Friday, April 22, 2011
When the Lincoln Cardinals come to town, the result is typically the same no matter where they visit.
Not Monday night.
The Hood River Valley girls lacrosse team hung with the Cardinals for the entire game Monday night and Lincoln was not able to put the game away until the final minutes in a 9-6 victory.
The Eagles consistently stayed within three goals of the Cardinals throughout the night and appeared to have the momentum when Margaret Gleasman scored with 2:12 to play to bring the Eagles within 9-6.
However, the Cardinals were able to win the ensuing faceoff and then kill off most of the remaining time on the clock to get the win.
The Eagles got within three at the start of the second half when Makenzie Bassham scored to make it 8-5 with 19:30 to play, but HRV could not take advantage of several additional opportunities and Lincoln was able to slow the game down.
HRV goalkeeper Christina Silva kept the Eagles in it throughout making 10 saves, including one on a free shot off a penalty that went off her chest protector.
Lincoln was able to score on a third-chance effort with 10:20 to play to push their lead back to four.
Bassham and Gleasman each scored twice to lead the Eagles offensively while Kayla VanHoose and Hannah Hurley had one goal each.
On Defense Kim Costello won five ground balls and three face-offs and caused three turnovers.
After the game the Eagles were proud of their effort, but not happy that they had one of the state's powerhouse teams on the ropes and could not finish them off.
"We made several mistakes," HRV coach Peter Nance said. "But they were mistakes that wouldn't have even happened last year because we wouldn't have seen the (opportunities)."
The Eagles had several close passes go just out of reach or quick passing reads come in a split second to late.
However, Nance said that the fact the Eagles beat themselves more so than having Lincoln soundly beat them showed just how far the team has come in recent years.
"A lot of the girls haven't seen the effort needed for a state championship win," Nance said. "Now every week we are upping the level."
The Eagles debuted new sleek, white uniforms during the game and also had a few new faces.
Ricki Swearingen, one of the team's top scorers from last year, was back in the lineup and played defense.
Nance added that several players currently injured should be returning soon to get the team back to full strength.
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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