Friday, May 3, 2013
We definitely had a Cinderella conclusion to the Monday night men’s Industrial League at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. The season-ending NCAA-basketball-like, March madness bracket tournament the league uses to determine its champion turned into an old-fashioned donnybrook.
Seeding in the league’s three week bracket matches is determined by overall performance during the regular season. Because of this exciting format, Your Rental Center, the No.8 and last seed to make it into the championship tournament, took advantage of the opportunity and emerged as the league champion by a whisker.
The final championship match against Hood River Supply (No.6 seed) was about as close as it could get, with Your Rental Center taking the title by a mere two pins in the nerve-racking three game head-to-head contest.
Bowling for the champs were Woody Eskildsen, Zach Mohun, Jeff Drennan, Eric Foster and Aaron Troxel.
Troxel starred for the winners by firing a huge 278 in his second game. He finished up with a nice 625 series which was 100 pins over his average.
It’s interesting to note all four of the league’s top seeds lost in the first round. That’s what makes this league so appealing for its participants; virtually every team has a good chance to win the title. It’s really refreshing to see the underdogs get a chance to go to the big show and then take all the marbles. In traditional league formats, you will never see an eighth-place team win a title.
Top individual honors in the league for the season went to a quintet of local bowling’s finest players, Jason DeGeus for high average at a whopping 222 pins per game; Brandon Kawachi and Jeff Miller had high game at 290 and, Greg McDaniel took high series with a big 792 set.
The Tuesday morning women’s Workshirkers league also has a new champion for the first time in umpteen years. In the roll off between the first and second half winners to decide the league champion, team Ain’t We Tweet simply rolled over Nobi’s to take the title. Bowling for the new champs were Vicki Ross, Dacia Johnson, Bernie Keys and Peggy Dunn.
Bernie and Peggy were instrumental in the victory as they both rolled nifty 214’s in the second game of the match, overwhelming Nobi’s by 120 pins. That was the key in the match as Nobi’s never recovered from that shellacking. The Nobi’s team was considered a dynasty in town as they had won this league for so many years in a row we lost count. Nobi’s stellar star, Nancy Asai, swept top individual honors in the league for the season with a 193 average, 257 game and a fine 709 series. No wonder they were so hard to beat.
The Snickering Seniors team won the second half in the Wednesday afternoon Colts & Fillies league. This league is dedicated to fun and socialization so it doesn’t have a roll off at the end of the season to determine a champion. Instead they simply have first and second half winners. Bowling for the Snickering Seniors were Polly Bull, Ellen Cochran, Jim McClain and Bucky Klantchnek. Taking top individual honors in the league for the season were senior star Gordon Sim and Peggy Dunn for high average at 205 and 169 pins per game respectively; Joe Krug had high game and series for the men with 257 and a magical 700; and Peggy Dunn did the same for the women with 237 and 611.
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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