HR Green, Blue take care of business in Stevenson

STEVENSON, Wash. — Both local Gorge Youth Football teams cleaned up Saturday at Stevenson High School, showing the rest of the league why they should be feared.

Hood River Blue raised its record to 3-0 with a 32-12 pounding of The Dalles Chiefs, and was sparked by three touchdowns from Elliot Sherrell and one by Jonathan Davis. Meanwhile, Hood River Green took down a young Stevenson squad by a score of 40-0 to raise its record to 2-0.

“Our whole team stepped up,” said HR Green head coach Mychal Lucas. “We kind of expected more from the other team, but they had some youth and inexperience. So, we tried to keep the score down so that everyone could still have fun.”

Lucas’ team went ahead 16-0 after the first quarter on touchdowns by Jordan McHale and Jacob Bohince. McHale added another TD scamper early in the second quarter before Bohince put the game out of reach with a 60-yard punt return and a

32-0 halftime lead.

Bohince also applied two bone-jarring defensive sticks in the first half that forced two Stevenson fumbles.

“Our defense had just as much to do with the win as our offense,” Lucas said. “Everyone on the team picked up the intensity.”

Saturday’s game was Lucas’ last as head coach before he returns to college at Western Oregon University.

He will turn over the coaching reins to Dave Tallman and Sean Bohince, but hopes to return for the season’s final game — a much-anticipated matchup between HR Green and HR Blue, under the lights at Henderson Stadium on Sept. 28.

“It’s becoming obvious that the league’s best two teams are right here in Hood River,” Lucas said. “They’ve also built up a bit of a rivalry over the past couple years and it should be like our own little Civil War game.”

Both teams have a bye this weekend and will return to action Sept. 14 in The Dalles.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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