Wednesday, April 16, 2014
With just three seconds remaining in the final quarter and a six-goal lead, the Hood River Valley varsity boys lacrosse team had already sealed the home win Monday night against Newberg. But the Eagles had time for one more play — a long pass from midfield to freshman attack Henry Barton, who caught the ball, took a quick step to shake a nearby defender and flung a behind-the-back shot that beat the buzzer to the back of the net.
The 15-8 final didn’t come without a fight, though. The less-experienced Newberg lineup gave HRV trouble throughout, and although they trailed the entire game, Newberg had a fourth-quarter rally that brought them to within one goal in the final 10 minutes.
Fueled by huge offensive performances from sophomore Torsenn Brown, who was on fire with seven goals, and senior Taylor Cramer, who had three goals and several assists, the win was HRV’s fifth straight, and in all five the team has scored 10 or more goals (averaging 13.6 per game), showing they have the firepower to compete with the state’s best. Along with Brown and Cramer, Barton scored twice, James Tickner had two and Marcus Crouch had one in Monday’s outing.
Defensively, the Eagles used a tenacious backfield attack and excellent stick-checking to keep Newberg’s possession game to a minimum. The aggressive approach has paid off in the last few weeks, but will need fine tuning as it was the root of numerous HRV penalties, several of which resulted in Newberg goals.
The last line of defense, goalie Dallen Olmstead, had several key saves at the net, including a couple stops in the final quarter that helped minimize the damage of Newberg’s last-ditch comeback attempt.
The win brings HRV to 5-2 with two games remaining before the start of its Columbia Conference schedule next week. Conference action looks to be exciting this season, as Central Catholic is currently (as of April 15) 5-1 and Oregon Episcopal School and Wilson are both 4-0). Later this week the team hosts Valley Catholic (Thursday, 7 p.m. at HRVHS) and Summit (Saturday, 2 p.m. at HRVHS) before going on the road to open its league schedule at OES April 22.
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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