Soccer girls silence Pendleton for 7th shutout

It wasn’t their finest effort of the season, but the HRV soccer girls still earned a shutout and guaranteed themselves the Intermountain Conference’s No. 2 playoff seed with a 5-0 win over Pendleton on Tuesday at Westside Field.

The Eagles’ seventh shutout of the season elevated their record to 8-0-5, and made it mathematically impossible for third-place Summit to catch them in the standings. The win also assured HRV of a first-round home playoff game on Nov. 2 against the Metro Conference’s No. 3 seed (still to be determined).

“We have a tendency to play down to our opponent,” said senior forward Ruby Brunk, who scored her first goal of the season. “The game was never in doubt, but we’ll need to play better to win in the playoffs.”

The unbeaten Eagles have one more game to prepare for the playoffs — Friday at sixth-place Crook County (results not available at press time) — and coach Sue Farro has the utmost confidence in her players.

“I know that when it’s on the line, we’ll rise to the occasion,” she said. “Mentally, the girls will be up to the challenge and I’m expecting we’ll play our best game of the year next Saturday.”

Much to Farro’s liking, all the players are on the same page.

“We want to go far this year,” senior sweeper Elie Meierbachtol said. “I think having a home game or two this year will really pump us up. We’ll be ready for sure.”

Senior midfielder Lindsay McClure agreed.

“We don’t really have a set goal, but with most of us being seniors, we want to end on a good note,” she said.

McClure has been coming on at just the right time, too, scoring in each of the past two games — one, a game-winner over Mountain View on Oct. 19.

“It’s been hard playing in the middle without Becca (Meierbactol) the past few games, but I’m feeling a lot more comfortable now,” she said.

McClure and junior Anna Hidle have been sharing the center midfield over the past two weeks in the absence of the team’s second leading scorer, Becca Meierbachtol, who is battling severe tendinitis in her right foot.

But, according to the senior team captain, it will take a lot to keep her out of action next Saturday.

“This is the best we’ve ever done as a program,” Meierbachtol said, “and I just want to do whatever I can to help us advance."

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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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