Real Madrid secures title with OT win over Azteca

ODELL — Real Madrid of White Salmon defeated Azteca of The Dalles on penalty kicks Sunday to win the Columbia Gorge Soccer League championship before approximately 400 spectators at Wy’east Middle School.

After a physical yet sloppy 90 minutes of regulation — which ended 1-1 after goals by Miguel Angel Perez (R.M., 50th minute) and Luis Gamez (Azteca, 55th minute) — Real Madrid goalkeeper Saul Reynoso made two key saves in the penalty-kick round to preserve the win.

Neither team dominated play in either half, as both teams’ defenses managed to thwart numerous free kicks and breakaways.

Perez, one of the league’s leading scorers during the regular season, was the catalyst for Real Madrid, and may have netted another goal late in the second half if Azteca’s opportunistic defense hadn’t stepped in time after time.

Gamez was equally dominant on the attack for Azteca, using his speed and superlative ball skills to frustrate the Real Madrid defense. However, Reynoso proved to be the difference, both in the waning minutes of regulation and in the penalty kick round.

Real Madrid made all four of its penalties, while Azteca scored on just one of three attempts.

Also taking place Sunday at Wy’east was the third-place game between regular-season champ Guerrero and fifth-place finisher Spartak.

Guerrero, which lost 5-4 to Real Madrid in the semifinals, rediscovered the offense that helped it win 16 of 18 league games, and took home the third-place trophy by a count of 4-2.

Spartak reached the semifinals by beating 2001 champ Abasolo in the round of eight.

Sahuayo Jr., a team made up of mostly Hood River Valley High School players, finished the season in fourth place, but begged out of the playoffs due to the impending start of the high-school season.

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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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