On the road, lax girls build momentum

A key road win Tuesday at St. Mary’s bumps the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls lacrosse team into a tie for third place in the Portland League. With a week left in the regular season, the 9-5 victory was a big step forward in the Eagles’ quest for a state berth; the top four in the league advance to state and Hood River is in a fight for the final slot against Lincoln and St. Mary’s. Oregon Episcopal School remains undefeated in the league and Wilson is holding strong in the No. 2 position with only one loss (vs. OES).

Kristen Lago upped her season scoring total to 39 with four goals in the game. Averaging four goals per game this season, Andrea Iobst had a hat trick and Lydia McElderry had two goals. Defensively, Christina Silva was solid in the goal with 13 saves to keep St. Mary’s at bay and shut down the opposition’s top scorers.

“The defense, led by Christina Silva in the goal and Emmy McPherson on the field, deserve a lot of the credit for the win,” assistant coach Andrew McElderry commented. “They effectively shut down St. Mary’s offense. Kristen Lago has become the solid foundation for hood River’s offense although I would also say that the depth at midfield this year has been incredible. Everyone is having a strong impact on the team’s success.”

With two games remaining in the regular season, the team will have to carry momentum from the win into next week, when it travels to Grant May 7 and hosts Lincoln in a must-win final game May 8. The girls hosted the 11-0 OES squad Friday evening but results were not available as of press time.

“Tuesday was a crucial game for us to win, and the girls stepped-up to the challenge,” coach Erin Curry said. “We needed this win to help us take some momentum and confidence into our last week of games.”

In girls’ junior varsity action, the HRV squad is second in Portland League standings with a 7-2-1 record. Sascha Bockius leads the team with 21 goals on the season, followed by Savanna Brentlinger with 15, Bailey Murahashi with 13 and Althea Dillon with 12.

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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

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