The Notebook: Rowley rips onto national softball scene

Breanne Rowley sure knows how to make an exit. In her senior season at William Penn, the softball first baseman has been lighting opposing pitching all season.

Here is the timeline of the first week of April for the former HRV star: April 4 — Rowley hits three home runs as the Statesmen sweep Waldorf in a league doubleheader. April 7 — Rowley hits a pair of inside-the-park home runs as William Penn beats Robert Morris and extends a 13-game win streak. April 10 — Rowley is rewarded for her monster week by being named Midwest Collegiate Conference softball player of the week. April 10 — The accolades keep rolling in as Rowley is named the NAIA national softball player of the week.

The Statesmen recently wrapped up the regular season title and a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, but no matter what she does in the playoffs, Rowley will be hardpress to top her fantastic week in early April.

n After saying so many good things about the HRV boys lacrosse team in my column a few weeks ago, it would only be fair to say some good things about the HRV girls team after it thrashed Grant 17-3 Friday. While watching the Eagles pepper the Generals’ goal for most of the evening, I couldn’t help but harken back to a game the two teams played five years ago.

I remember it vividly for three reasons. First because the weather was absolutely awful, with wind, rain, snow and hail hammering the field. Second, because it was my first attempt at making a video for and third because it was the Eagles’ first big win as a program.

It’s pretty amazing how things have changed in that time span. Just a few years after a win over Grant was a key milestone for the program, the Eagles are now easily waxing the Generals.

n One more lacrosse note: Two HRV alums met on the lacrosse field last week when Drew Lamaita’s Washington Huskies met with Andrew Dirks’ Oregon State Beavers. The Beavers won the game 16-8.

n Finally for your trivia: Who holds the NCAA Div. 1 softball single-season home run record?

A: Laura Espinoza of Arizona, who hit 37 home runs in 1995.

That is reason No. 85 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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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