Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Changes will again be coming to the high school playoffs next year.
At a ranking committee meeting last month, the OSAA began work on changing the formula for how post-season rankings are determined for play in games. The tweaks include counting out-of-state games toward the rankings (they currently count as a zero, punishing schools that have to play teams from neighboring states to fill a schedule) and making other changes in the math to power rankings.
It also looks like the "everyone makes the playoffs" rule will be going away, at least in the 5A, where the bottom five teams in the rankings at the end of the season will be dropped out, instead of competing in play-in games.
While current high school athletes wait for the chance to shine in state competition, a few former Hood River-area high school athletes continue to make a name for themselves in the college ranks, particularly in track and field. College track season is nearing its end and a couple of former Eagles were on dueling teams at last week's Northwest Athletic Conference league track meet.
Willamette's Leo Castillo was chosen as male athlete of the meet after winning the 5,000 meters in 15:08.80 and the 10,000 meters in 31:17.13, representing half of the Bearcats' individual championships at the event.
The Willamette men finished second as a team.
Also running in the 5,000 meters was Alex VanSlyke, who finished 15th in the event for Linfield.
That was not his best finish of the competition, though.
VanSlyke finished third in the steeplechase with a time of 9 minutes 34.76 seconds. The finish earned him all-league honors and was the top individual finish by a Linfield runner on the first day of the meet.
The Linfield men finished fifth in the team standings.
Another part of the HRV class of 2008 had a big week. Running for Oregon State, Erin Jones set a career-best time in the 5,000 meters with a 17:39.40 at the Oregon Relays to finish 39th in the event.
Also competing at the Relays was Rachel Perry for the University of Oregon. In the shot put she finished seventh with a throw of 42-11.50, a season-best mark.
Kari Hidle of Southern Oregon University finished 11th in the 200 meters and 15th in the 100 meters. Her 200-meter time of 26.72 was a season-best.
Lauren Lloyd helped the Cornell University Medley distance relay team to the sixth best time in school history with a 3:57.50 at the Penn Relays last week. Lloyd ran a 2:10.9 relay split in the 800-meters as Cornell finished sixth in the race.
In crew, Rachel Schlosser earned first-team all-Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association, after helping Gonzaga to a second place team finish in Sacramento over the weekend.
Elliott Sherrell helped the Lane Community College baseball team to a doubleheader split with Southwest Oregon with a sacrifice fly and RBI last week.
Andy Baldwin is now 2-2 on the season after allowing three runs in each of his last two starts for the Rochester Red Wings, the AAA Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
Finally, for your trivia: Which service academy leads the all-time series in the Army-Navy football game?
A: Navy, with 55 wins to 49 losses and seven ties.
That is reason No. 1,890 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