Friday, March 30, 2007
By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
January 31, 2007
Despite missing two of its top skiers the Hood River Valley girls’ ski team came up with another victory on Saturday at Mt. Hood Meadows.
The girls team has yet to lose this season, and placed five racers in the top ten, including three in the top five. Ashley Kastner stepped up to lead the Eagles with a first place finish, while Jessica Ostler finished second and Claire Snelling finished fourth.
Whitney Fox finished seventh and Molly McCulloch finished eight to round out the top ten skiers for the Eagle girls. Toby Carratt finished eleventh to lead the rest of the pack.
“The fact that two of our top racers were not at the race and yet our girls still won not only shows the depth of the varsity team, but the depth of the JV group that’s coming up,” Coach Peter Nance said.
The boys’ side came up with a third overall finish in one of its strongest performances of the season.
“The boys had much improved first runs, but still came in third place…We have a real focus for the rest of the season to pick it up another level, especially on the boys side,” Nance said.
Colton Swearingen led the Hood River boys with a sixth place finish, while Sam Mears finished in eighth place. Tyler Sassara and Nick Maslen led the rest of the Eagle boys’ finishers, closing out in fourteenth and fifteenth place respectively.
The Eagle skiers will be back in action this Saturday with a conference race at Mt. Hood Meadows.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge