Notebook: 'Little American' making big impact overseas

April 20, 2011

With the start of the MLS season I realized I should do an update on how Matthew Dallman is doing in Germany.

It proved to be a good time for that update, too.

Still playing for Sportfreunde Siegen in the German fourth division, Dallman had a goal against Westfalia Herne last week to equalize in the second half. Siegen went on to win the match 3-0 after getting a spark from Dallman's goal.

Dallman's score came on a 24-meter free kick and gave Siegen a badly needed boost in the standings.

They are now seventh in the NW League standings, but only one point back of fifth.

On a more humorous note, every story I could find on Dallman in the Germen press referred to him as "der kleiner Amerikaner" or "the little American."

I will now make it my habit to refer to everyone I write about by their stature.

From the pitch to pitches we move to baseball and softball.

Andy Baldwin had a down-and-up start to the 2011 season with the Rochester Red Wings, the AAA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

After not making it out of the fourth and giving up nine runs and 10 hits in his first start April 11 against the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees, he bounced back April 17 to hold the Yankees to four hits and three runs over seven innings to get his first victory of the season.

Breanne Rowley continued her hot season for William Penn University last week. She ripped a bases-loaded double to help the Lady Statesmen beat Waldorf 8-0.

Alex VanSlyke is back in action this year at Linfield College and was the top finisher for the Wildcats at the George Allen Invitational at George Fox last week. He finished fourth in 4:12.29.

VanSlyke is also featured prominently in the Linfield Track and Field page, with his picture included in the schedule section.

VanSlyke's former teammate, Leo Castillo, has had a big month of his own, earning Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week honors April 6 after achieving an NCAA Division III provisional qualifying time during the 10,000-meter run at the Charles Bowles Celebration of Distance event April 1.

Joel Miller took eighth place for the Oral Roberts Eagles at the University of Oklahoma with a pole vault of 14-09.

Finally, for your trivia:

When did the English Premier League begin play?

A: The modern incarnation of the top level of English soccer began play in 1992 after radical restructuring and realignment.

For the record, Manchester United holds the record for most league titles with 11.

That is reason No. 65,800,000 to be glad I am your local sports reporter.

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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



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