Sports Briefs for January 12, 2013

Reynolds handles HRV boys hoops

Hood River Valley High School varsity boys lost a tough road game this week against Reynolds High School. The end result was a 59-32 loss with Luke Kopecky leading the way with nine points, four rebounds and six steals. Cesar Romero had six points and Eli Fults had five. The loss was in large part to a total of 19 turnovers (14 in the first half) and a rough second quarter that saw HRV outscored 22-7.

Meadows hosts Rotary skiing Jan. 21

Hood River Rotary Club will host it’ annual Rotary Ski Night at Mt.Hood Meadows on Monday, Jan. 21. Tickets for the 2-9 p.m. fundraiser event are $10; after 4 p.m. the special tickets will be the only way to access the lifts (season passes, 10-time passes, night passes, etc. won’t work).

The annual event is a fundraiser for the club’s annual scholarship program that benefits students at Hood River Valley High School.

To purchase the special tickets, visit .

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

Oregon Select Baseball tryouts Jan. 18

Oregon Select Baseball, now in its ninth year, is holding tryouts Jan. 18, from 7-9 p.m. for ages 9-14 and the 12U Cooperstown Dream Parks team. Tryouts will be held at The Yard Baseball Academy in Beaverton (5465 S.W. Western Ave.). A player’s league age is determined by his age on April 30, 2012.

Oregon Select Baseball, fields competitive baseball teams in the 9U to 18U divisions to give Northwest players the opportunity to play and be exposed to the highest competition. For more info call 541-788-8520 or email To complete the tryout form visit

Tumbleweed hoops tourney 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.

Teacup Classic Jan. 27

The 29th annual Teacup Classic features Nordic racing for all ages and ability levels. The event, to be held this year on Jan. 27, takes place on the Teacup Lake Nordic Club’s finely groomed trails off of Highway 35 about 30 minutes south of Hood River.

The day of racing features 2.5K, 5K and 15K courses with several age divisions and skill levels to even out the competition. Registration can be done online or the day of before 9:30 a.m. Racing starts at 10:30 a.m.

For more information or to register visit

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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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