Sports Briefs for Mar. 16

HRVHS tennis 1-1 in opening matches

Hood River Valley High School tennis opened its spring season with a 4-4 win against Gresham on Monday. Each team won four matches, but HRV was 9-8 in sets to claim the tie-breaker win.

Scottie Ziegner won 6-2, 6-3 as the Eagles’ top singles player, and Omar Cornejo won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4 singles. Billy Edwards and Brandon Campos both lost to their Gresham opponents.

Doubles matches went to duos of Marten Sova and Cooper Holzman (6-1, 6-2) and Victor Gabrio and Miguel de la Rosa (7-5, 7-5) but were lost by Cole Shephered and Patrick Humann (2-6, 6-2, 4-6) and Jorge Calderon and Jonathan Hale (0-6, 2-6)

Next week the team hosts David Douglas, Monday at 4 p.m., and travels to Reynolds Wednesday.

Little League invites public to meetings

Hood River Little League is inviting members of the public and anyone interested in helping the local youth sports program to its monthly board meetings.

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month. This month it will be March 20, 5:30 p.m. at West Side Fire Department.

CSRT shines at U12 Finals

Last weekend marked the Oregon U12 skiing championships. Cooper Spur Race Team brought six female and five male competitors to Bend races. On Saturday, girls raced Slalom and boys raced GS.

Francis Melby skied her way into her best finish of the year, placing third, closely followed by teammate Josie Peterson in sixth. For the boys, Cassell LeFevre raced to a bronze finish, followed by teammate Joshua Nardone in sixth.

Racers switched disciplines the following day. Melby and Peterson led the team with sixth- and seventh-place finishes, followed by Annika Howell in 13th. Nardone had an outstanding first run that put him in second place, but fell in his second to get bumped out of the running. Lowell Schmidt was CSRT’s best male finisher of the day at 15th.

In overall standings, Melby led the team with a third-place finish.

Work parties help revitalize Gorge trails

Washington Trails Association is partnering with regional mountain biking groups to restore and reroute trails at Catherine Creek and Coyote Wall. The popular hiking and biking trails are on the north side of the Columbia Gorge between the towns of Bingen and Lyle.

WTA, in collaboration with the Columbia Area Mountain Bike Advocates, Northwest Trail Alliance and Hood River Area Trail Stewards, is hosting a series of volunteer trail work parties in March; two this weekend and two March 23-24.

“Coyote Wall and Catherine Creek are unique and spectacular places,” said Ryan Ojero, WTA’s southwest regional manager. “But a proliferation of unmanaged recreation has left a confusing network of user-created paths that weren’t designed to handle the number of visitors that flock to the area.”

A Forest Service recreation plan for the area calls for an official trail system that protects unique biodiversity.

“Washington Trails Association has worked closely with CAMBA to design trail reroutes that are fun to ride and hike and are also environmentally responsible,” continued Ojerio.

“We’ve completed a section of the Maui Falls Trail at Coyote Wall and are now working to fix erosion problems on the Labyrinth Trail.”

A partnership with NWTA out of Portland has helped speed up the progress with the use of itsspecialized trail machines. The project is funded through a grant from the National Forest Foundation with funds donated by Skamania Lodge.

In addition to improving the sustainability of the trail system, the grant was awarded to WTA to train volunteers in trail maintenance techniques and develop partnerships with the local mountain bike community and other trail user groups.

Volunteers can help one or both days of each weekend and are invited to an optional campout and potluck at a campsite on the Klickitat River.

For information on the work parties and how to volunteer, 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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