Saturday, December 23, 2006
By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
November 29, 2006
School kids love a snow day. They get to get outside, have snowball fights and take advantage of the winter wonderland to engage in all varieties of snow sports.
At Hood River Valley High School, snow sports have been all the sports teams have been able to engage in after snow wiped out the start of the season for both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams.
The boys’ team was scheduled to travel to a tournament in Aloha to begin the season on Monday but had to cancel the trip due to the weather, and the girls’ season opening game against Madras on Tuesday was also scrubbed.
“All after-school activities are cancelled when the district shuts down the buses,” Hood River Valley Athletic Director Brent Walsh said.
Walsh also said that a makeup date for the Madras game has not been scheduled yet or if it will be made up at all.
The Eagles were the hardest-hit of local sports teams, as Horizon does not have any games scheduled until Friday, and only missed a day of practice time due to the snow. Cascade Locks held practice as usual on Monday after a full day of class, and as of Tuesday morning, were still scheduled to play their basketball season opener Tuesday night at Riverdale.
Walsh said that Hood River Valley is taking the rest of the week day-by- day to see if the weather improves before making any determinations on a boys’ game against The Dalles-Wahtonka tonight or a girls game against The Dalles-Wahtonka scheduled for Thursday.
Despite the missed practice time and scrubbed games, there was one slightly positive note to come out of the mess for Walsh.
“At least it is only non-league stuff,” Walsh said.
Walsh and other local athletic staff will be holding their breath, as the possibility of snow showers is expected to continue through the weekend.
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