Sports briefs

Oates, Ritter, Martin shine in tourney

Recent Hood River Valley High School graduate Corinne Oates won the 18-and-under girls division at last weekend’s Junior A tournament at the Hood River Sports Club, defeating fellow local Jodie Gates in the semifinals (7-5, 6-4) and Amy Lorenzen of Pendleton in the finals (5-7, 6-2, 10-8 tiebreaker). Sean Ritter, an incoming senior at HRVHS, placed second in the 16-and-under boys division, while Natasha Martin won the 16-and-under girls division. Incoming sophomore Matt Byrne won his first match, but lost in the second round. All four players are coached by Kevin Beeson and Casey O’Shea of the HR Sports Club.

The HR Sports Club will be hosting 60 of the region’s top junior tennis players in the Pacific Northwest Championships this weekend. However, no local players are participating.

Snow skating event at Timberline

The first-ever U.S. Open of Snowskating will take place Saturday at Timberline Ski Area. Featuring two divisions (single deck and bi-deck), the competition will be held in a “jam format,” with the top five riders in each division moving on to the finals. Competition begins at 11 a.m. today, and registration starts at 8 a.m. For more, visit

State Games sign-ups now accepted

Handbooks for this year’s State Games of Oregon are now available, and can be obtained at all Fred Meyer locations, parks and recreation departments, and selected athletic clubs. All Oregonians are eligible for the 36 competitions that take place throughout Portland from July 11-13. The State Games is an Olympic-style amateur festival that offers all Oregonians the opportunity to participate in their choice of sports. Approximately 16,000 people are expected to register. For more, visit

HRV basketball camps upcoming

Hood River Valley High School will be hosting two basketball day camps this month, starting next week with the HRV Hoops Camp for boys and girls entering 4th-8th grades. Play lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and players are asked to bring a lunch and water. Preregistration cost is $85, and will go up to $90 at the door. All players will receive a T-shirt and a basketball. For more info, call Community Education at 386-2055.

Also coming to HRVHS this month is the Eagles Varsity Camp for players entering 9th-12th grades. Camp is scheduled for July 14-18 and preregistration cost is $65. The price will go up to $70 at the door. Play is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and players are asked to bring a lunch and water. Call 386-2055 with questions.

Gorge Youth Football seeking signups

Hood River Community Education is now taking registrations for the Gorge Youth Football tackle football league. Kids in grades 5-6 will begin play July 28, with games taking place in August and September. The six-game season will last until Sept. 20, and practices are typically from 6-7:30 p.m. five times a week. Once games begin, the practice limit is three per week. Please send in your registrations to Community Education by June 20. Players must meet age and weight standards, and must also wear the uniforms, pads and helmets provided by the league. Cost per player is $50. Call 386-2055 with questions.

GOAL soccer camp coming next week

Sign-ups are now being taken for the GOAL soccer camp, which will be held July 8-11 from 3-7 p.m. at Westside Field. Instruction will be provided by top local coaches like Jose Ponce, and all kids interested in improving their soccer skills are encouraged to sign up. For more information, call Hood River Community Education at 386-2055.

Oregon skatepark tours being offered

Tour the state’s best skateparks this summer with Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation. This tour is highly recommended for youth skateboarders ages 12-16, and two days have been selected this summer. The first is July 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and will include stops in Hood River, Tigard, McMinnville and Newberg. Registration is required by Friday and cost is $15 per person. The second tour is set for Aug. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will include stops at Burnside, Beaverton, Tualatin and Wilsonville. For more, call 541-296-9533.

Outrigger Canoe races July 19-20

The seventh-annual Gorge Outrigger Canoe Races are set to take place at Stevenson Waterfront Park on July 19-20. This is the largest event of its kind in the Northwest, and two separate competitions will be held. Six-person canoes will run Saturday at 10 a.m., and one- or two-person canoes will run Sunday at 9:30 a.m. For more, call Cat Betts at 509-427-2727.

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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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