Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Leif’s Combined set for Sunday on Dollar

     The 22nd annual Leif’s Combined race is Sunday, March 23 on Dollar Mountain.

     Staged in memory of Sun Valley cross-country ski legend Leif Odmark, who died in 2004 at 84, the Sun Valley Ski Club event began in 1992 and features both Nordic and alpine ski racing.

     Giant slalom racing on a short, easy course ideal for beginners starts at 2 p.m. Sunday down Sepp’s Bowl followed by a Nordic race starting and finishing at the Dollar Lodge area at 4 p.m. Skiers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Offered will be Racing and Touring classes. Awards given after the race at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge include age group winners in the Racing Class, plus best costume and best race name.

     Save money by signing up at the Warm Springs Race Desk, or the Sun Valley Nordic Center by Friday, March 21 at 12 noon. Skiers may also sign up Sunday starting at 12 noon at Dollar. Call the ski club at 622-3003 for more details.

     Paid-in-advance entry fees by Friday are $20 for ski club members and $30 for non-members, or $15 for 12-and-under. Race day sign-ups are $45, or $25 for 12-and-under.


Ultimate Fighter winner is coming to Bellevue

     Julianna Pena, the first female Ultimate Fighter winner, is coming to USA Grappling Academy in Bellevue for a Jiu-Jitsu and MMA seminar Friday, March 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the 713 N. Main St. location. The seminar is open to men, women and teens. Contact Lee Anderson at 720-3519.


2014 Paralympics results

     Among last week’s 2014 Paralympics results for Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and Wood River Ability Program athletes:

     Visually impaired athlete Jake Adicoff was eighth in the 1-kilometer Nordic sprints held in thick snow March 12. Adicoff and guide Reid Pletcher also competed with sit skier Tatyana McFadden of Maryland for sixth place in Saturday’s mixed Nordic 4x2.5-kilometer relay which is new to the Paralympic program.

     Also, Andy Soule fifth in the Men’s 12.5k sitting biathlon March 11 and fourth in another race, finishing with a perfect 50-for-50 shooting record; Omar Bermejo 17th in the Men’s 12.5k standing; and Mark Bathum with guide Cade Yamamoto won the silver medal in visually-impaired alpine super giant slalom.


Kelly Feldman receives soccer coaching honor

     Twelfth-year Community School girls’ soccer coach Kelly Feldman (153-55-11), a 1990 Middlebury College grad, has been named “3A Coach of the Year” by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Feldman guided the 17-1-0 Cutthroats at a second-place finish in the 2013 State 3A soccer tournament.


Hour of Power is today at YMCA

     Athletic accomplishments will raise money for the Wood River Community YMCA’s scholarship fund during the 2014 “Hour of Power” today, Wednesday, March 19 from 6-7 p.m. The fundraising event is part of the national YMCA “So Much More Campaign.”

     Molly Elshire and Monica Carlson have goals of running six miles on the treadmill in one hour, Keith Perry will attempt to swim 150 lengths of the pool, John Inman will try to do 40 rides down a slide, Jason Fry will try to do 450 ball wall squats and John McLaughlin will attempt to ride 20 miles on a spin bike.


Vipers upset Bad Dogs in B+ Hockey tourney

     The seventh annual Hutch Cup B+ Hockey League tournament is off and running with three opening-round games played Sunday at Sun Valley Skating Center.

     Upset of the night was No. 6-seeded Sun Valley Auto Club/Vipers (5-9-2) beating No. 1-seeded Hutch’s Bad Dogs (10-4-2) by a 4-3 score in a back-and-forth contest.

     Devan Annan scored twice for the Vipers. Others were Mark Bucknall (1 goal/1 assist) and Travis Kilmer (1/1) with assists to Greg Townley and Dan Gralenski. Hutch’s scorers were Alex Baron (1/1), Dave McCormack (1/1) and Richard Boullon, with Ed Grimes assisting.

     No. 2-seeded Flounders (9-6-1) raced past No. 5 Sharks (5-9-2) and made it into the April 6 championship game by a 6-3 score.

     Will Hemmings (2/1) and Gunnar Whitehead (2/1) led Flounders, helped by Pete Prekeges (2 goals) plus assists to Jim Slanetz (2), Jeff Ballou, Josh Green and Merri Whitehead. Alan Dupuis notched a three-goal Sharks hat trick, assists to Jay Hedrick and Sean Murphy.

     No. 4 Lampl’s Garage (7-9-0) slipped past No. 3 Aardvarks (8-7-1) by a 5-3 score. Lampl’s scorers were Todd Avison (2/1), Chris Peterson (1/1), Lacie Hernandez (1/0) and Clark Shafer (1/0), with Georgia Hutchinson assisting twice. Nic Thomas (2/0) and Rod Watson (1/1) lit the Aardvarks lights, with Dan Gorham picking up an assist.

     The second round of playoff games occurs Sunday, March 30. On that night, the Sharks play the Aardvarks at 6:30 p.m. in a loser-out game.

     Also March 30, the Vipers meet Lampl’s at 7:45 p.m. for a berth opposite Flounders in the April 6 title game. At 9 p.m. March 30, Hutch’s Bad Dogs will meet the winner of the Sharks-Aardvarks game earlier in the night, in another loser-out match-up.

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