Eagles try to muscle up to IMC powerhouses

Conference Preview

No one on the HRV football roster expects the move to the Intermountain Conference will be easy, but few players doubt that the team will be right in the thick of the playoff race in 2002.

After posting 111 points during their 2-0 start, the Eagles are riding high, and will look to carry that momentum into their first conference game Friday at Summit.

And, while the Storm will be no pushover for the Eagles, the biggest tests are yet to come in the form of Bulldogs, Cowboys, Buckaroos and Lava Bears.

The nicknames are new to most HRV football fans, but they won’t be for long, as seasoned teams from Hermiston, Crook County, Pendleton and Bend await them.

Many experts are saying that the IMC will come down to “Pendleton and the rest.”

The Buckaroos and their all-league performer Brian Nooy, are said to be the team to beat. But, after starting the season with a deflating loss to Lake Oswego, the 2001 state quarterfinalists showed that they are by no means bullet-proof.

Joining Pendleton atop the preseason IMC polls are the Bend Lava Bears, who will run their offense around senior quarterback Brian Cappy and blazing wide receivers Shawn Leever and Justin Fleming. Team speed is the Bears’ biggest strength, and hope to use it to topple Pendleton.

After Pendleton and Bend, the final two playoff berths should become a dogfight between four — maybe five — other teams. HRV will be smack in the middle of the race to state along with Crook County, Redmond, Mountain View and Hermiston.

The Eagles have played Mountain View the past two seasons, and will look for revenge for two difficult, high-scoring losses in 2000 and 2001. The Cougars lost three senior leaders after last year, and are looking at more of a rebuilding year.

Redmond is something of a wild card in the IMC this year. With their newly installed option offense, the Panthers will have to rely on team speed and size to keep them in games.

Another team trying to implement a new offensive set is Crook County, which will look to junior quarterback Chad Swindell to throw downfield and make some big plays. But the Cowboys lack size, and could get outmanned by the larger front lines of Pendleton, Hermiston and HRV.

Speaking of the Bulldogs, HRV is already beginning to prepare for that match-up Sept. 27 in Hermiston. The Bulldogs return two all-leaguers in James Williams and Tyler Hartstein, but may have trouble establishing their run game without an experienced backfield.

Finally, Friday’s opponent Summit is still experiencing some growing pains, but looks to be more of a threat than in 2001, when it went 2-7.

Running back Cole Clemens leads the way for the Storm, which boasts a strong, senior-led offensive line. Some experts are saying that the Storm could be the surprise in the IMC, but the smart money is on HRV to sneak up on the rest of the pack.

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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