IMC play beginning on a high note

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Alright, let’s be honest. Who thought that after three weeks of Intermountain Conference play, HRV would be talking about three undefeated teams?

Not that we doubted the boys and girls soccer teams or the football team, but the probability of having three programs make such an

impressive impact to open IMC play was

certainly not a given.

We saw what the soccer guys could do last year when they advanced to the state quarterfinals, but after losing four key members of that team, we weren’t sure what to expect in 2002. Not anymore.

Playing state-ranked Redmond to a draw and then reeling off three straight convincing victories over Bend, Crook County and Hermiston proved that these guys are back with a vengeance. They’re determined to take their act further in the playoffs this year, and if they can just overcome their recent bout with the injury bug, they’ll be right there at the end.

“We think we can go further this year,” senior Matt Dallman told me before the season. “We’ve got something to prove.”

The girls are also intent on making their mark during their first year of IMC competition. They took a couple games to get uncorked, settling for two draws, but then came unglued, scoring 13 goals and allowing just three shots on goal to win the next two games.

This senior-dominated bunch will undoubtedly have a say in who wins the IMC title this year, and while they still remain cautiously optimistic, there appears to be a swagger that was missing from last year’s team.

Junior striker Acer Lopez may challenge for the league scoring title, while senior captain Becca Meierbachtol could be in the running for league MVP. As she demonstrated last year, her consistency and leadership — not to mention her health — are critical to this team’s success. Whether they win the title outright or squeak into the playoffs as a No. 3 or 4 seed, there are even better times a comin’ for this group.

The same can be said about the gridiron guys, who still have a ways to go to prove their worth in the brutal IMC since only one of their three wins has come against a conference opponent. But, while their first three games may have been their easiest on paper, the Eagles left zero doubt as to which was the better team in each outing, posting point totals of 69, 42 and 70.

When a team can break the school points record twice and set new marks for rushing yards and total offense in just its first three games — no matter who they’re against — they are going to be a force.

Riding on the stout shoulders of

Jacobe Krizman (819 total yards, 12 TDs in three games) and a mammoth offensive line, the Eagles should be a contender for the conference title. Their first chance to prove it came Friday night against league front-runner Hermiston (see the Oct. 2 edition for full details).

“We’re so fired up right now,” linebacker Matt Cody told me on Thursday. “We know what we are capable of, and we’re anxious to prove it every week. Hermiston is a huge game, but for us, every game this year is huge.”

Cody and the seniors want to take home the hardware, and are on a mission to establish themselves in the IMC during their first season. They, like the boys and girls soccer teams, want to lay a strong foundation for their successors and finish their high-school careers on top.

Whether we’re talking about three undefeated teams at season’s end remains to be seen. But if all the chips fall as they should, we will be talking about three state playoff teams —much to the dismay of the other IMC schools, who will probably just have to get used to it.

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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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