Tuesday, July 1, 2003
PORTLAND — With all the fanfare surrounding last Saturday’s Les Schwab Bowl, one would think that the state’s all-time leading rusher would have played a crucial role in the outcome.
But, in the end, Hood River’s Jacobe Krizman played only a minor part in the 56th annual senior all-star game at PGE Park, carrying the ball just three times for 10 yards.
“It was a little frustrating,” said the recent Hood River Valley High School graduate, whose South all-star team lost 23-21 to a team of North all-stars.
“The coaches called mostly pass plays and none of the running backs really got a chance to show what they could do. So that was disappointing. But just being there was a lot of fun.”
Krizman’s biggest gain of the night came during the first half, when he carried the ball for six yards up the middle. But his biggest loss was that the game went by so quickly.
“I was looking forward to this game for a few months and then, just like that, it was over,” he said. “But it was a great experience.”
Instead of griping about what could have been, the Southern Oregon University-bound running back chose to look at the positive side of the 2003 Les Schwab Bowl.
Even though Krizman didn’t get a chance to showcase his break-away speed — or the nose for the endzone that made him a hometown hero last fall — he still views his experience with the South all-stars as a victory.
“Just having the chance to be there was an honor,” said Krizman, who was the first Hood River Valley High School player to participate in the game since Kevin Holcomb in 1999.
“I didn’t expect to play every down or anything. I guess I could have played more, but that’s not up to me. The coaches make those calls, and that’s fine. I had a lot of fun either way,” he said.
The reality is, few people are going to remember Krizman for what he did — or didn’t do — in the high-school all-star game.
Instead, he will be remembered for leading the Eagles to their best-ever Class 4A record, and setting two state rushing records in 2002: Most yards in the regular season (2,366) and most yards including playoffs (2,845).
He also set school marks with 39 rushing touchdowns, 44 total TDs, and 352 yards in a single game (Oct. 25), on the way to becoming the Intermountain Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
“Jake isn’t the kind of guy to take all the credit,” said friend and teammate Nate Dethman, who played with Krizman since seventh grade when the two were the center-quarterback duo at Hood River Middle School.
“But he’s not hesitant to go out and be the best. He’s doesn’t want all the glory, but he’s not going to stand around and let someone take it from him either. He just wants to get out and play, and see what happens,” he said.
What happened in the 2003 Les Schwab Bowl wasn’t exactly what Dethman and the other HRV faithfuls were hoping to see.
But, at the same time, it wasn’t the game itself they were concerned with. It was watching their hard-nosed, hard-working teammate complete a long journey that started four years ago.
“He hasn’t exactly had the easiest life,” Dethman said, “and without sports, who knows what would have happened to him? It’s just good to see him finish on top.”
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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