Hawks rock solid heading into 2014

Horizon boys basketball sits atop Oregon 1A standings

Horizon Christian School varsity boys basketball team notched wins last week against Dayton and Blanchet Catholic to finish the year on a high note, riding a five-game winning streak and ranked 1A No. 1. The games, both at Dayton, ended 69-60 and 59-53 in favor of the Hawks, who have a week off from competition before taking on the Hood River Valley Eagles in a Jan. 3 game (7 p.m. at HRVHS).

Jared Davis and Mason Bloomster teamed up with 21 points each in last Friday’s win over 3A West Valley League’s Dayton High School. The duo, aided by Matt Totaro who had 17 points, kept the Hawks in the game despite numerous lead changes and a first half that ended with Horizon up by only a point. A strong third quarter outscoring Datyon by seven gave the Hawks the edge they needed to carry through with the win. Micah Engel had six and RJ Hicks had four in the game as well.

The Hawks continued their tough preseason schedule against larger-school teams with a game Saturday against Blanchet Catholic of the 3A PacWest Conference. Led by Matt Totaro, four players scored double-digits in the 59-53 win; Totaro had a game-high 19, while Davis had 13 and Bloomster and Engel had 11 each. Notably, Davis was 3-6 from three-point range, while Totaro made 10 of 13 from the free-throw line to help secure the win.

Another strong third quarter gave the team the boost it needed. This time, the Hawks trailed 33-28 at halftime, but outscored Blanchet 16-8 in the third to take the lead and seal a comeback victory.

The team plays three more nonleague games (Jan. 3 at HRVHS, Jan. 4 home vs. Triad and Jan. 8 vs. Gaston at the Moda Center/Rose Garden) before starting a 14-game league stretch.

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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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