Friday, July 1, 2011
The Hood River Valley boys lacrosse team capped another successful season with two players on the Columbia all-conference team and another on the all-state team.
David DeHart and Andrew Thompson were both named first-team all-league, with DeHart being named as a defender and Thompson a midfielder. DeHart was also named honorable mention all-state.
Making second-team all-league were goalie Malcolm McCurdy, midfielder Miles Mayer and defenseman Christopher Dirks.
In addition to their league awards, Thompson and DeHart were also named co-MVPs.
Thompson was named the offensive MVP after scoring 39 goals and winning 55 percent of his face-offs. DeHart won on defense for constantly covering the opposing team's best attackers and playing shutdown defense.
Jacob McHale was named most inspirational player, Gabe Holste was named the team's most improved player, Dirks was named the team's "unsung hero" and McCurdy received the team's "got your back" award after improving his save percentage by 9 percent from the previous year.
"This was a team that showed a lot of resilience and perserverance. They could have packed it in at low points of the season, but kept the faith and always bounced back from a loss of any kind," HRV coach MacJackson said. "Very importantly, it worked hard and was focussed in practice."
The HRV girls had one of its most successful seasons to date and also had several players on the all-league list.
Attacker Margaret Gleasman led the way with a first-team all-league nod. Goalkeeper Christina Silva-Perez and attacker Mackenzie Bassham were both named second team. Midfielder Alicia Everitt was named honorable mention.
Midfielder Kimmee Costello was named the team's most valuable player.
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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