Sports briefs

Football banquet at HRV on Dec. 4

Reserve your spot today for the 2002 HRV football banquet, to be held Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6-8 p.m. in the HRV cafeteria. A prime rib dinner will be served for $8 per person, and there is a limit of 300 people. Call 386-2318 by Monday, Dec. 2, to reserve your place for this historic awards night.

Alumni basketball tourney Saturday

The annual alumni basketball tournament at Hood River Valley High School will take place this Saturday, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. and games beginning at 9:30 a.m. For $15, all former high-school students and interested community members can play in an all-day “pick-up” tournament to benefit the HRV softball program. For more information, call Phil Hukari at 386-1516.

HRV wrestling program seeks help

Coach Mark Brown is looking for another dedicated assistant to join his staff this season. The program is currently operating with just two assistants, Jeff MacKay and Jess Flem, and would like to bring in some additional knowledge and experience. For more, call Brown at 386-4500.

Community Education youth b-ball

Hood River Community Education is still taking registrations for youth basketball. Boys and girls in grades 3-6 are eligible and games will begin the first Saturday in January. Cost is $35 per player. Registration deadline is Dec. 3. For more information, call Community Ed at 386-2055.

Julee’s Gorge Tours at Trillium Lake

Julee’s Gorge Tours is organizing a Trillium Lake snowshoeing/cross-country skiing trip for Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $45 per person, which includes brand-new Atlas and Rossignol gear, sack lunches, Clif Bars, and experienced guides. The group will meet at the Trillium Lake Snopark, and carpools can be arranged. Payment is required by Dec. 5. The trip is excellent for beginners, but also a great workout for experienced trekkers. For more, visit

Oregon Amateur Basketball tourneys

Oregon Amateur Basketball will be holding nine tournaments throughout the 2002-03 season in Portland, Salem, Bend, Eugene and Florence. Tournaments cost $185 and are open to boys and girls teams in grades 5-8. Each tournament also has a four-game guarantee. For more information or to receive a tournament packet, call Nick Larsen at 541-517-4160. You can also email

Central Oregon Shootout tourneys

Sisters Organization for Activities and Recreation (SOAR) is now taking registrations for the annual Central Oregon Shootout series. SOAR is in its ninth year of hosting youth tournaments, and caters mostly to boys and girls teams in fifth through eighth grades. The first tournament this season, the Kickoff Classic, will take place on Dec. 7, and will be followed by the Central Oregon Co-op on Dec. 14-15, and the Pepsi-Cola Shootout on Dec. 21. Two more tournaments will take place in January, another two in February, and one in March. For more info on how to sign up your team, visit

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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

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