Hoops roundup: Hawk boys start strong in league with wins over Central Christian, Nixyaawii

Jan. 12, 2011

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Johannes Decker works his way around a Central Christian defender for two of his 11 points Friday night.

Watch out Big Sky League, the Horizon boys basketball team is off and running. After hammering Central Christian 87-22 Friday night, the Hawks brushed aside Nixyaawii 58-44 Saturday night. Against Central Christian, Horizon's starters sat for much of the second half, with every player but the injured Andrew Stenberg getting into the game and scoring. Sam Anthony led the way with 18 points, Tanner Pettit added 15 and Johannes Decker added 11. The Hawks are now 8-2 on the season, 2-0 in league play.

• The Horizon girls picked up their first league win by hanging on against Central Christian. The Hawks led 14-1 midway through the second quarter, but Central Christian cut the deficit to four points by halftime and kept the game close the rest of the way. The Hawks lost to Nixyaawii 54-26 Saturday night. M'Randa Aldrich had 19 points for the Hawks against Central Christian, with Katie Tolbert adding 12. The Horizon teams wore the road uniforms against Central Christian Friday night. Central Christian does not have a home gym this season, and the game, while being played in Hood River, was a home game for the Tigers of Redmond. Both Horizon teams were at Arlington Tuesday, play at Dufur Friday and then host Echo Saturday.

• Meanwhile, playing their league opener, the Hood River Valley boys basketball team gave the Hermiston Bulldogs a scare in Hermiston Friday night, but could not get the win. After falling behind by 15 points in the first quarter, the Eagles rallied only to have Hermiston hold on for the 47-40 win. Chris Dirks had 17 points to lead HRV. The Eagles were set to host Pendleton Tuesday night and then play The Dalles in the first game of a boys/girls doubleheader Friday night in Hood River.

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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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