Sports briefs for April 19

HRV girls lacrosse defeats Central Catholic in overtime

Hood River Valley High School varsity girls lacrosse team came away with an exciting come-from-behind overtime win this week at Central Catholic. The 14-13 final came off goals by Isabelle Cullen (4), Lydia McElderry (3), Erin Mayer (2), Ellen Hudon (1), Sam Davies (1), Savanna Brentlinger (1) and Ryley Bauer (1), with assists by Bauer (1), Mayer (1), and Delia Dolan (2). The win improved the team’s record to 3-3 going into games Friday (away) and Tuesday (home) against Portland League’s top team, Oregon Episcopal School.

Water’s Edge Duathlon, Half Marathon and 10K is May 3 in The Dalles

The Water’s Edge Duathlon, Half Marathon, and 10K is set for May 3 in The Dalles, starting that morning with a 5K run/30K bike/5K run duathlon that takes competitors through the scenic Columbia River Gorge; the half marathon and 10K runs will start after the duathlon.

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White Salmon Backyard Half Marathon is June 14

It’s time to start training for the seventh-annual White Salmon Backyard Half Marathon, set for the morning of June 14 and starting and finishing in downtown White Salmon; hikers start at 8:30 a.m. and runners at 10 a.m. The event is free with a suggested donation of $12 for the Columbia High School Cross Country Team and the CGRC Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit

Hood-2-River Relay race is May 31

An exciting new event comes to the Hood River Valley on May 31. This six-stage relay starts on the slopes of Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area and ends at the Hood River Waterfront. Individual, pair, teams, family, high school teams and business categories will be registered. For more information visit

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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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