Unheralded becomes undefeated

Horizon Christian soccer coach Hal Ueland came into the 2001 season not knowing if he would have enough players to field a team.

He asked parents, students and other teachers to help him bolster a talented roster that lacked one crucial component -- numbers.

The Hawks' returning players insisted they would play every minute of every game if that’s what it took, but enough players came forward that the team was even afforded the luxury of a few substitutes.

All the preseason uncertainty proved to be nothing more than a motivator for the Hawks because once they finalized the roster, all they did was win more games than any Horizon/Summit Christian team in history and claim the school’s first-ever league title.

In fact, the Hawks ran away with the league championship and established a list of school firsts in the process.

They beat perennial league power North Clackamas (twice), placed seven players on the all-conference team, and completed an undefeated season with an astounding 13-0-1 record. The 1A Hawks also earned a first-round state playoff bye and the right to host a second-round game against Marist, a 3A school from Eugene.

Horizon played the Spartans tough, but were unable to match their speed and size, ultimately conceding the match 2-0. Marist went on to lose Saturday's state-title game 3-2 to Junction City. Despite losing its first match of the season, Horizon played Marist strong the entire game, giving the Spartans one of their toughest tests all season.

The Horizon players also came away from their state experience with a new level of confidence, realizing that if they can play toe-to-toe with a perennial 3A power like Marist, they can play with anyone, anywhere.

The Hawks may get their chance next season, as six of the team's seven all-conference selections will return, with a group of talented eighth graders moving through the ranks.

In the absence of senior league MVP and team leader Joel Stenberg, next year's team leaders will be defenders John Winters and Brian Stenberg, who effectively manned the back line all season; Paul Rovianek and Colin Franger, who provided offensive and defensive consistency in the midfield; and sophomore scoring sensation Cheyne Swick, who found the net a team-high 26 times this season.

Second-team all-league goalkeeper Aaron Griffin will also return as one of the league’s finest net-minders to give the Hawks stability for a league-title defense in 2002.

Griffin will be without his back-up, senior Hans Vande Bruggen, but he earned enough on-the-job experience in his first season that he shouldn’t miss a step -- or a save. Other key returnees for Horizon Christian next season will be defenders Dane Ueland, Elizabeth Nagreen and Andy Taylor; and midfielders John Harvey, Angela Petty, Chris Meyer, Britney Ballah and Danny Armerding.

Besides Stenberg and Vande Bruggen, the only other graduating senior this year is starting defender Jonathan Jensen, which means the Hawks should find themselves at or near the top for many seasons to come.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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