Sports Briefs for April 27

Hershey’s Track Meet Saturday

The annual Hershey’s Track Meet is scheduled for April 27, 11 a.m. at Hood River Valley High School. The meet is open to kids ages 9-14 and includes events/games like the sprinting, running, softball throw and the standing long jump. Top finishers from the local event have a chance at competing in the state meet and possibly the North American finals in Hershey, Pa.

The Hood River contest is open to Hood River County residents only and requires an entry form and a copy of birth documents to verify age. Preregistration is advised and entry forms can be found at or by contacting organizer Troy Tactay at Spiked shoes are not allowed.

Eagle youth soccer camp

Hood River Valley High School soccer coaches Kevin Haspela and Jaime Rivera, along with current student-athletes, will share their style of play at youth boys and girls soccer camp for kids grades kindergarten through eighth.

Camp will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24-28 at Westside Elementary School. The registration fee is $100 per player if done before May 17 and $125 after that. Register through Hood River County Community Education at (search for Eagle Soccer Camp). For more information contact River at 541-490-0699 or .

Competitive Youth Soccer Tryouts

Hood River Soccer Club (formerly Hood River Dynamos) will hold its annual tryouts in early May (dates listed below). HRSC offers competitive youth soccer for U11-U14 boys and girls. Tryouts are free, but all players and parents will need to complete a tryout waiver and will need to bring a copy of the player’s birth certificate if one is not already on file with the club. Players should wear black or dark T-shirts and appropriate soccer gear to tryouts.

Details are as follows:

U13-U14 girls and boys: May 8-9, 6:30-8 p.m. at Westside Elementary School’s south field. Players should plan to attend both days.

U11-U12 girls: May 13, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Baptist field (1889 Belmont Drive).

U11-U12 boys: May 14, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Baptist Field (1889 Belmont Drive).

Fees for fall season are $300. Uniforms, tournament fees, and travel expenses are not included in fees. Limited financial assistance is available. Contact Pepe Rivera at (541)380-0926 or email Gigi Siekkinen at for more information.

Dry Hollow Vineyard hosts Home At Last 3K/5K benefit

Dry Hollow Vineyards is hosting the 2013 Gorge Vineyard 3K/5K Run Walk on May 4. The 10 a.m. event will be a fundraiser for the Home at Last program. The 3K will feature two laps around the Hi Valley Vineyard in The Dalles. The 5K will have an additional out-back among the cherry orchards overlooking a neighboring vineyard.

Entrance is free with the purchase of a $15 Columbia Gorge Passport directly from Dry Hollow Vineyards Tasting Room, or through preregistration for $5 without or $15 with a shirt. For more information or to register email or call 541-296-2953.

Hawks baseball loses close game

Dufur counter-punched every Horizon Christian punch Wednesday, resulting in a 12-11 high school baseball win for the Rangers at Collins Field. The loss dropped Horizon to 0-8 in district play with six games remaining, while Dufur remains a game out of first place.

The Rangers were outhit 8-5 and struck out 13 times, but they took advantage of every opportunity they were afforded, including five walks and three hit batsmen.

Horizon's starting pitcher Jake Wells struck out 11 of the 22 batters he faced over five innings and provided some offense with a two-run homer which tied the game 2-2 in the fourth inning. Dufur struck back with two unearned runs in the top of the fifth, eventually settling for a 5-2 lead. The Rangers tacked on four more runs in the top of the sixth behind two hits and two Hawk errors.

The Hawks sent 12 batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning to tie the game 9-9. Micah Engel's grand slam to right field was the biggest blow for the home team in the frame. The inning ended with Dufur's Bradley Newman catching Kirby Carter's deep fly ball against the left-field fence.

Again, Dufur proved optimistic by parlaying two walks, two hit batters into a 12-9 lead with half an inning to play. Horizon made a game of it in its half of the seventh. RJ Hicks walked, Cody Lingel singled and both scored on Jared Davis' double to right center. Engel was intentionally walked and the game ended when Ian Rasmussen's grounder to shortstop resulted in a force out at third base.

Horizon was coming off a come-from-behind win on Monday against the La Salle junior varsity.

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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