Thursday, November 3, 2005
September 24, 2005
With one game left in their preseason, against Westview (perhaps the best team in the state) the Hood River Valley Eagles boys varsity soccer team is shaping up and keeping their spirits positive despite having a winless start.
During the week, the Eagles hosted Jesuit and Milwaukie high schools in their first home games of the season. They fell to Jesuit, last year’s 4A State runner up, 4-1 on Tuesday and tied Milwaukie 0-0 on Thursday.
“We’re going to continue working hard,” said Coach Doug Beveridge after the Milwaukie game. “The boys’ attitudes are good and that’s the important thing.”
The boys’ junior varsity team continued their winning season during the week with a win and a loss. They fell to a tough Jesuit squad 4-0, followed by a blow-out 15-1 victory over Milwaukie.
Eagles versus Jesuit
The varsity boys have been focusing on their defensive tactics in practice lately. Their work paid off against a solid and efficient Jesuit offense. Most of the first half of the game was played at the midfield, with both teams breaking through occasionally for a scoring opportunity. Jesuit scored their first goal of the game with less than a minute left in the first half.
In the second half, the Eagles kept the suspense high, as Diego Diaz and Colby Richards teamed up for a goal that brought Hood River back to within a goal at 2-1.
“When we kept up the intensity we played how we wanted to play and we were starting to see some cracks in their armor,” Beveridge commented. “We just lost our concentration later in the half.”
Jesuit put two more away to finish the game 4-1.
Eagles versus Milwaukie
The boys controlled the Milwaukie Mustangs throughout the game; they just couldn’t finish on offense. The momentum for most of both halves was all Hood River, with the Mustang defenders seeing most of the team’s action.
“We’ve really been focusing on our defense in practice,” said Beveridge. “Although we didn’t play particularly well against Milwauke, we kept a clean sheet. The bad news was, we didn’t score.
Next up for the boys is their home game against a tough Westview team at 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26.
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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