Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Podiums for local triathletes at Emmett meet

     Four Wood River Valley triathletes earned podium spots during the 12th annual Emmett Most Excellent Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 10 starting at Black Canyon Reservoir in southwestern Idaho.

     There were two distances—51.5-kilometer (31.9 mile) Olympic Triathlon (0.9-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike, 6.2-mile run) and the 26k (15.9 mile) Sprint Triathlon (500-yard swim, 12.4-mile bike, 3.1-mile run).

     Roger Miller, 70, of Sun Valley won the Men’s 70-74 class and placed 151st of 190 Olympic Triathlon finishers in 3.07:40 (37:51 swim, 1.17:38 bike, 1.05:20 run). The winners were Kevin Everett, 38, of Boise in 1.49:24 and Jennifer Luebke, 27, of Missoula, Mt. in 2.10:22.

     In the Sprint Triathlon:

     Charley French, 87, of Ketchum won the Men’s 85-and-over class and placed 178th of 199 Sprint finishers in 1.44:16. His splits were 13:44 swim, 40:18 bike and 44:37 run;

     Deann Campbell, 39, of Hailey finished third in the Women’s 35-39 class and 150th overall in 1.35:22. Her splits were 12:52 swim, 43:27 bike and 34:59 run;

     Kirsys Campbell, 13, of Hailey won the Girls’ 13-14 class and finished 75th overall in 1.22:24. Her splits were 11:35 swim, 43:34 bike and 22:52 run;

     Former Sun Valley resident Jim Gaughran, 81, of Carmel Valley, Ca. captured the Men’s 80-84 class and placed 147th in 1.34:29. His splits were 9:20 swim, 42:10 bike and 38:07 run.

     The Sprint winners were Jeff Shilt, 45, of Boise in 1.01:17 and Julie Hansen, 52, of South Ogden, Utah in 1.12:21.

     · Ethan Hansen, 8, of Hailey competed in Emmett’s Most Excellent Kids’ Triathlon on Friday. He placed sixth in the boys’ division at 10:20, and was 12th of 28 participants overall.


Four teams due for Laurent Perrier coed soccer meet

     Four coed soccer teams are expected for the Laurent Perrier coed soccer tournament Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-18 on the upper field at Ketchum’s Atkinson Park.

     One team is due from Pocatello, plus three local teams captained by Erika Connelly and Vicky Henry, by Casey and Shaun Kelly, and by Tyler Chandler.

     Games are scheduled for 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, plus 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday finalized by the 2 p.m. championship game.

     Tournament organizer Connelly will contact the participant teams by Thursday to announce the game times.


Aces at Valley Club, Sun Valley

     · Philip Lynch aced the fourth hole on The Valley Club West Nine on Friday, Aug. 9. He used a 6 iron from 180 yards. Witnesses were Jack Bariteau and Jim Cannavino.

     · Peter Levine used a pitching wedge from 145 yards to record a hole-in-one on the No. 7 hole at Sun Valley Resort’s White Clouds course Aug. 9.


Tickets on sale for Brian Boitano cooking talk

     1988 Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano, 49, is coming to Sun Valley this month not to perform as headliner in the Sun Valley Ice Show, but to appear in a fund-raising event for the Sun Valley Figure Skating Club Thursday, Aug. 22.

     Tickets are on sale today for the “Cook with Brian Boitano,” evening of food and entertainment.” Those attending Aug. 22 will receive a free copy of his book, a book title that is also the title of his TV show—“What Would Brian Boitano Make?”

     Boitano, from Sunnyvale, Ca., captured the first of four consecutive U.S. national titles in 1985. He won two world championships (1986, 1988) and the Olympic gold medal in 1988.

     VIP tickets for $200 per person include private cocktails with Boitano at 5 p.m. Aug. 22 prior to the program. General tickets for $100 per person include the cooking demonstration, hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktail. Call the SVFSC at


Middle school practices are starting

     Pre-season practices for Wood River Middle School sports begin next week. Here are the initial meeting dates:


Boys’ soccer begins Aug. 1

     Head coach Greg Gvozdas has set the pre-season tryouts and practice schedule for the 2013 Wood River Middle School boys’ soccer team.

     All training sessions are held at the middle school soccer field, Hailey. Players should bring soccer shoes, ball, shinguards and water. Contact Gvozdas at 578-5030 or

     Tryouts are Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 19-21 from 4:30-6 p.m.

     Pre-season practice schedule starts Thursday and Friday, Aug. 22-23 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each day, followed by a full week of training Monday through Friday, Aug. 26-30 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each day.


Girls’ soccer at WRMS

     Head coach Brandeis Coshow will conduct the first day of tryouts for the Wood River Middle School girls’ soccer team on Monday, Aug. 19 at the middle school soccer fields in Hailey. The girls should be ready to play from 8-10 a.m. that day. Call Coshow at 860-573-6213 for more details.


Volleyball starts Aug. 19

     Wood River Middle School is having volleyball tryouts for all interested 7th and 8th grade girls Monday, Aug. 19 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the WRMS gym. Bring insurance information as well as water bottle and athletic clothing. All tryout participants need to have had a physical within the past year. Contact Kristi Vandenberg 720-0473 or


Cross country starts Aug. 22

     Coach Bill Cantrell (721-8810) has invited Wood River Middle School boys and girls to an informal pre-season meeting and practice run Thursday, Aug. 22 from 4-5 p.m. at the middle school in Hailey. Bring running shoes and water. Questions, call boys’ coach Cantrell.


Football begins Aug. 26

     Middle school football training camp for boys in grades 7-8 begins Monday, Aug. 26 at noon for coach Craig Kaminski's eighth graders, and at 1 p.m. that day for coach Matt Douthit’s seventh graders.

     All forms and physicals must be brought to practice with necessary information to be accessed at the athletics link for the middle school at

     Practices will run from 3-5:30 p.m. the first week, and when school begins, from 3:30-5:15 p.m. Kaminski said, “There are no cuts, and we are looking for committed players who want to have fun and learn the game of football!”

     Any questions can be directed to coach Kaminski at

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