Saturday, November 2, 2013
Talk about going out with a bang …
The Hood River Valley varsity boys soccer team ended its regular season Tuesday evening with a commanding 5-0 win against The Dalles-Wahtonka. The home game — preceded by a senior night ceremony to honor Quique Rueda, Joel Aberg, Brian Manzo, Fabian Munoz, Armando Hernandez, Rogelio Lachino, Jorge Lachino, Tuan Nguyen and Edgar Villegas — put an exclamation point at the end of a six-game Columbia River Conference schedule that saw the Eagles average five goals per game while outscoring their opposition 30 to 1.
With a final 5A ranking of No. 4, the team is among the top eight to automatically qualify for the first round of the 16-team state playoff bracket. Tuesday’s win, along with results from some other games around the state, bumped the Eagles from No. 5 to No. 4 before the rankings were frozen Wednesday night. The ranking gives Hood River home field advantage for the first round and likely the quarterfinal round of the playoff tournament.
The team hosts the winner of a play-in game between Madison and Parkrose Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m. at HRVHS’s Henderson Community Stadium. Prior to that, however, it played an endowment game at home Friday (4:30 p.m., HRVHS) against Cleveland (5A No. 5) in what could be a preview game of the quarterfinal round, assuming both teams win in the opening round. Results from that game were not available as of press time for this issue.
The only other Columbia River Conference team to make the playoffs was Hermiston, which finished with a No. 19 ranking that put them into a do-or-die game at Putnam. Pendleton finished 0-6 in the league and No. 36 ranked and The Dalles just missed a play-in game with a No. 25 ranking.
Despite near-freezing temperatures, Tuesday’s game against the Eagle-Indians drew a sizable home crowd, and after a slow start, the Eagles did not disappoint. Alex Gutierrez scored the only first-half goal with about seven minutes remaining, off a corner kick that ricocheted around the goalie box several times and eventually slipped past TDW goalie Bryan Sanchez.
To his credit, Sanchez had several excellent saves to keep his team in the game through the first half. In the second, however, a relentless HRV attack started to wear down the TDW defense, and the Eagles capitalized. Joel Aberg upped the lead to 2-0 off a perfectly placed header from about 25 yards out, crossed from the far left wing by Tuan Nguyen.
Nguyen gets credit for setting up HRV’s third goal with another left-side drive that put TDW’s defense on its heels. A shot deflected by Sanchez found the foot of Armando Hernandez, who connected with a rocket of a shot from about 30 yards out. Sanchez again made the save, and Gutierrez found the deflection and the back of the net for his second goal of the night.
Fabian Munoz connected with Jaime Frias to make it 4-0 off an inside chip and header amid a frustrated TDW defense, and another header by Oscar Munoz made it 5-0 with a minute remaining.
With three of the five goals scored off headers, coach Jaime Rivera says the strategy of practicing unpressured offensive drives, center balls and corner kicks is paying off.
“We’ve been working a lot in practice on the fundamentals of attacking,” Rivera said. “And I think Tuesday was evidence of how important those fundamentals are.”
Defensively, the back line gets credit for its eighth shutout of the season. The Eagle-Indians managed a few scoring opportunities, but were promptly shut down by a crew that has allowed only ten goals in 14 games — the third-best in the state behind Cleveland (7) and Marist (9).
With 15 minutes left in the game, Rivera changed his lineup around so all nine seniors could play together in front of their senior-night audience.
“Not all of our seniors are starters, so I wanted to give them a chance to play together at the same time,” he said. “I’m really glad we did that. It was cool to see them perform so well together. Our seniors have shown such great leadership all season; it’s really cool to see how respectful and attentive and focused these kids are. They’re setting an example for our younger players that is going to continue long after they are gone.”
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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