Wednesday, November 6, 2013


WRHS soccer teams give team awards

     Wood River High School boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams celebrated their 2013 seasons during post-season banquets last Wednesday and Friday during which special team awards were given.

     Coach Luis Monjaras’ Wood River boys, second in the State 4A tournament, gave the Most Valuable Player award to senior Zac Miczulski, the leading scorer. Eron Bates won the Most Inspirational honor. Stephen Pfeiffer accepted the Loren Hart Memorial Award.

     Most Valuable defenders were Miguel Velasco and Chandler Gifford. Most Valuable midfielders were Andrew Graves and Sage Kelly. Most Valuable forward was Jose Ortiz. Coaches’ Awards went to Kyle Weller, Jon Scott and Drew Morse. Most Improved were Ben Brunelle, Yuri McClure and Dylan Black.

     For the girls, Jesse Cole was top goal scorer. Offensive Players of the Year were Brigette Thomas and Sammy Sutton. Defensive Player of the Year was Timber Kelly. Rookie of the Year was Megan Johnston. Most Improved was Olivia Thornton. Most Dependable was Tayte Kelly. Most Inspirational was Rory Cole. And the Coaches’ Awards went to Lucy Brannon and Tate Morell.


Sign up for youth volleyball club

     The Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) has announced plans about the upcoming Wood River Volleyball Club program for all girls and boys in kindergarten through fifth grade. Coaches are Community School high school head coach Kristyn Rutland and Wood River Middle School head coach Kristi Vandenburgh.

     Meeting times are Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 7-26 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Community Campus gym, Hailey. Cost is $30. Call Rutland 721-2437 or Brad Musbach 578-5458.


Walton guesses right, wins Rotarun ski pass

     Hailey’s Rotarun Ski Area received its first appreciable snowfall last week—and a lucky local woman earned a season ski pass for guessing most accurately at just when the first snow would arrive.

     Andrea Walton, 27, of Hailey guessed that the first appreciable snowfall on Rotarun Ski Hill would be Oct. 30, and was the closest to the actual first snowfall on Oct. 28. Walton won a 2013-14 season pass to Rotarun for her forecasting.


Cyclocross in Caldwell

     Winning their cyclocross events Saturday and Sunday during Sandy Point Cyclocross Series competitions at Mallard Park in Caldwell were local cyclists Avery Westmoreland, Michael Olenick, Jena Page Greaser and Richard Feldman.


Try the SkiErg at HardCore

     For the second straight year, HardCore Training Center in Ketchum hosts the SkiErg World Sprints Saturday, Nov. 9 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The event is free to the public, but the cost is roughly four minutes of HardCore fun pulling on the SkiErg device, organizer Bill Nurge said.

     Anyone can try to complete 1,000 meters on the Concept 2 SkiErg machine. Nurge said, “Last year there were five locals who finished Top-8 in the world and this year we hope to see even faster times.”

     Prizes are awarded to age group winners, and the facility itself can be eligible for a raffle to win a new SkiErg machine. There will also be a coed team competition with prizes for the fastest combined team.

     Call Nurge at 720-1829 to reserve a start time. The facility is located at 540 N. 1st Ave. in Ketchum near the Idaho Mountain Express office. Visit


SNQ Sport helps Hailey Duke’s quest

     A Ketchum-based company named SQN Sport is working with “Play Hard Give Back” to raise money for alpine ski racer Hailey Duke to race as an independent for 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, Russia.

     Duke, 28, born in Sun Valley, the daughter of ski instructor Larry Duke, was raised between Boise and McCall and went to Park City, Utah to train. Her racing focus is slalom but she will work in giant slalom as the season progress.

     A former U.S. national slalom silver medalist, Hailey Duke was diagnosed with a brain tumor and has battled with the effects and subsequent removal for the past two years.

     She competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics at Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

     SQN Sport has partnered with “Play Hard Give Back” to sponsor Duke in her effort to compete at the 2014 Olympics. SQN Sport is a recently launched women’’s apparel company based in Sun Valley.

     The company will donate 25% of online sales for the month of November to sponsor Duke. Every time you purchase a product from SQN Sport you are helping Hailey get to the Olympics. Visit or to donate.

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