Sports briefs for April 16

First Light Martial Arts athletes earn medals

Competitors representing Hood River’s First Light Martial Arts Academy brought home gold, silver and bronze medals last month from the Revolution XXIV Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament in Tacoma. Academy instructor Alex Evans won the blue belt gi division of the tournament and was second in the no gi division, while Pascual Torres earned silver in the white belt gi division. Earlier in the month, at the North American Grappling Association tournament in Portland, Mose Jones-Yellin won silver in men’s white belt division and Mark Oppenheimer won a bronze in men’s white belt division.

HRV tennis serves Pendleton 6-2 loss

Hood River Valley High School varsity boys tennis had a solid outing at Pendleton last Thursday, winning six of eight matches to claim the road win over the Buckaroos. Scottie Ziegner breezed through his No. 1 singles match with 6-1, 6-0 wins. At 4 singles Jonathan Hale won a hard-fought 6-7(4) 6-4 10-7 match. In doubles action, the Eagles had a clean sweep, with Edwards/Garibo winning 6-1 6-1, Ferrick/Humann winning 6-3 6-3, De La Rosa/Campos winning 6-1 6-o and Shepherd/Alden Sova winning 6-0 6-0.

“The kids played hard and played well,” coach Jon Hiatt commented. “Our second, third and fourth singles were tough matches that all went to a third set match breaker. I hope we got some momentum going into this week, when we play The Dalles (Tuesday at home), Hermiston (Thursday on the road) and OES, Philomath and Cascade (Saturday on the road).”

Roller Girls host kids’ skate night

The Gorge Roller Girls are hosting a family skate night this Saturday, at 5:30 p.m. at Westside Elementary School. Youngsters ages 6-11 (and parents) are invited to come meet and skate with the Gorge Roller Girls, with tunes by Mr. Elive Productions. The cost is $5 per skater or $20 for a family pass, with proceeds from the night going to support Skate Club and the Gorge Roller Girl All-Stars. Space is limited to 75 skaters based on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more about the Gorge Roller Girls, visit

Hawks drop two in league opener

The Horizon Christian School baseball team lost 9-7 and 15-2 Saturday in a doubleheader at Heppner/Ione to start its league schedule. The Hawks went 4-2 in its preseason leading up to the 1A Special District 6 opener.

The Hawks opened the series strong, taking a 4-2 lead off seven hits before giving up five runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to lose the lead. Ethan Evans, Matt Totaro and R.J. Hicks led with two hits apiece in the effort, while Wesley Johnson and Evans split time on the mound. In the second game, strong hitting by Heppner/Ione, paired with four Hawk errors and struggles at bat and on the mound led to the lopsided 15-2 loss.

Horizon looked to rebound with a road game Tuesday at 1A No. 2 ranked Dufur and will return home Saturday for a double header (11 a.m., 1 p.m. start times) vs. Weston-McEwen/Griswold.

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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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