Saturday, September 22, 2012
Hood River Valley High School girls varsity soccer hosted Tualatin Tuesday afternoon in what was expected to be the team’s toughest opponent of the season. The defending Oregon 6A state champions, the Timberwolves, are atop the state rankings again this season and faced the Eagles fresh off a 2-0 win against the perennial state powerhouse, Jesuit (currently ranked fifth in the state).
The 5-0 shutout was a tough loss for Hood River; but the final result wasn’t all gloom for the girls.
“We had a much improved second half,” Coach Kevin Haspela commented. After allowing four goals in the first, the girls improved their game dramatically and allowed only one goal the rest of the game. “I am proud of their efforts and am confident we are a smarter and quicker responding team after playing a team like Tualatin. We could have folded and left the field frustrated and defeated, but the girls gave it their best and believed in themselves. The team played with a lot of heart and stayed positive.”
The Timberwolves’ first half pounding was due largely to a more physical and aggressive style of play that pushed Hood River off the ball and opened offensive opportunities. The Eagles were on the defensive nearly the entire half and were barraged by shots from all over the field.
“If we gave them any space at all, they were excellent at getting a shot on goal, as we learned quickly in the first half,” Haspela said. “They were a very skilled team who would capitalize on defensive mistakes. We made some adjustments in the second half that forced Tualatin out of the middle. We played smarter one-on-one defense, and we began to generate counter attacks as a result of better passing.”
The Eagles, now 0-3-1 overall, host West Albany today at noon and travel Sept. 25 to Newberg. They return home Sept. 27 against Woodburn before starting league play Oct. 2 at Pendleton.
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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