Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Wood River girls capture home swim meet

     Wood River High School’s girls’ swim team led the final team scoring at the Wood River High School Invitational staged Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Wood River Y pool, Ketchum.

     The Wolverine girls maintained their dominance in high school competition against 150 swimmers representing 13 teams from Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls and Burley areas.

     Wood River won all eight of the individual girls’ events and picked up a first place and two second places in the relays.

     Leading the Wolverine pack with two wins apiece:

     Senior Kaedi Fry 100 fly and 100 breast; juniors Maddie Johnson 100 back and 200 free and Olivia Wentzell 50 and 100 free; and sophomore Chiloe Spelius 200 I.M. and 500 free.

     Adding strength were senior Mia Smith (7th 100 back and 11th 100 free); sophomore Danielle Doerflein (8th 50 free and 9th 100 breast); along with freshmen M Clayton (21st 100 free and 22nd 100 breast) and Allie Trotter-Wright (16th 100 free and 17th 100 breast).

     First place in the 400 free relay went to Smith, Doerflein, Trotter-Wright and Wentzell. Picking up second places were 200 free relay with Wentzell, Fry, Smith and Spelius, and the 200 medley with Johnson, Fry, Spelius and Doerflein.

     Wood River’s boys were well represented by freshmen Mason Johnson (2nd 200 I.M. and 4th 100 back) and Nyle Prabowo (6th 100 breast and 14th in 50 free).

     Next Wolverine meet is the Twin Falls Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 11.

     Coach Brian Gallagher will take the younger members of the Sun Valley 5B Team on the road Oct. 3-5 to Nampa for the Koudelka Memorial meet.


Maddie Johnson named a Scholastic All-American

     USA Swimming has announced that Wood River High School junior Maddie Johnson has been named to USA Swimming’s 2013-14 Scholastic All-America Team.

     Johnson joins 1,782 athletes in this times-based honors program which was created to recognize the most accomplished swimmers in the U.S. She has qualified for the 2014 USA Swimming Junior Nationals to be held in mid-December.

     As a full-time Wood River High student, Johnson maintains a 4.0 GPA in academic subjects. Her yearly curriculum includes both Honors and Advanced Placement courses.

     Johnson, 16, is a member of the Sun Valley 5B Swim Team and the Wood River High swim team, both coached by Brian Gallagher. She is the daughter of Lisa and Dave Johnson.


Ski swap, Game Dinner are coming this fall

     The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation has announced the dates for its two major fall fundraisers. The SVSEF Ski Swap has been set for Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Idaho National Guard Armory in Hailey. The 37th annual Wild Game Dinner will be Saturday, Nov. 15 in the Limelight Room of Sun Valley Inn.


Level Hockey Coaching Clinic is Sunday, Oct. 5

     USA Hockey in cooperation with Sun Valley Youth Hockey will conduct a Level 1 coaching clinic Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Wood River Community YMCA with on-ice sessions at Sun Valley Skating Center.

     Times are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring stick, gloves and the required helmet. The classroom portion is held at the YMCA.

     USA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program require both certification and registration to be able to coach. Registration is done online on a yearly basis. You must also attend this required certification clinic, cost $40.

     Pre-register at


Golfers at IGA Tournament of Champions

     Four Wood River Valley golfers were in the 84-golfer field for the Idaho Golf Association’s Tournament of Champions 36-hole tourney Saturday and Sunday at the Whitetail Club in McCall.

     Georgia Hutchinson, representing Blue Lakes Country Club in Twin Falls, placed third in the Senior Women’s Division with scores of 80-82 for 20-over-par 162. Jen Harper of Sun Valley Resort was fifth in the Women’s Division at 84-83 for 25-over-par 167.

     In the Men’s Division, Dick Coleman of Sun Valley Resort tied for 21st at 87-82 for 27-over-par 169, and Elkhorn Golf Club’s Terry Fowler was 25th in the same division at 88-85 for 31-over-par 173.

     Champions were Jeremy Powers of Lakeview Golf Club in the Men’s Division (69-72 for 1-under-par 141); Jean Smith of Banbury GC in the Women’s Division (80-77 for 15-over-par 157); Paul Lodge of Timberstone GC in Senior Men (72-72 for 2-over-par 144); and Michelle Gooding of Plantation Country Club in Senior Women (73-76 for 7-over-par 149). Powers had a rare double eagle Saturday on the 519-yard par-5 12th hole.

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