Sports briefs for Feb. 15

HRV basketball eyes end of season

Kainalu Bailey led the Hood River Valley High varsity girls basketball team with seven points on the road Tuesday evening in a tough 62-16 loss vs. the Hermiston Bulldogs. Breanna Weekly chipped in with four points, Laura Winans had two and Kassidy Davidson, Jestena Mattson and Kelsey Wells all had one apiece in the team’s fifth straight loss. The team traveled to The Dalles Friday for a matchup against the Eagle-Indians and will host its final two games of the season, Feb. 21 vs. Hermiston and Feb. 25 vs. The Dalles.

Fifteen points for Parker Kennedy and six apiece from Austin Clarke and Kaydin Gibbs highlighted the HRV varsity boys’ stat sheet in their 52-35 loss Tuesday at the Columbia River Conference’s top team, the Hermiston Bulldogs. The Eagles, still winless this season, play four more contests — one on the road (Feb. 14 vs. The Dalles) and their final three at home (Feb. 18 vs. Pendleton, Feb. 21 vs. Hermiston and Feb. 25 vs. The Dalles).

Eagle lacrosse gearing up

Hood River Valley High School boys lacrosse program is hosting a player/parent meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6 p.m. in the HRVHS cafeteria. The meeting is for all prospective players for the upcoming 2014 spring season. For information, contact head coach Jon Munk at

In addition, for anyone interested in being a paid youth lacrosse referee, now is the time to get the ball rolling. A mandatory certification clinic will be held March 2, from noon-6 p.m. at Westside School. Pre-registration is required at For more information, contact Terese Roeseler at 541-490-6763.

Cooper Spur scheduled open this weekend

Although weather may throw a wrench into their plans, Cooper Spur Ski Area is planning on being open over this upcoming three-day weekend, Feb. 15-17. The resort listed a 7-inch base as of Friday morning. For updated conditions and hours of operation, visit or call 541-352-6692.

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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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