Friday, May 24, 2013
Hood River Valley High School athletes received a special honor this week as the Oregon Schools Activities Association released the list of winners for its first Sportsmanship Award. One school in each classification — six total — was chosen to receive the newly created award based on a vote within each conference and a final selection by the Sportsmanship Review Committee. The award, which is planned to be given annually, includes recognition throughout the state and a $1,000 gift for each winning school.
Hood River was chosen as the Columbia River Conference’s representative school and was selected as the 5A classification winner. Other winners were 6A Canby High School, 4A McLoughlin High School, 3A Illinois Valley High School, 2A Western Mennonite High School and 1A Imbler High School.
“This award is really cool because it is the culmination of behavior from our kids, our coaches, our administration and our community and fans, both at home and on the road,” said Keith Bassham, HRVHS athletic director. “Sportsmanship is key. We are there to compete and do the best we can, and obviously winning is important, but winning isn’t necessarily just having the best score. Winning is how our athletes and coaches present themselves, and in Hood River we’re first-class.”
Schools, not allowed to vote for themselves, were asked to nominate another school in their district that they felt best fit the spirit of the award and its criteria. The review committee then made the determination for overall classification winners.
For HRVHS, the nomination came from The Dalles-Wahtonka Athletic Director Kyle Rosselle. Bassham explained that once HRVHS was nominated, the rest of the district agreed. From there, the committee chose HRVHS based on the following criteria: Exemplary behavior by the students, coaches, administrators, fans, parents and community at OSAA events; administrators’ ability to enforce the spectator conduct policy; number and type of unsportsmanlike ejections; league feedback; number of nominations submitted for a particular school-within their regular district and outside of their regular district and sportsmanship nomination forms submitted by OAOA.
Bassham said the school wants to do “something special” with the award money.
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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