Lacrosse season starts with messy jamboree

The following comments are from HRV coach Mac Jackson:

Despite the wet conditions, all twelve teams came and enjoyed themselves. The afternoon sun was the first time all week that the Portland teams had seen the sun, and some said it was the best conditions they had played in all week.

Hood River’s parents led by our president, Dennis Shypertt, worked long and hard to set up fields, run the concessions and generally manage all the logistics. Hood River should be proud of our ability to host a major lacrosse event under trying conditions.

Hood River Lacrosse played well, winning all 3 games we played. Our team, like most others, was a mix of varsity and junior varsity players. For some players, it was the first lacrosse game of their lives. Scores of the games – Hood River=12 vs West Lynn=0 (West Lynn skunked us and brought only JV players), Hood River=8 vs Westview=5 (Westview was a mix of varsity and JV), Hood River=7 vs Sunset=4 (Sunset’s varsity).

For the early season, our team looked good. We hustled and got more ground balls than our opponents, example Hood River 30 ground balls and Westview 9 ground balls. We moved the ball quickly up field and scored a number of quick goals, as we transitioned from defense to offense. We need more work on settled situation team offense and defense – this will improve with experience. We also need to minimize our penalties and time spent playing man-down defense. Overall, it was an excellent first series of games and a good way to start our season.

Sean Jennings, our first year goalie, had a great day, making key saves against Westview and Sunset – he showed us that we have a reliable force in the goal. On the defensive end of the field, Todd Shypertt took the ball away from opposing attackman and cleared it effectively. At midfield, Tyler Monzie scored the game winners against Sunset, sweeping to the right and finishing with blistering shots. Matt Cody, our long stick defensive middie, shut down opposing midfielders and scooped lots of ground balls.

Casey Vannet also showed great hustle playing man-down defense and scoring a goal. Our attack looked seasoned - Jon Munk, Todd Anderson and Corey VanDlac all proved that they can beat their defenseman one on one and put it in the net. Corey Olsen, also a senior attackman, had an outstanding day scoring several goals from the crease area, including one with a left-handed shot. Many of the younger players showed good hustle and gained key game experience.

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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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