Tuesday, December 13, 2005
November 5, 2005
The Hood River Valley High School girls’ soccer program has a bright future, with talent and depth climbing the ranks toward the varsity level. The junior varsity girls, for example, finished their season last week with a solid overall record. The team, consisting of 19 players (two juniors, ten sophomores and seven freshmen), went 5-2-1 in league matches, proving to be one of the best lineups in the Intermountain Conference.
Lead by Coach Hector Ortiz, the girls trounced much of their opposition, outscoring their challengers 66 goals to eight by the end of the season.
With goalie Hayle Thomas coming up with a stellar season at the net, and defenders Kari Hidle, Kaela VanSwaay, Tyler Cook and Elana Gomez letting little through the defensive line, the girls were often impassable, coming up with several shut out-victories.
At the midfield, Erin Costello and Sara Evans teamed up well, controlling the pace of the game and the offensive push. Costello led the team in assists, while Evans, along with forwards Kylee Straughton and Julie Hazelett led the team in goals.
Chrissie Brock, Justine Cambell and Jessica Ortiz played essential roles as utility players, able to fill in at any position on the field.
Jordan Zanmiller and Cook rotated in on offense, and Maria Castillo and Katie Leiniger on defense, giving the Eagles a solid team on the field at all times. Freshman players Theresa DeSitter, Loreto Ramos and Tiffany Sullivan performed well, as they were moved up from the JV2 team at mid season.
With only four varsity girls graduating this year, competition will be stiff next fall to see who will move up to varsity.
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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