Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Flounders rally for Hutch Cup title 4-3 OT

     Gunnar Whitehead’s overtime goal capped a Flounders rally from a 3-1 second-period deficit and applied the final icing on a 4-3 victory Sunday in the championship game of the seventh annual Hutch Cup B+ Hockey League tournament.

     No. 2-seeded Flounders (10-6-1) defeated the No. 6-seeded Sun Valley Auto Club/Vipers (6-10-2) in the final game of the B+ Hockey League season at Sun Valley Skating Center. Whitehead finished with two goals, Will Hemmings one and Baird Gourlay one for the winners.

     Vipers were in control early.

     Devan Annan scored 5:15 into the first period, followed by a Scott Seaward (1 assist) goal late in the first period for a 2-0 Vipers lead. Dan Gralenski had a Vipers assist.

     Gourlay slipped home a Flounders shorthanded goal in the second period narrowing his team’s deficit to 2-1. Mark Bucknall (1 assist) of the Vipers answered with a goal making the score 3-1 in favor of the Vipers after two periods.

     With three minutes left, Whitehead scored making it 3-2. Hemmings tied it 3-3 sending the decision into OT. The extra session lasted 38 seconds. Whitehead netted the winner from the point on passes from Josh Green and Hemmings.

     In Sunday’s B+ consolation game, No. 1 Hutch’s Bad Dogs (12-4-2) was a 4-2 winner over No. 4 Lampl’s Garage (7-11-0).

     Hutch’s Bad Dogs scorers were Andy Bloedorn (2 goals), Baba Street and Alex Baron. Dan Choma chipped in with two assists. Chris Peterson and Clark Shafer tallied goals for Lampl’s. Ned Burns and Todd Avison contributed assists.

     Sunday also marked the start of the B League tournament with two games. The Wild defeated the Blues and Racers beat the Flyers.

     The results set up the final night of the recreational league season Sunday, April 13.

     Action begins at 4 p.m. with a loser-out game between Blues and Flyers. Wolves play the Racers at 5:15 p.m. The winner of Blues-Flyers meets the loser of Wolves-Racers at 6:30 p.m. Wild faces off against the winner of Wolves-Racers at 7:45 p.m. for the B league title.


USASA snowboard nationals wind up at Copper Mountain

     Capping his five-event week with a series-best fourth place (86.67 points) in snowboard halfpipe, Jack Verhaeghe of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation finished seventh overall in the Grommet Boys (ages 8-9) class at Copper Mountain, Co. Thursday.

     His seventh place overall with 3,700 points (1,140 halfpipe, 870 slalom, 745 boardercross, 645 giant slalom, 300 slopestyle) came at the end of the United States of American Snowboard Association (USASA) national championships in Colorado. Verhaeghe’s best placings were fourth halfpipe and seventh slalom.

     Verhaeghe was one of 10 SVSEF riders invited to compete in the 25th annual USASA nationals. Others were Payton Bacca, Clara Jenner, Cora Schneider, Zoe Bacca, Elk Spencer, Phebe Ericksen, Clyde Montgomery, Landon Moore and Channing Curci.


Youth football, cheer registration is today in Hailey

     The Wood River Community YMCA has taken over management of the valley’s youth football and cheerleading programs, and there will be a registration night for the fall 2014 programs today, Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. in the Wood River High School commons area, Hailey.

     Former Wood River High School football star Alex Padilla is the new Youth Football Director. Parents and kids can come meet Padilla and coaches/representatives of the program that will continue to be run under the auspices of the Boise-based Optimist Youth Football/Cheer. Call Padilla at 727-9622 or email him at


Telemark Hawaiian Nationals on Baldy on Saturday

     The Sun Valley Telemark Series is hosting the 2014 Hawaiian Nationals dual slalom on Saturday, April 12 on the Warm Springs side of Baldy. The event is open to telemark skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. Registration starts Saturday at 9 a.m. at Warm Springs Lodge, with racing at 11 a.m. Cost is $20. The post-event party will be in the Upper Greyhawk parking lot.


Spring slalom camp for juniors April 12-13 on Baldy

     Sun Valley Resort has announced its first two-day Spring Slalom Training Camp for young racers Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. each day on Baldy’s Arc Park run. Coaches are Rainer Schoner and Hank Minor. Cost is $80 per athlete for two sessions, with a minimum of 10 racers to a class. Sign up at Warm Springs Lodge. Call Schoner 622-6357.


Freestylers end season on high note at Snow Bowl

     Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation freestyle moguls competitors coached by Joey Cordeau and Josh Zuck ended their 2013-14 season on a high note last weekend at a spring moguls event at Snow Bowl, Mt.

     Morgan Shaver came one event away from sweeping the weekend in the F1 women’s class. Renee Shapiro followed up her best-ever finish at the national championships (23rd) with a strong fourth overall (2-F2). Wilson Dunn made adjustments on the second day to improve to seventh overall (1-M3). Other SVSEF overall results (class in parentheses):

     5—Jack Rizzo (4-M2). 6—Alysha Herich (2-F1). 9—Parker Nance (5-F2) and Wyatt Wilson (2-M1). 10—Eliza Marks (1-F4). 14—Wilson Dunn (5-M3). 19—Luke Rizzo (5-M4). 20—Alex Austin (1-M5). 23—Ben Anderson (7-M4). 29—Mikel Sanchez-duPont (10-M4).


Atkinson Park field use meeting set for April 23

     Mark calendars for Wednesday, April 23 if you or your organization plans to use Ketchum’s Atkinson Park for competitive and fun league play in the summer of 2014.

     The annual Atkinson Park field use meeting is April 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the park’s Rec Building. You must attend the meeting and/or contact park recreation supervisor John Kearney at 726-7820 to register your interest in using the facility.

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