Monday, October 4, 2004
Two things are for sure in Intermountain Conference boys basketball this season: The playing field is a lot more even, and no one has gotten weaker since a year ago.
That doesn’t make Hood River Valley’s climb out of the cellar any easier, since the Eagles are coming off just two league wins with the youngest, least-experienced team of the bunch.
The Eagles got their first glimpse at the new and improved IMC last weekend, when they traveled to Central Oregon to face Crook County and Summit, the two teams HRV beat in 2003.
But the Cowboys and Storm showed the Eagles that they have a ways to go before they become a playoff contender, sending them to their first two defeats of the IMC season — one by a little (52-43 to Summit), the other by a lot (68-34 to Crook County).
“The second half of the Summit game was the highlight of the trip,” coach Phil Vesel said. “After struggling in the first half, we ran our offense and executed our defensive game plan to battle back from 18 points down.”
One of the biggest lifts came from 6-foot-4 freshman K.C. Christensen, who took Summit’s biggest inside presence out of the game to help HRV cut the deficit.
“K.C. started the second half for us and brought discipline and poise to the court,” Vesel said of Christensen, who finished with a team-high five rebounds. “Stopping their big guy was one of the keys to us getting back in the game in the second half.”
Senior Pete Dills led the scoring for the Eagles with a season-high 19, which included three 3-pointers.
Junior Dennis Methvin tallied 11, and was followed by Jeremy Belcher and Christensen with four apiece, Shea Wooten and Andrew Snyder with two each, and Bruce Chiang with one.
“We had trouble executing certain things the entire first half, and played as five individuals instead of as a team,” Vesel said. “But I’m happy that we finished the trip on a positive note.”
Vesel hopes the Eagles play hard for all four quarters this Saturday against Mountain View, the same way they did in the last two quarters against Summit.
The Cougars (1-1 IMC) will be in town for a 7 p.m. tipoff, and Vesel believes that if his players execute the game plan and let the game come to them, they can compete with most teams in the league.
However, that was not obvious Friday against Crook County, when the Cowboys built a 37-14 halftime lead before blowing the game open in the third with an 18-7 run. The scoring line for HRV in that game was Methvin with eight, Wooten with six, Brian Crosswhite with four, and four players with three points each.
Junior point guard Dennis Methvin (at right) was named Hustle Player of the Week after recording three steals and 23 hustle points in the Eagles’ two games.
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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge