Sports briefs for March 22

Kennedy awarded All League honors

Hood River Valley High School sophomore Parker Kennedy was recognized recently for his role in the 2013-14 varsity boys basketball season with a Columbia River Conference 2nd Team nod. Kennedy was often the team’s leading scorer in what ended as a winless season for the Eagles. Hermiston’s Jake Flyg was named the CRC Player of the Year.

Register now for Co-Ed Soccer League

The Hood River adult co-ed soccer league is forming teams for its 11-weeks season starting at the end of this month. Games will be played Monday through Thursday evenings, 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s field. Each team will have one game per week for the season, followed by a week of playoff games starting June 9.

This year the league is adding one new team, which will open slots for new players. Interested players can also be added to existing teams if slots are available. For more information, contact organizer Carly McNeil at or 541-400-1015.

HRV boys tennis plays Gresham, Sandy

Fresh talent and optimism for the future is the theme for the Hood River Valley High School boys tennis program this season, as it works to get 23 players in shape and ready for league action. The team played its first meet this week on the road vs. Gresham, where the Gophers finished with a sweep of doubles action and 2-2 record in singles to win the meet 6-2. No 2 single Cooper Holzman defeated his opponent 6-1, 6-3 and No. 4 Patrick Humann won 2-6, 5-4 by injury default. The Eagles hosted Sandy Wednesday but the teams were unable to complete the meet due to weather. The teams were tied 2-2 before it was called off, with No. 1 singles Scottie Ziegner winning 6-1, 6-0 and No. 1 doubles Billy Edwards and Victor Garibo won 7-6(1), 6-3.

“Though we have all of our players back from last season, we are still pretty young and inexperienced,” coach Jon Hiatt commented. “We are looking to improve our team record from last season and improve every day. Individually, junior Scottie Ziegner is our top player again this year. He was fourth in our Special District 1 and got to the consolation finals at the state tournament last season. His goal is to improve on that result this year. Juniors Victor Garibo and Cooper Holzman have spent the time in the offseason to improve and will see more positive results at both singles and doubles this year. Seniors Billy Edwards and Marten Sova provide stability and experience in doubles. We have 23 players out this season; that’s a lot of new faces.”

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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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