O’Connor is medalist at first SVCS golf meet of season

 Sun Valley Community School’s Andrew O’Connor shot 39 and emerged as individual medalist of the nine-hole, four-school season-opening prep golf meet at Canyon Springs Golf Course, Twin Falls. He won by two strokes over Collin Holloway of Lighthouse Christian.

 John Weekes (47) placed sixth of 22 boys and Kyle Cohen (48) was eighth. Lighthouse Christian won the team title 178-204 over Buhl.


Bad Dogs capture B+ Hockey title

 Bad Dogs (9-1-3) got goals from Jeff Conover (1 assist), Josh Green (1 assist) and Bobby Sloper during their 3-1 win over Sharks (8-3-2) in Sunday’s championship game of the B+ Hockey League at Sun Valley Skating Center. Mats Wilander scored the Sharks goal.

 In the consolation game, Galena Grizzlies (4-7-3) outscored Crossbar Cronies (4-7-2) by a 6-3 count.

 Leading Grizzlies with two goals apiece were Alan Dupuis (1 assist) and Todd Avison. Single goals came from Dale Johnson (2 assists) and Jim Laski. Other assists went to Chris Corwin and Rob Prew. Troy Ortego tallied two Cronies goals and Jane Peterson (1 assist) also scored.


Durtschi competes for U.S. Biathlon Team in Sweden

 Ketchum’s Max Durtschi, 27, is competing for U.S. Biathlon in the IBU Biathlon World Championships taking place through Sunday, March 17 at Oestersund, Sweden.

 The 6-2, 165-pounder from Lake Placid, N.Y. and Dartmouth College is competing for the first time in the biathlon world championships. He is one of five men and four women on the American team. Durtschi has also been a competitive racer in cross-country skiing and road cycling.


WRBSA meeting rescheduled for Monday in Hailey

 Postponed by a snowstorm Feb. 25, the annual meeting of the Wood River Baseball and Softball Association (WRBSA) has been rescheduled for Monday, March 18 at 6 p.m. in in the Wood River High School Distance Learning Room (DLL), Hailey.

Anyone interested in learning what is planned for 2019 baseball and softball programs in the valley is invited to attend.


Peewees finish hockey season at Idaho Falls tourney

Sun Valley Youth Hockey Peewees (ages 11-12) wrapped up their 2018-19 season by winning three of four games at the Idaho Falls Peewee Invitational March 9-10. SVYH won 5-0, 2-1 and 7-4 over Idaho Falls and Salt Lake City teams, and dropped a 3-2 decision to the Utah Grizz.

Of the 12 Peewee skaters who traveled to Idaho Falls, nine scored goals—Stokely Gardner, Luke Hebert, Trace Alley, Elliot Burks, Benjamin Fenn, Riley Ortego, Simon Weekes, Andrew Lago and Owen Tempest. Also contributing at the tourney were Richter Ellison, Wyatt Miller and Blake Nisson.


Idaho Xcel Gymnastics state finals March 23-24 in Hailey

Hailey’s Spirit ‘n Motion Athletic School (SMAS) hosts the Idaho State Xcel Gymnastics Championships on Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24 at Wood River High School gym, Hailey. Around 350 athletes from Idaho are registered to compete. Spectators are invited to watch.

Spirit ‘n Motion is home to several of the top ranked gymnasts in the state and Region 2, and all are very excited to compete locally. Visit spiritnmotion.com for details.

Amanda Wilson, SMAS head coach, said, “Everyone is looking forward to coming to our valley for a mini-retreat gymnastics meet. We have 350 athletes from 21 different clubs coming to our meet. Come see some amazing athleticism from all these young women!”

Call goes out for high school soccer officials

Give soccer officiating a shot with training provided at no cost by calling 4th District soccer commissioner Van Parker at 208-421-2718.

No experience is required, but being a soccer fan is a big plus. You can support local high school sports.

Idaho High School Activities Association candidates must be at least 18 years old, although soccer officials may certify for junior varsity games at age 16. All officials are required to attend a state rules clinic. Visit idhsaa.org and click on the link “Officials” to begin the process.

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