Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Representing Hood River in the arena of mixed martial arts fighting, Sean Baker travels to Spirit Mountain Casino Nov. 2 for a Full Contact Fighting Federation welterweight (170-pound) title fight. Baker, a 2009 Hood River Valley High School graduate, trains out of the Portland’s Alive MMA gym, carries a 6-1 amateur record and brings a heavy wrestling and groundfighting style to the ring against Team Quest fighter and current FCFF welterweight champion John Constien.
Wrestling under coach Trent Kroll, Baker was a state champion and triple-crown winner in 2008 and has returned to his roots the last couple years to coach for Hood River Middle School and Hood River Wrestling Club programs.
“MMA is a way for me to use my emotions and energy in a positive way,” Baker said this week while taking a break from his job with Rick Zeller Construction. “It teaches discipline, hard work, character — like wrestling did for me. And it’s a way for me to keep competing at something. That’s why I like it so much.”
Baker started training to fight about a year and a half ago, after his brother Scott stepped into the cage for the first time at a FCFF event titled Rumble at the Roseland. Fresh off college wrestling programs at Montana State Northern and Yakima Community College, he exceled quickly, going undefeated in his first six fights before feeling the sting of defeat against opponent Bryan Nuro.
“That loss motivates me to train harder and stick to my game plan,” Baker said. “I never should have lost that fight. I dominated in first round but made a mistake in the second and got caught. I feel good going into this fight. My strength and conditioning are where they need to be. I’m ready.”
Battle at the Mountain features 12 fights — 10 amateur and two pro — with competitors from around the Northwest. Baker’s fight will be the 11th of the night, right before the main event between 170-pound pro fighters Nick Gilardi and Tommy Leisman.
“There’s no money in amateur fights; it’s more about representing your gym and sponsors and maybe trying to pick up more sponsors,” Baker said. “If I win the title I’ll probably try to defend it a couple of times before trying to go pro.”
Baker is currently sponsored by Headgear MMA, Max Muscle and Dirty Boxer.
Photos, results and write-ups from the night’s fights will be posted on FCFF’s website at www.thefcff.com.
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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