Friday, March 8, 2013
Hood River Valley Snowboarding Club boys and girls teams claimed individual and team Gorge League titles this month after solid performances throughout the season. The team of high school snowboarders will train this weekend in preparation for the Oregon Interscholastic Snowboarding Association state championship, held March 13-16 at Mt. Bachelor.
Leading the way for the boys will be senior Connor Goodwillie, who claimed individual league titles in slopestyle and halfpipe events to help the team to first-place finishes in both events. The girls team also claimed the overall title, with Autumn Inouye finishing first in halfpipe and Maddie Collins taking top slopestyle honors.
“It’s hard to say exactly what to expect at state,” said coach Phineas England. “OISA is so big that it’s hard to tell the level of competition in other leagues. I’ve heard coaches from other leagues talk about how tough the Gorge League is, so that’s a good confidence booster for us.”
Next week’s state championships will bring together the top snowboarders from 26 teams in the state. The HRV squad will be represented by four boys and four girls and will compete in banked slalom, boardercross, halfpipe and slopestyle events.
“I think Hood River can take everything this year,” assistant coach Wally Inouye said. “There will be other riders from other leagues to worry about, but we’re a strong enough team that if everyone does well we can win it all. That’s especially true for Connor (Goodwillie); I think he’s probably the top kid in the state right now.”
Backing Goodwillie are team leaders Ethan Field, River Rudhe and Isaiah Arnold, all of whom are capable of podium finishes at state.
On the girls side, Inouye and Collins, both freshmen, are a sign of a strong future of the HRV team.
“We definitely had some positive growth this season,” England said. “With our young riders blossoming into future leaders of the team, we’re re-establishing ourselves as a force to be reckoned with.”
The following riders will represent HRV at state:
Autumn Inouye, Maddie Collins, Katie Middle, Rain Vaday, Conner Goodwillie, Ethan Field, River Rudhe, Isaiah Arnold and Brandon Fisher.
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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