Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Before the weather turns warm in a few weeks (or months as the case may be around these parts) track and field athletes are heating things up indoors this month.
Lauren Lloyd (HRV '10) is having a stellar indoor season after rehabbing from a shin injury over the fall. Karyn Lloyd was kind enough to pass along an update on her daughter as she prepared to fly to New York to watch her for the first time in the collegiate ranks.
At the Boston University Valentine's Day Invitational earlier this month, Lloyd put herself third on the Cornell University all-time indoor list for the 800 with a time of 2:-7.18. The team was a three-second indoor personal best for the sophomore, according to Cornell athletics, and is the No. 8 all-time best time in the Ivy League.
Lloyd and the rest of the Big Red track team will be at the ECAC Championships in Boston March 3-4.
In basketball Angie Titus (HRV '11) saw double-digit minutes against Alaska for Western Oregon on Feb. 16 and turned in a four-point night with a steal.
Chris Dirks (HRV '11) got his first career start for Linfield earlier this month in an 83-78 loss to Willamette. Dirks played a season-high 17 minutes and scored five points in the game.
Some unfortunate news to pass on regarding Ramon Martinez (Horizon '11) at Portland Bible College. His freshman basketball season was brought to a halt by a knee injury and a subsequent surgery. He hopes to make a full recovery and be back on the court next season after taking a medical redshirt this year.
Got word from Chris Sherrell that sons Elliott (HRV '09) and Parker (HRV '11) will be teaming up this season at Lane Community College baseball team. The Titans kick off their season March 3.
Finally, for your trivia. Which NBA No. 1 overall draft pick has played the fewest career games since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976 (excluding 2011)?
A: Hit the bottle, Blazer fans, according to ESPN and the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the often-injured and likely soon to be retired Greg Oden, with 82.
And that is reason No. 346 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