Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Blaine County Title Codgers going to softball nationals

     Not many softball players are still playing when they reach 65. But Ketchum’s Bob Sarchett, 69, takes batting practice nearly every day in the summer. The practice paid off over Labor Day in Boise.

     First baseman/catcher Sarchett batted 16-for-23 (.696) helping the Blaine County Title “Codgers” 65-and-over men to the championship of the Idaho Senior Games men’s softball tournament held Aug. 31-Sept. 1 in Boise. The Codgers went 6-0, beating the Copper Gang from Salt Lake City, Utah in the final. Most of the “Codgers” came from Boise.

     The win qualified the 13-player “Codgers” squad for national slow-pitch softball Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at Las Vegas, Nev. Sarchett said the team is basically the same as the squad that won nationals in 2005 and 2009. In late July, the “Codgers” won a Bend (Ore.) Senior Classic with six wins in six games.


Classic Boulder Bicycle Tour is Sunday

     Galena Lodge 23 miles north of Ketchum invites cyclists to join the Classic Boulder Mountain Bicycle Tour on Sunday, Sept. 15 and help Galena Lodge wrap up its summer season with a fun day. The lodge’s Erin Zell said, “It is our closing day and hopefully there will be huge turnout.”

     Road cyclists should meet at 10 a.m. at Ketchum Town Square and mountain bikers will start at 9 a.m. at the SNRA headquarters north of Ketchum. Sag wagons will cruise the road for safety and repairs. A shuttle van/trailer will be available for rides down the hill, if needed. There is no entry fee. Buffet at the lodge costs $15. There will be live music.


Big soccer win for middle school girls

     Wood River Middle School girls’ soccer players accomplished a rare feat Wednesday with a 1-0 shutout victory over the host O’Leary Junior High School girls in Twin Falls. Eighth-grader Sarah Truxal scored with eight minutes remaining to break the scoreless tie and provide Hailey with the shutout triumph. Wood River coach Brandeis Coshow said the O’Leary girls had been unbeaten for six years in soccer.

     The Wolverine girls and the middle school boys coached by Greg Gvozdas continued their 10-game fall seasons with their first home games Monday against Jerome. Both teams play the Community School of Sun Valley Wednesday, Sept. 18 on the Hailey fields—the girls kicking off at 4 p.m. and the boys at 5:15 p.m.


Harriman Trail Run results

     Results from the Harriman Trail Run 8.5-mile footrace Aug. 31 that started at Prairie Creek north of Ketchum and finished at Galena Lodge after a loop on the Titus Lake Nordic ski loop:

     Men: 1—Gus Pelican 52:46. 2—Will Northrop 59:20. 3—Brad Mitchell 1.00:00. 4—Max Dore 1.13:12. 5—Dave Keir 1.26:22. 6—Mike Weniger 1.41:17.

     Women: 1—Kelli Lusk 1.09:11. 2—Kim Kawaguchi 1.15:18. 3—Donna Graybill 1.37:16. 4—Kristen Clancy and dog Paige 1.37:23. 5—Kate Lyons 1.39:28. 6—Emily Weniger 1.41:18.


Bigwood Open golf tournament set for Sept. 14-15

     Bigwood Golf Course north of Ketchum is planning its annual Bigwood Open golf tournament for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15.

     The 36-hole stroke play tournament for men and women in several flights including a Championship Flight begins with 9 a.m. tee times on Saturday, Sept. 14. Entry fee of $30 for Bigwood members and $75 for the public does not include an electric cart. Winners of the top flights qualify for the Idaho Golf Association’s Tournament of Champions Sept. 28-29 at Elkhorn Golf Course.

     Call Bigwood at 726-4024 to get a tee time.


SV Youth Hockey golf scramble is Sept. 20

     Sun Valley Youth Hockey has scheduled its “Bigwood 9 and Dine” fundraising golf scramble for Friday, Sept. 20 beginning with a 3 p.m. shotgun start at Bigwood Golf Course north of Ketchum. There will be hors d’oeuvres, dinner and no-host bar at 5:30 p.m. at Bigwood Grill.

     Raffle prizes include a 2013-14 season ski pass and $1,000 Atkinsons’ Market gift card. There will be a silent auction at the event, plus a community online auction. From the golf tourney, prizes will be given for winners, first losers, longest drive (male and female) and closest to the pin.

     Fees are $90 per person for golf/dinner and $30 for dinner only, $350 for a team, plus the following sponsorship opportunities—$150 for hole sponsor, $1,500 for golf sponsor and $1,500 for dinner sponsor.

     Call Sarah Benson at 720-3086 or for more details. Raffle tickets are $10 each or six for $50.


Pony Club rally

     Local riders participated in a Pony Club Rally Aug. 3-4. The event drew over 50 competitors from four western states and was held at Larry Kraay’s Rafter K farm and facility.

     The young equestrians were: Will Englehardt and his horse Susie Q, Scout Hutchinson and her horse Lady Katie, Carmen Leslie and her horse Firefly, Giovanna Leslie and her horse Daisy, Payton McCune and her horse Louie, and Willa Laski and her horse Cookies ‘N Cream.  The Pony Club Rally consists of horsemanship tests and riding tests (dressage, cross country jumping and stadium jumping).

     In addition to rally, Hutchinson, Englehardt and Laski traveled to Nampa’s Idaho Horse Park Aug. 24 for the Idaho Hunter/Jumper Association show.

     Sarah Berkowitz of Bellevue is the Pony Club instructor.


Road Runner 5k for Meals on Wheels set for Sept. 21

     The Senior Connection of Hailey will stage its fourth annual Road Runner 5k (3.1-mile) fun run/walk to raise funds for Blaine County’s only Meals on Wheels program on Saturday, Sept. 21. The event starting at 10 a.m. (registration) and 11 a.m. (run start) is open to all ages. There will be raffle prizes and a barbecue lunch served starting at 11:30 a.m.

     Register by Wednesday, Sept. 18 for the advance fee of $20 adults and $10 kids 17-and-under. From Sept. 19-21, the adult entry rises to $30. There are family and corporate fees for $50. Call Kimberly Coonis at 788-3468 for details or visit and click on the event link.

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