Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Cody Lampl honored with a bobblehead in Toledo

     He wasn’t there, but Ketchum’s Cody Lampl, 27, a Sun Valley Youth Hockey product, had a distinctive honor Friday, Nov. 29 in Toledo, Ohio.

     At Toledo’s Huntington Center rink, bobbleheads with Lampl’s likeness—bushy black beard and all—were given away to 2,000 Toledo Walleye minor league hockey fans.

     Lampl couldn’t attend the bobblehead night because he was playing for his American Hockey League team, the St. John’s (Newfoundland) IceCaps, at Syracuse, N.Y. But the former Sun Valley Suns skater made quite an impression last season while playing defense for the ECHL Toledo Walleyes. Lampl skated in 64 Toledo games last season, leading the team in penalty minutes and scoring a career-best six goals during the regular season.

     His 2013 output enabled Lampl to get an invite to the IceCaps training camp this year. He has played 16 of the 23 IceCaps games to date, with one assist and 12 penalty minutes. He could return to the ECHL Walleyes in the future and be welcomed back—bobblehead and all.


Samantha Busby receives FWSA skiing scholarship

     Community School sophomore Samantha Busby, 16, of Hailey is one of 19 recipients of Far West Ski Association (FWSA) scholarships designed to cover training and competition fees during the 2013-14 ski racing season.

     Her grant is $500. Busby, daughter of Tracy Busby and Patrick Busby, is a member of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and one of the top skiers in her age group in the Western Region. Coach Scott McGrew calls her tenacious, tough, disciplined and capable.

     Far West Ski Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization. The scholarship program is sponsored in part by Whitefish (Mt.) Mountain Resort and Grouse Mountain Lodge at Whitefish.


Community School girls’ basketball season is canceled

     Community School athletic director Richard Whitelaw announced Nov. 19 that the 2013-14 Cutthroat girls’ basketball season has been canceled due to a shortage of players.

     Whitelaw explained, “After countless meetings, we unfortunately cannot get enough committed players to maintain a team for the entire season. Reality has set in with the changing times and we do not want to start the season and have to cancel games as the season progresses.

     “We still have an active, healthy middle school program and hopefully we can build the team up again next season.”


Greaser on top in cyclocross series

     The Southern Idaho Cyclocross Series (SICX) wrapped up Nov. 23-24 at Sandy Point Park near Boise. The competitive cycling series consisted of seven races over four weekends—Oct. 5-6, Nov. 2-3, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23-24. Ketchum’s Jena Greaser won the Women’s Pro/Cat 1/4 series. She captured all six races in which she competed.


Aardvarks improve to 4-0 in B+ hockey

     Aardvarks (4-0-0) is the only unbeaten and untied B+ Hockey League squad following Sunday’s recreational play at Sun Valley Skating Center.

     Eric Wingard (1 assist) tallied the three-goal hat trick as Aardvarks out-scored Lampl’s Garage 6-4. Dan Gorham, Maico Johnson (1 assist) and Bryan Speth (1 assist) added Aardvarks’ singles. Tim Jeneson and Rob Prew chipped in other assists.

     For Lampl’s Garage (1-3-0), the scorers were Ned Burns, Matt Bauer (1 assist), Clay Sammis and Clark Shafer (1 assists). Lacie Hernandez also assisted.

     Other games were ties.

     Hutch’s Bad Dogs (3-0-1) skated to a 3-3 tie with Sun Valley Auto/Vipers (1-2-1).

     Baba Street (2 goals) and Alex Baron lit the light for Hutch’s, assisted by Dan Choma (2), John Baker and Andy Bloedorn. Vipers goal scorers were Tyler Corrock, Bill Sprong and Greg Townley. Vipers assists came from Jim Laski, Devan Annan, Sarah Benson and Townley.

     Sharks (0-3-1) earned their first point on the season with a 4-4 tie against the Flounders (1-2-1). Sharks goal scorers were Ted Kelley (2), Jay Hedrick (1 assist) and Ken Pratt. Dave Gittens added a helper.

     For Flounders, Will Hemmings tallied two goals along with singles by Jeff Ballou and Merri Whitehead. Flounders assists came from Pete Prekeges (2), Jim Slanetz, Brian Dirksmeier and Gunnar Whitehead.

     Coming Sunday, Dec. 8: 4 p.m. Blues vs. Flyers; 5:15 p.m. Wolves vs. Wild; 6:30 p.m. SV Auto Club/Vipers vs. Sharks; 7:45 p.m. Hutch’s Bad Dogs vs. Aardvarks; and 9 p.m. Flounders vs. Lampl’s Garage.

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