Friday, March 30, 2007
By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
February 14, 2007
With the season winding down, the Hood River Valley Eagles boys’ basketball team has been reduced to the role of spoiler as it still searches for its first conference win of the season.
Even following a 70-43 setback at the hands of Centennial and a 95-43 defeat to Central Catholic, Coach Zach Pauls wants his team to make opponents work if they want to beat the Eagles.
“We want to play hard every night and make teams come in here and have to play hard,” he said after the loss to Centennial on Friday.
Against Centennial the Eagles found themselves unable to get any offensive rhythm going, and were unable to make use of their most effective offensive weapon – the three-pointer – as they had a cold shooting night.
Neither team was effective shooting the ball in the first half, but Centennial was able to take a 31-14 lead to the break largely on being able to capitalize off Hood River turnovers.
For large stretches of the first half neither side could find the basket, and both teams went nearly four minutes without scoring late in the half.
Hood River got a brief surge to start the second half to close the gap to 12 points, but that would be as close as they would get the remainder of the game, as Centennial promptly responded with an 8-0 lead and Ryan Mosqueda buried an NBA-range three-pointer to close out the third and give Centennial a commanding 24-point advantage.
The shooting woes continued for the Eagles in the final quarter as Centennial cruised to the win.
Despite the loss, Pauls was pleased with his team’s overall effort – he would just like to see them put the ball in the basket a little more.
“We gave a heck of an effort,” he said. “We just went into a scoring drought then we turned the ball over and it turned quickly.”
Going into the game Centennial was clinging to the final playoff spot in the conference and needed a win to maintain position, and Coach John Poetsch felt the win gave his team a much-needed boost coming down the stretch.
“We just need to get some wins and get some confidence going,” he said.
Hood River was led by 12 points from Andy Kennedy and 10 points from K.C. Christensen, while Centennial got 17 points from Diallo Gaston and 12 points from Mosqueda.
On Monday night, the Eagles journeyed to Central Catholic to face the conference-leading Rams, a team that had beaten them by 19 in Hood River earlier this season with the Eagles hanging in it for most of the way.
The Rams, locked in a tight battle with David Douglas for the conference title, did not let the Eagles hang around this time as they topped the Eagles 43-points with 55 points in the first half alone, including a 31-point second quarter to take control of the game.
The Eagles were again led by 12 points from Kennedy, while the Rams were led by Jordan Freelander’s 17 points.
Hood River has three games remaining, including home dates this Friday against Barlow and the season finale next Thursday against David Douglas.
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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