Eagles still looking for IMC answers

All Phil Vesel wanted from his team last Saturday at Pendleton was something he has yet to see this season: four quarters of good, solid effort.

The first-year head coach thought that if the Eagles could just give him the effort he expected, they may be able to sneak up on the playoff-bound Buckaroos.

One out of two ain’t bad, right?

Pendleton went on to win the game, 66-55, but Vesel also saw his Eagles pour their hearts out for 32 minutes and restore some pride after a 1-6 start in the IMC.

“Saturday was the first time all year that we competed for all four quarters,” Vesel said. “We were in the game right down to the end, but made a few mistakes late.”

Vesel said that his team has turned the corner with its understanding of how to win games. The next step will be to get back in the win column after a four-game slide.

“I think we’ll get Bend on our home court,” Vesel said, referring to Friday’s home match-up with the Lava Bears — a team the Eagles beat back on Dec. 28, but lost to on Jan. 11.

“They’re going to come in here thinking it will be easy, but I can tell you that none of our guys are going to let them waltz in here and take it away,” he said.

HRV also faces first-place Redmond this weekend (Saturday at 2:45 p.m.), so a win over Bend is almost imperative.

“We’re feeling a lot better about ourselves despite the loss to Pendleton,” senior guard Andy Holmson said. “Bend thinks they have us figured out, but we’re not going to give up on the season.”


Holmson was named Hustle Player of the Week for the third time this season with 26 hustle points. Senior Ryan Pratt had 24.

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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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