Sports Briefs for January 19, 2013

Wheat leads with 20 in varsity boys league opener

Ryan Wheat led the Hood River Valley High school varsity boys basketball team at Pendleton Tuesday evening in the team’s league opener. The 83-54 loss puts the boys at 4-8 overall. After falling behind by 49-20 in the first half, the Eagles came out much improved in the second and actually tied the Buckaroos 34-34 in scoring for the half. RJ Chavez had 10 points, Luke Kopecky tallied eight rebounds and Austin Clark and Eli Fults had six points each in the game.

‘Kids’ Night Out’ Feb. 2

The Hood River Valley High School softball team is holding a fundraiser Feb. 2, Kids’ Night Out, from 6-9 p.m. The event will provide fun and healthy activities for children in grades K-5.

For an admission of $10 per child, elementary-age kids can enjoy football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, board games, movies, crafts and more, as well as healthy snacks.

Registration will be held from 5:40-7:30 p.m. at the athletic entrance of the HRVHS gym. Participants will be released to only those who are indicated on the sign-in sheet. All areas will be well supervised by adults and high school softball players. Certified professionals in first aid and CPR will be on site.

Participants should wear proper shoes and comfortable clothing for recreational play. For more info contact Lindsy Weseman at lindsy.weseman@hoodriver.k12.or.us or 541-806-1426.

Run through winter with CGRC

Starting Jan. 26, runners have three Saturday events in a row for their enjoyment. The Run Like a Dog 4-miler on Jan. 26 takes place on the scenic paths of the Skamania Lodge Golf Course and is $2 (free for Columbia Gorge Running Club members). Registration starts at 9 a.m., running at 10 a.m. Next on the list is the Feb. 2 Heart Truth walk/run at Kiwanis Pocket Park (Klindt Dr.) in The Dalles. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and running starts at 10 a.m. Finally, the Jumpstart Valentine’s Day River run/walk is on Feb. 9 at The Dalles Marina. Registration starts at 9 a.m., running at 10 a.m. Day-of registration is $10.

For more Gorge-area runs, visit columbiagorgerunningclub.com.

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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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