Sports Briefs for January 30, 2013

Registration soon for HR Little League

Hood River Liggle League registration will run three evenings in the coming week. All sessions will take place in the Westside Elementery School foyer. If anyone is unable to make one of the below dates, contact league administration prior to Feb. 2 at to make arrangements.

Dates and times are as follows:

Jan. 31, 5:30-7 p.m.

Feb. 1, 5:30-7 p.m.

Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

HRV Nordic hosts 5K Classic

The Hood River Valley Nordic team competed on home turf over the weekend in a 5K Classic race at Teacup Nordic Center. With snow flurries and varying surface conditions as an added challenge to the area’s hilly terrain, HRV racers had a strong showing. Delia Dolan led the way for the girls with a fifth-place finish to help the team to a second-place finish out of eight.

The HRV boys squad was down its top three skiers, as they were competing at the same time at the Junior Olympic Qualifiers in Bend (see Saturday’s paper for details). Leading the way at Teacup was Mason McDowell, placing 14th out of a field of 41.

The 5K race was complicated by snow flurries much of the day, which made choosing the right wax — which is a crucial part of the sport — a game-changer for many competitors. Teacup’s hilly terrain also made a difference and was an advantage for the local skiers as they are accustomed to training on the same hills.

The team races next at a night race Feb. 1 at Mt. Hood Meadows.

HRV girls top five:

Delia Dolan, 5th

Denali Emmons, 12th

Althea Dillon, 13th

Lauren Robinson, 22nd

Victoria K.-Flanagan, 32nd

HRV boys top three:

Mason McDowell, 14th

Billy Edwards, 26th

Alex Chadney, 37th

HRVHS spring sports registration

Hood River Valley High School athletics is gearing up for spring sports, and athletes must follow procedure to be able to play in the coming months and to start regular season practices at the end of February.

Athletes should attend spring team clearance sessions at the HRVHS athletics office with all the paperwork they need to be cleared for competition. Clearance times and dates are as follows. For the proper paperwork or further instructions, check the HRVHS athletic office.

Softball/baseball: Feb. 19, 3:10-4 p.m.

Lacrosse (boys and girls): Feb. 20, 3:10-4 p.m.

Track: Feb. 21, 3:10-4 p.m.

Tennis and golf: Feb. 22, 3:10-4 p.m.

Late clearance: Feb. 25, 7:30-9 a.m.

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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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