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Hood River Little League sign-ups

Hood River Little League sign-ups will be held Feb. 6-8 from 6-8:30 p.m. and Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Westside Elementary in the foyer between the gym and cafeteria. Fees are $30 per player and birth certificates are required. Please call Chris Sherrell at 386-5732 for more information.

Trail Daze scheduled for Feb. 23

Hood River Community Education, in cooperation with Shortt Supply, will present the first-ever Trail Daze — an all-day outdoor education program — from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Hood River Valley High School. For only $10, you can learn everything you need to know about orienteering, first aid, conditioning/footwear, and water filtration. Each subject will be taught in a separate two-hour segment. Sponsors such as Outside Magazine, Montrail, Brunton and CamelBak have all donated items to the course.

Participants also receive a free T-shirt. For more info, call Community Ed at 386-2055 or Shortt Supply at 386-5474.

Odell Little League sign-ups

Odell Little League sign-ups will be held Feb. 6 and Feb. 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Mid Valley Elementary School. Players are asked to bring a copy of their birth certificate.

Blazers bus headed to Portland

Hood River Community Education is sponsoring a group bus trip to Portland on Saturday, Feb. 23 to see the Portland Trailblazers take on the Denver Nuggets at the Rose Garden. The trip includes a reserved seat and commercial bus transportation — which means no parking hassles. Tickets are in the upper concourse, near mid-court. Price is $37 for people 16 years and older, and $32 for 15 years and under. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call Mike Schend at 386-2055 with questions or to register.

Frog Lake snowshoe race Sunday

Sign up today for the fifth-annual Frog Lake 5-Mile Snowshoe this Sunday on Mt. Hood. The Frog Lake 5-Mile is a U.S. Snowshoe Association Nationals qualifier, and is one of only four qualifying races in the country. However, participants of all abilities (including beginners) are invited. Fees are $17.50 before Sunday and $20 the day of the event. Register online at or call Kevin at 503-497-4080. Race start time is 9:30 a.m. and begins at the Frog Lake Sno-Park, 10 minutes east of Government Camp on Hwy. 26.

HRV Eagles softball clinic Feb. 10

The HRV girls softball team will sponsor a youth softball clinic Sunday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the HRVHS gymnasium. Cost is $15 per participant. Call Phil Hukari at 386-4500 for more information.


JV boys win fourth straight game

The HRV boys basketball team won its 10th game of the season and fourth in a row Monday night with a 69-48 dismantling of Central Catholic in Portland. Coach Dick Charles likes the way his troops have pulled together the past two weeks and is confident they can challenge for the league title — which may come down to a Feb. 19 game at Barlow. Leading the way for the JV boys are Tyler Monzie (14 ppg), Heath Goin (10 ppg) and Sam “The Sparkplug” Murillo (9 ppg). Charles also pointed to big contributions from Todd Shyppertt, John Winnett and Bryan Crosswhite. HRV plays Parkrose at home Friday.

Frosh hoopsters earn comeback win

After falling behind Reynolds by 11 points at halftime of last Friday’s home game, the HRV freshman boys basketball team put together an almost flawless second half to win the game 66-56. Justin Krizman led HRV with 17 points, while Bryan Williams had 15 and Dennis Methvin 13 as the Eagles ran their season record to 5-7.

“We came back in the second half and really pulled together as a team,” coach Caleb Sperry said of his team, which outscored Reynolds 41-20 after halftime. “The kids really picked it up and played to their potential.” Sperry pointed to HRV’s team defense and improved half-court offense as keys to the victory.

JV girls win ‘remarkable comeback’

The HRV girls JV team wasn’t to be outdone Friday, earning a comeback win of its own, 46-45 over Reynolds. Down by as many as 15 points in the second half, the Eagles were able to hold the Raiders to only eight points in the final 10 minutes. With just six seconds remaining, Alyssa Ortega received a bounce pass, drove into the middle of the lane and made a turn-around jumper to secure the win. Leading the way for HRV was Anna Hidle, who scored 21 points and played relentless defense to keep the game close. Ortega finished with 10 and Ashley Botts six.

HRV had lost its previous two games to Centennial on Jan. 15 and Gresham on Jan. 18. Coach Phil Hukari attributed the losses to a lack of scoring and poor free-throw shooting (just 8-23 versus Centennial), but saw marked improvement in all areas in Friday’s win. “It was a remarkable comeback by a never-say-die JV team,” he said.

JV wrestlers take second at Elks

The Hood River Valley JV wrestling team continued to exert its dominance over dual-meet opponents by taking second place at the Elks Invitational Saturday in Hood River. Like their varsity counterparts, the JV’s finished with five individual champions and look very strong heading into the Feb. 15-16 district meet.

Class winners for the Eagles on Saturday were 112-pound DeJay Cannon, 140-pound Casey Vannet, 152-pound Caleb Wold, 189-pound Nigel Bond and 215-pound Nathan Nash. Second-place finishers for the Eagles were 135-pound Mike Allen, 145-pound Ryan Flory, 160-pound Noel Thomas, 171-pound Paul Robinson, and 275-pound Jorge Lujano. Zach

Bohince (103) and Erik Flory (119) placed third.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

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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