Tuesday, June 10, 2003
To say the Hood River Valley lacrosse team wanted to go to the playoffs this spring would have been a grave understatement.
This fiery group of stick-handlers didn’t just want to make the playoffs in 2003. They expected to be there. In fact, they expected to win.
Which is ultimately why the Eagles were able to win in the playoffs for the first time in team history — a 16-11 shootout over Lake Oswego on May 20.
“What the team should be most proud of is that after we got down late in the year, we were able to bounce back and win our final two regular season games and one in the playoffs,” said first-year head coach Mac Jackson, who inherited a program with 15 senior leaders.
“Beating Lake Oswego was a cool way to finish, and I think when the seniors look back on this season, that is what they will remember most,” he said.
The Eagles eventually lost 9-6 to Sheldon in the quarterfinals, but the overriding feeling on the team was that the season shouldn’t have been over so soon.
“We were really starting to play our game at the end of the year,” said senior attacker Jon Munk, who was named to the all-conference first team along with defender Todd Shypertt.
“I think that if we saw Sheldon on our home field, it would have been a different story. The long bus ride and the heat just took us out of our rhythm, and that’s why we only scored six goals,” he said.
The 2003 season was full of similar scenarios for the HRV lacrosse team. Just when it looked like the Eagles were going to cruise into the playoffs, they lost three straight league games and had to rebound late in the season just to qualify.
Two losses to Oregon Episcopal School — the Columbia Division champ and state runner-up — and another to Grant put the Eagles in a must-win situation for the final regular-season game against Wilson.
But HRV responded in a big way, taking down the Trojans 15-4 to squeeze into the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the division.
“I think the big thing for our guys was just to finish strong,” Jackson said. “In the two seasons before, we had finished with a drop, and I think they realized that they didn’t want that to happen again. So, in the end, they made sure it didn’t.”
Jackson bid goodbye to 15 seniors after the season, and tipped his cap to each and every one of them.
Joining Munk and Shypertt on the all-conference rosters were seniors Todd Anderson, Jacobe Krizman, Tyler Monzie and Nate Dethman, who each made the second team.
Other seniors moving on after the season were defenders Noel Thomas, Jared Gidley and John Thatcher, goalie Sean Jennings, middies Justin Wiley, Will Galvin and M.D. Low, and attackers Corey Olsen and Corey VanDlac.
Team scoring leaders were Munk with 44 goals, Anderson with 33 goals, Krizman and Monzie with 20 goals each, and VanDlac with 17 goals.
Also of note, Munk and Shypertt were awarded scholarships to play at Notre Dame De Namur in the San Francisco Bay area. Shypertt was also named to the all-state second team.
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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