Tuesday, November 20, 2012
High school hoops in Hood River County started Friday with the second-annual Hawk Madness event at Horizon Christian School.
About 150 people attended an informal scrimmage of the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams, as well as 20 minutes of a youth team in competition. It was the first chance that Horizon parents and supporters had to see the 2012-13 versions of the teams.
The interscholastic season, with its win-loss columns, starts with the Nov. 30 Horizon tournament, featuring the first official meeting of the varsity squads of Horizon and Hood River Valley High School.
Friday was all about having fun, with Hawk tall guys Jake Wells, Max Totaro and Mason Bloomster all taking turns dunking balls during warm-ups. Even the referees got into the act.
“It’s a way to get everyone together to celebrate the start of the basketball season,” said Athletic Director Oscar Stenberg. “And, another great thing is that it helps us get the bugs out of the system – to make sure the scoreboard works correctly and the sound system and all the lights are functioning properly.”
Speaking of lights, parent Mike Engel wired and hung spotlights over each foul line, and added a rotating colored light system, all lending to the evening’s pageantry.
The gym was darkened as the players took their places under the spotlights. The teams got a pro-style introduction from “the voice of the Hawks,” Jared Nagreen, a Horizon teacher who was himself a hoops standout before his graduation in 2006.
Stenberg started things off introducing the referees for the night, Horizon hoops stars Bobby Cofrances, Class of 2006, and Cameron Root, Class of 2005.
Halftime brought the traditional “pop shot,” as kids and adults paid $1 to shoot a three-pointer and win a two-liter bottle of soda. Some hit air balls, some hit three in a row.
Hawk Madness was the first look at the girls’ basketball team led by first-year coach Chad Leeson, and provided a chance to see the defending state 1A champion Hawk boys compete against each other in a high-offense scrimmage with Nagreen offering a gentle teasing in his play-by-play.
When the boys’ game concluded, the team handed out Hawks T-shirts to the middle school boys, with the motto:
The Nov. 30 tournament will feature boys and girls teams from Trinity Lutheran, Amity, HRVHS and East Linn. It starts at 3:30 p.m. in the Hawk’s Nest, with the Horizon vs. HRVHS boys’ game slated for 8:20 p.m.
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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