Tuesday, December 24, 2013
In its best-played game so far this season, the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys basketball team had a first win within grasp before letting it slip away in the fourth quarter of a 62-48 loss against Lebanon last Friday night at Vannet Court.
In a contest that was much closer than indicated by the final score, coach Steve Noteboom’s Eagles (0-6) trailed by two at halftime and were down by just six points late in the game.
The Warriors (3-1) pulled away with a late-game rally, however, to claim the win over the home team. Despite the final result, the Eagles had reason to hold their heads high.
“Having lots of different kids make significant contributions was good to see,” said Noteboom. “We played really good pressure defense and we had eight kids that scored. Everyone played pretty well and I felt real proud of the entire team.”
The Eagles got off to a rough start, trailing 8-0 midway through the first quarter before their offense kicked into gear. Led by Austin Martin (team-high 10 points), Scott Ziegner (eight points) and Noah Noteboom (career-high eight points), the team rallied to outscore Lebanon 11 points to four to close out the first quarter down by one.
“I think all these tough teams we’re playing in preseason is really going to be a good way to help prepare for us for league competition,” said Martin, HRV’s only senior who transferred to Hood River after moving here in September from Burns.
“We’re a really young team; for most of the guys this is their first year playing at the varsity level. I’m just trying to help teach them what it takes to compete at an up-tempo style of varsity basketball and they’re all doing a great job.”
Ziegner, a 6-foot-3 junior post, drove his way through the Warriors’ defense to give HRV its first lead of the game at 9-8 with about three minutes left in the opening quarter. Lebanon led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter and had a 13-2 run overlapping the first and second to take a 21-11 lead with 6:18 left until halftime.
HRV reclaimed momentum before halftime with a 10-4 run, fueled by two Martin long-range three-pointers and a last-second three by Colin Tegman to bring the score to within two.
“We had the momentum at the half, so that was kind of exciting,” (coach) Noteboom said. “We talked before the game about not having mental lapses where we’ll have a stretch of making bad passes, taking poor shots and then falling behind by a double-digit margin. We had one of those in the second half. I called a timeout right away and then after that, we were able to fight back and regain the momentum a little bit.”
Lebanon, guided by coach Joe Williamson, came out strong in the second half, led by 6-5 junior forward Ian Smith (15 points) and 6-3 junior forward Tyler Romeo (11 points). A 9-2 Warrior run, including an impressive breakaway dunk by Romeo, put Lebanon up 38-29 with 5:05 remaining in the third.
“That was his first dunk during a game this season, but he does it a lot in practice,” said Williamson. “We were hurt by foul trouble and Hood River made some key shots to make it a close game near the end.
“I was worried about how well our kids would respond since this was our longest road trip of the year (three-hour) and how they would react after a long bus ride. We played really well, though; particularly late in the game when we needed to.”
Lebanon, of the Mid-Willamette Conference, extended its lead to 41-31 with 1:27 left in the third. HRV came back again though, narrowing the margin to 43-36 after three quarters.
Trailing 49-40 in the fourth, the Eagles responded to the challenge with a 5-2 run, highlighted by a three-point play by sophomore Parker Kennedy (eight points), who sank a 10-foot jumper in the lane and followed with a free throw after being fouled on the play.
“We played better than we have been, so we’re definitely improving,” said Kennedy, a 6-foot forward and one of just four Eagles with previous varsity level experience.
“We did most of the things that we were focusing on doing and we continue to improve, so this will help build our confidence level,” he said. “Once we start league play (Jan. 23 CRC opener vs. Pendleton), I think we’ll definitely be much closer to having the type of performance level that we want to have.”
Lebanon took control of the game by outscoring HRV 11-3 during the final five minutes to pull out the win. The 48 points HRV scored was a season high for the team, and the 62 points allowed was a season low.
After the game the Eagles hosted the Warriors for the night in the school’s wrestling room. Lebanon played Saturday at The Dalles-Wahtonka (a 58-53 Warrior win), so the team slept Friday in the HRV’s wrestling room, instead of staying at a motel.
HRV has a break from action during Christmas vacation before hosting the Franklin Quakers (4-4) Dec. 30.
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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