Monday, April 9, 2012
For both Hood River Valley tennis teams this season, it's good to be young.
The two teams will have a significantly different look this year than last, when both used rosters loaded with seniors.
The boys team was practically gutted through graduation, and head coach Jon Hiatt came into the spring with only four players committed to his roster.
The girls team has more numbers, but nearly as many questions over who is going to play in what spot.
The Eagles know Emily Roberts will be half of the No.1 or No. 2 doubles team and that Frances Burns will be the No.1 singles player. Beyond that it's pretty much up in the air.
The team has 22 total members, and 13 of them are freshmen or sophomores.
Instead of getting some seasoning at the JV level, many of the younger players are going to take their lumps on the varsity level this year, but HRV girls coach Leslie Kerr believes that will pay dividends down the road.
"This year a lot of these kids are going to be playing up," Kerr said. "It's an advantage to the younger kids to play at another level … it is definitely a step up in terms of the competition."
The Eagles are also hoping for a good season out of junior Emilee Ziegner, who will likely play both doubles and seniors and had a strong finish to sophomore season to finish eighth at the district tournament.
"A lot of these kids can take a big jump; it's just hard to say who it will be and when it will be," said Kerr.
The Eagle boys will be relying even more on its youngsters than the girls team. Only two of the team's 10 players return from last year: senior Story McKee and junior Nick Cooper.
Another four players are true tennis beginners.
"We are definitely a very young team this year," said HRV coach Jon Hiatt.
The Eagle coach is still trying to making sense of his doubles line up, but has a fairly good idea of the singles lineup
A pair of talented freshmen, Scott Ziegner and Ryan Andrews, figure to be at the front of the line to anchor a singles line up with returner McKee.
"Those are some guys to watch out for," said Hiatt.
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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