Sports briefs

Ames steps down as HRV hoops coach

Hood River Valley High School boys basketball coach Tom Ames announced last week that he will not return as coach next season. Ames, who is also a science teacher at HRV, just completed his fourth full season as head coach and will remain a member of the faculty.

“I’m walking away from basketball for the right reasons,” he said. “My kids are at the age where they need more of my attention, and I can’t give the program the amount of time and energy it deserves.”

The Eagles are coming off their first 10-win season in class 4A, and their second consecutive 7-9 finish in the Mt. Hood Conference — also a program best. HRV Athletic Director Glenn Elliott said the search for a new coach would begin soon and that the school would like to tie the position to a teaching position.

Hood River Little League tryouts

The Hood River Little League local township will hold tryouts Saturday-Monday at Westside Elementary’s north field. Boys minors and majors will try out Saturday from 2-4 p.m., and girls minors and majors will try out Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Make-ups will be Monday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Call Chris Sherrell at 386-5732 with questions.

Odell Little League demos Sat./Sun.

Odell Little League will hold demonstrations for all 9-12 year-olds Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon for boys and 1-3 p.m. for girls. A make-up day has been scheduled for Sunday from 9 a.m.-noon for girls and 1-3 p.m. for boys. Applications will also be accepted with a copy of child’s birth certificate.

Outward Bound joins Gorge Games

Pacific Crest Outward Bound School, the leader in outdoor experiential education, has announced that it will play an active role in this year’s Gorge Games, to be held July 13-21 in and around Hood River. As part of the partnership, Outward Bound will host an education center within the Adventure Village, which will feature a rope course and climbing wall, plus junior and adult clinics.

Skatepark fundraiser meeting

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District will host a skatepark fundraising meeting Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Aquatic Center. Items to be discussed include fundraising projects, construction progress and the April 20 special event. Call Julie Tucker at 386-3928 with questions.

Spring co-ed volleyball in The Dalles

Team applications are now being accepted for the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation spring co-ed volleyball league. Play begins Monday, April 1 at Chenowith Middle School in The Dalles, and will continue through May 8. The “A” division will play 4-on-4, while the “B” division will play 6-on-6. Cost per team is $65 and registration deadline is Friday March 22. Call 541-296-9533 for more information.

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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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