Sports Briefs for January 5, 2013

HRVHS alum Amy Hay raises the bar

Amy Hay, a 2009 Hood River Valley High School graduate, qualified for and competed in the recent American Open Weightlifting Championships held in Palm Springs, Calif. Hay competed in the 69 kg (152 lb.) weight class category and placed 13th in the nation overall at the meet.

Her personal bests of 79 kg (173.8 lbs.) on Snatch and 98 kg (215.6 lbs.) on Clean and Jerk put her seventh in the nation for her weight class. Hay trains at Oregon State University under coaches Chris Roth, Tim Rabas and Roger Nielsen. Her next competition will take place in March at the Arnold Classic, followed by nationals in July.

Tumbleweed Tournament: Men’s basketball March 8-10

Organizers are gearing up for the annual Tumbleweed men’s basketball tournament, set this year for March 8-10. The event is a fundraiser for Condon/Wheeler High School basketball programs and organizers are hoping to register 20 teams. Registration is $300 per team.

For more information or to sign up, contact Jared Lathrop at or Joe Colby at or call 541-384-2581.

Free snowshoe demos Jan. 12 at White River

On Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., REI is again hosting Winter Trails, a free snowshoe demo event at White River West Sno-Park on Mount Hood. The event is an opportunity for people to try the activity of snowshoeing and demo gear offered by various vendors. For more information visit

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge

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