Sports Briefs for Feb. 23

Teams of five: join Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2013 is gearing up for March 9 at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes bowling alley. The event is run by The Next Door Inc. and serves as the Big Brothers-Big Sisters program’s largest fundraiser.

Teams of five are encouraged to sign up for the event, pick a time slot to bowl together and gather pledges that will go to BBBS operations like identifying kids (Littles), recruiting and screening mentors (Bigs), matching Littles and Bigs together and providing professional support for years to come.

If interested in forming a team, contact Kristin Reese, program manager, at or 541-386-5440.

Umpires needed for spring season

The Mid-Columbia Umpire Association is looking for a few good men and women to umpire baseball and softball games in the upcoming 2013 high school season. The MCUA covers games for local high schools in the mid-Columbia area. The season starts in March and ends in May. All umpires are paid by the game. Interested individuals should attend a meeting Monday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. or contact Bob Ford at 541-980-4165.

Young wrestlers star at state

Hood River brothers Noah and Jeremiah Wachsmuth earned a pair of state wrestling titles earlier this month at the Oregon Wrestling Association’s collegiate state championships.

In the novice age division, 80-pound Noah won his third state title by winning five straight matches (three by pin), including a 13-3 technical-fall over Daniel McClung of Salem Elite Mat Club in the finals.

Younger brother Jeremiah, 6, wrestled in the 40-pound class of the bantam division. With low numbers for his age and size, Jeremiah had two byes to advance to the finals, where he pinned Colt Barkow of Fern Ridge.

Both wrestlers were part of the Hood River Wrestling Club but now train out of the Cobra All-Stars gym in Portland.

In the novice division, 65-pound sixth-grader Ryan Zeller finished third in the tournament for Cobra All-Stars. The Hood River wrestler won four straight matches before losing one and forfeiting another (due to injury) to end in third.

Also wrestling out of Hood River was novice 80-pounder Chad Muenzer, who went 4-2 in the tournament to finish just shy of the podium.

The boys train with the Portland mat club and have their sights set on freestyle and Greco roman tournaments this spring and summer (state is April 27-28 in Portland; regionals are June 17-20 in Pocotello, Idaho, and nationals are June 24-27 in Orem, Utah).

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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 to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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