Wednesday, March 2, 2011
After being on the wrong end of a blowout many, many times this season, the St. Helens Lions finally had something to celebrate Tuesday night.
The Hood River Valley boys basketball had just another blowout loss to ponder as its season came to an end.
The Lions fell behind early, shot their way back into the game and then ran the Eagles out of the gym in the second half for a 66-42 win in the Round of 36 Regional Play-in games.
"At this point, we just wanted to salvage something positive," St. Helens coach Todd Smith said.
The Eagles started the game off on a promising note, building a 10-3 lead in the opening moments on a pair of Cody Walker three-pointers.
The Lions then began to exert full-court pressure and the Eagles fell apart.
The Lions lineup was composed almost entirely of sophomores, with three seniors, one junior and not one returning varsity player from the previous season.
"Never in my career have I had a team that did not play a minute (at varsity) last year," Smith said.
It didn't matter how inexperienced they were when they began pressing - the Eagles had no answer.
HRV coach Zach Pauls estimated the Eagles had 42 turnovers - before he lost track.
The two teams entered the game with three wins between them, and the Lions also committed their share of turnovers. However, they were able to keep the Eagles from getting any momentum going on the offensive end.
By the end of the first quarter, the Lions led by one point. They pushed the advantage to nine at the half, 15 by the end of the third and were emptying their bench by the middle of the fourth quarter.
The Eagles had the advantage in size inside with Chris Dirks and Nick Guthrie, but could not find a way to get the ball to their big men most of the night.
"Their guards were real scrappy and physical," Pauls said. "Then we were half a step behind in passes and receiving."
Dirks was the only HRV player in double figures with 10 points, while Dalton Frazier had eight, Ryan Wheat seven. Guthrie and Walker finished with six each.
Senior wing Zach Underwood was a constant threat for St. Helens throughout the game and led all scorers with 12 points.
Cody Galvin had 11 points for St. Helens while Cody Beisley added 10.
Smith said he hopes the confidence from the win and a chance to see one of the best teams in the state in Benson, who the Lions were scheduled to play Friday in the Round of 32, would generate positive momentum for his team.
"With what we've got in place we'll still be young next year but the year after that we should be even better," he said.
Pauls was left to pick up the pieces after a 2-22 season and 0-12 league season, during which the Eagles lost by less than 10 points only once.
"Now we go play baseball or track and start the summer trying to get a core group to play together over the summer," he said. "We need to get more kids to play summer basketball."
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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