskey Jacques, hosted breakfasts and lunches, and an awards banquet in the Sun Valley Limelight Room.

This year’s theme is “Let the Games Begin.” Costumes are encouraged. Participants can take part as a corporate team sponsor, team sponsor, individual racer or guest. All abilities are encouraged.

Visit To register contact at 726-4129 ext. 112 or, or by calling 720-6789.

SVSEF U-14s qualify for Baldy contest

Seventeen Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine ski racers, nine girls and eight boys, have qualified for the Tri-Regional U-14 Championships March 21-24 at Sun Valley.

Sun Valley qualified most of its team, U-14 head coach Brett Morris said. “There are some very good skiers in the large U-14 field of 116 girls and 94 boys, so leading the rankings at the end of the season is quite an achievement,” Morris said. “The team has done a great job this year and has worked super hard, which shows in the large number of kids who qualified.”

- Girls: Katelyn Rathfon, Sage Rheinschild, Molly Milgard, Ella Viesturs, Pilar Pennell, Libby Kaiser, Bailey Holter, Riley Revallier and Libby Lindstrom.

- Boys: Cooper Dart, Noah Leininger, Jake Blackburn, Charlie Stumph, Mac Mizer, Matt O'Connor, Ethan Daves and Keegan Webber.


Soldier Mountain to close with “Irish Day”

Sun Valley Tele has invited local skiers and partiers to the final day of the Soldier Mountain Ski Area season, which happens to be St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17.

Kyle Livingston of Sun Valley Tele said, “Although we will not be racing due to insurance costs, we can help Soldier Mountain end its 2013 ski season in Irish-style. Soldier will be supplying the festive St. Patrick's Day vibes with live music, corned beef hash and Guinness at the base lodge.”

Soldier has extended a $28 lift ticket to anyone associated with Sun Valley Tele—a $7 savings. Anyone marked as “Attending” the event on Facebook ( will be placed on the discounted ticket list.

Sun Valley Tele will host a raffle to support the event insurance policy of its upcoming Hawaiian Nationals Saturday, March 30. Livingston said, “We have lots of schwag to give away before the ski season ends—ski gear from our title sponsor Scott Sports, tele bindings from 22 Designs, outerwear from Flylow, eyewear from Smith, and more.”


Bates, Mauldin on Great Basin basketball list

Wood River High School junior posts Eron Bates and Max Mauldin made the honorable mention list of the Great Basin Conference boys’ basketball team announced last week after the end of the season.

“Player of the Year” was Twin Falls senior post Damon Jones, and “Coach of the Year” was Matt Harr of GBC league champion Twin Falls (19-9).

On the GBC first team were Alex Meyerhoeffer, Cade Meyerhoeffer and Conner Meyerhoeffer, all junior guards from Twin Falls High, plus Burley junior posts Karsten Hinckley and Brandon Hosteen.


High school golf in Twin Falls

Blue Lakes Country Club in Twin Falls was the site of Monday’s “March Madness” high school tournament for 12 southern Idaho high schools and 90 male and female players.

On a mild and breezy day, Twin Falls High School won the team title. Individual medalists were Kyle Miley of Twin Falls High (73) and, for the girls, Carson Pickett of Rocky Mountain High (81).

Seven golfers competed from Hailey’s Wood River High School. For the boys, Tyler Spence placed 23rd of 58 golfers with an 89. Rielly Neel shot 92, Callum Stearns 105 and Cody Richmond 119. For the girls, Alysha Herich placed 13th of 32 golfers with a score of 114. Bella Stimac carded 125 and Mary Petzke 126.


Squirts wind up season at McCall

The Sun Valley Youth Hockey Squirts (ages 9-10) wrapped up a successful season placing second to the Boise Junior Steelheads Sunday in the championship game of a six-team weekend tournament in McCall. All 16 Sun Valley kids played their hearts out in the nailbiting 4-3 loss. They went 2-2-0 at McCall, beating Moscow Red 7-1 and McCall 8-2. Head coach was Sean O’Connell, assisted by Bill Sprong, Pete Whitehead and Wendy Speth. Scorers were:

Fletcher Stumph 5 goals/2 assists, Slater Whitehead 3/2, Deke Burrell 2/1, Ryder Sarchett 2/1, Seamus O’Connell 2/1, Ashton Tanner 2/1, Alex Daves 1/1, DJ Gralenski 1/0, Caelin Bradshaw 1/0, Colby Speth 0/1 and Penelope Weekes 0/1. Other players were Lachlan Smith, Maddy Dunn, Huck Sprong, Daisy Buxton and Lola Randolph.

Also at McCall last weekend, Sun Valley Mites played four games for coaches Pete Whitehead, Vilnis Nikolaisons and Lucy Chubb. They were Zach Benson, Brock Burrell, Sebastian Buxton, Amanda Dunn, Gus Hedrick, Jake Nikolaisons, Maeve O’Connell, Josie Sarchett, Dawson Speth, Grendel Sprong, Russell Stumph and Kelby Whitehead.

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