Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sports summary

WRHS girls’ hoops has Parent-Player meeting Monday

     Wood River High School athletic director John Rade has announced the pre-season Parent-Player meeting of the Wood River High girls’ basketball program. It is set for Monday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Distance Learning Lab at the Hailey high school.

     Practices begin Monday, Nov. 3 for freshman through senior girls in the girls’ hoops program. First games are Friday, Nov. 14 at Gooding.

     Pre-season Parent-Player meetings for wrestling and boys’ basketball are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 10.


USA Hockey Officiating Seminar is Saturday

     Idaho State Supervisor of Hockey Officials Bobby Noyes of Ketchum (720-1257) has announced that the local USA Hockey Officiating Seminar is Saturday, Oct. 25 starting at 8 a.m. at the Ketchum YMCA. Level 3s have only a 3-hour classroom this year. Level 2s do 4 hours of classroom and on-ice. Level 1s have 5 hours of class and on-ice.


Youth Volleyball Program for kids is starting

     The Blaine County Recreation District has announced a Youth Volleyball Program for girls and boys in kindergarten through fifth grade this fall. Community School volleyball coach Kristyn Rutland and Wood River Middle School volleyball coach Kristi Vandenburgh will run the program.

     It meets at the BCRD gym located inside the Community Campus in Hailey. Cost is $30 per child. Pay with cash and checks only at the BCRD FitWorks front desk in the Community Campus.

     The program for grades K-2 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. from Nov. 6-25. The program for grades 3-5 meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. from Dec. 1-17.

     Further questions, call Brad Musbach, BCRD Sports & Leagues Coordinator, at 578-5458 or


Durtschi named to U.S. National Biathlon team

     The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee announced Oct. 10 that Max Durtschi, 23, of Ketchum has been named to the U.S. National Biathlon Team.

     Durtschi has shifted his athletic pursuits from cross-country skiing to professional bicycle racing, and now to the sport of biathlon. He attended high school in the Wood River Valley and college at Dartmouth College.

     This past summer, Durtschi was invited to join the Talent Group of the U.S. Biathlon Team. From June 23-26, he participated in the U.S. Biathlon Tryout Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. Durtschi and others were evaluated in physical tests (uphill run), strength tests and flexibility, roller ski technique, and shooting skills and precision.

     With his official naming to the national team, Durtschi has attained full-time residency at the Olympic Training Center.

     The 2014-15 biathlon race season begins in November and Durtschi plans to be racing internationally once again, only this time on snow. He said, “Biathlon provides a complex new challenge and I am deeply humbled by the amount of support I have received.”

     His sponsors include PowerBar, Play Hard Give Back, and the Willie Neal Environmental Awareness Foundation.


SV5B swimmers in short course meet

     The Sun Valley 5B Swim Team has continued to excel and post personal-best times across the board.

     Six younger members of coach Brian Gallagher’s team competed with 250 swimmers from 11 teams at the Koudelka Memorial Invitational sanctioned by USA Swimming Oct. 4-5 in Nampa.

     Racing for SV5B were Petra Glenn, M Clayton, Eva Carlson, Kew Clayton, Emma Desserault and Bel Clayton.

     Petra Glenn, 13, was 100 free winner in Girls’ 13-14. She also was 3rd in 50 breast, 200/500 free along with 6th 100 breast and 7th 100 back.

     Also in Girls’ 13-14, M Clayton placed 3rd 200 breast, 4th 100 IM, 13th 100 breast and 14th 100/200 free.

     Top performers included 11-year-old Eva Carlson in Girls’ 11-12. She won 100 IM and placed second in 100 fly, also, 3rd 50 breast, 5th 100 breast and 7th 200 IM.

     Kew Clayton, 12, captured seconds in 100 IM and 100 back. She placed 4th 50 breast, 8th 200 IM and 9th 100 breast.

     Also in Girls’ 11-12, Emma Desserault took 7th 50 back, 14th 50 free/50 breast, 15th 100 back and 23rd 100 free.     

     Rounding out 5B’s scoring in Girls’ 9-10 was Bel Clayton (5th 100 breast, 7th 100 IM/50 breast, 8th 100 free/100 back and 12th 200 free.

     Sun Valley’s girls scored well in two relays.

     They placed fifth in 200 free with K. Clayton, B. Clayton, Desserault and Carlson, and sixth in 200 medley with K. Clayton, B. Clayton, Carlson and Desserault.

     Gallagher takes the entire SV5B team to Boise’s Thanksgiving Invitational Nov. 21-23, which is the team’s next USA/Snake River swimming competition.



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