Sports briefs for May 11,2013

Hermiston dishes losses to HRV baseball and softball

Hood River Valley baseball and softball teams traveled to Hermiston Tuesday to take on the Bulldogs in the last road game of the regular season. The girls had a tough 2-0 loss against the Columbia River Conference’s No. 2 team to move their league record to 3-8 and their position to third in the conference with one win more than The Dalles Wahtonka. The boys had a tough 11-1 loss against the No. 5 ranked Bulldogs to move their league record to 4-7.

Both teams hosted The Dalles-Wahtonka Friday afternoon in the final league games of the season but results were not available as of press time.

Twin Tunnels Run is Sunday

The 2013 Mosier Twin Tunnels run/walk is set for Sunday, 10 a.m. starting at the Hood River side of the trail. The run will include 3k, 5k and 12k distances as well as a 200-meter kids run at 9:50 a.m. Day-of registration is $10 without shirt or $20 with.

Roller Derby is Saturday

The Gorge Roller Girls’ two home teams will hit the flat track May 11, 6 p.m. at Hood River Valley High School. The teams — the River Reapers and the Cherry Bombers – will battle it out to determine which is the dominant derby force in the Gorge. As the final bout in the Gorge Roller Girls’ 2013 home season, the event is the last chance of the year to see the teams compete locally before their travel season takes them to competitions in Idaho, Washington, and beyond.

Doors open at 5 p.m., action starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door. See for more.

Meet Max King May 13

Shortt Supply Co. is hosting a meet and greet and open discussion with 2012 Trail Runner of the Year, Max King, on Monday, May 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at its 116 Oak Street location. King, from Bend, will be on hand to talk about his experience as an elite distance runner and give tips and motivation for runners training for anything from summer fun run/walks to ultra marathons. King is the final speaker in free and open-to-all series hosted over the winter by Shortt Supply. The series will pick up again in October.

HRATS work party May 18

Trail lovers of all kinds are invited to a Hood River Area Trail Stewards work party May 18, starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Family Man area (Riordan Hill Road). Snacks and prizes have been donated to encourage workers, and anyone with non-power tools for trail work are asked to bring them. Check the HRAT’s Facebook page for more details or contact the following:

Sign up for Eagle Youth Soccer Camp

Hood River Valley High School soccer coaches Kevin Haspela and Jaime Rivera, along with current student-athletes, will share their style of play at youth boys and girls soccer camp for kids grades kindergarten through eighth.

Camp will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24-28 at Westside Elementary School. The registration fee is $100 per player if done before May 17 and $125 after that. Register through Hood River County Community Education at (search for Eagle Soccer Camp). For more information contact Rivera at 541-490-0699 or .

Junior golf at Indian Creek

Indian Creek Golf Course is gearing up for its summer junior golf programs that run from June 1 through the end of August. Head course professional Mark Gradin has a variety of programs designed to get youngsters playing and having fun with the sport.

See for details.

Cooper Spur Race Team mt. bike club

Cooper Spur Race Team is offering five youth mountain bike development sessions throughout the months of June, July and August for kids nine and older. The three-day sessions emphasize fun, technique, proper equipment care and use, trail etiquette and stewardship. Riders will work on improving coordination and balance while exploring trails and having fun with friends. For details and registration visit or call Shana Sweitzer at 541-490-7575.

Gorge Short Track Series starts May 16

Riders of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the 2013 Gorge Short Track Mountain Biking Series in Cascade Locks. The series consists of five consecutive Thursday evening races starting May 16 and concluding June 13 on the Easy CLIMB trail system just outside downtown Cascade Locks.

The series — organized by Gorge-based Breakaway Promotions — promises fun trail racing for amateurs as well as top-notch professional competition for series riders in the hunt for bragging rights and prize money. Participants can register for all five races of the series or individually for May 16, 23, 30 and June 6, 13 races. Series placing will be based on riders’ top four races, with only the top 25 finishers in each event earning po­­­­­ints toward the overall title. Categories include junior male and female, CAT 3, 2 and 1 men and women, PRO and single speeders. Racing will start at 5:30 p.m. each evening with the PRO racers concluding the action starting at 7:40 p.m. For more details or to register for the event 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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