Sports briefs for Feb. 22

A busy weekend for high school sports

Hood River Valley High School and Horizon Christian School athletes will be busy this weekend representing their schools in season-ending district and state contests. For HRVHS, wrestlers are at Marshal High School for their 5A Special District II regional tournament, Nordic skiers are in Bend for their state race, skiers are at Skibowl for their final district race and eight swimmers who qualified are competing at the state meet at Mt. Hood Community College.

Horizon’s boys basketball team is in Hermiston looking to repeat as Big Sky Conference champions; if they do, they’ll host an OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires second round state playoff game March 1.

Free youth golf clinics March 8 and 22

Indian Creek Golf and Country Club is hosting a free golf clinic for middle school and high school students from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 8 and another free clinic March 22 for ages 6-13. The goal is to get kids excited about local golfing programs, in particular the Hood River Valley High school golf team, which starts the spring season soon and is short on players. For more information or to sign up, contact ICGCC at 541-386-7770.

HRVHS snowboard team competes

After a late start to the season, Hood River Valley snowboard team competed in its first Oregon Interscholastic Snowboard Association event of the year last Friday at Mt Hood Meadows. Leading the way in the slopestyle contest against in the four-team Gorge League (Hood River, Sandy, Southridge and Aloha) was Maddie Collins, who finished in first place out of a field of 12 riders and is looking for a repeat performance after claiming the Gorge League title in the same event last season.

The boys field of 40 featured some tough competition on the course of jumps, rails and sliders. Ethan Field was HRV’s top finisher at fourth place overall. Field was one of the team’s top finishers last year and ended the season with a 10th place slopestyle result at the state competition.

The 16-person team has three more events before the March 12-16 state championships at Mount Bachelor; this weekend it’s in banked slalom/boardercross and March 8 and 9 it’s slopestyle and halfpipe.

Feb. 14 results: Girls – Maddie Collins, 1st; Rain Vaday, 11th; Aleah Vaday, 12th; Boys – Ethan Field, 4th; Travis Duvall, 11; Ian Barnard-Davidson, 16th; Caleb Rocha, 19th; Andy Schmidt, 21st; Edger Castillo, 23rd, Keenan Collins, 24th; Rutger Bogard, 25th; Gabe Cunningham, 30th; Brandon Fisher, 33rd; Santana Flores, 36th; Jonathan Hale, 38th

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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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