Girls JV2 soccer shows improvement

The Hood River Valley JV2 girls soccer team ended its season last Wednesday in Tigard, and coach Erin Gates said her team of 20 girls improved remarkably since the start of the season. “For those who saw them play in their first few games, watching them now is like watching and entirely different team,” she said. Gates said that for a number her players, this season was their first soccer experience, and she was amazed at how far they came. “The team faced tough competition during the season, playing schools such as Tualatin, Centennial and other soccer powerhouses from the Portland area,” Gates said. “But we held our own.” The high point of the season took place at the last home game on Oct. 13, when the entire team played a smart, aggressive game and produced numerous scoring opportunities. Wilsonville squeaked out a narrow 2-1 victory, but all in all, “the JV2 girls really came together as a team this season.”

Nahm fires hole in one at Indian Creek

Indian Creek Golf Course reported that Alice Nahm nailed a hole in one on Oct. 17. She accomplished the feat on the 101-yard hole No. 10 using a 7 iron.

CL volleyball has chance to advance

With a big win last Thursday, the Cascade Locks volleyball team tied for second place in their league. CL has the same record as the South Wasco Redsides, against whom they have a 1-1 record. Both teams lost twice to Dufur, who will go into the playoffs as the first-place team. If CL ends up tied with South Wasco, they would play a tiebreaker on Oct. 28 at a neutral location (either Dufur or Wahtonka). If the Pirates qualify for districts, they would play Nov. 1 at Umatilla.

Odell Little League meeting tonight

Everyone is welcome to attend the Odell Little League baseball meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Mid Valley Elementary School. Community input about uniforms, fields and other topics is needed. Volunteers are also needed for the upcoming season. Call Lisa at 386-3514 with questions.

Preseason basketball camps next week

Girls basketball players in grades 9-12 are encouraged to sign up for next week’s skills development and conditioning camp through Hood River Community Education. Let by former pro player and coach Art Kunigel, the camp will help improve guard play, post moves and defensive skills. Cost is $30 per player and times are 6-7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call Community Ed at 386-2055 to sign up.

Wind River Volleyball Club introduced

Hood River Valley High School varsity volleyball coach Jen Baklenko has announced the inception of a new volleyball club in Hood River. The Wind River Volleyball Club (WRVC) is a USA Volleyball regional affiliate that seeks to promote and develop athleticism, character and personal growth for female youth in the Gorge. All interested athletes from Stevenson to Sherman County are invited to try out in early November at HRVHS. Players will be organized into three teams: 10-12, 13-14, and 15-18 year-olds, and the club will be based in Hood River. Tryouts are scheduled for Nov. 2 (10-12 year-olds and 13-14 year-olds) and Nov. 9 (15-18 year-olds) from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Please call Baklenko at 541-490-0935 with questions.

HRV girls hoops apple sale Oct. 25-26

Help support the Hood River Valley High School girls basketball program Oct. 25-26 when the team will be selling 40-lb. boxes of apples in the Wal-Mart (Saturday only) and Rosauers parking lots. Apples of all varieties (Splendor, Granny Smith, Gala, Criterion, Townsend and many more) will be sold for $8 per box from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Customers can fill a box with one kind of apples or with a variety of their choice. For more information, contact coach Tracy Norton at 386-4500.

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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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