HRV ski team ready to rock

Healthy downhill, freestyle rosters promise repeat titles

With three returning state champions, a filled-out roster and momentum carried over from last season’s success, the outlook is good as the Hood River Valley ski team prepares for its first race of the season in a couple weeks.

Senior Korey Cimock and junior Lucy McLean return to the lineup and are favored to be two of the best female downhill racers in the state. Last season the duo dominated their competition, finishing one-two (McLean, Cimock) overall in the Mt. Hood League championships to propel the girls team to a repeat league title. Cimock went on to win the overall state title with third-place GS and second-place slalom finishes, while McLean opted to compete in the U18 Western Regional Championships instead.

On the boys side, sophomore William Lamar and junior Patrick Crompton return as the team’s top district finishers. Last season Lamar finished second in slalom, third in GS and second overall, while Crompton was awarded the respectable Ski Meister award, given to the skier with the best combined freestyle, GS and slalom results.

Representing the burgeoning HRV freestyle program are returning state champion Kayla VanHoose and runner-up Hannah Bergemann and boys state champion Tucker FitzSimons.

Now in its third year running through the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association structure, the high school freestyle program has thus far been dominated by HRVHS, which takes full advantage of having Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort — and its terrain parks, halfpipe and skiercross course — just a short drive away. As with last season, OISRA will hold a split state championship, with freestyle and downhill events held consecutive weekends so athletes can compete in both if they qualify.

The Eagles, guided by returning head coach Scott Keillor, start their season Jan. 4 with the annual Christine Cato Memorial Race at Timberline Ski Area. The season continues with weekend races and freestyle events through February before league and state races. Freestyle competitors have the added benefit of being able to compete in extracurricular events like the Mt. Hood Meadows Rail Jam Series, held Saturday nights through the season.

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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



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