Saturday, October 26, 2013
At this point in the season, claiming the Columbia River Conference championship isn’t much of a surprise for the Hood River Valley High School varsity boys soccer team, but it’s still cause to pause and celebrate before taking aim at its grander goal of bringing home the first state title in team history.
The Eagles (11-1-1 overall) claimed the CRC title for the fourth straight year with a 3-0 win Thursday evening at Hermiston. The shutout was the fifth straight win for the team — ranked 5A No. 5 for the last several weeks — in what has thus far been the strongest season for the program in several years. A final conference matchup against The Dalles-Wahtonka is set for Oct. 29, 6 p.m. at Henderson Community Stadium (HRVHS), with a senior night ceremony before the game at 5:45 p.m.
“The guys are having ball; the comradery is great right now and they are extremely focused on their goal of being state champs,” coach Jaime Rivera said after Thursday’s win. He said that although the Eagles have already beat The Dalles (3-0 on Oct. 15), they’re not looking past Tuesday’s game. “At this point, we have to be fully prepared for every game and not taking anything for granted. Tuesday’s game is going to be exciting. It’s senior night, against The Dalles, in front of a home crowd; there’ll be some emotions flying around; and the boys thrive on that.”
Edgar Villegas, Giovanni Magana and Jaime Frias scored in Thursdays win at Hermiston, with Tuan Nguyen continuing his streak of solid play with two assists. Goalies Quique Rueda and Diego Vaca combined to earn the shutout.
The 5A soccer rankings freeze at midnight Oct. 29, and assuming they stay the way they are now, the Eagles will be among the top eight teams who are guaranteed a first-round home game in the playoff tournament against the winner of a play-in round game between two lower-ranked teams. Woodburn, Cleveland, Wilsonville and Summit hold the top four positions, respectively.
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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