Cascade Locks, Hawks make playoffs The Hawks

By ADAM LAPIERRE

News staff writer

February 11, 2006

With their key 49-41 victory Tuesday night at Dufur High School, the Horizon Hawks have clenched a spot in the fast-approaching post-season. Holding a tie for third place with an 8-6 record, Tuesday’s game was a do-or-die for the Rangers, who are now eliminated from any playoff opportunities.

The Hawks, now 9-4 in the Big Sky, currently sit in second place with a big home game tonight against South Wasco, which will decide the final league standings and the Hawks’ ranking going into the playoffs.

Assuming Horizon defeats the Crook County Christian Warriors (currently 2-11 in the conference) on Friday, the Hawks will take either second or third place in the Big Sky West. If they defeat South Wasco, second is theirs. If South Wasco wins, and if Cascade Locks defeats the Arlington Honkers (currently 0-13), the Hawks will finish in third place.

The difference between finishing second or third in the conference is the Hawks will move on to play the Big Sky East number two team if they finish third, or they will move on the play the Big Sky East number three team if they finish second. Whatever the outcome, the Hawks are going to the playoffs for only the second time in the team’s history. The boys qualified last season but were eliminated in the first round.

Horizon pulled together for one of the team’s biggest road games of the season this week. With a loud Dufur crowd rooting for their Rangers, the Hawks overcame a six point first quarter deficit to tie the game 19-19 at halftime. The Rangers bettered Horizon by three points in the third quarter, giving the Hawks a hint of the bitter taste of defeat.

The game was decided in the fourth quarter, however, with Horizon besting Dufur 20 points to nine to steal the win and formatively halt the Rangers’ season as this weekend. In the fourth, Jeff Larson chipped in with five of his 10 points, Cameroon Root gave five of his 12 points and Jared Nagreen scored seven of his 14 total points.

“The kids came alive in the fourth quarter,” Coach Ron Haynes said. “We went from a six-point deficit to go ahead by 11 before Dufur hig a buzzer-beating three at the end of the game. We changed to our spread defense with about four minutes left. Jared Nagreen broke free for an easy layin and you could tell the air really went out of the Dufur boys when it happened. Our veteran players really came through in the clutch.”

Fortunately for the Hawks, the game did not come down to free throws. In one of the worst charity-stripe performances from either team all season, the Rangers shot only 22 percent and the Hawks only 48 percent from the line. The notoriously physical Rangers gave Horizon 23 free throw opportunities. Horizon, on the other hand, limited Dufur’s free throw attempts to only nine.

The Hawks play their final game, against South Wasco, tonight at Wy’east Middle School. The girls start at 4 p.m. and the boys at 5:30 p.m.

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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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