Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Makayla Cappel travels to World University Games

     Two-time All-American cross-country skier Makayla Cappel, 21, of Hailey left Sunday for Europe for the World University Games Dec. 11-21 at Trentino, Italy. A 5-10 redshirt senior on the University of Denver Nordic team, Cappel will ski seven races before returning to the U.S. Dec. 23.

     Last March 9, Cappel was eighth in the NCAA Nordic Ski Championship 15-kilometer mass start classic race March 9 at Bohart Ranch in Bozeman, Mont. A 2009 Wood River High School graduate, Cappel majors in marketing and Multi-Media Web Design. She is a daughter of Greg Cappel of Hailey and Sharon Egan of Santa Barbara, Ca.


Local skiers nominated for POWDER awards

     Four skiers raised in the Wood River Valley were nominated for the 14th annual POWDER magazine awards announced Friday, Dec. 6 at The Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were Karl Fostvedt, Lynsey Dyer, Griffin Post and Lexi duPont.

     Dyer, 30, of Victor, Idaho, was one of 10 women chosen as the top skiers in the world in the POWDER poll. Post was up for the “Best Line” award for his work in “Way of Life,” from Teton Gravity Research. Fostvedt (“Best Jib”) and DuPont (“Best Female Performance”) were nominated for “Tracing Skyline,” from Poor Boyz Productions.


Sawtooth Conference names All-League football team

     State 1A Division 2 football playoff third-place Lighthouse Christian Academy of Twin Falls (10-1) and the Dietrich Blue Devils (9-2) dominated Sawtooth Conference All-League 8-man football teams announced last week.

     “Offensive/Defensive Players of the Year” in the Sawtooth West Division were quarterback Logan Bosma and running back Adam Taylor of Lighthouse. “Coach of the Year” was John van Vliet of Lighthouse.

     Making the first team were Dietrich’s Hazen Weber (RB/LB), Vance Perron (WR/DB/P), Austin Fenstermaker (G/DT) and Chandler Tew (DE).

     On the second team from Carey High School were Tori Alvarez (RB/LB), Joe Parke (WR) and Nate Adamson (DB). Honorable mention included Adamson on offense, Parke (defense) and Matt Whitworth (offense, defense).


Martinez earns Big Green minutes

     Dartmouth College 5-6 sophomore guard Kaitana Martinez of Bellevue played a season-high 32 minutes Saturday in a 54-37 Big Green women’s basketball loss to the University of New Hampshire at Leede Arena in Hanover, N.H.

     Martinez (5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 assists) was part of the ice-cold Dartmouth field goal shooting (24%) that doomed the Big Green (1-6) to its fifth straight loss. The 2012 Wood River High School graduate and two-time Idaho All-State hoops player had been playing less than 10 minutes a game in her team’s first six contests of 2013-14.


Middle school stages MVAC girls’ basketball tourney Saturday

     Hailey’s Wood River Middle School in conjunction with the Magic Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) host 12 teams from the Magic Valley for the MVAC girls’ basketball single elimination tournament Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Due to compete are seventh and eighth grade teams from Burley, East Minico of Rupert, Jerome, O’Leary of Twin Falls, Robert Stuart of Twin Falls, West Minico of Paul and Wood River.

     The seventh-grade games will be played at either WRMS gym or the Community Campus gym. All the eighth-grade games will be played at the high school gym. Championship games are set for 1 p.m.

     Admission is $3 for adults and $2 children. Veterans and 60-and-older are free, as well as children 6-and-under. Idaho High School Activities Association passes will be honored.


First round wraps up for B+ hockey

     The first round of B+ Hockey League action wrapped up Sunday, Dec. 8 at Sun Valley Skating Center with three games—leaving Aardvarks (4-0-1) leading the six-team loop with nine points so far.

     Aardvarks skated to a 3-3 tie with Bad Dogs (3-0-2, 8 points).

     Eric Wingard, Rob Prew and Cruger Thomas scored for Aardvarks, assists credited to Chris Corwin, Dan Gorham and Bryan Speth. Hutch’s Bad Dogs scorers were Alex Baron, Tom Cahill and Dan Choma, assists to Andy Bloedorn and Richard Boullon.

     Flounders (2-2-1, 5 points) won 5-3 over Lampl’s Garage (1-4-0, 2 points). Flounders goals came from Pete Prekeges (2 assists), Will Hemmings (1 assist), Terry Crawford, Josh Green and Dave Klemer. Other assists went to Jeff Ballou and Curt Martin. For Lampl’s, Clark Shafer (1 assist) scored twice and Ned Burns once. Kevin Lenane and Clay Sammis chalked up assists.

     Sharks (1-3-1, 3 points) won 4-3 over Sun Valley Auto Club/Vipers (1-3-1, 3 points).

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

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