Wednesday, January 29, 2014


“Go Skate Day” is Friday at Hailey Ice rink

     Support Hailey Ice’s plans for a new and improved skating facility in Hailey by taking part in “Go Skate Day” Friday, Jan. 31 at the Hailey Rodeo Arena outdoor rink.

     The goal is to have someone skating on the rink at all times between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Friday. Sign up as a team or individual, along with designating the time when you want to skate and raise pledges.

     Grumpy’s will be serving burgers for $5 from 5-7 p.m. Friday, all proceeds to Hailey Ice. There will be free cocoa donated by Hailey Coffee Company and cookies at 8 p.m.

     Designed to raise awareness and money for Hailey Ice, the skate-a-thon event based on participation and pledges is a service project of Pioneer Montessori School sixth-grade student Teagan McAvoy, according to Sarah Benson of Hailey Ice. Sun Valley Youth Hockey Peewee (ages 11-12) hockey player McAvoy is conducting his project with Benson’s mentorship.

     Designate your time slot by contacting Benson at 720-3086 or emailing her at Pledge money must be collected by Feb. 7.


Wrestlers Bailey, Anderson ranked in prep poll

     Wood River High School wrestlers Cooper Bailey and Ryan Anderson are highly ranked in the Jan. 22 poll of the Gem State’s top 4A wrestlers. Bailey, a senior, is ranked second in the 132-pound class behind only senior Michael Cook of Kuna. Anderson, a sophomore, is ranked ninth in the 120-pound weight class.

     Bailey plans to sign his letter-of-intent to attend college and wrestle at Concordia University in Nebraska. That ceremony will occur during the Wood River “Senior Night” Great Basin Conference dual meet with Canyon Ridge Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Hailey. Cooper’s older brother Tommy Bailey also studies and wrestles at Concordia University.


Farrington captures bronze in X Games superpipe

     Newly-named U.S. Olympic snowboard halfpipe competitor Kaitlyn Farrington, 24, of Bellevue earned the bronze medal in the X Games women’s snowboard superpipe Saturday night at Aspen, Colo. Farrington was the most consistent rider of the eight finalists with scores of 88, 80.6 and a final run of 94.0 to land third place.

     Three-time Olympian Kelly Clark, 30, of West Dover, Vt. secured her fourth-straight X Games gold medal in the women’s halfpipe snowboarding final with a first-run score of 95.0. It was Clark’s seventh career X Games gold and her 12th medal overall, making her the most decorated woman in the X Games’ 20-year history. Taking the silver in her first X Games appearance was Chloe Kim, 13, of La Palma, Ca. with a final-run score of 94.3.

     The event saw all the athletes step up the competition, including Kim landing her first 900 in competition and Clark attempting a cab 1080 in preparation for February’s Winter Olympics competition Feb. 12 at Sochi, Russia.


SVYH Peewees second in home tournament

     The Sun Valley Youth Hockey Peewees (ages 11-12) placed second in their six-team home tournament Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-26 at Sun Valley Skating Center. The young Suns played a solid game against the Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Moose in Sunday’s championship game before falling 3-2. Earlier Sunday, the host Peewees rallied from a two-goal deficit and earned their title game berth with a 6-4 comeback triumph.

     On Saturday, the Suns lost 3-0 to Jackson Hole, defeated Salmon 10-1 and tied Boise Hawks 1-1. They also tied Boise in the head-to-head standings, but the Suns broke the tie by having fewer penalty minutes.


Upsets in B+ Hockey League action

     Aardvarks survived a night of upsets Sunday during B+ Hockey League action at Sun Valley Skating Center.

     Rob Prew and Eric Wingard each scored two goals as Aardvarks (7-3-1) slipped past Sun Valley Auto Club/Vipers (2-7-2) by a score of 4-3. Travis Kilmer, Chris Salvatierra and Scott Seaward scored for the Vipers.

     Assists for Aardvarks went to Chris Corwin, Bryan Furlong, Maico Johnson and Wendy Speth. Salvatierra and Greg Townley had Vipers assists.

     Flounders (6-4-1) piled up a 9-6 win over Hutch’s Bad Dogs (7-2-2). Gunnar Whitehead (3 goals) and Jim Slanetz (2 goals, 1 assist) led the Flounders charge. Josh Green, Will Hemmings, Greg Townley and Chris Corwin added Flounders scores, assists to Slanetz, Brian Dirksmeier, Green, Hemmings, Corwin and Curt Martin.

     Bad Dogs goals came from Alex Baron (2), Baba Street (1 assist), Tom Cahill, Dan Choma and Shannon Flavin. Landing assists for the Dogs were John Baker (2), Mark Elsbree and Dave McCormack.

     Sharks (3-6-2) added a 6-4 triumph over Lampl’s Garage (4-7-0). Scoring for Sharks were Jeff Ford (2), Shaun Kelly, Casey Mills Kelly, Sean Murphy (1 assist) and Ken Pratt (1 assist). Other Sharks assists came from Dave Gittens and Jay Hedrick.

     Lampl’s goal scorers were Clark Shafer (2), Kevin Lenane and Doug Ellsley. Assisting were Jonathan Hubbard and Brian Dirksmeier.

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