Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Fun Run for Autism Program raises about $3,000

     As his senior project, current Wood River High School junior Alex Gonzalez staged his “Smiling Through Miles 5k Fun Run,” Saturday, May 3 starting and finishing at Hailey’s Hop Porter Park. About 70 runners took part.

     Gonzalez said his project raised about $3,000 on a sunny Saturday to benefit the Blaine County Autism Spectrum Disorder Program for elementary students at the Woodside Elementary School in Hailey.

     The overall winner was Nathan Wooldridge with a finishing time of 19 minutes and 21 seconds for the 3.1-mile course. In second place among the men was Jesus Villanueva.

     Other 5k class results were:

     Women’s Top 3: 1—Janel Passey. 2—Mariah Stout. 3—Jill Gabe.

     Top Youth Boys: 1—Irvin Gonzalez. 2—Ryan Anderson. 3—Cormac Heneghan.

     Top Youth Girls: 1—Kenya Schott. 2—Amy Cantrell. 3—Amanda Passey.


First ace at the Valley Club

     David Hennessy carded the first hole-in-one of the 2014 season at The Valley Club on Wednesday, April 30. He aced the second hole of the South Nine using a 7-iron from 166 yards. Witnesses to his ace were Neil Bradshaw and Whit Atkinson.


15 Sawtooth United soccer teams compete in Twin Falls

     More than 200 Sawtooth United F.C. soccer players on 15 teams (ages 9-16) competed Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4 in the Canyon Rim Classic tournament in Twin Falls.

     Top result was posted by the Boys’ U-13 team coached by Eric Anderson and Doug Stouffer. The SUFC boys on that team went 4-0 in the five-team round robin boasting 5-1, 7-3 and 7-1 victories over Idaho Rush, PVSC United and Elite Futbol, as well as a 4-1 triumph over Jackson Hole (Wyo.). Jackson Hole allowed only one goal in its other three games.

     The SUFC Boys’ U-12 Nationals captured their three-team bracket with 2-0 and 2-0 wins, and lost 3-1 the “B” semi-final to eventual runner-up Idaho Rush Blue. Other SUFC teams in age classes ranging from U-16 boys to U-9/U-10 placed either third or fourth in their divisions, or advanced to consolation bracket finals.


Prep golfers settle GBC tourney in Twin Falls

     Great Basin Conference prep golfers settled the 4A district title Monday at Canyon Springs Golf Course in Twin Falls.

     Three-time defending State 4A boys’ titlist Twin Falls High School won the boys’ conference team title with 303 strokes and qualified along with runner-up Canyon Ridge (323) for the State 4A meet May 12-13 at Twin Falls Golf Course. Top girls’ teams were Twin Falls (407) and Canyon Ridge (475).

     Individual girls’ medalist was Canyon Ridge’s Bailey Henley with 94. Boys’ medalist for 18 holes was Alec Meyerhoeffer of Twin Falls with 70.

     Wood River High School placed fourth of six boys’ teams with 380 strokes and the Wolverine girls were fourth at 500.

     The Hailey boys and their scores were Rielly Neel 87, Tyler Spence 91, Callum Stearns 101, Austin Shetler 101 and Matt Schell 140.

     Wood River’s girls and their scores Monday: Mary Petzke 109, Maggie Sfingi 120, Bella Stimac 129, Caitie Sfingi 142 and Niki Penrose 150.


Northwest Submission medalists

     Storm Anderson won a gold medal during the Northwest Submission Challenge April 26 in Boise. It marked the second time that Anderson has won gold in the competition. Taking second place in the Beginner division was Coertlandt Bauer. Placing third in Men’s White Belt was Francisco Regalado. All the medalists train at USA Grappling Academy in Bellevue coached by Jiu-Jitsu Professor Lee Anderson.


Snowboarders earn berths in summer camp

     Three Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Snowboard Team members have been invited to a U.S. Development Camp June 8-18 at Mt. Hood in Oregon called Project Gold Camp. They are Payton Bacca, Clara Jenner and Cora Kaiser. Project Gold Camp athletes include top finishers from Revolution Tour, Hole Shot events and USASA Nationals, and select other riders. Kaiser and Jenner were also invited to a Mammoth Mt. (Ca.) halfpipe camp with coach Jacob Tyler.


Nelson Memorial golf set for May 17

     Sign-ups are being accepted for the fourth annual James Nelson Memorial golf tournament fundraiser presented by the Wood River Baseball and Softball Association (WRBSA).

     The Nelson Memorial will begin Saturday, May 17 at 1 p.m. at The Valley Club. Check-in takes place at noon. Proceeds will benefit the WRBSA as well as the Zachary and Andrew Nelson College Fund.

     Format is scramble, teams of four, with prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and for the teams with the best and worst scores.

     Cost is $150 per golfer or $560 per team, which is the same as last year. The fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, appetizers and no-host bar following play. Non-golfers for $10 can join the group after the golf for appetizers and the no-host bar.

     Hole sponsors are $150.

     There will be a raffle and silent auction. Silver Creek Auto is once again sponsoring a hole-in-one prize for a car. Last year, there was a winner.

     To register call Buffy Brunker at 720-1998, email, or call Bonnie Burrell 720-1695 or email

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