Sports briefs for Nov. 13

Elks Hoop Shoot Nov. 17

The annual Elks Free Throw Competition will run earlier than normal this year. The event will take place Nov. 17, 2 p.m. at Hood River Middle School. The contest is open to boys ang girls ages 8-13. Trophies are awarded to the top three in each category and the local winner in each group will have an expenses-paid trip to Hermiston next month to compete for a chance at the state contest.

Dallman signs with USL Pro Riverhounds

Hood River Valley High School soccer alum Matt Dallman recently signed a two-year contract to continue his tenure as midfielder with the Pittsburg Riverhounds. Dallman joined the USL Pro Division team last July and went on to set a league record of 12 assists during the regular season. Securing Dallman, and league MVP Jose Angulo, for two more years is being celebrated as an important step in bringing the team closer to its goal of winning a USL Pro championship.

The team finished seventh in the 2013 season with a 10-8-8 record.

Dallman, a 2003 HRVHS graduate, says the commitment is a refreshing change after moving around the world in the last decade to pursue playing professional soccer.

“I’ve bounced around quite a bit between Europe and the U.S., but I feel very much at home here, and it will be nice to settle down for a while,” Dallman said in a team inverview.

After high school Dallman spent his college career at the University of Portland before moving abroad to play with several European clubs, including a four-year stint in Germany.

HRVHS All-Conference update for fall sports

Hood River Valley High School fall sports athletes were honored recently with All-League honors. A few names were left off the list in a recently published story about the awards. Those names and awards are as follows:

HRV soccer: Edgar Villegas, first team All Conference; Jaime Frias, second team All Conference.

HRV Football: Patrick Crompton, first team All Conference; John Gray, first team All Conference; Jonnie Knickerbocker, honorable mention.

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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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