Saturday, March 1, 2014
Although not officially announced until this weekend, Hood River Valley High School varsity boys and girls ski teams are poised to repeat as Mt. Hood League champions.
The team competed in its final league race of the season last weekend — a giant slalom race at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl — and much like the previous races this season HRV skiers have set the pace for the rest of the field to follow. Results from the day are combined with results from previous races to determine team champions, individual champions and combined boys and girls champions, which will be announced Saturday afternoon at a league awards ceremony.
Last weekend’s racing saw Lucy McLean and Austin Keillor rise to the top of the field once again, continuing a theme of dominance they have maintained throughout the season. Both racers posted the fastest two-run combined times, almost exactly four seconds ahead of their closest competition; in ski racing, that’s a wide margin.
In the girls field, McLean and runner-up Korey Cimock were a cut above the rest, posting times roughly 20 seconds faster than third-place Bailey Cordell of The Dalles. In the boys field, Keillor, who has yet to be beaten this season, William Lamer and Charlie Sutherland claimed three of the top five positions, with The Dalles’s fastest competitor, Eli Holeman, sliding into second place.
For HRV’s top skiers (see lists below), the season continues another week with the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association State Championships, scheduled for Monday through Friday at Mt. Hood Meadows. The event was originally slated for Willamette Pass, but was changed to Meadows due to limited snowpack at the lower-elevation Central Oregon ski area.
Monday and Tuesday will feature Freestyle contests, which are run as part of the OISRA calendar. Skiercross will be Monday morning, rail jam will be Monday afternoon and slopestyle will run Tuesday. With no formidable league competition to test itself against this season, HRV boys and girls freestyle teams are looking forward to seeing how they compare to the rest of the state.
Wednesday is a practice day for racers and Thursday and Friday will be giant slalom and slalom events, with boys and girls alternating events each day.
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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