Wednesday, January 22, 2014
A tough training regimen, proper waxing and home course advantage paid off for the Hood River Valley Nordic Team as it celebrated a landmark victory Saturday after besting Bend High and Summit for the first time in team history.
Saturday’s home race, held at Teacup Lake Nordic area, featured a showdown in the boys field that ended with HRV’s Juho Muhonen, Sam Wiley, Daniel Fisher and Leif Bergstrom finishing in the top 10 to propel the team to a first-place finish over Bend and Summit to round out the top three. The league win was a first-ever for the burgeoning HRV team competing in the Oregon High School Nordic Organization, which has typically been dominated by Central Oregon schools.
HRV freestyle team competes
After a slow start to the season due to limited snow, the HRVHS freestyle ski team competed over the weekend in USASA slopestyle and rail jam events at Mt. Hood Meadows. Results are as follows.
1st Hannah Bergemann
2nd Savannah Boersma
3rd Laura Scarborough
1st Tucker Fitzsimmons
2nd Torsenn Brown
Girls rail jam:
1st Hannah Bergemann
2nd Savannah Boersma
3rd Casey Sherrerd
Boys rail jam:
1st Jackson Lebsack
2nd Tucker Fitzsimmons
Muhonen, quickly establishing himself as one of the fastest racers in the state, won the race with a time of 14:04 — more than a minute ahead of second place finisher, Wiley, also of Hood River, who had a final push to inch ahead of several other racers in hot pursuit.
Head coach Bonnie Lambert said she was “beyond proud and excited to have our first league win.”
The HRV girls team finished third overall behind a dominant Summit squad that claimed the top seven places and a closer-matched Bend team who was just two points ahead in the final standings. Delia Dolan was the team’s top finisher with a 13th-place time of 21:15.8, followed by Lauren Robinson, Daisy Dolan, Denali Emmons and Miranda Starr all in the top 21 out of a field of 73.
The team trains the next couple of weeks to prepare for the Jan. 31 night race at Mt. Hood Meadows Nordic Center. For Wiley, Engbersen, Robinson, Fisher and Bergstrom, the season continues this weekend with a Junior Olympic Qualifier race at Mount Bachelor.
Juho Muhonen, 1st, 14:04
Sam Wiley, 2nd, 15:06
Daniel Fisher, 5th, 15:08),
Leif Bergstom, 9th, 17:38
Jesse Wiley, 11th, 17:38
Mason McDonald, 12th, 18:00
Joey Slover in 32nd, Billy Edwards 36th, Emmett Becker 44th, Alex Chadney 48th, Jake Broham 62nd
Delia Dolan, 13th, 21:15
Lauren Robinson, 15th, 21:37
Daisy Dolan, 16th, 21:42
Denali Emmons, 18th, 21:45
Miranda Starr, 21st, 21:45
Victoria Kohner-Flanagan 34th, Eva Kahn 37th, Terri Hewitt 45th
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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