Sports briefs

Slusher wins men’s club championship

After three consecutive second-place finishes, Jim Slusher finally won the Hood River Men’s Golf Association club championship with a two-day score of 153 (79-74) at Hood River Golf and Country Club. In fact, he won the tournament going away, with his nearest challenger, Gary Sollman, carding a 162. Fred Stampflee finished third with a 166. Bill Pullum shot the low net score of 124 to easily defeat AB McClearn, who shot a 134. Jim Nichols St. was third with a 138, while Elmer Foster came in fourth with a 140. The next HRMGA tournament is “The International,” which is set for Aug. 3. A shotgun start will begin at 8 a.m., and sign up sheets are available in the Pro Shop. Call Mike Roberts at 386-3009 with questions.

Gorge Challenge tournament July 26-27

The fourth-annual Gorge Challenge soccer tournament will take place this weekend in Hood River, with 38 youth teams from all over the Northwest participating. The tournament, organized by Jim Tedford of the Dynamos Soccer Club, has attracted some of the top youth club teams in its first three years, and most of this year’s field also participated last year. Boys and girls teams from ages U-11 through U-14 will participate, and each division will have local representation. Most games will be played at Wy’east and Westside. If you would like more information, call Tedford at 490-2388.

Roberts wins three-club tourney

Darlene Roberts shot the low gross score in the field last Thursday at Indian Creek to win the annual Three-Club Championship. Using just a 3-wood, a 7-iron, a pitching wedge and a putter, Roberts shot an 81 to beat out Jo Smith, Bev Saari and Diana Mazeski. Meanwhile, Jean Puddefoot won the low net competition with a score of 65, which was enough for her to beat out Cynthia Brocklesby, Clara Rice and Lynn Garcia. The low putter for the tournament was Susan Gutzler with 30, while the long drives went to Mazeski in Class A and Puddefoot in Class B. Smith was closest to pin in Class A and Puddefoot was the KP in Class B.

Sports Medicine Symposium Aug. 1-2

Hood River Valley High School will host the first Sports Medicine Symposium on Aug. 1-2 in the HRVHS Commons. Led by instructors Barb Hosford and Ed Medina, the symposium will also feature presentations by Brian Shortt, chiropractic neurologist Eric Voigt, exercise physiologist Jan Polychronis, and certified athletic trainer Lexi Hammel. Session I will be held Aug. 1 from 6-9 p.m., and will cover Red Cross certification for CPR and first aid. Cost is $11. Session II will be held Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will cover current sports medical information and a taping lab. Cost is $45, or $50 for both sessions. Registration is due by July 28, and checks can be mailed to Hosford at 2218 Prospect Ave., Hood River. For more, information call 386-7020.

Free sports physicals will be offered at HRVHS on Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon. All Gorge-area high school and middle school students are invited to attend. The event is co-sponsored by Columbia Gorge Family Medicine and Skyline Physical Therapy.

Bridge of the Gods coming Aug. 2-3

The fourth-annual Bridge of the Gods Kiteboarding Festival will be held Aug. 2 in Stevenson, Wash., at the East Point (also known as “Kite Beach”). Regarded as the premier amateur kiteboarding event in the Northwest, Bridge of the Gods has jump-started the careers of all of its past winners, including Adam Koch, David Tyburski, Sky Solbach and Renee Hanks. More than 50 competitors will attend the event, coordinated by Floyd Wilkes. Wind-permitting, the competition will begin Saturday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m. An alternate wind day is set for Sunday, and a big air competition may also take place. Athletes can get more information and register by calling 1-877-688-6169.

Community Ed youth soccer sign-ups

Kids entering grades 3-8 are encouraged to sign up for Hood River Community Education youth soccer. Practices begin the week of Aug. 25, and cost is $35 per player. Teams will be assembled in Hood River, Parkdale, Odell, White Salmon and Cascade Locks. Players must preregister by July 25, and can pick up forms at the Community Ed office. For more, call 386-2055.

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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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