Wednesday, May 24, 2006
By ADAM LAPIERRE
News staff writer
May 6, 2006
Matt Byrne has a great shot at playing in the high school Oregon state tennis championships in a couple of weeks. The Hood River Valley High School senior has played to a 12-2 record this season at the number-one singles slot for the Eagles. And with a 5-2 league record going into yesterday’s home match against Hermiston, Byrne should have a good seed at next week’s Intermountain Conference district tournament. At districts, the top four singles and doubles teams advance to state.
At doubles for the Eagles, the number-one slot at districts is expected to be Jimmie Oates and Maurizio Von Flotow. Despite both being freshmen, the two have stepped up this season and proven to be formidable opponents against some older, more experienced competition.
At 3-11 for the season prior to yesterday’s final league match for the Eagles, the boys will look for a few stand-out individual performances for hopes of a post-season.
“We have a core group of about five experienced guys who can go out and compete against most opponents,” Coach Jim Byrne said. “I think a lack of depth on our team is what’s holding us back. We’ve kind of struggled as a team this year, but going into the season we knew we lost six seniors and we had some first-year and inexperienced players … It’s been a real pleasure working with this group. They are enthusiastic and event though some are just beginning, they’re already showing a lot of improvement. It really makes my job easier as a coach when the boys are willing to go out, work hard and enjoy themselves every day.”
The team picked up its second league win of the season this week at Pendleton High School, winning five matches to three against the Buckaroos. Districts are set to start on Thursday in Redmond with a preliminary qualifying round in which the number-four singles and doubles from each school will have to win to stay in the tournament, which will last through the weekend.
HRV vs. Pendleton
No. 1: Matt Byrne, win, 7-6, 6-1
No. 2: Dylan Bauld, loss, 4-6, 1-6
No. 3: Taylor Eaton, loss, 0-6, 0-6
No. 4: Andy Crafts, win, 6-1, 6-4
Jimmie Oates, win, 6-2, 6-4
Maurizio Von Flotow
Joe Sager, loss, 5-7, 5-7
Chris Farro, win, 7-6, 6-2
Caleb Farro, win, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
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