Guerrero, Real Madrid still a leg up

Liga Mexicana playoff battle heats up

Ten games down, eight to go and the Columbia Gorge Soccer League is right in the middle of a playoff frenzy.

While most of the soccer world has been captivated by the World Cup the past two weeks, 400 of the valley’s best players are battling it out in Odell to earn a coveted spot in the playoffs.

Only eight of the 19 teams qualify for the postseason, and after last weekend’s action, 13 of those teams still had a legitimate shot at making the cut.

“The standings right now are very close,” said José Ponce, team manager of Sahuayo Jr., which sits tied for sixth at 6-3. “Any one of the top eight or nine teams could still win the league title.”

Guerrero and Real Madrid continue to lead the pack with a record of 8-1-1, and also lead the league in the goals scored and goals allowed categories.

Led by Javier Chaires (20 goals) and Uriel Hernandez (19 goals), Guerrero has scored nearly 20 more goals than any other team, setting the pace with 65. They have also given up only 14, giving them a league-leading goal differential of +51.

Real Madrid’s goal differential is equally impressive at +37, and they have given up the fewest goals with just 11 in 10 games. Madrid also boasts one of the league’s top goal scorers in Miguel A. Perez (21 goals).

Real Madrid won last weekend’s contest over San Pablo by a count of 5-2, while Guerrero absorbed its first loss of the season — a 3-1 setback to third-place Azteca, which sits at 8-1-0.

Spartak, led by the league’s top scorer Pablo Vega (24 goals), is in fourth place with a 7-1-3 record, and is followed by the logjam in fifth and sixth places, which includes Tecos (6-3), Morelia (6-2-1) and Sahuayo Jr., a team made up of mostly Hood River Valley High School players.

Sahuayo Jr. destroyed Grecia 14-0 on Saturday, behind three goals from star striker Alexander Ponce. Tecos beat San Juan 3-0, while Morelia dropped Colima 7-0.

Following the three-team race for fifth place are Mt. Adams and San Antonio, which are tied for eighth with 17 points apiece.

Mt. Adams is 5-2-2 and had last week off, while San Antonio posted a big 3-2 win over 11th place Bella Vista on Saturday to raise its record to 5-3-2.

The 2001 league champion, Abasolo, is in 10th place with a 4-4-2 record and is followed closely by Bella Vista (4-5), San Juan (3-6) and Latinos (3-6).

After a slow start to the season, Abasolo returned to past glories on Saturday by dismantling Latinos 10-1. Another of 2001’s top teams, Colima, is still trying to develop a rhythm, winning just two of its first nine games for a 2-6-1 record and a 13th place tie.

Rounding out the standings after 10 weeks are La Piedad (2-6-1), San Pablo (2-6), Grecia (1-7-1), The Dalles (1-8) and Boca Jr. (0-6-2).

This weekend’s marquis games include showdowns between Colima and Azteca, Real Madrid and Bella Vista, and Guerrero versus San Juan.

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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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