Eagles make break for state

By BEN MCCARTY

News staff writer

November 4, 2006

Come wind, rain, sleet or hail the Hood River Eagles will be ready.

The weather may not be projected to be particularly pretty today but one team and three individuals are glad to still be competing.

The Hood River boys soccer team will be playing in what could turn muddy matchup with Tigard today at Henderson Stadium.

Following football on Friday and heavy rains the latter part of the week, the field could be a mess, but that does not concern coach Doug Beveridge too much. He says his team will be ready to play no matter what the conditions.

We ve been going back and working on the things we have been working on all season, Beveridge said. We've been working on pressure defense and really been working on finishing our shots.

Beveridge has also been glad to see the support the team has been given from the community.

The spirit is great and the kids are really excited, Beveridge said. The community has been great.

The Eagles went undefeated until the second to last game of the season, which they lost to Central Catholic.

However, a 8-0 pasting of Sandy to end the season got the team s offense back on the right track.

On the cross-country front, Erin Jones, Melissa Kauffman and Leo Castillo will be making the trip to Eugene today for the state cross-country championships at Lane Community College.

All three qualified for state last year and will be looking to improve on their times.

We re pretty pumped, Coach Kristen Uhler said.

She feels that Castillo can stay with the best runners in the state and that he has a chance to be one of the top-14 male runners that can qualify for the Nike Border Clash.

He s right in the mix, Uhler said.

Uhler has made sure that the runners have gotten in their workouts, she said they ran a killer workout last Saturday, but that they have also rested up for the event.

Erin (Jones) is feeling really good, Uhler said. She went out (Thursday) and did three miles.

Uhler is glad that they have three returning state qualifiers, as all three runners no the course and what to expect.

Just in case though, Uhler has had them dreaming of success on the state course.

They ve been doing visualizations before they go to sleep, Uhler said.

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