Friday, March 11, 2011
Winter is changing to spring and with it, so the sports seasons turn.
• Around the country the indoor track season is winding down in preparation for the outdoor season.
In New York, Lauren Lloyd is continuing to excel as a freshman at Cornell University. She set a freshman record of 2:10.79 in the 800 meters at the indoor Heptagonal Championships in New York Feb. 27.
The next week she helped the school's 4x400 relay team to an eighth-place finish (out of 81) at the ECAC conference championships.
• In Seattle Feb. 12, Rachel Perry took second at the Husky Classic in the shot put for the Oregon Ducks. Perry tossed a distance of 42-9.50 feet.
• After transferring from Adams State to Southern Oregon, Kari Hidle is back in action. At the outdoor season opener at Kim Duyst Invitational at Cal State Stanislaus, she competed in three events. In the 200-meter dash she finished 22nd with a time of 27.14. She helped the 4x400 relay team to a fourth-place finish and then finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 5.12 meters.
• Erin Jones began getting into the outdoor swing of things at the Linfield Icebreaker meet. Running for Oregon State, Jones finished 15th in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:55.87.
• Competing for Oral Roberts University, Joel Miller took eighth place in the pole vault at the Summit League indoor championships, clearing 15-2.25 feet.
The outdoor track season begins across the county March 19.
• As track season begins so do baseball and lacrosse.
• Several former Hood River lacrosse players will be in action, including Ian Bohince, Jacob Bohince and Joe Gehrig at Western Oregon, Dustyn Lyons at Herkimer Community College in New York and Morgan Nance at Mesa State College in Colorado.
• In baseball, Elliott Sherrell has taken his bat to Lane Community College this season.
• Loreto Ramos has been busy this spring playing tennis for Lewis and Clark State in Idaho. In her most recent match, she won 6-2, 6-0 Feb. 13 against College of Idaho.
Meghan Flem is getting back to her roots. After having a prolific hitting career at Western Washington University and Hood River Valley, she is back as a volunteer coach to help teach the next generation of Eagles how to hit.
New coach Eric Keller is pleased with the skills she brings.
"She can mash," he said.
Spring is the busiest season for trying to provide updates on Hood River area athletes. There are numerous track and field athletes, lacrosse players, baseball players, tennis, golf and crew.
I'll do my best to provide updates, but if you have any news, be sure to pass it along.
• Finally, for your trivia:
Major league baseball's modern American League was founded 110 years ago. What were the first eight teams in the league?
A: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Americans, Chicago White Stockings, Cleveland Blues, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Athletics and Washington Senators.
That is No. 1,997 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