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YOUTH WRESTLING is gearing up for the season. Pictured here are HRVHS wrestlers Christian Marquez and Andrew DeHart giving a recent demonstration to May Street students, with coach Trent Kroll giving a play-by-play and Kyle Weseman, James Estes, Payton Rigert and Jessica DeHart helping.

Photo by Adam Lapierre.
YOUTH WRESTLING is gearing up for the season. Pictured here are HRVHS wrestlers Christian Marquez and Andrew DeHart giving a recent demonstration to May Street students, with coach Trent Kroll giving a play-by-play and Kyle Weseman, James Estes, Payton Rigert and Jessica DeHart helping.

Winter sports are coming up fast, and sign-ups for many have already begun. Below is a selection of opportunities for Hood River youth during the “indoor sports season.” Submit other listings, league/team information, sports camps, sign-ups, tryouts and any other sports-related information to alapierre@hoodrivernews.com or 541-386-1234.

Holiday break youth hoops camps

Thanksgiving youth camp for kids grades 3-8 runs Nov. 25-27 at HRVHS and another Christmas break camp for the same age runs Jan. 2-4. Both camps are taught by HRVHS coaches and players with a focus on fun, skills, drills and scrimmages. Register at www.hrcommunityed.org.

Youth basketball league

One of Hood River Community Education’s most popular youth programs, the youth basketball league starts Dec. 3 and is open to players grades 3-6. The season consists of two practices per week and include six Saturday games. Volunteers and coaches are also needed for this program. Practices will be at kids’ home gyms whenever possible. Register at www.hrcommunityed.org.

Hood River Wrestling Club

Practices started Oct. 28 for the long-running Hood River Wrestling Club’s winter program. Classes include a beginners group that practices every Monday from 5:15-7:15 p.m., an intermediate and advanced class that practices Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. and a middle school club that runs until the start of the middle school season in January. Kids and parents interested in checking out the program can show up and watch any of the classes listed above. For more details or to register, go to hoodriverwrestling.com

Middle School Wrestling

Hood River and Wy’east middle schools will field separate wrestling teams, with seasons starting in early January. Wrestlers must register through Community Education but will represent their respective teams as Eagles or Panthers. Coaches are professional and experienced and wrestlers will practice hard after school each day. The season will end with a development tournament for beginner wrestlers and regional and state tournaments for advanced wrestlers. Register at hrcommunityed.org.

Cooper Spur Race Team

Cooper Spur Race Team is gearing up for another winter of fun and fast action on the slopes. CSRT offers programs for kids ages 5-15, ranging from fostering first-time racers to developing some of the fastest young rippers in the Northwest.

New to CSRT is a FreeRide program offered this year for skiers ages 9-14 that focuses on park and pipe skiing, techniques and tricks. For details on CSRT’s many programs or to register, go to cooperspurraceteam.org or email csrt@gorge.net.

Indoor lacrosse for grades 5-12

Hood River Youth Lacrosse Club plays indoor box lacrosse through the winter Monday evenings starting Dec. 2 at The Dalles Fitness and Court Club. Fee is $80 for nine indoor games. For details see hoodriverlacrosse.com.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Rock climb in the comfort of the indoors on the Hood River Middle School eight-station artificial climbing wall. Anyone who has completed a basic course and passed the belay and tie-in check will be eligible to use the wall on designated open sessions with the $20 fee. Equipment is available. Open sessions run Tuesday evenings through the end of January, with kids climbing from 6-730 p.m. and adults from 7:30-9 p.m.

The next basic course is scheduled for Jan. 6. For experienced climbers wanting to climb between now and then, contact HRCE Director John Rust for details john.rust@hoodriver.k12.or.us. Register for the course at at hrcommunityed.org.

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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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