Saturday, October 19, 2013
Under different circumstances, a 0-16 record would be the sign of a pretty dismal season. For the Horizon Christian School Hawks volleyball team, though, this fall’s winless season is merely the necessary cost of building the foundations of a new program.
A group of energetic and willing girls and coaches founded the Hawks’ first-ever volleyball team last season. With most girls having no former volleyball experience, the team was winless, although greatly improved from start to finish. The story was similar this year, but with more players and several girls returning from last season to share their limited experience. This season the Hawks had a full team of 14 to compete in the 10-team 1A Big Sky League.
“More than half of our girls had never played before,” coach Cynnamon Hawkins said this week after the team’s last game Tuesday against Dufur. “So although our record shows no wins, we had a really great season when you look at how we played at the beginning to how we played at the end. We really came a long way this year, and with only two seniors we should have most of the team back next year.”
Senior captain Brook Serdar echoed Hawkins’ comments in her final season as a Hawk. “It was another learning year for us. I think in a couple more years once we get some experience we’ll be pretty good.”
Serdar started on last year’s team with no former volleyball experience, and despite not winning a match in her two years with the team, she says “The experience was really a lot of fun. We were all at pretty much the same level, so nobody had to feel like we weren’t good.”
At such a small school, Hawkins says the introduction of the new team has had a positive effect throughout the Horizon community.
“It’s great, even though most of our games weren’t very exciting, and we knew what was going to happen, we had a lot of support,” she said. “There were always people in the stands watching us and cheering us on. That’s one of the benefits of our little school; the kids are there to support each other.”
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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