Friday, October 19, 2012
On a five-game winning streak and undefeated in the Columbia River Conference, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team is poised to claim the league title at the end of the month.
But the title won’t come easily; the girls face Hermiston and The Dalles in their last conference matches of the season, and winning both games will likely be necessary steps in finishing on top; particularly in next week’s road game against the Bulldogs.
The Eagles played twice this week — on the road against The Dalles-Wahtonka Tuesday and at home Thursday against Pendleton. Both games were close-fought and ended with Hood River having the slight edge with 1-0 shutouts.
Lucy McLean scored for the Eagles Tuesday in a matchup where strong wind proved to be a significant player in the action. Fighting the wind the first half, Hood River didn’t score, but managed to keep TDW scoreless, as well. With the wind at their backs in the second, the girls took advantage of long clears and a forced TDW short game to ride out the 1-0 lead after McLean scored off a rebounded shot taken by Kristin Lago.
The only goal of Thursday’s game against Pendleton was set up by a high-speed drive and shot from junior midfielder Korey Cimock. Pendleton’s goalie made a diving save to block the shot and knock the ball out of bounds. Cimock took the corner kick and placed the ball perfectly in front of the goal. After a quick round of pingpong in the penalty box, senior defender Christina Silva sent a rocket of a shot into the upper corner of the net.
“I usually push up on corner kicks because you never know what’s going to happen,” she said after the game. “I think the goal demonstrates that. I was just in the right spot at the right time.”
Not long after scoring, Silva suffered a minor injury and was taken out of the game to recover.
“I put my body in front of a shot and got cleated in the stomach,” she said. “It knocked the wind out of me for a minute.”
For Silva and seven other girls on the team, Thursday’s game was the last she’ll play at Westside Elementary School. The team’s final home game (and senior night) will be Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at HRVHS.
“It’s sad to think about,” Silva said. “I started playing here a long time ago with Community Ed. I have a lot of good memories here.”
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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