Sports Briefs for December 12, 2012

Eagles make All-State soccer teams

Oregon’s 2012 5A All-State boys and girls soccer teams were announced this week and a few Hood River athletes made the list. Players were selected and voted on by coaches across the state through Oregonian staff.

HRV boys

First Team: Camiel Burrsma (senior)

Second Team: Edgar Villegas (junior), Jose Muro (senior)

Honorable Mention: Giovani Magana (freshman)

HRV girls

Honorable mention: Sophie Grace (sophomore)

Meadows begins night operations

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort opened for night operations this week, with lifts running until 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. To kick off the “Meadows After Dark” season, the resort is offering discounted lift tickets for $15 on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The regular night ticket (for non-passholders) is $30 and is good from 3-9 p.m. Season night passes cost $129.

As of deadline Tuesday, the resort reports a 42-inch base. Forecasts for the week show off-and-on snow with up to a foot possible through Wednesday night and another round of snow in line for the weekend.

Indoor Soccer Academy for grades 5-8

The weather might be wet and the fields soggy, but many kids still want to play soccer. For boys and girls in grades 5-8, the answer is Hood River’s Indoor Soccer Academy League. The league is held at Wy’east Middle School and is designed for players of all abilities, with a focus on skill development.

Games will be held in the Wy’east gym on Sundays from Jan. 6 through Feb. 11. An open gym and parent meeting will take place Dec. 16, 4 p.m., at Wy’east where parents can learn more information and register kids and players can meet one another and get a feel for what the league will be like.

Boys and girls teams will be created with an emphasis on development, not competition, with focus on ball handling, passing and movement. Volunteer coaches are welcomed and can complete required back ground check at the Community Ed office.

Registration can be done through Hood River County Community Education’s website at or in person at the Dec. 16 open gym. A one-time fee of $25 covers six games and a T-shirt. For questions contact Pepe Rivera at 541-399-3362.

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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

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