Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Suns host Park City for weekend finale

     The Sun Valley Suns senior men’s hockey team wraps up its 2013-14 winter campaign with a two-game series against the Park City (Utah) Pioneers Friday and Saturday, March 14-15 at 7 p.m. each night Sun Valley Skating Center.

     Coach John Burke’s Suns (7-9-0) will be aiming for a .500 season record this weekend. Higher Ground is the benefit, and the Suns will hold their Fan Appreciation Nights.

     Sun Valley and Park City clashed earlier this season, in Utah, with the Suns earning 8-4 and 7-6 victories.

     Having started their season Nov. 1, the Pioneers sport a 10-11 season record but have lost six of their last seven games, including weekend setbacks to Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Moose, Sun Valley and New York St. Nicks. The Pioneers wind up their season at home against Jackson Hole March 21-22.


Greatful Shred takes lead in Town Series

     Week Five of the 23rd annual Sun Valley Town Series is in the books, and Greatful Shred has taken a big lead with two races remaining.

     Greatful Shred with John Summers, Jerry Mitchell, James Shannon and Randi DuBois was one of six teams with 0.00 scores last Wednesday on Baldy’s Cozy ski run. That meant Greatful Shred came away with a cumulative 1.68 score for the series of Wednesday dual modified giant slalom team races.

     Sturtevants Mountain Ferries stands in second place at 3.35 with Joe Atwood, William Fallon, Jena Greaser and Curt Williams. In third place out of 31 teams with a cumulative score of 3.44 is All 4 All with Dan Kurdy, Alan Rickers, Buffalo Lamb and Dan Hunt.

     Best times from last Wednesday, in seconds and hundredths:

     1—Miles Fink-Debray (DTF) 25.04. 2—Robin Sarchett (DTF) 25.23. 3—Joe Atwood (Sturtevants Mountain Ferries) 25.77. 4—Brett Jacobson (Shot Skis) 26.38. 5—Tyler Chandler (SVSEF) 26.56. 6—Matt Murphy (Tekasoreasses) 27.55. 7—William Fallon (Sturtevants Mountain Ferries) 27.79. 8—John Campbell (Glow Fast) 27.84. 9—John Anderson (Freestyle) 28.09. 10—Dan Kurdy (All 4 All) 28.93.

     Rabbit in the middle of the pack of 100 racers was Kevin Moss (Hors to Culture) at 34.53 seconds.

     Next party locations are:

     · Wednesday, March 12 (Lefty’s Bar & Grill in Ketchum); and March 19 (Whiskey Jacques in Ketchum).


Hole in one at Canyon Springs

     Hailey’s Denny Patterson shot a hole-in-one Saturday, March 8 at Hole No. 11 at Canyon Springs Golf Course in Twin Falls. Patterson used an 8-iron from 131 yards. Witnesses were Bob Hall and Willi Huxford.


Ski Club Championships this weekend

     The Sun Valley Ski Club will stage its championship races Saturday, March 15 (slalom) and Sunday, March 16 (giant slalom) on the Warm Springs side of Baldy. Race times are 10 a.m. each day. Sign up from 8:30-9:30 a.m. each day at Warm Springs Lodge. The races are open to all ages and abilities. Visit



     In last week’s Express story on Wood River High School senior wrestler Cooper Bailey and his second-place finish at the State 4A tournament, it should have read that Bailey’s appearance in a state championship match—a first for a Hailey wrestler at the 4A level—was the first time in 10 years instead of 12 years that a Wolverine wrestler had made the final. Murdock Miller placed second at 103 pounds in the State 3A tournament as a freshman in 2004.


Register teams now for Sawtooth Relay

     Team entries are now being accepted for the 23rd annual Sawtooth Relay Saturday, June 14 running a 62-mile course from Stanley to Ketchum for six-person teams, according to relay director Terry Hoebelheinrich. The 310-team limit is expected to be reached before the March 31 deadline. Entry forms are available at Call 853-1221.


Match-ups set for B+ Hockey tournament

     The opening-round match-ups have been set for the seventh annual Hutch Cup B+ Hockey League tournament starting Sunday, March 16 at Sun Valley Skating Center.

     Hutch’s Bad Dogs (10-3-2, 22 points) earned the top seed and will play No. 6-seeded Sun Valley Auto Club/Vipers (4-9-2, 10 points) at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on resort ice.

     No. 2-seeded Flounders (8-6-1, 17 points) faces off against No. 5 Sharks (5-8-2, 12 points) at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, and No. 3 Aardvarks (8-6-1, 17 points) clashes with No. 4 Lampl’s Garage (6-9-0, 12 points) at 9 p.m.

     In the tiebreakers, Flounders captured second place by winning two of its three games with Aardvarks, and Lampl’s Garage took fourth place by winning two of its three with Sharks.

     The second round of playoff games occurs after spring break on Sunday, March 30, with the Hutch Cup consolation and championship games pushed back to April 6.

     Final regular-season games on Sunday, March 9 set up the playoff match-ups.

     Lampl’s Garage was a 4-3 winner over Hutch’s Bad Dogs. Scoring for Lampl’s were Lacie Hernandez (2 goals), Jeremy Hellman and Clark Shafer (2 assists). Todd Avison added an assist. Hutch’s Bad Dogs scorers were Andy Bloedorn (2 goals) and Dan Choma. Assists went to Baba Street, John Baker and Tom Cahill.

     Wendy Speth notched a three-goal hat trick leading Aardvarks to a 7-4 victory over Sharks. Other Aardvarks goals came off the sticks of Chris Corwin, Dan Gorham, Todd Avison and Crugar Thomas, with Eric Wingard assisting. For Sharks, Jeff Ford scored a pair of goals with singles from Jen Embree and Ted Kelley.

     SV Auto Club/Vipers finished on an upbeat note 4-1 over Flounders. Vipers goals came from Bill Sprong (2), Scott Seaward and Dan Gralenski, assists to Mark Bucknall, Travis Kilmer and Greg Townley. Dave Klemer lit the light for Flounders, assisted by Jim Slanetz.

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