Friday, March 16, 2012
The two new Hood River Valley lacrosse coaches bring with them a wealth of lacrosse experience. And they are both stepping into enviable situations.
HRV grad and former professional lacrosse player Jon Munk takes over the reins of the HRV boys program following the departure of longtime coach Mac Jackson in the offseason.
Erin Currie, a former coach at Lakeridge, takes over for Eric Nance in the girls program.
The Eagle boys have been a state fixture for several years and the girls program is on the rise, with a steady increase of talent and ability.
Both new coaches followed the call of lacrosse to Hood River. Or in Munk's case, back to Hood River.
Munk played for HRV on the ground floor of lacrosse in Hood River. He went on to play collegiate for Notre Dame de Namur in California, where the team spent most of his career ranked in the top 10.
After graduation he moved on to the pro ranks, playing indoor lacrosse in Canada before spending a season with Portland Lumberjaxx of major league lacrosse. He then played for the San Jose Stealth and spent several years playing for the Czech National Indoor lacrosse team, including two world championship tournaments.
After all that he wound up back in Hood River. He is currently attending school in Portland working on his teaching credential.
"It's a full circle," he said Thursday while watching his new team practice.
Currie is not quite coming full circle, but she is hoping to take HRV girls team to the next level.
She played four years of high school lacrosse at West Linn and Lakeridge, and recreationally at University of Oregon, before getting into coaching at Lakeridge.
After assisting at HRV last year, she takes the reins this season of a team she thinks is prepared to take big strides.
"I'm hoping to make it to state," she said. "That's the goal and the talent is there."
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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