Wednesday, March 6, 2002
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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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge