Tuesday, February 21, 2006
News staff writer
February 8, 2006
The Cascade Locks boys’ and girls’ basketball teams were busy over the weekend, with action on the road Friday at Dufur and at home on Saturday versus Nixyawwii. The top-ranked Dufur girls played solid and consistent, turning a small first quarter lead into a 48-34 victory. The boys’ game went the other way, however, and the Pirates held Dufur until the end to finish with a 47-41 win on the road. The results would look similar on the Pirates’ turf Saturday evening, with the girls losing a tough 42-33 game and the boys coming up with a close-fought 65-59 win.
Girls at Dufur
In the first half of the game, the Pirates looked like they could defeat the home team. Nicole Martin opened up the scoring for Cascade Locks with a jumper and an assist to Mikayla Ryan. Then Heather Mohr came up with a three-point play to give the Pirates an early lead.
Dufur nailed a last second three-pointer kept to take a 17-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. Dufur also changed defenses, which effectively stymied the visitor’s offense and helped them take a 28-22 lead at the half.
In the second half the Pirates were unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities and Dufur built and held onto their lead.
Nicole Martin – 13 points, 8 rebounds
Heather Mohr – 9 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals
Mikayla Ryan – 6 points,
Kelli Haskins – 4 points, 8 rebounds
Boys at Dufur
The boys solidified their playoff hopes Friday night by defeating a very physical squad of Dufur Rangers. With the help of two three-pointers by Daniel Nolin, the Pirates led 12-6 after the first quarter and 20-16 at the half.
Free throws played a key role in the second half, with the Rangers taking the lead from and the Pirates missing key points from the stripe in the third to help Dufur reduced their deficit to only one point.
The fourth quarter was intense. Although the Rangers’ physical play frustrated the Pirates, it resulted in their demise, as Cascade Locks was put on the free-throw line for several key buckets.
With only 30 seconds left and a chance for Dufur to tie the game, they missed a key shot that Thomas rebounded. He was fouled and his made free throws put Cascade Locks up by four. Race Fischer finished the game with two more free throws and the boys departed with the win.
Joe Nolin – 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 blocks
Daniel Nolin – 12 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals
Sam Thomas – 11 points
Girls vs. Nixyaawii
The Golden Eagles from the east took on the Pirate girls in their own gym. After leading for much of the game, Cascade Locks struggled to finish and the Golden Eagles went on a 10-point run in the fourth to seal a come-from-behind win.
Nicole Martin – 15 points
Heather Mohr – 10 points,
Mikayla Ryan – 6 points, 13 rebounds
Kelli Haskins – 14 rebounds
Boys vs. Nixyaawwi
The boys followed suit with the previous night’s narrow victory. For the first time this season, junior point guard Derek Kelley asserted his speed and athleticism to lead the team in scoring. Contributions from bench players also proved crucial to the team’s win. Kelly totaled 10 points in the first period alone, helping the Pirates to a 17-12 lead after one.
Thomas swished two straight three-point shots in the second quarter to keep momentum rolling for the home team.
Kelley stormed the length of the court to score with only two seconds left at the end of the third, giving Cascade Locks a one-point lead.
Nolin played a key role in the win, scoring eight of his 12 points in the final period. Kelley drove inside repeatedly and Nixyaawii could not keep up. The Pirates had trouble putting the game away at the line, missing over ten free throws in the fourth quarter. But the boys stuck together and pulled off a key win.
Derek Kelley – 23 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 4 steals
Sam Thomas – 13 points
Joe Nolin – 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks
Daniel Nolin – 8 points, 4 rebounds
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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