Kate Stone

Wood River senior co-captain Kate Stone (right), who scored twice, chases the ball against the defense of Twin Falls sophomore Reagan Rex during Monday’s 5-2 Twin Falls victory on the Hailey pitch. Twin Falls goalkeeper Sidnee Naerebout (center) keeps an eye on developments, while Wood River senior Ella Guy (No. 7) comes up to challenge.

The Sun Valley Community School girls and Wood River High School boys picked up important wins over the last week as the prep soccer season heated up in mid-September.

Lyla Maxwell, Maddy Dunn and Alli Rathfon scored goals, and Christine Estep assisted, as the Cutthroat girls (3-0-1, 3-0-0 High Desert Soccer Conference) held off Kimberly Bulldogs (4-1-0, 3-1-0) by a 3-1 score Thursday, in Kimberly. Lily Pogue was “Player of the Game.”

“It was a hotly contested league game,” Cutthroat coach Kelly Feldman said, whose team entertained the Gooding  Senators (3-1-0) on Tuesday.


WRHS boys storm back

     On Monday, the Wood River boys (4-2-1, 3-1-1 GBC) bounced back from Saturday’s 5-0 home loss to Jerome with a 3-0 Great Basin Conference win at Twin Falls (3-3-0, 2-3-0).

     After a scoreless first half, Wood River scored three goals in 19 minutes started by junior Daniel Reyes (48th minute), junior Isaac Esparza (51st minute) and sophomore Froilán Enríquez (67th).

     Wood River coach Luis Monjaras said, “After Saturday’s big loss to Jerome, the boys bounce back with a better soccer mentality. Against Twin Falls they played very composed and most importantly as a team. I’m very proud of their strong comeback today.

     “It’s always tough to play on the road and coming off a big loss. But the boys have learned a valuable lesson and they are ready to build and learn going forward.”

     On Saturday in Hailey, talented and tough Jerome (6-1-0, 4-1-0 GBC) won its sixth consecutive game by a 34-4 margin after Jerome’s season-opening 2-1 loss at Twin Falls on Aug. 26. Jerome out-shot Wood River 19-3 and broke open a 1-0 game with four goals after halftime.

     Scoring for Jerome were senior Luis Martinez (assisted by Simitrio Martinez), senior Baldomero Sandoval (assisted by freshman Diego Lira), Lira on a pass from junior Alfredo Ortiz, sophomore Ubaldo Palacios and Alfredo Ortiz on a pass from Luis Martinez.

     Throughout the game, Jerome’s defense was outstanding led by senior Steven Vega, junior Erick Camacho along with sophomores Diego Pulido and Esteban Reynaga.


Other soccer results

     The Community School boys (3-1-0, 3-0-0 HDSC) blanked host Kimberly 5-0 Thursday with goals by Ridley Lindstrom (2), Cash Dart (2) and Fletcher Stumph.

     “Man of the Match” in the lightning-shortened game was senior co-captain and Cutthroat sweeper Shea Brokaw.

     Also on Monday, the Twin Falls girls (6-0-1, 5-0-0 GBC with 32-4 goals-against) won 5-2 over the host Wood River Wolverines (2-3-1, 2-2-1 GBC) on the Hailey pitch, with senior Kate Stone scoring twice for the home team.

     Wood River coach Tanner Riley said, “Twin Falls beat us 5-2, though it was honestly the best game we have played all season. I have never seen these girls work so hard, and it was awesome.

     “Twin Falls scored on us first 6:30 into the game, we answered with a goal from Kate Stone crashing the net at 9:40. They scored again at 18:50, we answered again with Kate Stone taking a shot, following it, falling down, getting back up and finishing at 32 minutes.

     “Then they scored two goals at 34 minutes and 39:50 to be up 4-2 at half. We held them there until the 39th minute of the second half when they scored a beautiful goal off of a free kick.

     “Though it was a loss, it was a huge benefit to us as a team. We proved that we can fight and come back from getting scored on. We proved that we are willing to put in the work to be better. We do still need to work on our movement offensively and creating opportunities up top.

     “I think this game was a turning point for our team. We will take the loss as a bonus if it means it will benefit our future as a team. I wouldn't say any one player stood out above others. The TEAM as a whole, worked very hard.”

     On Saturday, the Jerome girls captured their first-ever win over Wood River in 40 meetings dating back to 2004 with a 1-0 decision, at Jerome.


WRHS volleyball hosts Twin Thursday

     Coming off a 2-4 match effort during last weekend’s Peg Peterson Invitational tournament in Pocatello, the Wood River High varsity volleyball team hosts the Twin Falls Bruins on Thursday night in Hailey as part of Wounded Warriors Project fundraising week.

     Wood River coach Kristyn Rutland said about what she called a disappointing trip to Pocatello, “Lauren Thomsen continues to get stronger in the middle position and was a bright spot in this weekend. Emily Vandenberg remains the ‘go to’ offensively.

     “We are focused on staying strong in conference play and solidifying our lineup in the coming weeks and strive to continue to improve our consistency and mental toughness.

     “Our JV and freshman teams continue to dominate after both winning the tournament we hosted this weekend. The future looks bright for WRHS volleyball.  We are lucky to have such a great group of committed athletes.”


Thinclads will fill Sagewillow Friday

     Sun Valley Community School and Wood River High School host the annual Sun Valley Classic cross-country races for an expected 900 high school and middle school thinclads on Friday, Sept. 13.

     Action begins at 3 p.m. Friday at the Dumke Family Community School Sagewillow campus, Elkhorn.

     Middle school runners will tackle a 1.6-mile course, and high school runners in junior varsity and varsity fields will be grouped by 1A/2A and 3A/4A school classifications.

     Last Thursday, 19 Wood River runners debuted their season at the 305-runner Dam Run/Minico High Invitational on the 3.1-mile Minidoka Dam course in Rupert. Wood River placers and times were:

     Boys: 13—Anthony Corrales 17:58. 16—Conner May 18:20. 21—Isaac Gonzalez 18:30. 54—Zach Sabina 19:57. 103—Jake Drummond 21:40. 106—Jose Gonzalez 21:57. 120—Payton Cole 22:46. 133—Cade London 23:24. 159—Grant Green 24:47. 160—Chase Groll 24:48.

     Girls: 11—Elizabeth Lipman 22:32. 14—Sage Holter 22:40. 41—Tatum Vontver 24:27. 47—Sascha Leidecker 24:46. 63—Ava Smith 26:46. 64—Maddie Gittins 26:48. 66—Kacie Flolo 26:53. 70—Melissa Gonzalez 27:13. 73—Nicole Hidalgo 27:25.

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