Varsity girls start league games with clean slate

October 1, 2005

The Hood River Valley High School girls’ varsity soccer team started strong in their final pre-season game Tuesday afternoon against the Barlow Bruins. They played the first ten minutes or so like they wanted to, like they have been practicing. They kept their formation, they passed well and they spread the field by working the ball out to the wings.

But then they lost steam. The team’s strategies broke down a bit and Barlow slipped by 2-0 by the end of the game.

“It was a disappointing loss,” said Coach Joe Kelly. “We lost focus and started dribbling the ball instead of passing and our defensive pressure in the midfield was less effective.”

The girls continue to improve, however, even though Tuesday’s score did not show a win.

“The team has a lot of potential,” commented assistant coach Clarke Bryant. “The girls are getting better and better every game and they are staying close as a team. They really care for each other.”

With the loss, the teams’ record moves to 2-4 overall. The good news is, all six of the games so far have been non-league. The Eagles got a fresh start and a fresh record to start with in their first league match Friday afternoon at Bend High School. As of press time game results were not available.

Junior varsity

The junior varsity girls demolished Barlow in a blow-out 10-0 victory. Goal scorers in the game were: Kylee Slaughton, Keala Van Swaay, Erin Costello, Kari Hidle, Julie Hazlett, Sara Evas, and Jessica Ortiz.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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