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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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge