A feel-good win in Hermiston

For the first time in a long time, Hood River Valley High School volleyball picked up a win on the Bulldogs’ turf. The Eagles, now 1-1 in the Columbia River Conference, traveled to Hermiston Tuesday and came away with the first road win against the team in the seven years Scott Walker has been with the Eagles.

The Bulldogs didn’t give the win away easily, however. The match started 25-21, 25-25 in favor of the Hood River before Hermiston answered back, taking two games of their own (25-22, 25-20) to tie the match. The fifth set — played to 15 — saw the Eagles behind 6-10 before making a 9 points to 3 run that gave them the win.

“We were losing 6-10 and outscored them 5-1 to tie it at 11 on a huge kill by Tabitha Merten,” Walker said of the last few minutes. “Hermiston put up two more points, so we called timeout again, at 11-13. After the timeout they missed a serve and Jestena Mattson and Kaili Duffy put up a huge block to tie it up at 13. Mattson finished off the game with two kills for the win.

“Our saving grace for the match was Amanda McCafferty, who had a career night with 35 assists, and everyone else hitting the ball really well. Kaili Duffy played amazing with 19 kills and Meighan Frazier added 13 kills to the team total of 39. It was great to finally win a close one in Hermiston.”

The win comes after a decent team showing last weekend at the Madison tournament. The girls opened with wins over Madison and McKay before losing two games against Forest Grove.

The team hosts The Dalles-Wahtonka Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., followed by a road game in Pendleton on Thursday.

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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



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