Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Hood River Valley Nordic boys and girls teams earned podium finishes over the weekend at the OHNSO state championships in Bend.
The event brought 65 male and 90 female racers to Mount Bachelor to determine top individuals and teams for the 2012-12 Oregon high school Nordic ski season. At the end of two days of competition, HRV boys and girls teams both finished third overall out of the eight squads in attendance.
Sam Wiley was the highest placer for Hood River, with a third-place finish in Friday’s 7.5K skate race and a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s 5K classic race. He was also recognized for qualifying for the upcoming Junior Nationals race in Fairbanks, Alaska.
The HRV girls were led by Petra Knapp, who finished 13th in the skate race and Delia Dolan, who finished 13th in the classic race.
“Third is an excellent result for the team,” coach Bonnie Lambert said. “We are finally putting a crack in the Central Oregon high school teams’ dominance of the past. HRV is becoming a force to be reckoned with.”
Races were held on groomed Nordic trails at the base of Mount Bachelor. With calm skies and T-shirt temperatures, weather conditions were a factor only in that they were not a factor.
“We didn’t have to deal with the elements, which is rarely the case,” Lambert said. “Waxing, however, is always a factor in this sport. You have to work hard on getting the right wax, and conditions can change really quickly, so racers are often waxing right before they are up.”
The championship was broken into three separate events. Friday was a 7.5K skate race, Saturday was a 5K classic race and a team relay race.
Backing Wiley for the boys Friday were Daniel Fisher in 12th place and Nils Engbersen in 21st, followed by teammates Mason McDowell, Billy Edwards and Alex Chadney. Delia Dolan wasn’t far behind Knapp in the girls race with a 15th-place finish, followed by Miranda Starr in 22nd and Eva Kahn in 25th; Denali Edwards and Victoria Kohner-Flanagan followed.
Saturday’s race saw Wiley finish fourth, followed by Fisher in 13th, Engbersen in 20th and McDowell, Edwards and Chadney trailing for the boys. Dolan led the girls in the race with a 13th-place finish, followed by Knapp in 19th, Emmons in 28th and Starr, Kahn and Koehner-Flanagan.
Lambert said that although the Bachelor course was more difficult than HRV’s home terrain (Teacup Lake and Mt. Hood Meadows), the team was ready for the challenge.
“The kids are fit,” she said. “They worked hard all season to get to the level where they can compete in a difficult race like that.”
Scoring for the events are similar to cross country in that the top five finishers from each team contribute to the team’s overall score. This is where HRV’s depth and consistency paid off and resulted in their podium finish; and with only three seniors on the team, coaches are already gearing up for a bigger and better team next season.
“As part of our training, the team competes in the Meadows Nordic series,” Lambert explained.
“This year, in addition to our high school racers, we had about 10 middle school racers in the series, and some of them are right there with the high school kids. They’re going to be race-ready by the time they get to high school, and that’s very exciting for the future of the sport in Hood River.”
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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