Friday, September 9, 2011
"We're young and we're fun," said Coach Oscar Stenberg of this year's Horizon Christian School co-ed soccer team.
Stenberg's infectious, positive attitude permeates throughout his 20-player squad, which will be playing in a new league this fall season.
"The attitudes are just tremendous," Stenberg said.
Of the players participating in preseason daily doubles, 14 are freshmen or sophomores. Among the five seniors are two who haven't played soccer since they were youngsters. This contrasts last season, when a senior-led Horizon squad advanced to the state playoffs.
Gone is all-league forward Andrew Stenberg, the coach's son (who is playing soccer at Corbin College). Gone are Brent Rovianek and goalie Jordan Anderson (both graduated) and defender Sam Anthony (playing football in The Dalles). The list goes on and on.
"We have one returning starter," Oscar Stenberg said, of sophomore wing Austin Requa.
This year's senior group includes Erin Starrett, Scott Halliday, Kenzie Schwab, Dylan Smith and Gabe Holste. Starrett played some varsity minutes a year ago, but Halliday and Holste are first-time high school players. Schwab and Smith have limited soccer experience at the high school level.
Stenberg is using two-a-day practices to get his inexperienced players as many touches as possible.
"I enjoy the daily doubles," Stenberg said. "Conditioning and some touches in the morning, and lots of touches in the evening.
"We, at Horizon, are seasonal players. Whereas at the (Hood River Valley) high school they're mostly year-round players."
Conference play for Horizon will be in the newly created 1A United Soccer League, which includes 10 Class 1A schools (enrollment of 105 students or less). Horizon is the lone school outside the Portland area.
The United League teams are playing schedules independent of the Oregon School Activities Association. The league will have its own playoffs and the top four regular-season finishers will compete for the championship.
In past years, the United schools were split among two OSAA leagues playing in the 1A-2A-3A classification (which includes enrollments of up to 399 students). Stenberg said some of the Portland-area schools were playing against powerhouse programs like Catlin Gabel and Oregon Episcopal and losing "15, 16 to nothing."
"That wasn't doing either school any good," Stenberg said.
That, in part, precipitated Stenberg and other Class 1A athletic directors to lobby the OSAA for a 1A soccer division. When that didn't materialize, the schools decided to form the United League.
"We're trying to bring parity, at least in competition," Stenberg said.
Horizon's season opener is Saturday, Sept. 10, at home against Westside Christian; the Hawks open league matches Sept. 22 at CS Lewis in Newberg.
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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