Sports briefs

Men’s team wins The Dalles league

A group of local men’s basketball players recently won the Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation winter league at Wahtonka High School by posting a 9-1 record. Pictured above, starting in the back row, are: Ron Merz (left), Neil Brown, Darren Padget, Greg Cummings, Phil Vesel. Front row: Dan Telles (left), Dick McNab, Craig Compton, Paul Titus, Carl Compton. Not pictured: Mike Kasinger.

Airtime wrestlers compete at tourneys

Three members of the local Airtime Wrestling Club recently participated in two Northwest tournaments and posted strong finishes. HRV junior Jason DeHart took first place at 171 pounds in the junior division at the Peninsula Superstars freestyle tournament. Teammate Rocky Level took first place at 140 pounds in the junior division of the National Dual Team Qualifier at Sprague High School, and will compete April 4-6 against 23 other teams at the University of Delaware. Fellow HRV standout Jorge Lujano took second at 275 pounds. For more information about the upcoming dual meet tournament, go to

Salmon fishing seminar Thursday

Join Luhr-Jensen fishing pro Buzz Ramsey on Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for an informative session that will prepare you for the spring salmon run. Learn about fish habits, run forecasts, hot locations, angling techniques and tackle. Class will be held in HRVHS room H-14, and the cost is $15 per person. For more information or to register, call Community Education at 386-2055.

HRV lacrosse hosts jamboree Saturday

The Hood River Valley High School lacrosse team will host a 12-team jamboree on Saturday at the fields behind Wy’east Middle School. League opponents Hermiston, Wilson and Grant will join Southridge, Century, Westview and others for a series of games that will last from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Each game is two 30-minute halves with a running clock. HRV’s first game is at 10 a.m. versus West Linn. The Eagles also play at 12:30 p.m. vs. Westview, and at 3 p.m. vs. Sunset.

HR Little League hosts clean-up day

The Hood River Little League chapter will be hosting a spring field maintenance and clean-up day at the HR Little League complex on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. All majors, minors softball and baseball players and their parents are asked to come to the facility to help get ready for the season. Please call 387-3777 with questions.

The HR Little League main board will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. Meeting will be held in the lobby conference room across from the cafeteria. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

USA Luge to host demo March 22-23

Athletes from USA Luge will demonstrate proper luge techniques this Saturday and Sunday at Mt. Hood Meadows during the Verizon Luge Challenge. The free family event is open to adults and children ages 10 and up, and also features a live DJ, prize drawings and free refreshments. After instruction and practice runs in the morning, participants will spends the afternoon tackling the snow-banked track in a race against the clock. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on March 22, with qualifying runs to follow, and finals at 1 p.m. A Kids Carnival will also be taking place at Meadows. For more, visit

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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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