Thursday, November 3, 2005
August 20, 2005
Hood River Valley High School’s new football coach, Tracy Jackson, is settling happily into his new surroundings. His move from Madison High School in northeast Portland to the laid-back country setting of HRVHS was a dramatic change of scenery and civics. As he settles into his new home and community, Jackson is hard at work with his new coaches, players and resources, getting ready for another rich season of Eagle football.
Every morning last week Jackson focused his attention on 48 seventh and eighth graders during the Double-Wing Youth Football Camp at the high school. In the evenings he coached a squad of 62 high school players in their pre-season training. The Eagle’s officially begin team practice— the often dreaded daily-doubles— bright and early Monday morning.
In between the mayhem of almost 50 middle-school players in the morning and the intensity of over 60 high schoolers in the evening, Jackson took the time to reflect on his new surroundings:
HR News: Do you like your new home so far?
Jackson: “In Portland we had very little. Around here, whether it’s looking at the mountains or looking how well taken care of our fields are… I talk to kids about never taking this stuff for granted. You look at how nice things are here and how nice we have it and it’s pretty awesome. I drive around here and I’m thinking ‘I can’t believe this is where I get to live’. I love it out here … I’m almost giddy coming out here most days. Life is pretty dang good right now.”
HR News: How do you feel about moving from a city environment to the country?
Jackson: “It’s a different world from where I come from and this is a place you can really make home... Northeast Portland is some of the rougher part of the city. Sometimes you really felt like you were doing good things for the guys. Just trying to teach them things that maybe they weren’t getting from anybody else. And I think we accomplished a lot of things, but the way that this job came about for me, I knew it was the right thing.”
More like this story
- Letters to the Editor for May 28
- Mercado del Valle opens June 2 in new location
- Marble and Shepherd are Elks Students of the Month for May
- Riverside UCC votes for fossil fuel divestment
- Sheriff Log, May 15 to 22
- Community Baby Shower June 4
- ‘Air Panther’ goes aloft
- HRV beats OES, Lincoln, to take sailing state championship
- HRV girls lax wins inaugural Navy championship
- HRV baseball routs Eagle Point in Battle of the Eagles, advances to quarterfinal matchup with Ashland
Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge