Saturday, November 2, 2013
Claiming the outright Columbia River Conference title Tuesday evening with a momentum-building 3-1 win at The Dalles-Wahtonka, the Hood River Valley High School varsity girls soccer team closed the regular season with a 4-0-2 CRC record and a 5A No. 11 ranking. That position placed the team in a home play-in game Friday evening (6 p.m., Henderson Community Stadium) against the No. 22-ranked Wilson Trojans. Results from the game were not available as of press time for this issue; if the girls won, they advance to the first round of the state tournament and will go on the road Nov. 5 to play No. 6-ranked Crescent Valley.
The pressure was squarely on the Eagles going into Tuesday’s game against The Dalles. With Pendleton holding a 4-1-1 CRC record, HRV needed to win in order to claim sole ownership of the CRC title, and a loss would mean a slip in the rankings, which would have a big difference on who and where they would play in the play-in round. The Dalles was also looking for revenge after enduring a 3-0 shutout loss in its previous meeting with the Eagle squad.
“We were consistent in our attack, getting the ball to the corner and serving it into the box,” coach Kevin Haspela said of the game. “Early on, I was worried that we would have trouble scoring again; many of our shots hit The Dalles’ goalie in the hands. We continued to press and eventually found the back of the net.”
After several attempts, midfielder Korey Cimock volleyed a cross from Mona Diaz to score a first-half goal for HRV. After a strong start to the second half, Diaz set up the second goal with another offensive feed from the corner, finding Lily Zega at the far post to finish. Cimock upped the lead to 3-0 with a shot from outside to score her second goal of the game.
The Dalles scored its goal off a penalty kick caused by a handball in the box.
In addition to the offensive result, Haspela said “the story of the game was consistent defense. Sophie Grace and Jenissa Ramirez communicated well and had excellent timing cutting off through passes and keeping The Dalles shot tally to six. Laura De La Torre, Kara Kiyokawa and Lucy McLean were kept busy and The Dalles made a few counter attack runs in the second half.”
Vanessa Silva and Sophia Marble shared time in goal. The two have combined to allow just 11 goals in 13 games this season.
Pendleton finished as CRC runners-up with a 4-1-1 conference record and a No. 13 ranking; the team host No. 13 Mt. View in a play-in game. The Dalles ended its season against Hood River with a No. 26 ranking, just out of reach of a post-season.
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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