Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Matt Totaro has enjoyed a successful high school basketball career, which he’s hoping to culminate by helping his team win a 1A state title next month in Baker City. And for the Horizon Christian School senior, things won’t slow down when this season is over.
Last month Totaro signed a letter of intent to play, under scholarship, for the NCAA Division III Linfield Wildcats.
Totaro, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior wing, is the second basketball player from Horizon to earn a scholarship to a four-year college. Bobby Cofrances, a 2008 Horizon graduate, was the first; he earned a scholarship to William Jessup University, an NAIA school in Rocklin, California (2008-2012). Jake Wells, a 2013 Horizon grad, earned a scholarship to play for Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton.
“I definitely wanted to continue my basketball career at Linfield and I’m really looking forward to attending school there for the next four years,” said Totaro, who leads the No. 1-ranked Hawks in scoring (19 points per game average) and rebounding (11 rebounds per game). “My dad (Hawks assistant coach Mike Totaro) and I decided that it would be best to make my college choice now, so that I can just focus on playing my best basketball at the state tournament in March.”
Totaro visited Linfield last summer on a recruiting trip. First-year head coach Shanan Rosenberg gave him a tour of the campus and the two stayed in touch. Rosenberg attended a Horizon road game in December at Dayton High School and then Matt later attended a Linfield men’s basketball practice. The two gradually developed a good relationship, which was a key factor in Rosenberg’s decision to offer Matt a scholarship.
“He (Rosenberg) is a really nice guy, I like how he coaches and I love the successful sports tradition at Linfield,” said Totaro. “Linfield won the baseball national championship last year. Everyone that I’ve talked to that has been there says that it’s just a great school; I’m pretty excited about going there.”
Totaro was a Big Sky Conference First Team player last year as well as a Class 1A First Team All-State recipient for his role in leading the Hawks to the 1A second place finish.
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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