Sports Briefs for Sept. 7

Rural Rampage fun fundraiser is Sunday

The second-annual Rural Rampage adventure race and school fundraiser is set for this Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. at Hood River Middle School. Check-in and day-of registration for the event begins at 8:45 a.m.

The event features teams of two biking around town and completing a number of different challenges and obstacles, which are timed/scored. One member of the team needs to be 16 or older, and both must have bikes, helmets and water. Proceeds from the event will benefit HRMS and HRVHS school programs.

Volleyball faces tough David Douglas

Hood River Valley High School’s varsity volleyball team traveled to David Douglas this week for its season opener against the 6A Mt. Hood Conference Scots. The Eagles started strong, going up early in the first set and winning it 25-20. The girls suffered a slew of errors and dropped the next three games (25-23, 25-24, 25-20) to finish with the loss.

As a side note, the varsity team has six seniors this year, not five as was reported in Wednesdays’ team preview story. Senior Megan Tegman was left out of the list, which also includes Kayla Byers, Tabitha Merten, Mara Troxel, Sydney McHale and Rachel Lahti.

ASA softball recruiting players 10-14

Hood River’s ASA softball program has openings for next spring’s season for players in age groups 10, 12 and 14. Anyone interested in playing in the spring tournament program should attend a tryout scheduled for noon Saturday, Sept. 14, at Westside Elementary School.

For questions or more information, contact Chuck Johnisee at 541-490-3292.

Twin Tunnels Run is Sept. 15

The 2013 Mosier Twin Tunnels Fall Run is set for Sept. 15, starting at the Hood River end of the historic highway trailhead. Distances are 12K, 5K and 3K, with a 200-meter kids run to kick things off at 9:50 a.m. Day-of registration starts at 9 a.m. and is $10 without a shirt or $20 with. Pre-registration prices are discounted by $2 (get registration forms at

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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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